Ewoks: The Battle for Endor Reviews
The whole plot is virtually the same as before really, some characters are taken prisoner, so its up to a small band of other good guys to save them. Naturally its still a full on kids film so its very comical, silly and a bit camp at times but that's to be expected. Acting again is pretty ropey but Brimley has a good go adding some flavour.
Much the same deal as the first Ewok adventure only this is slightly better methinks. The bad guys are a silly bunch but they certainly look the part and fit into the Star Wars universe perfectly. If you think along the lines of the 'Weequay' race that are seen in 'Return of the Jedi' and then just add the CGI animated 'Clone Wars' series characters lead by 'Hondo' for an idea of lots of them in a gang.
Effects are still sketchy but this is an old film, heavy use of stop motion animation which is really jerky but again it adds to the charm just like the first film. Gotta admit I loved the large dinosaur-like 'Blurrgs', a simple yet effective design which is pure Star Wars ('Willow' pinched the concept I reckon), even more so with the classic stop motion animation.
The whole look of the film is actually quite good and better than the first if you ask me. It still looks a bit cheap and basic but 'Terak's' fortress is nicely done and the forest moon of Endor looks less like California hehe. Costumes and makeup for the 'Sanyassans' are nice too, nothing original but they do the job, 'Terak' the leader looks the best of course, even has white balding hair which actually gives him a good sense of depth and history.
The witch/sorcerer character of 'Charal' seems rather pointless frankly as she does nothing accept turn into a crow, or raven? I dunno. Much more magic and sorcery in this adventure but still a quirky fun deeper look into the world of the Ewoks and their home. Overall a closer feel to the Star Wars universe for me and slightly more exciting but only just. A film aimed at kids which is extremely tame and admittedly the only reason it gets away with it is because its Star Wars.
It brings in a whole new cast of characters that seem to have been overlooked during the course of the movies set on this planet and that, for me, makes it a little out of the range of belief.
I do remember this one from when I was a kid because there are some character deaths that come as bit of a shock to some.
Past that, it is an ok flick that doesn't dwell too much on what has gone on in the past. The effects are good and the story will keep most interested till the end.
It has a wonderful array of characters including Cindal, the sole survivor of her family, Wicket, the improvising Ewok, Noa, the sole survivor of his ship, Teek, Noa's mischievous & speedy friend, and Terak, King of the Mauraders.
The special effects may not be all that great, but it's still fun to watch. I enjoyed it as a kid, and I still do as an adult.
This TV movie is the sequel to The Ewok Adventure: Caravan of Courage from 1984. Watch it first before Battle for Endor. I have the two-pack DVD set that includes both.