In the mid-1980s, two Made-for-TV Movies
based on the Star Wars
franchise were created: The Ewok Adventure
(1984), later retitled Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure
, and Ewoks: The Battle for Endor
(1985). They star a young child, Cindel, whose family has crash-landed on Endor, and Wicket, the Ewok who befriended Leia in Return of the Jedi
. The success of these movies led to an animated series, Ewoks
, which ran for two seasons. The main character, Cindel, got a cameo much later in an Expanded Universe novel as a reporter.
In 2004, the movies were released on a double-feature DVD under the title Star Wars Ewok Adventures
Caravan of Courage contains examples of:
- Bottomless Pits: In the Gorax's cave fortress.
- Giant Spider: The Rearing spider
- Hitchhiker Heroes: The Ewoks join with Cindel and her brother Mace on their quest to find their parents.
- My New Gift Is Lame: The boy is visibly unimpressed with the very plain rock he gets, while everyone else gets cool toys. After an unsuccessful attempt to trade it for something else, he throws it away. Unfortunately they kinda need it much later on... Fortunately one of the Ewoks had more sense and took the rock with him when the kid ditched it.
- Narrator: Burl Ives.
- Parents in Distress
Ewoks: The Battle for Endor contains examples of:
- Big Bad: Terak
- Cool Old Guy: Noa
- Darker and Edgier: The cute bits are the only things keeping you from breaking down and crying.
- The Dragon: Charal
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Charal
- Good Colors, Evil Colors: Charal has black hair, wears a black dress, and has a black horse. To throw Cindel off guard, she takes the form of a beautiful young witch with blonde hair, wears a white dress, and has a white horse.
- Happy Ending Override: Worst. Offender. EVER.
- Kill Itwith Fire: When Wicket use his slingshot to destroy Charal ring which Terak wore in a pendant round his neck. The talisman shattered, releasing a great amount of energy, and the Marauder king was burned from the inside-out.
- Light Is Not Good: Exploited by the villains, when Charal takes the form of a beautiful golden haired maiden with a white dress and horse to capture Cindel.
- Shapeshifter Mode Lock: The ultimate fate of Charal since the ring she use (which according to the expanded universe they were called Talismans of Transformation which were dark side artifacts used by the Nightsisters of Dathomir. They allowed their wearer to take the shape of another creature hers was the raven.) When her ring was destroyed she was stuck in the form of a raven.
- Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Barely 10 minutes into the film, Mace is killed, and so are both parents. Cindel is the only human protagonist from the first film to survive the second one. Considering how the goal of the first movie was to save the parents, it's a good example of a sequel making the previous work seem like a Shoot the Shaggy Dog.
- Taken for Granite: Terak
- Trespassing Hero: Cindel and Wicket encounter Teek as they're seeking food and shelter. Teek takes them into an apparently empty house. Cindel and Wicket soon learn that the house does have an owner, Noa, who initially expels them when he returns.
- Woman in Black: Charal