Season 1 title card - from "E" clockwise: Chief Chirpa, Princess Kneesaa, Wicket, Logray, Malani, Teebo and Latara
An animated series featuring the furry teddy-bear-like upright aliens inhabiting the forest moon of Endor, from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Ewoks lasted for two seasons and was more popular in Europe than in North America. The show was centered around Wicket W. Warrick, the Ewok who befriended princess Leia Organa when she fell off the speeder in Return of the Jedi, his family and his closest friends: the future chieftainess Princess Kneesaa, his slightly older best friend and medicine man Logray's apprentice, Teebo and the flute-playing princess' best friend, Latara.The first season of the show featured rich and detailed animation; while the second season featured many changes to make the show appealing to younger audiences - some characters reduced to background cameos, some others exaggerated.The plot would usually involve a plot to destroy the Ewok village coming from one of the antagonist characters or a trip to another location, involving different species found on the forest moon.This show provides examples of:
Averted twice - in the first season episode The Travelling Jindas where the characters wear shirts and pants and in the second season episode Party Ewok when Latara gives Kneesaa a dress and a pair of shoes in order for her to look like a more interesting party host.
Adaptational Attractiveness - A lot of the characters were not as fluffy and cute in Return of the Jedi, female characters other than Kaink and Shodu were not present in neither the cinematic feature, nor the two Ewoks made-for TV films. See the character page for details.
Adults Are Useless - Happens a lot, throughout the series, as young Ewoks always save the day.
Alliterative Family - Played straight with the Warrick children - they're Weeche, Widdle/Willy, Wicket and Winda Warrick. Averted with their parents, Deej and Shodu.
Alternative Foreign Theme Song - The French theme song previously used for the made-for-TV films has nothing to do with the original themes, but it was released as a single, charted and got an award. link
Babysitting Episode - Two of them. In the first season's The Traveling Jindas, Latara joins the nomadic tribe/species giving performances all around Endor because she's frustrated with babysitting her toddler siblings, solely to be kidnapped by Duloks in order to babysit their children. In the second season's Bringing Up Norky, the gang is taking care of an obnoxiously manipulative young critter while his parents are away.
Bottomless Pits - The Realm of Spirits from The First Apprentice and Valley of Floating Trees from The Tree of Light.
Character Exaggeration - for the second season of the show, some notable characters from the first season were reduced to a non-speaking role, almost all the voices were re-cast and the characters' personalities and appearance changed. The only one who remained more or less the same was princess Kneesaa.
First season Wicket often had low self-esteem, was sincere and childlike. In the second season, he's overly confident and hot-blooded.
First season Princess Kneesaa was not preaching to her friends on every occasion. In the second season, she's doing that in every episode.
First season Latara was a dreamer who preferred art to everyday chores. In the second season she's selfish, materialistic and expects others to serve her.
First season Teebo could hypnotize, summon other creatures and was careful and subtle. In the second season, he trips and falls on almost every occasion, is obsessed with Latara and can't do anything right.
Chekhov's Gift - Wicket gives a rock on a necklace to Kneesaa in The Curse of the Jindas. Everybody laughs at it, but the rock is actually Stone Wizard's long-lost tooth which will free the Jindas from their curse.
Comic Book Adaptation - The series was accompanied by a series of fourteen licensed comic books, a couple of Spanish two-page comics of somewhat dubious origin and one licensed UK annual, as well as some young reader books. All of that was produced between 1985 and 1988 and these comics (as well as books) are considered to be a prequel to the animated series. However, a comic titled Shadows of Endor published in 2013 is set in the time after the animated series, but before Star Wars Ewok Adventures and Return of the Jedi. A scene from the later, where Wicket is poking princess Leia Organa with his spear, appears at the very end of the comic.
Continuity Nod - Battle for Sunstar, the very last episode (though not initially aired last), where Dr. Raygar tries to steal the Sunstar and overthrow emperor Palpatine implies that the events of the series took place sometime between A New Hope and Star Wars Ewok Adventures.
End of an Age - The above episode implies that the Empire is set to use Endor as a base in near future and that the world as the denizens know it will inevitably change.
Family Honor - The first season episode Wicket's Wagon is centered around this, as the Warrick brothers find an abandoned battle wagon in the forest. Having learnt that it's built by his grand-grandfather, Wicket decides to rebuild it and later, when the Duloks steal it, get it back.
Find the Cure - The plot of first season episode To Save Deej and Rainbow Bridge, the very first in the series of comics revolve over a character's life being in danger and finding ingredients for an antidote.
Characters often say "k'vark" in place where humans would use a four-letter word.
In the second season episode Bringing Up Norky, Teebo says "He sure is a pain in the...", but Latara finishes his sentence with "Mud puddle!".
This French kiss occurs in the second season, when the show was supposed to be more appealing to younger children.
Goggles Do Something Unusual - In The Tree of Light, Umwak the Dulok shaman claims that his goggles will help him and his cousin out of the Arbo Maze. As expected, they don't do anything.
Heroes Gone Fishing - To Save Deej starts out with the Warrick males and princess Kneesaa fishing.
Humanoid Aliens - They're primates, despite often confused with bears and, to a lesser extent, chipmunks.
Interspecies Romance - In Blue Harvest, Duloks steal Logray's love potion which in turn causes Fauna, a female Phlog, to court Umwak and then Wicket. In Princess Latara, Latara is assumed to be a real princess, kidnapped and almost forced to marry the sluggish Prince Bork.
Language of Magic - A lot of Logray's spells contain this, as well as the one he performs with Teebo in order the tie the rocks chasing the Jindas in The Curse of the Jindas.
Light Feminine and Dark Feminine - Arguably, Kneesaa and Latara. In the first season, this is visible appearance-wise as well; in the second season, it's more about character. While Kneesaa is shown to barely have an ego, thinking before she does anything and wanting the best for everybody, Latara is selfish, easily distracted by anything that evokes her greed and constantly craving attention.
Teebo does not have a speaking role in The Haunted Village and The Three Lessons.
Paploo does not appear in To Save Deej and Sunstar vs. Shadowstone.
Latara does not have a speaking role in The Cries of the Trees and The Three Lessons. She does not appear in To Save Deej, The Land of Gupins and Asha. One would wonder why is she even listed among the main characters for the first season and Paploo isn't.
Only One Name - Aside from the Warricks, no other characters' last names are known.
Only the Chosen May Wield - In 'Land of the Gupins'', there is a chest the Gupins need to open for their renewal celebration, in order for their shapeshifting powers to be renewed for another season. Despite their king being convinced he can do this, only Mring-Mring is capable of it.
Pardon My Klingon - A couple of phrases in Ewokese appear throughout the show, such as eecha mawa (gee whiz), k'vark (possibly a four letter word replacement), guppa (hello), chak (thank you).
Secret Test of Character - in Tragic Flute, Latara desires a golden flute after having seen that King Elbo from the underwater awarded Kneesaa with two golden anklets. Her friends, rushing to save her are captured and King Elbo sends her to a room full of precious items asking her to bring back what's most valuable. Eventually, she comes across her old flute, realises that this was a test of her morals and her friends are set free.
Set Bonus - The Sunstar Shadowstone from Sunstar vs. Shadowstone, referred to as simply 'Sunstar' in later episodes. is more powerful once the evil Shadowstone part from Morag's staff and the good Sunstar part hidden in master Logray's hut are combined. The evil part is significant only one more time, in the season two episode Night of the Stranger.
Shapeshifting - The main characteristics of the Gupins from the season one episodes To Save Deej and Land of Gupins. Morag is capable of this, too, as seen in Sunstar vs. Shadowstone.
Spinoff Babies - the characters are in their preteens/early teens (Wicket being about 12 and the others slightly older), in contrast to those of them appearing in Return of the Jedi being young adults.
Stupid Evil - In most of the first season episodes and some of the second season ones, the Duloks plot to destroy the Ewok village, inhabit it, steal something from the Ewoks or have a more dangerous species attack them and humiliate them. This often backfires before it even causes danger.
Swiss Army Tears - In the second season episode, The Wish Plant, Kneesaa revives the plant by crying on it.
Sword and Sorcerer - Wicket and Teebo in the first season, often depending on each other's skills. Played for laughs in the second season.
Unrequited Love Switcheroo - Throughout the first season, Latara seems to be talking only about Teebo when alone with Kneesaa (who teases her for it), calling him "honeydrop" and claiming that she "does not have it that bad". In the second season, when their characters are exaggerated; Teebo is doing everything for Latara's attention, while she's playing hard to get. Finally, she kisses him in Tragic Flute and while the series ends with no further romantic interaction implied, they're indeed together in the Shadows of Endor comic. link