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In the mid-1980s, two Star Wars Legends Made-for-TV Movies were produced: 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 the Legends novel trilogy Black Fleet Crisis as a reporter (in which she interviews a Scout Trooper who survived the Battle of Endor and claims the Ewoks committed numerous atrocities), and Teek was featured in the safety video for Star Tours prior to the 2011 refurbishment.

In 2004, the movies were released on a double-feature DVD under the title Star Wars: Ewok Adventures.

Caravan of Courage contains examples of:

  • Badass Adorable: All the Ewoks count, but special points go out to Chukha-Trok for doing things like chasing down a galloping horse and taking on the Gorax with only an axe.
  • Badass Family: Wicket's family, which include his two older brothers and father volunteering to go on a dangerous journey no Ewok has ever returned from.
  • Big Guy Fatality Syndrome: Well, he's big for an Ewok, and sadly Chukha-Trok does not make it.
  • Bottomless Pits: In the Gorax's cave fortress.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The gifts the shaman Ewok gives the caravan before they leave come in handy several times on the trip.
  • Continuity Nod: The music played during Cindel and Wicket's first meeting is the same one played during Leia and Wicket's first encounter.
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  • Disney Death: The Gorax falls down twice into a bottomless pit.
  • Giant Spider: The Rearing spider. Unlike Earth spiders, this one has six legs.
  • Hand in the Hole: Mace sees a cute furry critter sticking out of a hole in a tree so against the advice of everyone else present he tries sticking his hand in the hole to catch it. The "cute furry critter" turned out to be the lure of a much larger creature that promptly bites his arm and the only reason he gets away is because the Ewoks fight it off.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Chukha-Trok dies during a rockslide when he tries to buy time for the others to escape from the Gorax.
  • Hitchhiker Heroes: The Ewoks join with Cindel and her brother Mace on their quest to find their parents.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: The only thing Mace manages to hit with his blaster is a giant boulder. Justified in that he's a teenager who's possibly never had to use a gun before.
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  • Mama Bear: Cindel's mother picks up Mace's blaster rifle and shoots the Gorax in the back, causing it to fall to its death, as it threatens Cindel on the other side of a giant chasm.
  • The Millstone: Mace. Pretty much all he does the entire film is be moody and doing stupid things that endanger himself and force the Ewoks to rescue him again.
  • My New Gift Is Lame: Mace 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
  • Prequel: This movie and the sequel (and the animated series) takes place before Return of the Jedi.
  • The Clan: The Ewok tribe appears to be a variation of this trope.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Cute?: While crossing the webbed bridge, a baby rearing spider dangles above Mace who cut its web and it screamed down to the bottomless chasm.

Ewoks: The Battle for Endor contains examples of:

  • Big Bad: Terak
  • Call-Forward: The Ewoks fight against the Marauders at the climax is similar to the climax of Return of the Jedi.
  • Content Warning: The network warned before its first airing that young children might find the film upsetting.
  • Cool Old Guy: Noa
  • Darker and Edgier: The cute bits are the only things keeping you from breaking down and crying.
  • Disney Death: Two Marauders that chase after Cindel and Wicket who freed themselves, end ups falling off a cliff.
  • The Dragon: Charal
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Charal
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: There is a scene where Noa, Wicket and Teek are attempting to free Cindel and the Ewoks from Terak's dungeon, while the prisoners were being guarded by two Marauders playing cards. While the Marauders are talking to one another in their language, as Teek grabs the keys off one of the guards, the other very clearly yells out "FUCK!" in English after losing.
  • 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. In the first few minutes, Cindel's entire family is murdered by the Big Bad's minions.
  • Hope Spot: Cindel wakes up hearing a feminine voice calling her name. She thought it was her mother at first, it was Charal in the form of a young witch to draw her out.
  • Infant Immortality: Mace, who can't be much older than thirteen, is killed in the opening.
  • I Shall Return: Before the Marauders attacked, Cindel tells Wicket that she'll return to visit one day. She says it again as she and Noa leave Endor.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold. Noa didn't want Cindel and Wicket in his hut. Eventually he starts to warm up to them, especially Cindel.
  • Jump Scare: Teek looks from behind the bushes to see the approaching Marauders. One of them jumps in front of Teek, but luckily he ran quickly to warn the others.
  • Kill It with Fire: When Wicket use his slingshot to destroy Charal's 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.
  • Lock-and-Load Montage: Noa of all people gets one, prepping his walking stick and a blaster before he goes off to rescue Cindel.
  • Papa Wolf: Deej goes completely to town on the Marauders after they surround Wicket. He fires his stolen blaster pistol at them until it either malfunctions or runs out of ammo, and then commandeers a catapult and launches himself onto the remaining one.
  • The Runt at the End: The midget Marauder.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: Cindel's father buys time to let Cindel escape. This accomplishes nothing besides getting himself killed, as she's captured right afterward.
  • Shapeshifter Mode Lock: The ultimate fate of Charal. According to the EU, the ring she used was a Talisman of Transformation, a dark side artifact 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.
  • Stupid Evil: Terak has a vague idea of what he wants, a swift blade, and an itchy finger. To say the least, this is counterproductive for all concerned.
  • 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. According to Lucas, his daughter got into Heidi, so the sequel contrived to give Cindel the same kind of relationship with Noa.
  • Super Speed: Teek, and presumably his species, can run really fast.
  • Taken for Granite: Terak
  • Too Dumb to Live: The Marauders think the energy crystal for a star cruiser is a source of absolute power. Unfortunately, they refuse to listen when others try to explain that's not how it works.
  • 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.
  • Water Wake Up: Wicket splashes a bucket of water onto Noa to wake him up after Cindel was missing.
  • Whole Plot Reference: The idea of an orphan girl living with an old hermit came from George Lucas having just seen a film version of Heidi with his then-7 year old daughter.
  • You No Take Candle: Wicket has learned some basic English from Cindel.

Alternative Title(s): The Ewok Adventure


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