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An Ewok Adventure
Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure (originally released as The Ewok Adventure) is a 1984 made-for-TV movie that focuses on the Towani family, who were been stranded on the forest moon of Endor after their space ship crashed. Jeremiit and Catarine Towani are kidnapped by the Gorax, forcing their children—Mace and Cindel—to team up with the Ewoks in a quest to rescue them. Caravan of Courage is set sometime between the fifth and sixth episodes of the Star Wars saga. Its success led to a sequel—Ewoks: The Battle for Endor—and a spin-off animated series that also features the Ewoks.
The Towani family's starcruiser has crashed on the forest moon of Endor, leaving the group stranded. The children—Mace and Cindel—have disappeared, and the parents—Jeremitt and Catarine—cannot locate them. Jeremitt and Catarine desperately search with flashlights and call out Mace and Cindel's names. However, in the midst of their search, the parents encounter the Gorax...
The children are found by the Ewok Deej Warrick. After Mace tries to kill them, the Ewoks subdue him and take both children to the Ewoks' home. There, Cindel and Wicket Warrick become friends. Shortly thereafter, the Ewoks kill a beast only to find a life-monitor from one of the Towani parents with the creature.
They seek out the Ewok Logray who informs them that the parents have been taken by the monstrous Gorax, who resides in a deserted, dangerous area. A caravan of Ewoks is formed to help the children find their parents. They meet up with a wistie named Izrina and a boisterous Ewok named Chukha-Trok as well as the Ewok wizard Kaink before finally reaching the lair of the Gorax. They engage the Gorax in battle, freeing Jeremitt and Catarine, but Chukha is killed. The Gorax is thought destroyed when he is knocked into a chasm, but it takes a final blow from Mace (using Chukha's axe) to kill the creature, who tries to climb back up after them. Thus reunited, the Towanis decide to stay with the Ewoks until they can repair the starcruiser, and Izrina leaves to go back to her family.
Cast and charactersEdit
- Burl Ives .... Narrator (voice)
- Eric Walker .... Mace
- Warwick Davis .... Wicket
- Fionnula Flanagan .... Catarine
- Guy Boyd .... Jeremitt
- Aubree Miller .... Cindel
- Daniel Frishman .... Deej
- Debbie Lee Carrington .... Weechee
- Tony Cox .... Widdle
- Kevin Thompson .... Chukha-Trok
- Margarita Fernández .... Kaink
- Pam Grizz .... Shodu
- Bobby Bell .... Logray
- Darryl Henriques .... Wicket (voice) (as Daryl Henriquez)
- Sydney Walker .... Deej (voice)
- Nancy Carlin .... Shodu (voice)
- James Cranna .... Widdle (voice) (as Jim Cranna)
- Hal Raylee .... Weechee (voice)
- Robert Elross .... Logray (voice)
- Pat Franklin .... Kaink (voice)
- Michael Pritchard .... Chukha-Trok (voice)
- Tiffany Brissette .... (voice) (uncredited)
- Jon Berg .... Gorax
James Cranna is the only actor who participated in both the Ewoks films and animated series. He voiced the Ewok Widdle Warrick in Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure, and voiced the Ewok Teebo in the second season of the Star Wars: Ewoks animated television series.
Some time after the release of Return of the Jedi, George Lucas had an idea for a "one-hour television special dealing with the Ewoks." This "one hour" eventually was expanded into one and a half hours, however. This production would be more fantasy-and magic-oriented than the Star Wars films that came before. Joe Johnston, an art director at Industrial Light & Magic for years and one of the key concept artists of the classic Star Wars trilogy, acted as production designer. Prior to this movie, Johnston had written and illustrated a book about Ewoks, The Adventures of Teebo: A Tale of Magic and Suspense. This gave him a background to the arboreal aliens that was crucial in designing new Ewoks and their surroundings.
The film was directed by John Korty, from a story by George Lucas and screenplay by Bob Carrau. It was shot mostly in Marin County, California, and also in the California Redwoods. According to Eric Walker (Mace), Lucas himself directed the film's re-shoots and edited some of the film's scenes himself.
The Ewok Adventure debuted on ABC on November 25, 1984. Some radio stations broadcast a simultaneous audio track in order to create a stereo experience for viewers. The film was also given a theatrical release in some countries with the title Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure.
Beginning in 1984, Random House released a series of tie-in children's books that continued the adventures of the Ewoks from the film. Each book used the film's subtitle "An Ewok Adventure".
In 1985, Random House released The Ewoks and the Lost Children—a children's book adaptation of Caravan of Courage by Amy Ehrlich. The same year, Buena Vista Records published a read-along storybook based on the film. It fills in some of the gaps in the story and at times contains different dialogue than the film.
In 1986, Lucasfilm released an official soundtrack LP. Known as simply Ewoks, the LP was made up of the original film score composed by Peter Bernstein for both Caravan of Courage and the Battle for Endor.
On November 23, 2004, Lucasfilm and 20th Century Fox released the film on DVD—this time with its theatrical title of Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure. The DVD presents the film in its original 1.33:1 aspect ratio with a Dolby Digital 2.0 English audio track and English subtitles. The release was billed as Star Wars Ewok Adventures, a "double feature" of Caravan of Courage and its sequel, Ewoks: The Battle for Endor. The disc itself is double-sided, featuring one film on each side. The DVD release featured no extras, only the films themselves.
During the production of Caravan of Courage, the children of the cast had to balance their school work with acting in the film. their teacher had the idea for them to make a documentary about the making of the film&mdashlfeeling that this would be a good educational activity. Eric Walker (Mace) and Warwick Davis (Wicket) were given a camera from Lucasfilm as an educational experience. Eric and Warwick, calling themselves W&W Productions, came up with the idea for a documentary of the making of the film, which they shot all on their own. The two boys then learned to edit film and cut together the final documentary using Lucasfilm equipment. This was the only known documentary made about the film, but was never publicly released. It exists now as private "home movie" for the two.
When the Ewok films were released on DVD in 2004, some fans were expecting this documentary to be included as a bonus feature. However, the disc contained nothing but the two Ewok films themselves. This was mostly due to the small amount of time Lucasfilm had to release all of the DVDs they did that year, including the original Star Wars trilogy. Eric Walker (Mace) has expressed disappointment with the DVD's lack of extras  and both he and Warwick Davis have stated in interviews that they would be happy to record a cast commentary for a DVD release, if a more elaborate release ever occurred. In July 2006, Walker announced on his official website that he will soon publish a book about working with George Lucas entitled Growing up on Skywalker Ranch. The book will reveal new information about George Lucas and the behind the scenes work on the two Ewok films. It will include a collectible DVD featuring Walker and Davis' documentary.
The film won two Emmy Awards: one for "Outstanding Children's Programming", and another for "Outstanding Special Visual Effects".
During the Celebration IV opening ceremonies, the cast of "Star Wars in 30 Minutes" performed a skit called "Lucasfilm in Five Minutes 1983-2005", in which they re-enacted segments or imitated elements from all major Lucasfilm productions from 1983 to 2005. Both Ewok films were included in the act.
Star Wars: Ewoks incorporated several elements introduced in the Ewok films, such as the appearance of Queen Izrina of the fairies. Bob Carrou, who wrote the script for Caravan of Courage, went on to write a few episodes of the Ewoks animated series. One of the characters who appeared in the film, Queen Izrina of the fairies, went on to appear in an episode of the follow-up Ewoks animated series entitled The Cries of the Trees.
In the 1996 novel Tyrant's Test', Cindel is shown to have grown to be an intelligent and idealistic woman, who has become a reporter on Coruscant. During the Yevethan crisis, Cindel received the so-called Plat Mallar tapes from Admiral Drayson, and leaked the story of the only survivor of the Yevethan attack of Polneye. The report was meant to garner sympathy among the people of the New Republic and the Senate.
The Ewok films are officially set in 3 ABY. However, there is contradictory internal evidence:
- In the film, Wicket's youngest sister Winda is a cradled Wokling, whereas in the animated series she is a much older Ewok, capable of independent speech and movement.
- In the film, the woodcutter Ewok Chukha-Trok is killed by the Gorax, while the character is seen to be alive and well in the Star Wars: Ewoks animated series which takes place after the film.
- In the film, there is no Imperial presence visible on Endor, suggesting the films take place before the Death Star operation began in earnest. However, an Ewok is seen with a toy of an Imperial Walker.
- Star Wars: Ewoks - Shadows of Endor is set 8 months prior to the Battle of Endor, appears to retcon the events of the animated series to prior to the events of the films. Due to events contained therein, Star Wars: Ewoks is now chronologically followed by Star Wars: Ewoks - Shadows of Endor which itself precedes Ewoks: The Battle for Endor due to the inclusion of Charal.
A sequel—with a working title of "Ewoks II"—was filmed in the summer of 1985, and aired that November on ABC as Ewoks: The Battle for Endor. The sequel picks up not long after the first film, and focuses on Cindel and the Ewoks' battle against a group of pirates who have attacked the Ewok village, killed Cindel's parents and brother, and captured many of the Ewoks. In a 1985 interview with Starlog magazine, Warwick Davis speculated that a third Ewok film was in the works, but such a project was never produced.
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Many other unidentified creatures, real, or mythical, depicted in Logray's hut murals
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Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1
- ↑ Sellers, Pat. Little Lord of the Ewoks. Us magazine Vol. 8 No. 25 December 3, 1984. Retrieved on October 31, 2013.
- ↑ Davis, Warwick. Introduction. Bantha Tracks #23 (Winter 1984).
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Streeter, Michael. Eric Walker: Ewok Adventurer. Retrieved on October 31, 2013.
- ↑ Caravan of Courage Press Kit: Warwick Davis.
- ↑ http://www.ericwalker.net/picturesmedia/ericthumbs/index.htm
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- ↑ Fury, page 155
- ↑ Goldberg, Lee. The Ewok Adventure. Starlog 89. Retrieved on December 1, 1984.
- ↑ Pirani, Adam (December 1985). Warwick Davis: Return of the Ewok. Starlog 101.