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"And you thought the Star Wars Holiday Special was Lucasfilm's dirtiest secret."
―Abel G. Peña[src]

"The Ewoks and the Magic Sunberries", also known as "Ewoks on Ice" and marketed as "Ice Capades and Ewoks," was an ice show based on the animated television series Star Wars: Ewoks. Directed by Robert Turk and written by Anne Snyder for the 1986 Ice Capades tour "Bravo America: Bold-Bright-Beautiful," the Ewok-based adventure bridged the show's intermission. "The Ewoks and the Magic Sunberries" was billed for ages "3 to 93," and it featured song and dance numbers performed by professional ice skaters dressed in costumes representing various characters from the Ewoks cartoon, including Wicket, Princess Kneesaa, and some trouble-making Duloks.

Plot summaryEdit

"On the mystic moon of Endor,
Where enchanted forests grow,
There dwells a furry fellowship,
The Ewoks, don't you know!

The Ewoks live in giant trees,
They're busy all the day,
But around the bonfire every night,
They sing and dance and play!

The story teller is Logray,
An Ewok old and wise,
He now begins a classic tale
Of life beyond our skies.

You'll need a course in 'Ewokese',
To help you understand
The glories and the triumphs
Of this hardy, happy clan!

Sit back, relax, enjoy yourself,
Bravo! You're on your way!
Presto! Chango! 'Be-che-wa-wa',
You're an Ewok for the day!
"
―From "The Ewoks and the Magic Sunberries" — Gnome-speakernotesListen (file info)[src]

On the moon of Endor[4] in the year 3.5 ABY,[3] the Ewok residents of Bright Tree Village keep busy, singing and dancing around bonfires each night. One night, the tribe's storyteller and shaman, Logray, tells a story about life beyond the forest moon. However, the Ewoks' warring cousins, the Duloks, set out to cause trouble and ruin the fun. An adventure ensues, and Ewoks including Logray, Chief Chirpa, Princess Kneesaa a Jari Kintaka, Latara, Paploo, and Wicket Wystri Warrick are pitted against the Dulok King Gorneesh and his tribe, including Queen Urgah and the shaman Umwak. In the excitement, the two tribes discover sunberry trees possessing magical sunberries.[4]

DevelopmentEdit

"A Tale For Kids, 3 To 93!"
―"The Ewoks and the Magic Sunberries" playbill[src]
Ewoks on Ice program

The playbill for "The Ewoks and the Magic Sunberries" contained a poem from the show.

"The Ewoks and the Magic Sunberries," also referred to as "Ewoks on Ice"[1] and marketed as "Ice Capades and Ewoks,"[5] was licensed by Lucasfilm Ltd. for the ice show "Bravo America: Bold-Bright-Beautiful," the 1986 tour of Ice Capades, which was performed in ice skating rinks across the United States.[2] The Ice Capades production was directed and produced by Robert Turk, and the two-part Ewoks segment was written by Anne Snyder for the show's intermission. "The Ewoks and the Magic Sunberries" was inspired by the animated television series Star Wars: Ewoks,[1] which first aired in 1985.[6] The playbill for the ice show marketed it as "A Tale For Kids, 3 To 93!" and the program also included a poem featured in the show. The song and dance routines in "The Ewoks and the Magic Sunberries" were performed by professional ice skaters[2] such as Jacqueline Counter, who portrayed the Ewok Latara.[7] During the show, the performers wore six-foot costumes[8] designed by Joseph Porro to resemble characters from Star Wars: Ewoks.[9]

"The Ewoks and the Magic Sunberries" had a number of merchandise, including a series of pennants, buttons, and a fiber optic flashlight.[5] The show was further promoted by televised commercials, and one such commercial aired on November 1, 1986, during "The Season Scepter," the thirteenth episode in the second season of Star Wars: Ewoks.[6]

ContinuityEdit

"The Ewoks and the Magic Sunberries" is a tie-in to the television show Star Wars: Ewoks,[1] which is set in the year 3.5 ABY,[3] between Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi.[10] The production is part of the Star Wars Legends continuity, and is not part of the official Star Wars canon.[11]

ReceptionEdit

In the years since its release, "The Ewoks and the Magic Sunberries" has been called Lucasfilm's "dirtiest secret," being compared to The Star Wars Holiday Special,[1] a 1978 television movie which Lucasfilm has not released on any medium, due to its poor ratings.[12] In Star Wars Insider 83, the article "20 Most Memorable Moments of the Expanded Universe" by Abel G. Peña and Enrique Guerrero ranked "The Ewoks and the Magic Sunberries" as the second-goofiest moment in Star Wars, with the third being the Holiday Special and the first being "Planet of Kadril," a comic strip featuring Luke Skywalker and Han Solo wearing drag-like clothing while saving the planet Kadril from the Pacifog, a weapon which brought out the worst traits of individuals.[2]

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Ewoks on Ice Urgah

Costumes for the show were designed by Joseph Porro.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 StarWarsDotComBlogsLogoStacked "Ewoks at the Ice Capades" – Only Sith Deal In Absolutes!, Abel G. Peña's StarWars.com Blog (content now obsolete; backup link on Archive.org)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 SWInsider "20 Most Memorable Moments of the Expanded Universe"—Star Wars Insider 83
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 SWicon Books, Comics, & Television VIPs on StarWars.com Message Boards. Posted by Leland Y Chee on April 20, 2006 at 11:42 AM. (content now obsolete; backup link on Archive.org) "The 3 ABY dating (technically, it should be 3.5) is from the timeline in Behind the Magic. This is the date we've been going by since 1998, if not earlier."
  4. 4.0 4.1 "The Ewoks and the Magic Sunberries"
  5. 5.0 5.1 The Archive Database. Star Wars Collectors Archive. Retrieved on February 14, 2017.
  6. 6.0 6.1 SWInsider "A Star Wars CELibration"—Star Wars Insider 27
  7. 7.0 7.1 Counter, Jacqueline. Figure Skating. Counter Blog. Retrieved on February 17, 2017.
  8. SWicon Collector Panels and More at Celebration IV on StarWars.com (content now obsolete; backup link on Archive.org)
  9. 9.0 9.1 Porro, Joseph. Other shows. Pinterest. Retrieved on February 17, 2017. "Ice Capade. I was in charge of the Ewok costume production..."
  10. The New Essential Chronology
  11. SWCustom-2011 The Legendary Star Wars Expanded Universe Turns a New Page on StarWars.com (backup link on Archive.org)
  12. SWCustom-2011 The Star Wars Holiday Special Cantina: Who's Who on StarWars.com (backup link on Archive.org)

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