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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Ewoks: The Battle of Endor is about the value of friendship, loyalty, and love.
Positive Role Models
Characters display bravery, empathy, compassion, and loyalty.
Violence & Scariness
Ewoks: The Battle for Endor features several battle scenes that include gunplay and swordplay. People and creatures are shot with arrows, cities are burned down, and lives are lost. One person is shown to be burned alive, and other dead bodies are shown as well. Even the cute, furry Ewoks use weapons, including catapults that launch bombs.
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No objectionable language, but the Ewoks speak English instead of Ewokese like in other Ewoks films, and their use of broken English or pidgin English may be interpreted as a racial stereotype.
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Products & Purchases
Star Wars films, even those that haven't been available for decades, have plenty of merchandising tie-ins. There's a long-standing belief that the Ewoks were specifically marketed and designed to sell toys to younger children.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Ewoks: The Battle for Endor is a Star Wars universe TV movie from 1985 that follows the adventures of six-year-old Cindel Towani and the Ewok Wicket, who was featured in Return of the Jedi. The Battle for Endor was preceded by the 1984 TV movie Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure, in which Cindel travels with her mother, father, and teenage brother. At the beginning of The Battle of Endor (spoiler alert!), Cindel's family is violently killed off. Subsequently, throughout all of the movie, there's a disconnection between the very young audience it seems aimed at and the level of violence and other scary moments that take place. Ewoks: The Battle for Endor features several battle scenes that include gunplay and swordplay. People and creatures are shot with arrows, cities are burned down, and lives are lost. Even the cute, furry Ewoks use weapons, including catapults that launch bombs. Creatures hunt Cindel and try to kill her. Dead bodies are shown, including Cindel's mother and another character who appears to have been burned alive. There's a long-standing belief that the Ewoks were specifically designed and marketed to sell toys to younger children, and there are some creatures here, especially the friendly Teek, that feel similar. Unlike in Return of the Jedi, the Ewoks speak English here, and they do so in a way that may come off like a racial stereotype. Despite being over three decades old, Ewoks: The Battle for Endor feels very much a part of the Star Wars universe, and the special effects hold up just fine. The story is simplistic, but there are some fun things for Star Wars fans to discover.
Is It Any Good?
The Star Wars TV spin-offs of the mid-'80s don't have a great reputation, and it's easy to see why. Ewoks: The Battle of Endor begins by ditching three quarters of the family from its predecessor, Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure, and thus any emotional connections that might have come with it. The script problems continue from there, mostly because it was made to appeal to younger viewers than the trilogy does, like making the protagonist a six-year-old and the Ewoks speak English. That said, if Star Wars fans can get past the simplistic story (and some unfortunate character design), there's some enjoyable stuff here, mostly because the special effects hold up nearly as well as the original trilogy's do. If nothing else, Endor is a nice place to visit, even if humans wouldn't want to live there.
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