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Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure
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Genre
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Fantasy
  • Science fiction
Screenplay by Bob Carrau
Story by George Lucas
Directed by John Korty
Starring
Narrated by Burl Ives
Theme music composer Peter Bernstein
Country of origin United States
Production
Executive producer(s) George Lucas
Producer(s)
  • Thomas G. Smith
  • Patricia Rose Duignan
Production location(s) Marin County, California
Cinematography John Korty
Editor(s) John Nutt
Running time 97 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor 20th Century Fox Television
Release
Original network ABC
Picture format Color
Audio format Dolby
Original release November 25, 1984 (1984-11-25)
Chronology
Followed by Ewoks: The Battle for Endor

The Ewok Adventure is a 1984 American television spin-off film based in the Star Wars universe. It takes place on the moon of Endor, and features the Ewoks, who help two young human siblings as they try to locate their parents.

The film was given a limited international theatrical run, for which it was retitled Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure. It was followed by a sequel, Ewoks: The Battle for Endor, in 1985.

Plot

On the forest moon of Endor, the Towani family starcruiser lies wrecked. The Towani family (Catarine, Jeremitt, Mace and Cindel) are stranded. When Catarine and Jeremitt vanish (having been captured by the Gorax), the children are found by the Ewok Deej. After Mace tries to kill them, the Ewoks subdue him and take both children to the Ewoks’ home. There, Cindel and Wicket become friends. Shortly thereafter, the Ewoks kill a boar wolf 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, which 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 before finally reaching the lair of the Gorax. They engage the Gorax in battle, freeing Jeremitt and Catarine, but Chukha-Trok is killed. The Gorax is thought destroyed when it is knocked into a chasm, but it takes a final blow from Mace (using Chukha-Trok's axe) to kill the creature, which 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

  • Warwick Davis as Wicket W. Warrick
  • Aubree Miller as Cindel Towani
  • Eric Walker as Mace Towani
  • Fionnula Flanagan as Catarine Towani
  • Guy Boyd as Jeremitt Towani
  • Daniel Frishman as Deej
  • Debbie Lee Carrington as Weechee
  • Tony Cox as Widdle
  • Kevin Thompson as Chukha-Trok
  • Margarita Fernández as Kaink
  • Pam Grizz as Shodu
  • Bobby Bell as Logray
  • Burl Ives as Narrator (voice)
  • Darryl Henriques as Wicket (voice) (as Daryl Henriquez)
  • Sydney Walker as Deej (voice)

Adaptations

In 1985, Random House released a children's book adaptation of The Ewok Adventure by Amy Ehrlich, titled The Ewoks and the Lost Children, which includes stills from the film.

Legacy

See also: Ewoks: The Battle for Endor#Legacy

Several elements from the film have gone on to appear in other works of the Star Wars Expanded Universe, which was declared non-canon and rebranded as Legends in 2014.

  • Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985) is the second of the two made-for-TV Ewok films. It dealt with the orphanage of Cindel, after her family was killed by Sanyassan Marauders. The marauders also kidnap many of the Ewoks. After meeting and being taken in by Noa Briqualon, Cindel, along with the Ewoks, must team up to defeat the marauders and free the others from their grasp.
  • Ewoks (1985–1987) was an ABC animated series featuring the Ewoks that ran for two seasons. Set before the original Star Wars trilogy, it features Izrina, Queen of the Wisties, in one episode.
  • Tyrant's Test (1996) – In the Star Wars Legends continuity, Cindel Towani went on to appear in Tyrant's Test, the third book of Michael P. Kube-McDowell's Star Wars book series, The Black Fleet Crisis trilogy. In the novel, set over ten years after The Battle for Endor, Cindel is shown to have grown to 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; it worked. The Expanded Universe claims Cindel decided to join the New Republic and go into journalism after witnessing the Battle of Endor.
  • The Illustrated Star Wars Universe (1997) by Kevin J. Anderson retroactively set the film between the events of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.
  • Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided (2003) is an MMORPG. In the game, the player has the opportunity to encounter the Gorax species.

The Gorax was reintroduced in current Star Wars canon in the second season episode "Traps and Tribulations" of the animated web series Star Wars: Forces of Destiny. Princess Leia Organa and Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker aid the Ewoks Kneesaa and Wicket against the rampaging beast.

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