THE EWOK ADVENTURE
CARAVAN OF COURAGE; THE EWOK MOVIE
The crassness of George Lucass attempt to cash-in on his own bandwagon cannot help but dilute the impact of his original vision. On a juvenile level, The Ewok Adventure is undemandingly pleasant, albeit doused in heavy doses of cuteness. The fantasy elements cyclopean giants, magicians, fairies, magic pools are played up even more so than they were in the Star Wars films the film is far closer to being an epic fantasy film along the lines of Lucass own Willow (1988) than it is to the science-fiction universe of Star Wars. The scripting is jerky and episodic too much time is spent muddling around the Ewok village at the start. The special effects, intended for the small screen, look grainy in cinematic blow-up, and far below the standards that Industrial Light and Magic employed on the rest of the Star Wars films. While the midgets in the teddy bear suits are okay, male lead Eric Walker is far too awkward to carry the film, although the younger Aubree Miller is much better. The whole affair is dreadfully insipid and cutsie.
The Ewok Adventure was followed by a slightly better tv movie sequel Ewoks and the Marauders of Endor/Ewoks II: The Battle for Endor (1986), which also starred Aubree Miller and was given a cinematic release outside the US.
John Korty had a career directing mostly in television since the 1960s where he was responsible for classic tv movies such as Go Ask Alice (1973) and The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1974). In genre material, he also made the George Lucas-produced animated film Twice Upon a Time (1983) and the tv movies, The People (1972) about a village of aliens, the ghost story The Haunting Passion (1983), the medium film They (1993) and the sex-reversed Dickens retelling Ms. Scrooge (1997).
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