Put these great movies back in print so people can buy at a good price!
These are great made-for-TV movies that slide right in between The Empire Strikes Back and The Return of the Jedi. Some people hate the Ewoks, but I love 'em! And I think a fair share of people agree with me since they got two spin-off/prequel movies and their own cartoon series. These movies, and the follow-up series, were all broadcast on ABC, which is generally very family-friendly. They also have very high production values, in my opinion. Some of the sets/props/costumes were probably recycled, but I didn't mind.
The first movie, originally just called The Ewok Adventure, has lots of voiceover narration to introduce the Ewok characters since they don't speak English, and the adults don't get much screen time. It plays out a lot like a storybook quest with mild fantasy violence. There are strange creatures that are trying to hurt kids, and some realistic deaths. The second is more straight-forward, with lots of death right off. It's sad, but sets the story in motion. If you saw Jedi, or The Lion King, you're expecting it and so are your kids. While the first one was more of an adventure story, the second is actually a battle, with lots of fighting and violence.
All in all, I'd recommend this for kids ages 10 and up. Younger than that may get scared, or just won't understand the story. It helps if you've instilled in your family the importance of Star Wars before they try to watch this. If you're just now teaching them about the galaxy far, far away...slip this pair of movies in right before Jedi and expand their horizons a little more. It would be nice if it were widescreen, with 5.1 and some features, but for now I'm happy with this release.
It is a flipper disc, which is a space-saver, just be careful which side is up when you put it in and watch Caravan of Courage first. I was around 10 when I first watched them, and I just bought this disc at 39 years old. If you're a fan of the series, you'll love these movies!Read full review