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Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985)

Posted on the 25 June 2014 by Buttercup2k @ButtercupX
A long time ago, in a TV far, far away....
Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985)
If you're anything like me, and I know I am, Star Wars holds a very deep personal and loving space in your heart (all Jar Jar and JJ Abrams jokes aside). Maybe you also felt a disturbance in the Force when it was announced that the new Star Wars movies would ignore the canon previously established in the number of books and graphic novels that have been released.  True, that may very well spell distaster, but when it comes to Ewoks: The Battle for Endor, perhaps its best if the new canon just pretends this never happened to begin with.
Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985)
Before we begin, its only fair to point out, that you can either watch this movie through Netflix or on YouTube. However, if you want your own copy, its a little pricey…
Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985)
When you think about it, YouTube is a real bargain.
So begins our long journey into sci-fi mediocrity...
Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985)
I watched this - and not entirely sure what the plot was, but I'll give you my impression. A sweet cherubic child witnesses the brutal murder of her parents by way of demonic extras from the Lord of the Rings set. Since she is all alone in the world, a Ewok takes her along a random trip through danger and pointless travels, all to watch Wilfred Brimley uncomfortably walk through scenes and climb up ladders. Also, there's a power source that the forces of evil want, although we're not sure why.
Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985)
I understand that special effects for TV weren't quite up to calibur that they are now, but the special effects of this look like a still background setting with pictures of mythical animals taped on it.
In true Lucas-ian style, we are given characters that are meant to be cute and therefore, "funny". However, as I discovered, there was very little difference in the upsetting scale between those characters and the ones meant to represent the evil side.
Case in point....
Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985)Evil. Sure - I get it.
Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985)
DEAR GOD, DON'T LOOK INTO ITS EYES! Get that kid away from that thing!
Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985)
Just back away slowly from the Demon Squirrel - he only wants you for your soul....
Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985)
Sure, she's evil - but at the same token, she's far less threatening than anyone else in this movie (the Precious Moments figure of a main character not withstanding) but I also get the feeling she was super helpful that time I shopped the clearance sale at Bath and Body Works.
Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985)
The only reason I posted this screenshot is because I was secretly hoping this toucan/pteredactyl unholy union would end up being a a more central part of the movie.  It wasn't. Also disappointing was the fact it didn't eat the Ewok with its big goofy mouth.
Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985)
Meanwhile, in a picturesque cabin in the woods....
Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985)
Wilfred Brimley takes a moment to heft himself out of his chair and not talk about diabetes. He's curmudgeonly and has no place for others in his life....or his oatmeal infused heart.
Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985)
Did I say curmudgeonly? Don't let the whittled flute fool you - there's a scene where he kicks out the most precious child alive to starve and/or get eaten by a hastily  thrown together special effect.
Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985)
"Being alone isn't so bad...I grew a beard just so I'd have someone to talk to."
Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985)
Our bland little heroine is tricked by the song of a beautiful princess and a magic white horse.  Maybe our more cynical age would make this an eye rolling moment, but I'll tell you this.  Had this happened to me, I would have totally fallen for it.
Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985)
...and it turns out to be the evil witch, who kidnaps the little girl and makes off for a super evil castle that has no light, no plumbing, and no real floor plan.
It should be noted that  no one on Endor is teaching kids the whole "Stranger danger" lesson.
Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985)
This is what the bad guys are after. After watching this movie, I have just as many answers for what it is, then had I just looked at a picture.
Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985)
Meanwhile, the Ewok, a Demon Squirrel and Wilfred Brimley go to rescue the kid and use dialog that narrates everything we're seeing.
"Oh look, water."
End scene.
Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985)
Here's one thing that this movie felt was none of our business: our villains (i.e. Night Manager of Bath and Body Works and the rejects from Lord of the Rings) don't really have a clear objective.  They have a glowy lantern thing, they don't know how to work it.  They kidnap a five year old expecting her to know how to work it. So the Manager and the little girl are thrown in prison until they figure what they're doing.
Remember the trash compactor scene from Episode IV? Its like that but if you take away the action, or the urgency or the motivation, or even the interest to find out what happens next.
Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985)
 Meanwhile Wilfred Brimley lumbers from scene to scene - trust me, they weren't paying him enough to run.
Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985)There's a weird game of poker being played that's meant as a "comedy" scene.
Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985)
I can't stare at these face and be moved towards laughter.  Its just not going to happen. You didn't see Peter Jackson pulling this.
Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985)
And just in case you were concerned that they only shot this movie in someone's basement or someone's backyard, here's a shot of Ewoks running next to a very realistic painting of a castle.
Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985)
Also a evil horsemen and his evil horse who may not have been informed that they are in a made for TV Ewoks movie and not an actual Star Wars movie.
Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985)
The villains of this are understandably perturbed that there trip back home was but a small detour and here they are back again battling low rent Teddy Ruxpins.
Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985)
Also annoyed is Wilfred Brimley, who's fisherman's hat says he had a fishing trip lined up, but was called back to set at the last minute. 
Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985)
"I had fish to catch and oatmeal to eat.  They didn't pull this crap on Cocoon II."
Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985)
"I demand to lounge for the rest of the movie. This getting up business is for you young folks."
Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985)KILL THEM WITH FIRE.
Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985)The battle ends with the villains being burned to a crisp by a Eddie Bauer camping lantern and Wilfred Brimley and child boarding a spaceship. Where are they going? None of our business.
Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985)
Perhaps to another galaxy far, far away in a painting a long time ago.
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