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Ewoks TV Series
Star Wars Ewoks.jpg
Based onStar Wars
by George Lucas
Developed by
Directed byRaymond Jafelice
Ken Stephenson
Dale Schott
Country of origin
  • United States
  • Canada
  • Taiwan[1]
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes26 (35 segments)
Running time22 minutes
Distributor20th Century Fox Television
Original networkABC
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseSeptember 7, 1985 (1985-09-07) -
December 13, 1986 (1986-12-13)
Related showsStar Wars: Droids

Ewoks (also known as Star Wars: Ewoks) is an American/Canadian animated television series featuring the Ewok characters introduced in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi and further explored in The Ewok Adventure and its sequel Ewoks: The Battle for Endor. The series was produced by Nelvana on behalf of Lucasfilm and broadcast on ABC, originally with its sister series Droids (as part of The Ewoks and Droids Adventure Hour), and then by itself, as The All-New Ewoks.[4]


The series focuses on the adventures of Wicket W. Warrick and his friends on the forest moon of Endor before the events of A New Hope and The Ewok Adventure.[5] Unlike the Ewok films, the characters speak English[a] instead of their native language (though Ewokese phrases and songs are occasionally used).[6] The primary recurring villains are Morag the Tulgah Witch, who had a personal grudge against the tribe's shaman, Master Logray, and the Duloks, a rival species that is related to the Ewoks.[7]

The penultimate episode, "Battle for the Sunstar", which was reaired as the series finale, shows the Ewok heroes leaving the forest moon's surface when they go aboard an Imperial Star Destroyer that has traveled to their system.[5] An Imperial scientist attempts to destroy the Emperor, whose shuttle makes an appearance. The episode has been noted as forming a link with Return of the Jedi, which features the Empire using Endor as its base of operations for the second Death Star.[6]

Cast and characters

The Ewok tribe

Warrick family

  • Wicket Wysteri Warrick (voiced by Jim Henshaw[8] then Denny Delk[9]) - The youngest brother of the Warrick Family. He is headstrong and determined and often takes the initiative. Wicket really wants to be a great warrior, which often gets him into trouble. Has dark brown fur and wears an orange hood, but wears a green hood in season two.
  • Widdle "Willy" Warrick (voiced by John Stocker[8]) - The middle brother of the Warrick Family. Originally called Widdle. He is clumsy, gluttonous and overweight, but exceedingly nice.
  • Weechee Warrick (voiced by Greg Swanson[8]) - The eldest brother and the strongest of the Warrick Family.
  • Winda Warrick - The youngest child of the Warrick Family.
  • Deej Warrick (voiced by Richard Donat[9]) - Father to Wicket, Weechee, Willy and Winda and his wife is Shodu.[10] A very respected warrior of the Ewok tribe. Has dark grey fur and wears a purple hood.
  • Shodu Warrick (voiced by Nonnie Griffin[9] then Esther Scott[9]) - Deej's wife and mother to Wicket, Weechee, Willy and Winda.
  • Erpham Warrick (voiced by Anthony Parr[9]) - Wicket's great grandfather, once a great warrior for the Ewok tribe and is still looked up to by young Ewoks. Not much is known about Erpham, as he died years ago, but he makes a brief appearance as a ghost when Wicket tries to repair his old battle wagon and instructs him. He was a golden-colored Ewok with a green hood.

Kintaka family

  • Princess Kneesaa a Jari Kintaka [11] (voiced by Cree Summer[8] then Jeanne Reynolds[9]) - Younger daughter of Chief Chirpa and Ra-Lee. Often the voice of reason and wisdom to her friends, but usually ends up in just as much trouble. She seems smitten with Wicket but no romantic relationship was proven during the series. Has white and grey fur and wears a pink hood with a blue gem dangling near her forehead.
  • Asha (voiced by Tabitha St. Germain[9]) - Older daughter of Chief Chirpa and Ra-Lee. Went missing during Ra-Lee's death and eventually was reunited with the Ewoks.
  • Chief Chirpa (voiced by George Buza[8] then Rick Cimino[9]) - Widowed father to Kneesaa and Asha. He gives order to the warriors when they are fighting against the Duloks.
  • Ra-Lee - Wife to Chief Chirpa and mother to Princess Kneesaa and Asha. Ended up killed by a hanadak.
  • Paploo (voiced by Paul Chato[9]) - Kneesaa's cousin, Great Chief Chirpa's nephew and son to Bozzie. He is close friends with Wicket and Teebo. He sometimes joins in when the young Ewoks go on their adventures. He is older, but often acts with less maturity than the younger Ewoks. Has grey fur, with a white face and wears an orange hood with a feather.
  • Bozzie (voice by Pam Hyatt[8]) - Chief Chirpa's sister / sister-in-law and mother to Paploo. She can be very bossy and domineering towards the young Ewoks.

Teebo's family[b]

  • Teebo (voiced by Eric Peterson[8] then James Cranna[9]) - Wicket's best friend and the older child of Warok and Batcheela. Fascinated by tales of sorcery and magic becomes his Master Logray's Apprentice. He is a bit of a dreamer, and sometimes a little clumsy. Teebo often lacks discipline, but this is something he learns to master over time from Logray, and eventually becomes a respectful young Ewok. Has ochre fur and he wears a tan, baggy hood with a feather.
  • Malani (voiced by Alyson Court[8]) - The younger child of Warok and Batcheela. She is a close friends with Wiley, Nippet and Winda. She has a crush on Wicket and desperately tries to impress him. Has beige fur and wears a blue hood with a flower in it.

Latara's family

  • Latara (voiced by Taborah Johnson[8] then Sue Murphy) - Has dark grey fur and wears a yellow hat with a pink feather in it in season one; in season two her fur is light brown and cream, and her hat is heather with a greenish-blue feather. She is Kneesaa's best friend, and dreams of being a great musician with her flute, though her main job appears to be looking after her younger siblings. She has a huge crush on Teebo, though he rarely notices it. In the second season, it's the other way round.
  • Nippet and Wiley (voiced by Leanne Coppen[9] and Michael Fantini[9]) - Latara's younger siblings. At times, Latara has to stay home to watch over them.
  • Zephee - The Mother of Latara, Nippet and Wiley. She was seen in three episodes: "The Haunted Village", "The Travelling Jindas" and "The Curse of the Jindas".
  • Lumat - The father of Latara, Nippet and Wiley. He was seen in two episodes: "The Travelling Jindas" and "The Curse of the Jindas".


  • Master Logray (voiced by Doug Chamberlain[8]) - The Ewoks' shaman, and often the dispenser of wisdom and knowledge about the world of Endor.


  • King Gorneesh - The leader of the Duloks (voiced by Dan Hennessey)
  • Queen Urga - King Gorneesh's wife and the only female Dulok in the series (voiced by Melleny Brown[9])
  • Umwak - Gorneesh's right-hand man, a Dulok shaman (voiced by Don Francks[8])
  • Morag (voiced by Jackie Burroughs[8]) - The Tulgah witch and evil counterpart of Logray
  • The Phlogs - A race of giants who live on Endor (though they originated offworld)
  • Baga - A young gentle bordok and Ewok's personal pet[12]
  • The Hanadak - A purple monster which is known to live in hollowed-out tree trunks
  • The Jindas - A race of canid aliens who live on Endor, and are cursed to an eternal nomadic lifestyle by the Rock Wizard. The Ewoks free them from their curse. Notable Jindas include their leader, Bondo, and magician Trebla.
  • The Raich - A tree demon that eats animals and was imprisoned by brave Ewok warriors with a magical hat, made by the Gonster, which was placed on its head, turning it into a tree. He is revived when Wicket takes the hat, but eventually defeated again.
  • The Gonster - A two-headed magician whom Ewoks seek out for spells, potions and traps to defeat monsters. His two heads constantly argue.
  • The Leaf Queen - A plantlike deity or spirit who dwells on Endor and is entrusted to the care of all its plants. Although kindly, she can be roused to great anger if her plants are harmed.
  • Dr. Raygar - An Imperial scientist who wants to steal the Sunstar and use it to overthrow the Emperor. After Kazz eventually learns of his treachery, he is arrested for treason.
  • Admiral Kazz - An Imperial officer tasked with assisting Raygar, who doesn't know his true intentions. Kazz thinks the Sunstar is a myth and considers the Ewoks not worth bothering over.
  • PD-28 - An Imperial droid assisting Raygar and Kazz. He eventually tires of working for the abusive Raygar and becomes friends with the Ewoks.

Production and broadcast

The series is a follow-up (later stated to be a prequel) to the two Ewok films: Caravan of Courage (1984) and The Battle for Endor (1985),[5] which were themselves spin-offs (and prequels) of Return of the Jedi.[13] The first season of the series was somewhat sophisticated, but in the second, the writing and visual style were both simplified.[6]

Ewoks was broadcast on ABC, originally with its sister series Droids (as part of The Ewoks and Droids Adventure Hour), and then by itself, as The All-New Ewoks.[14] The series ran for two seasons of 13 half-hour episodes between 1985 and 1986 and was later shown in reruns on Sci-Fi Channel's Cartoon Quest.[]


Season 1 (1985)

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
11"The Cries of the Trees"Ken Stephenson & Raymond JafelicePaul DiniSeptember 7, 1985 (1985-09-07)
Morag captures Izrina, Queen of the Wisties and forces her to set fire to the forest. The young Ewoks extinguish the flames via glider.
22"The Haunted Village"Ken Stephenson & Raymond JafelicePaul DiniSeptember 14, 1985 (1985-09-14)
Master Logray has developed invisibility soap to hide the Sunberry Trees from the destructive Mantigrue. The Ewoks manage to save the trees despite the Duloks' interference.
33"Rampage of the Phlogs"Ken Stephenson & Raymond JafelicePaul DiniSeptember 21, 1985 (1985-09-21)
Morag prompts a family of Phlogs to rampage the Ewok village. Wicket and his friends rescue and return to the Phlogs their baby from the Duloks.
44"To Save Deej"Ken Stephenson & Raymond JafeliceBob CarrauSeptember 28, 1985 (1985-09-28)
The Warrick brothers are tasked to find ingredients for Master Logray to brew a poison cure for Deej. A creature called Mring-Mring ensures their quest is a success.
55"The Traveling Jindas"Ken Stephenson & Raymond JafeliceBob CarrauOctober 5, 1985 (1985-10-05)
Lacking appreciation for her flute playing, Latara joins the Travelling Jindas. Wicket and his friends rescue Latara from becoming lost and the Duloks.
66"The Tree of Light"Ken Stephenson & Raymond JafeliceBob CarrauOctober 12, 1985 (1985-10-12)
Wicket, Princess Kneesaa and Latara follow uninvited an Ewoks expedition on a quest to restore the tree of life, the Duloks intent on destroying the tree.
77"The Curse of the Jindas"Ken Stephenson & Raymond JafeliceBob CarrauOctober 19, 1985 (1985-10-19)
Master Logray stops the curse that affects the Jindas after they rescue Wicket and his friends from the Skandits. This angers the Rock Wizard, but Princess Kneesaa has the stone tooth to cure the wizard's pain.
88"The Land of the Gupins"Ken Stephenson & Raymond JafeliceBob CarrauOctober 26, 1985 (1985-10-26)
After rescuing Mring-Mring's brother Oobel, Wicket and his friends journey with them to save the Gupins' homeland from the Grass Trekkers.
99"Sunstar vs. Shadowstone"Ken Stephenson & Raymond JafelicePaul DiniNovember 2, 1985 (1985-11-02)
Morag captures Teebo and his friends as ransom for the Sunstar. Morag utilises the full power of the combined Sunstar-Shadowstone, but Master Logray destroys her for good.
1010"Wicket's Wagon"Ken Stephenson & Raymond JafelicePaul DiniNovember 9, 1985 (1985-11-09)
Inspired by his ancestors Wicket rebuilds an old battle wagon. The Duloks steal it, but Wicket and Malani jump aboard and collapse the wagon.
1111"The Three Lessons"Ken Stephenson & Raymond JafeliceBob CarrauNovember 16, 1985 (1985-11-16)
Princess Kneesaa goes with Wicket to gather ingredients to shrink a Stranglethorn she accidentally overgrew. With the help of some Tromes, Wicket gets the required potion.
1212"Blue Harvest"Ken Stephenson & Raymond JafelicePaul Dini & Sam WilsonNovember 23, 1985 (1985-11-23)
In a plot to steal the Ewok's harvest, Umwak unwittingly causes a Phlog named Hoona to romance with Wicket. The Duloks take advantage of this, but Wicket turns Hoona against them.
1313"Asha"Ken Stephenson & Raymond JafelicePaul DiniNovember 30, 1985 (1985-11-30)
Kneesaa and Wicket find Kneesaa's long lost sister Asha and help her to repel the Duloks hunting defenseless creatures, before reuniting her with Chief Chirpa.

Season 2 (1986)

With this season, advertised as The All-New Ewoks, episodes are now shorted the 11-minute format meaning two segments per half-hour (with the exceptions of "The Raich", "Night of the Stranger", "The Season Scepter" and "Battle for the Sunstar").

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
14a1a"The Crystal Cloak"Ken Stephenson & Dale SchottPaul DiniSeptember 13, 1986 (1986-09-13)
An ambitious Wicket goes with his friends on a quest for the crystal cloak stolen by the Gracca. They end up destroying the crystal cloak instead.
14b1b"The Wish Plant"Ken Stephenson & Dale SchottBob CarrauSeptember 13, 1986 (1986-09-13)
The leaf queen assigns Kneesa to care for a wish plant. Her friends abuse the plant with their wishes. Kneesa manages to restore the plant before the leaf queen's arrival.
15a2a"Home Is Where the Shrieks Are"Ken Stephenson & Dale SchottBob CarrauSeptember 20, 1986 (1986-09-20)
Wicket and Teebo try to live by themselves in a house inhabited by Larry the Shriek, who convinces them they are better off back at home.
15b2b"Princess Latara"Ken Stephenson & Dale SchottPaul DiniSeptember 20, 1986 (1986-09-20)
The Gorph Queen Slugga kidnaps Latara masquerading as a princess for her son to marry. Wicket and his friends rescue Latara and trap the Gorphs.
163"The Raich"Ken Stephenson & Dale SchottMichael ReavesSeptember 27, 1986 (1986-09-27)
Wicket accidentally unleashes the Raich from its tree form prison. With some help from the two-headed Gonster, Wicket and his friends trap the Raich as it was before.
17a4a"The Totem Master"Ken Stephenson & Dale SchottBob CarrauOctober 4, 1986 (1986-10-04)
Creatures in the guise of a totem led by the master rob the Ewok village. Wicket and his friends follow the master and destroy him along with his curse.
17b4b"A Gift for Shodu"Ken Stephenson & Dale SchottPaul DiniOctober 4, 1986 (1986-10-04)
Wicket and his friends venture into an ancient temple to get a jewel for Shodu's birthday. That jewels turns out to be an egg of the Scuver Dragon.
185"Night of the Stranger"Ken Stephenson & Dale SchottPaul DiniOctober 11, 1986 (1986-10-11)
A phantom has the Duloks raid the Ewok village to steal the Sunstar. Wicket and his friends manage to prevent a phantom exodus from taking place.
19a6a"Gone with the Mimphs"Ken Stephenson & Dale SchottLinda WoolvertonOctober 18, 1986 (1986-10-18)
Wicket is captured by the Mimphs after a failed hunt for a Hanadak, but then he has to rescue them from the rampaging Hanadak.
19b6b"The First Apprentice"Ken Stephenson & Dale SchottPaul DiniOctober 18, 1986 (1986-10-18)
Ex-Apprentice Zarrak tries to teach Teebo his secrets but tires of his failures. Wicket, his friends rescue Teebo and Teebo masters enough magic to defeat Zarrak.
20a7a"Hard Sell"Ken Stephenson & Dale SchottMichael ReavesOctober 25, 1986 (1986-10-25)
Wicket and his friends compete selling Mooth's goods for some valuable horns, but they end up empty-handed.
20b7b"A Warrior and a Lurdo"Ken Stephenson & Dale SchottMichael DubilOctober 25, 1986 (1986-10-25)
Teebo flunks at Wicket's warrior training, but is asked by the Tambles to chase away a creature named Blog. Teebo sticks with magic to destroy the Blog's dam.
218"The Season Scepter"Ken Stephenson & Dale SchottBob CarrauNovember 1, 1986 (1986-11-01)
Pressured by Odra, the Snow King freezes the lands of Endor. Wicket and his friends restore the balance of Endor's seasons after liberating the season scepter.
22a9a"Prow Beaten"Ken Stephenson & Dale SchottBob CarrauNovember 8, 1986 (1986-11-08)
Wicket and his friends accidentally lose Chirpa's canoe prow carving to the Duloks. While trying to get it back, they destroy Urga's battleship.
22b9b"Baga's Rival"Ken Stephenson & Dale SchottLinda WoolvertonNovember 8, 1986 (1986-11-08)
Kneesa takes in a quarf (a shapeshifting monster) sent to hold her ransom for the Sunstar. Wicket and Baga come to the rescue.
23a10a"Horville's Hut of Horrors"Ken Stephenson & Dale SchottPaul DiniNovember 15, 1986 (1986-11-15)
A visit to Horville's Hut of Horrors puts the woklings into a crying fit. An attempt to hide the truth only makes Wicket regret it.
23b10b"The Tragic Flute"Ken Stephenson & Dale SchottBob CarrauNovember 15, 1986 (1986-11-15)
Latara gets captured by a creature who takes greedy people to be his slaves so Wicket, Kneesaa and Teebo have to rescue her, but to get out Latara must pass a test.
24a11a"Just My Luck"Ken Stephenson & Dale SchottMichael DubilNovember 22, 1986 (1986-11-22)
Wicket experiences bad luck when he takes his warrior's test.
24b11b"Bringing Up Norky"Ken Stephenson & Dale SchottBob Carrau & Earl KressNovember 22, 1986 (1986-11-22)
To Wicket's chagrin, his family babysits the unruly Norky.
2512"Battle for the Sunstar"Ken Stephenson & Dale SchottPaul DiniDecember 6, 1986 (1986-12-06)[c]
Doctor Raygar, a mad scientist from the Galactic Empire arrives to steal the Sunstar and it is up to Wicket and his friends to stop him; re-aired as the series finale.
26a13a"Party Ewok"Ken Stephenson & Dale SchottBob CarrauDecember 13, 1986 (1986-12-13)
Kneesaa's friends save her from a gang.
26b13b"Malani the Warrior"Ken Stephenson & Dale SchottStephen LangfordDecember 13, 1986 (1986-12-13)
Malani wants to join the warrior games, but some thieves come to take the Sunstar.


In 1985, Star Comics, an imprint of Marvel, published a bi-monthly Ewoks comic based on the animated series. It ran for two years, with a total of 14 issues. Like the TV series, it was aimed towards a younger audience and produced parallel to a comic spun off from Droids. Issue #10 of Ewoks continued the "Lost in Time" crossover story from Droids #4.[15] Additionally, Spanish comics publisher Editorial Gepsa produced two-page Ewoks comics as part of an anthology series.[16]

In 1985, a toy line was produced that was based on the series. This line included action figures, ship models, etc.

Home media

Along with Droids, the entire series has yet to be released on home video.[17] Some episodes were released on VHS in the 1980s and 1990s, most notably the UK PAL releases over six cassettes (Ewoks 1-6), which had the opening sequences and credits edited out. In 1996, Rick McCallum produced The Haunted Village, a direct-to-video movie compiled from four episodes,[18] and while working on the Star Wars prequel trilogy, expressed hope for an eventual release of the series on DVD.[19] In late 2004, McCallum and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment produced a DVD titled Star Wars: Animated Adventures - Ewoks, which featured The Haunted Village and Tales from the Endor Woods, a new compilation film including narration from an "Adult Wicket" (voiced by Alex Lindsay). McCallum retired from Lucasfilm in 2012, and Ewoks went unmentioned in the 2014 rebranding of Star Wars canon,[20] making the future of its release uncertain.


According to David Perlmutter, Ewoks was "unremarkable both technically and creatively."[21]

Some controversy has resulted from the Ewoks' apparent mastery of English[6][a] while appearing not to speak the language in the Ewok films or Return of the Jedi (which are set some years later).[5]


Elements from the series are featured in Star Wars reference media such as A Guide to the Star Wars Universe. A Dulok was shown on Coruscant in Chapter 21 of the 2D animated Clone Wars (2003). Ewoks was excluded from canon status in 2014,[20][5] but some elements appear in the canon Ultimate Star Wars (2015) and later reference books.[22]



  1. ^ a b Called Basic in the Star Wars universe
  2. ^ Teebo and Malani's mother, Batcheela, does not appear in the series but is mentioned in two episodes.
  3. ^ Re-aired on January 10, 1987 to end the series


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