Yubnub, here we are! And we are mod-approved, so thank you, mods. This thread serves to gather the fans of Star Wars: Ewoks in one place, as all the places we normally hang out are barely known. Whether you liked the cartoon series as a child and you want to refresh your memory or you're set to watch it only now; this is where we will socialise, discuss it and go through episodes and events. Useful links: Wookiepedia page* TVtropes page (has subpages, too) Droids and Ewoks fansite An awesome collection of links, courtesy of the above site *There are many more individual pages, but this is where I would start if I were you. Things you have to know // Essential information: - There has never been an official release of the entire series. The most recent release from 2004 is a sub-par double-sided DVD with four episodes badly edited together on each side and the original music, which was praised for very new age/ambiental feeling to it was replaced. - There are 35 episodes. The first season consists of 13 22-minute episodes and the second season consists of four 22 minute episodes and 18 11-ish minute episodes. - The de-facto lead characters of the show are Wicket W. Warrick (and whom did you expect?) and his friend and heir to the throne of the Bright Tree Village, princess Kneesaa. From Return of the Jedi, there are medicine man/shaman/wizard* Logray, chief Chirpa, Teebo, Paploo and a couple of others who are mostly background characters. From Ewok TV films, we have the whole Warrick family, Chukha-Trok and Kaink (in a single episode, otherwise background characters). New characters created for the show include the musician Latara (who previously appeared in a lot of Wicket the Ewok merchandise) and the toddler Malani. - Next to ROTJ and the TV films, the series' basics were set by the earliest of the Ewoks books: The Adventures of Teebo: A Tale of Magic and Suspense and How the Ewoks Saved the Trees - An Old Ewok Legend. The earlier of the two was written by Joe Johnston, who credits himself as the creator of Ewoks and...don't read it when alone at night, will you? - The creators of the show faced many restrictions placed by the network, who wanted everything to be "safe". This meant that nobody could be hit, just pushed, among other things; so there are many scenes where a character is hit offscreen, and you have to guess what happened. Also, some episode ideas were rejected for being "too starwarsy". Oddly enough, the series finale features Galactic Empire, Stormtroopers, droids and it's very starwarsy. - The cartoon series was very popular in Europe and south America. While there were some action figures released in North America, most of the merchandise related to the show is from Europe, most notably Spain. - The second season is marked by radical changes to character design, storylines (likely) characters' age and more. It almost does not feel like the same cartoon. It's campy, but it still has a good amount of humour and a romcom-kind-of romantic arc, if nothing else. - Compared to most 1980s cartoons, this one features detailed and good animation, great backgrounds and more. The idea behind both Ewoks and Droids was to raise standards for television animation. Cels from both series are pretty popular among collectors. - Some of the first season's voice actor are relatively big names. The late Jackie Burroughs should ring a bell, as she was playing the cranky, yet lovable aunt Hattie King in Road to Avonlea and Eric Peterson won a couple of lifetime achievement awards recently and may be best known as Oscar Leeroy from the comedy series Corner Gas. And of course, the two top-billed names Jim Henshaw and Cree Summer are known for having landed their voice talents to many cartoons. - Continuity wise, the cartoon episodes happen after all but one issue of the 14-issue comic series, but before the two made-for-TV Ewoks films and, of course, before Return of the Jedi. This explains why Chukha-Trok is alive in the cartoon, why Wicket is a tween and why the others whose names may ring a bell are teenagers. - Fan of Force mages? This cartoon features two Force-sensitives who are good guys throughout, a major villain in the first season is a powerful dark witch and a couple of other Force-sensitives, including a whole species of shapeshifters appear in specific episodes. In the first season, the rituals the good guys use are very believable, pagan-like and accompanied by incomprehensible chants. In the second season, most of it is played for laughs. A powerful Force object named Sunstar Shadowstone or, simply, Sunstar is central to the plot of the dominant arc of the first season and appears in many second season episodes. - Want something that stood the test of time for your children to watch? This cartoon features a cute and well-known lead character, at least three strong female characters, a cool old mentor, a not-so-masculine male in the main cast, at least two characters are artists, parents are mostly realistic...while villains tend to be bumbling, due to restrictions and all, the main villain of the first season IS a bit scary. Some prompts to kick the discussion? Chak! When did you watch Ewoks first? What are your favourite episodes? How about favourite characters? Do you own any collectibles? Did you and your friends ever play Ewoks, draw them or anything like that? I am still trying to get my head around what else should be in this OP, so if I forgot anything, tell me. Either way, time to enjoy this and go to ridiculous depths when and where necessary.