Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Geek TV: Ewoks!

Ewoks_allConcept: The adventures of the Ewoks on the forest moon of Endor before the events of Return of the Jedi, but with the Ewoks speaking English.


Total Episodes: 35

Original Air Dates: September 7, 1985 to December 13, 1986

Original Network: ABC

Geek Factor: 7

Characters:

Wicket W. Warrick (Voices of Jim Henshaw and Denny Delk): A young Ewok with a headstrong and determined attitude to become a great warrior. Youngest of three.

Princess Kneesa (Voices of Cree Summer and Jeanne Reynolds): Daughter of the chief of the Ewok tribe, Chirpa. Often the voice of reason and wisdom on her adventures with Wicket, Teebo and Latara.

Teebo (Voices of Eric Peterson and James Cranna): Fascinated by tales of sorcery and magic, apprentice to the shaman Master Logray.

Latara (Voices of Taborah Johnson and Sue Murphy): Kneesa's best friend who has a crush on Teebo.

Paploo (Voice unknown? ): Kneesa's cousin and close friend with Wicket and Teebo. The oldest of their group of friends.

Malani (Voice unknown?): Teebo's little sister, with a crush in Wicket.

Deej (Voice unknown?): Respected warrior of the Ewok tribe and father to Wicket and his siblings.

Chief Chirpa (Voices of George Buza and Rick Cimino): Gives order to the warriors.

Moragh the Tulgah Witch (Voice of Jackie Burroughs): Evil counterpart of Logray.

The Duloks: A rival species related to the Ewoks, led by King Garnessh.

Geek Guest-Stars: None

Geek Pedigree:

Paul Dini wrote 14 episodes of the show, and of course he's best known these days for the various Batman/Superman/Justice League animated series, but he did write four episodes of Batman: The Brave and the Bold, six episodes of Krypto the Superdog, and lots of other shows – but prior to all this and Ewoks, he had most of his career with Filmation, writing episodes of Flash Gordon, Fat Albert, and Tarzan. He was also an associate producer on Droids, and I don't know how I missed that!

Michael Reaves also was a writer at Filmation (as well as other studios) prior to writing two episodes of Ewoks, and his credits include episodes of Isis, Space Sentinels, Tarzan, Blackstar, Super Friends, Flash Gordon, He-Man, The Incredible Hulk (1982-1983), Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, Dungeons & Dragons, and many others. He later wrote episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Superman, Swamp Thing, The Real Ghost Busters, The Flash, Batman (1992-1995), and many, many others!

Cree Summers' other credits were covered last time with the Droids entry, as were some other common voice artists, so I won't be covering those again. Prior to doing the voice of Wicket, Jim Henshaw was the voice of Daniel Mouse in The Devil and Daniel Mouse. Dan Hennessey, the voice of King Gomeesh, was also the voice of Chief Quimby and others on Inspector Gadget. Hadley Kay also did voices on Inspector Gadget, but even before that, he played Jason in Superman II (yeah, I don't remember who that is, either). Melleny Brown is another Inspector Gadget alumnus, she was cast as the voice of Lady Gorneesh. Jackie Burroughs was the voice of Katherine in the “Den” segment of Heavy Metal and played Vera Smith in The Dead Zone before voicing Moragh the Tulgah Witch.

Don Francks guest-starred in an episode each of The Wild Wild West and The Man From Uncle, two episodes of Mission: Impossible, did the voice of Boba Fett in The Star Wars Holiday Special, voiced Grimaldi and a Barbarian in Heavy Metal, Dr. Claw and others in Inspector Gadget, and was also the voice of Boba Fett in Droids; on Ewoks he was the voice of the Dulok Shaman. James Cranna, the voice of Teebo, had a long association with George Lucas, being Announcer #5 on THX 1138, and the thief in American Graffiti. He also had a cameo in Time After Time and voiced Widdle on The Ewok Adventure.

DVD Release: A DVD has been released with two movies (actually eight episodes of the series edited into two movies) in 1997.

Website: http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page is the Star Wars Wiki, and is pretty useful. The official Star Wars website http://www.starwars.com has some information on the series as well, although it's hard to get it tracked down with a search.

Notes: Never watched a single episode of this series – probably because I wasn't impressed with the Ewoks in Return of the Jedi. That didn't stop me from getting a Give-A-Show Projector set that had some Ewoks slides, though!

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