The Ewok Adventure (1984)
The Towani family civilian shuttlecraft crashes on the forest moon of Endor. The four Towani's are separated. Jermitt and Catarine, the mother and father are captured by the giant Gorax, and Mace and Cindel, the son and daughter, are missing when they are captured. The next day, the Ewok Deej is looking for his two sons when they find Cindel all alone in the shuttle (Mace and Cindel were looking for the transmitter to send a distress call), when Mace appears with his emergency blaster. Eventually, the four-year old Cindel is able to convince the teenage Mace that the Ewoks are nice. Then, the Ewoks and the Towani's go on an adventure to find the elder Towanis.
Simply A Masterpiece
I like movies that are aware of what they are selling... without [any] greater aspirations than to make people laugh and that's it.
When a movie has you begging for it to end not even half way through it's pure crap. We've all seen this movie and this characters millions of times, nothing new in it. Don't waste your time.
Great story, amazing characters, superb action, enthralling cinematography. Yes, this is something I am glad I spent money on.
I would not call Caravan of Courage (1984) bad exactly. It has some charm reminiscent of The Hobbit or an old, dark fairy tale. The Ewoks aren't annoying as they are in Return of the Jedi. The plot does meander but there are cool moments, like a creepy monster spider in the climactic battle.The only thing that keeps this movie from rating a respectable seven out of ten with me are the kid actors. The little girl playing Cindel is wooden as can be, but considering she was five years old, I can forgive her a little, especially when she improved so much in the sequel. The official protagonist, Mace, however, is just obnoxious. Actually, I won't blame the boy playing him; he does well with what he is given and let me tell you it is not much. Mace is whiny and rude. I so wanted to slap him and he changes at the last minute.Otherwise this is a competent movie; however, its sequel, The Battle for Endor, is much superior, with a stronger sense of fantasy, emotion, and character.
Even as a "Star Wars" fanatic it is a bitter pill to swallow with the "Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure" movie. Sure it had ewoks, but the "Star Wars" atmosphere was not present in this 1984 movie.And while it is a children's movie, it just wasn't particularly entertaining and seemed more like a series of random events rather than a continuous storyline.The ewoks were the same as in "Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi", and as such that was a good thing. However, the other creatures, aside from the gorax, were abysmal to look at; fake and poorly animated.For the two main roles they could have cast two children with at least a bit more talent; Eric Walker (playing Mace) and Aubree Miller (playing Cindel) were not really delivering on their roles.The children will most likely find more enjoyment in the animated additions to the "Star Wars" franchise, such as "Clone Wars" or "Rebels".All in all, no wonder this came without a fanfare and faded into oblivion as quickly as it had arrived. A more than generous four out of ten stars rating from me.
When I was a kid, playing with my star wars figures, I used to make a hole on the floor with a towel wrapped in the shape of a donut. This was the Sarlaac from Return of the Jedi. Now, I didn't use any paint, crayons, or anything else to make it LOOK like the sarlaac, i said "its the sarlaac" and therefore it was.What I'm getting at is, when I view these films i am very nostalgic for, like this one, I can simply ignore the fact the sets/matte paintings/stop-motion-animation etc might not be up to say, Lord of the Rings quality. But let that simple, irrelevant fact spoil my enjoyment of films I LOVED as a kid? No way, not on your life! I adored this movie as a youngster, and I just had the great fortune of finally finding it on DVD (with the added bonus of the sequel, which I have NOT seen, so I can't wait to curl up in front of the fire and experience that one) and I am looking forward to showing it to my young nephews. It's got a great setting, a rolling little adventure for the kids, a cute-ness factor that is through the roof thanks to the little fuzzball Ewoks and little Cindel. Now it's no great epic installment to the Star Wars saga we're talking about here, but I refuse to believe they made this film JUST to cash in on Star Wars' success at the box office. This tiny film wouldn't have made them much money anyway! Why would a creative bunch of people get together and spin a wonderful yarn for kids simply to line their own pockets. There are a LOT of ways to make money, but there are less ways to bring a smile to a child's face, and that's far more important.I love this movie, it's a near-forgotten gem now, lost in the swirling CGI-miasma of the new "Star Wars" movies...and I use the term Star Wars there, lightly indeed. This film probably cost 5% of the Phantom Menace budget, but the Ewoks can visit my lounge-room anytime...Jar Jar however, will be shot on sight...
I loved this when I was a kid, and it's just as good now that I'm a mom of four. There has been dead silence in the house this last hour that the movie has been on--- they're too engrossed to make a peep. They've even forgotten they were hungry. The grandparents wandered in to say "hi" and ended up staying to watch.Be forewarned- if you're a parent that wants their kid watching too-adult-for-them trash--- you're not going to like this, and neither will they. But if you're a parent with some concern about your child's viewing habits... you'll like this. And so will they. It's worth the $10 purchase for it and it's companion movie, now out on DVD.