First of two made for TV spin-offs from the original Star Wars saga. Star Wars fans remain split as to whether they should be considered part of the official Star Wars canon. However, since Disney acquired LucasFilm, this has now become part of 'Legends', and therefore is not canon.
The crashed Towani starcruiser incorporated wings from one of the full-sized snowspeeders used in The Empire Strikes Back.
The Ewok Adventure was shot entirely in Marin County, home of Skywalker Ranch. Much of the action was shot five miles from Skywalker in a public parkland called Roy's Redwoods - a space which contains 300-year-old sequoias, the oldest in the area.
Four-year-old Aubree Miller, who played Cindel Towani, was a local actress from nearby Sebastopol, California. The Ewok Adventure was her first movie role.
The film takes place between the events of Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983).
Joe Johnston, the chief concept designer on the original Star Wars trilogy, was also the production designer on The Ewok Adventure. He not only created the overall look of the Ewoks with George Lucas, but he also penned a children's book "The Adventures of Teebo".
The movie took 6 weeks to film, a re-shooting took 1 week, and a dubbing procedure took 2 weeks. So the movie took 9 weeks to complete.
The narrator of The Ewok Adventure also narrated another holiday special - 1964's Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer. It was Burl Ives.
Eyelids for the sleeping Ewoks had to be created by ILM for The Ewok Adventure, since the original masks used in Return of the Jedi did not have them. The blu-ray release for "Return of the Jedi" would digitally add them, allowing the dry-eyed heroes to blink for the first time.
The various food items seen throughout the show were gathered from Marin vegetable markets and San Francisco's Chinatown - "cactus, odd little squashes, tomatoes, nuts, gnarled roots, leafy greens and every imaginable type of dried fish and fungus," according to the special's production notes.
One of the early working titles for The Ewok Adventure was "The Ewok Holiday Special".
It's been speculated by Star Wars fans online that Cindel is Captain Phasma, played in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) and Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) by Gwendoline Christie. Gwendoline Christie is 4 months older than Aubree Miller.
The first Star Wars film which there is a human character named Mace. In the Star Wars prequels, there is a human Jedi master called Mace Windu whom is played by Samuel L. Jackson.
Bill George designed the Towani star cruiser and repurposed a pair of snowspeeder wings from Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980).
In the film, Cindel teaches Wicket to speak English. If the film had taken place after Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983) Wicket would had spoken to Princess Leia in English when he finds herself following the speeder bike chase.
According to the interactive CD-ROM "Star Wars: Behind the Magic", Cindel was born before the Battle of Endor and her family crashed on Endor prior to Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983).
Eric Walker stated in an interview Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) was cast as Wicket, but was not able to take the role due to illness and Warwick Davis took the role.
The film was released on DVD in Australia. As of 2018, the film has not been released on DVD in New Zealand.
The TV Movie was broadcast 4 years after the broadcast of Shogun (1980) (TV Mini-Series), the mini-series which is adapted from the novel of the same name by James Clavell starred Richard Chamberlain as Pilot Major John Blackthorn, a 16th Century British sailor whom is shipwrecked in Feudal Japan and is caught up in the war between two rival warlords Torananga (Toshiro Mifune) and Ishido (Nobuo Kaneko). George Lucas had cited Akira Kurosawa in particular his films Hidden Fortress (1958). Yojimbo (1961) as one of his inspirations behind Star Wars. George Lucas had originally wanted Toshiro Minfune to play Obi-Wan Kenobi. The TV movie is about the Towani family shipwrecked on Endor, which the Ewoks agree the Towani siblings to rescue their parents from the Gorax and Cindel teaches Wicket to speak English.
Not much is known about the Towani family, their home planet and where they were traveling to aboard their starcruiser when they crashed on Endor. In the film, Mace is seen wearing a outfit almost similar to a Rebel Pilot. Although it's never confirmed, it's possible Jeremitt, Catarine, Mace and Cindel may had fought with the Rebel Alliance and could had been sent on a mission by the Rebel Alliance when the ship crashed.
A year after the TV movie was broadcast, the Disney cartoon Adventures of the Gummi Bears (1985) (TV Series) premiered on American television. The cartoon was about a race of humanoid bears called The Gummi Bears. In 2012, Disney bought Lucasfilm and took over the Star Wars film franchise from George Lucas. The Ewok Adventure (1984) (TV) about the small teddy bear like Ewoks is a spin-off of Star Wars.