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.
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.
The narrator of The Ewok Adventure also narrated another holiday special - 1964's Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer. It was Burl Ives.
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.
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 crashed Towani starcruiser incorporated wings from one of the full-sized snowspeeders used in The Empire Strikes Back.
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".
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.
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).
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