Monday, May 28, 2012

Saturtainment: Ewoks (1985)

The "Star Wars" franchise produced not one, but two animated series in the mid-80's. Ewoks was fortunate to have earned a second season, with the last first-run episode airing in December 1986. As with sister series Droids, Ewoks was produced by Canada's Nelvana studios, marking the beginning of a considerable association with American networks. The studio would later co-produce Beetlejuice, also for ABC.

Ewoks was posited as ABC's answer to NBC's Smurfs, which was entering its 5th season. The Ewoks series was set on the planet Endor, and there were no crossovers with Droids, save for a two part story in the series' comic book counterparts at Marvel.

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Sorry to say, I never saw the show, so I can't rate it.


magicdog said...

I remember both shows back in the day and they were fair but not good enough to really go beyond the novelty of being loosely connected to the original Star Wars franchise. For the Droids series, it helped that the original voices/SFX were used for R2 & C-3PO.

hobbyfan said...

And that would explain why no one's picked up rerun rights? Makes sense.