Ewoks not a bittersweet poignant conclusion to the Star Wars saga

Monday, 16 August, 2010

Return of the Jedi, the sixth and final installment in the “Star Wars” movie saga, could have ended on a “bittersweet and poignant” note, until the sales potential of Ewok action figures and the like, dictated proceedings take another course, according to Gary Kurtz who was producer of the previous two films in the series.

“We had an outline and George changed everything in it,” Kurtz said. “Instead of bittersweet and poignant he wanted a euphoric ending with everybody happy. The original idea was that they would recover [the kidnapped] Han Solo in the early part of the story and that he would then die in the middle part of the film in a raid on an Imperial base. George then decided he didn’t want any of the principals killed. By that time there were really big toy sales and that was a reason.” The discussed ending of the film that Kurtz favored presented the rebel forces in tatters, Leia grappling with her new duties as queen and Luke walking off alone “like Clint Eastwood in the spaghetti westerns,” as Kurtz put it.

If you’re not a fan of Ewoks, don’t worry, you’re not alone… you do know that most of them perished in a nuclear winter type cataclysm shortly after the destruction of the second Death Star?

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50 reasons why “Return of the Jedi” sucks, Ewoks are 49 of them

Monday, 16 March, 2009

For me the biggest attraction of the third installment of the classic Star Wars movie series, Return of the Jedi, was finally getting to see the Emperor in the flesh. And like many fans of the story up until that point, I was also hoping that the Rebels would ultimately win out.

That is until those damn Ewoks came along

But aside from what we see onscreen, the Ewoks are miserable little creatures for a completely different reason: they are the single clearest example of Lucas’ willingness to compromise the integrity of his Trilogy in favor of merchandising dollars. How intensely were the Ewoks marketed? Consider this: “Ewok” is a household word, despite the fact that it’s never once spoken in the film

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