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Return of the Ewok (1982)

Young Warwick Davis decides he wants to be in pictures, so he gets himself an agent. The agent gives him an Ewok outfit and points him towards Elstree Studios. There Warwick wanders from set to set looking to find the other Ewoks.

Director:

David Tomblin

Writers:

George Lucas (characters), David Tomblin
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Cast

Credited cast:
Warwick Davis ... Himself / Wicket
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jeremy Bulloch ... Boba Fett
Patricia Carr Patricia Carr ... Herself - Assistant to Robert Watts
Anthony Daniels ... C-3PO
Ashley Davis Ashley Davis ... Himself / Dad
Kim Davis Kim Davis ... Herself / Sister
Sue Davis Sue Davis ... Herself / Mum
Carrie Fisher ... Herself / Princess Leia
Harrison Ford ... Himself / Han Solo
Mark Hamill ... Himself / Luke Skywalker
Roy Kinnear ... Maxwell Mercury Talent Agent
Peter Mayhew ... Chewbacca
Frank Oz ... Yoda (voice)
David Prowse ... Himself / Darth Vader
Tim Rose ... Salacious Crumb (voice) (as Timothy M. Rose)
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Young Warwick Davis decides he wants to be in pictures, so he gets himself an agent. The agent gives him an Ewok outfit and points him towards Elstree Studios. There Warwick wanders from set to set looking to find the other Ewoks.

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English

Release Date:

1 May 1999 (USA) See more »

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Return of the Jedi assistant director David Tomblin came up with the idea and wrote and directed the short movie. Most of all the main cast from Return of the Jedi gave their time to film this short movie. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Original VHS version shown by Warwick Davis was a version with no credits added to it. Online versions re-edited by 2 fans with cleaned up footage used from Starwars.com and camcorder footage from one of the public screenings and a VH1 excerpt was put together. Also added to the film was the credits to make it slightly longer than the original VHS version. See more »

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Harder to find than the Star Wars Holiday Special
28 January 2006 | by Chip_douglasSee all my reviews

First Assistant Director David Tomblin spend most of his days off and lunch breaks during the filming of "Return of the Jedi" (aka 'Revenge of the Jedi' or 'Blue Harvest', if you will) on his own little 24 minute project which came to be known as "Return of the Ewok". Eleven year old Warwick Davis inspired and stars in this fictional account of him landing the part of Wicket W. Warrick (omiting the fact that he was only picked from being a background character because Kenny Baker got ill). It features most of the film's stars (except Kenny and Billy Dee) in costume, plus Roy Kinnear, and some sequences from the Battle of Endor filmed from a different angle (with Tomblin's personal 16mm camera).

In the film, young Warwick is looking for a job. After trying his tiny hands at weightlifting in David Prowse's London Gym and goalkeeping for his favorite soccer team, Chelsea, he passes a Cinema playing "The Empire Strikes Back". Somehow, he can actually see the film being projected from outside, and Mark Hamill backs out of the theater 'for a breather'. Naturally, this makes Warwick decide to go into acting himself. He soon finds a talent agent (an uncredited Kinnear) who offers him the part of 'Ewok' and sends him off to Elstree.

Dressed up in fur, 'Ewok' knocks on Harrison Ford's dressing room, who in turn asks Mark and Carrie (wearing the famous metal bikini) what an Ewok is. Carrie tells him to try the creatures at Jabba's palace. There he finds David Tomblin choreographing a dance number, featuring two women only glimpsed amongst the crowd in the final film (one in a red catsuit and the other wearing a white wig with blue streaks). They dance to the original version of Lapti Nek sung by Joseph Williams of Toto (and I always thought Lucas was kidding when he said that scene was always supposed to a complete musical number).

Warwick stumbles onto the Death Star set where Boba Fett takes a shot at him (this is the only part of the film available on DVD, if you know where to find your Easter Eggs) and Darth Vader sitting on the Emperors' throne. Finally co-producer Robert Watts and his assistant lead Willow-to-be towards Yoda, who issues the Youngling with a galactic passport to Endor (actually California). He arrives just in time to find the other Ewoks (who all squeak here as Ben Burtt hadn't developed their language yet) and join in the battle. After blowing up the Imperial bunker single handedly (with a stick of dynamite) Warwick says goodbye to the Star Warriors on the spot where they took their promotional group shots and walks off to his parents, who have followed him to be on Endor.

For many years this elaborate Home Movie remained just that, with the only VHS copy thought to belong to the Warwick family. Now known as The Leprechaun, Davis finally screened it at the first Star Wars Celebration (Denver, 1999), and subsequently has taken it with him around the world on conventions (I saw it at the Dutch Starcon on October 23, 1999). After Celebration II, a four minute edit was made available for Hyperspace subscribers on Starwars.com in may 2005. This heavily edited version was accompanied by James Horner's music for Willow which didn't really fit. And to prove that the music dub was added by a fan boy, the theme rises and grows louder at the moment Carrie Fisher is revealed in her slave girl outfit.

Soon after wards it won the Pioneer Award in the Official Star Wars Fan Film Awards, and of course bootleg copies have surfaced on the Internet. It certainly is a very nice addition to Return of the Jedi, seeing almost the entire cast having fun on set (even Harrison) and even some alternate footage of the Battle of Endor. However, nobody knows what happened to the original 16 mm print, because everybody seems to have lost contact with David Tomblin. There is also a rumor that a 'sequel' was shot during production of the first Ewok movie, Caravan of Courage.

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