Picks and Pans Review: The Ewok Adventure

updated 11/26/1984 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/26/1984 01:00AM

ABC (Sunday, Nov. 25, 8 p.m. ET)

Once upon a time, in a galaxy far, far away, there was a land where cute lived. Then George Lucas visited. He took away the tiny, fuzzy, buck-toothed teddy bear inhabitants—Ewoks to you—and made them supporting actors in Return of the Jedi and stuffed animals on toy-store shelves. Now they're TV stars in this light and airy little special. The story is simple. A typical space-age family of four crashes their star cruiser on the Ewoks' moon; the parents get monsternapped by the dreaded, ugly Gorax; the plucky kids and the brave little Ewoks rescue them. Along the way, there's a crisis every few minutes. The darling little girl, played by Aubree Miller (who's cuter than any Ewok), gets sick and is then cured by Ewokian herbal medicine; the bratty little boy, Eric Walker, gets trapped in a magical lake and rescued by a magical stick; both kids get attacked by an elephantine rat and so on. The crises and their solutions come and go almost too easily—rather than being clever to get out of a jam, the characters pull out a magic paperweight on a stick that just happens to blind the evil spiders attacking them. Lucas ex machina. Some of the situations are so farfetched that they have to be explained by the narrator, Burl Ives. And though the Ewoks are sweet, they speak only Ewokese and their faces have no expression, so they have little more personality than the stuffed animals they are. The Ewok Adventure is filled with fuzzy family fun. But it comes up slightly short on entertainment.

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