'Star Wars' Fans Still Love To Hate Ewoks 30 Years Later


From MTV

On May 25, 1983, the third installment of George Lucas' "Star Wars" movie saga was released into theaters. Thirty years later, "Episode VI -- Return of the Jedi" remains quite a controversial film among "Star Wars" fans, largely due to the tiny inhabitants of the forest moon of Endor.

The introduction of the Ewoks, the furry creatures who figure prominently in the movie's climactic battle, caused a disturbance in the Force so great that people are still griping about it, and loudly. Heck, Stephen Colbert even ate one on the air.

Since 30 years have passed, and episode VII on the way, MTV News got three experts to weigh in on the debate.

Writer/producer Andrew Zilch, a "Star Wars" fan since childhood, couldn't help but notice the ever-swelling hatred of all things Ewok. "I started to realize inevitably any discussion about 'Return of the Jedi' would always devolve into total Ewok-bashing," Zilch told MTV News. "It would always be like, 'The Ewoks ruined the classic trilogy, blah blah blah...' "

So, Zilch decided to do something about it. "I thought it would be funny to write a song from the perspective of someone who really earnestly defends the Ewoks and feels like they were treated unfairly over the years," Zilch said. With the help of a few co-workers at HBOlab, he created an accompanying video in 2008 to celebrate the Ewoks for the film's 25th anniversary. The clip features "Episode VI" star Billy Dee Williams and has gotten nearly a million YouTube views.

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