Since I mentioned yesterday I am a huge Star Wars fan, I thought today I’d try to doodlewash an Ewok. For anyone unfamiliar, these little guys were all the rage in the 80’s after first appearing in Return of Jedi in 1983. They even got two made-for-TV movies and an animated television series. So many of the Star Wars creatures that weren’t droids were kind of weird and sort of ugly, so having a bunch of tiny primitive teddy bears appear was a welcome surprise when I was a kid.
The original Star Wars movies came out at a perfect time for me as I was between the ages of 6-12 when they hit the theaters. It was pretty magical to grow up with such an amazing universe of characters, not to mention all the fun toys that came with it. The little figure shown here is called Wicket and he was supposed to be played by the same actor who was inside R2-D2, Kenny Baker. Unfortunately, Kenny became ill during the shoot and the role went to another actor.
George Lucas wanted a tribe of primitive creatures who could take down Empire forces even without sophisticated technology. A lot of fans didn’t like the “fluffy fighting bears” and thought these creatures were a mistake. No doubt, these fans must have had the unfortunate timing of already being in high school or college by the time the last movie was released. Because anyone who wasn’t a teenager immediately loved these little guys, myself included. They were adorable little bundles of fur who could really kick some ass!
I remember when Star Wars first came out and seeing it in a drive-in theater for the first time. I, of course, wasn’t allowed to drive a car back then, but I did have a much older sister who actually let me tag along on her date. I was hooked the moment the music started and have remained a fan ever since. When I went to see the latest installment, I was equally excited, though it just wasn’t the same. Now I see dads in Target telling their little boys about the figures they had, and moms buying more Star Wars merchandise for their husbands than their kids. But there’s still a new crop of kids eager to grab a light saber and join in the fun.
But for me, I’ll always miss those little furry Ewoks and their amazing treehouse village. Everything about their world seemed simpler than ours, and yet they seemed so happy. Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to live that way, but I imagine it would be terrifying simply to lose a Wi-Fi connection at this point, much less a smartphone. At least I can enjoy the wonderful memories of days spent imagining life in the trees with the coolest little furballs from a galaxy far, far away.
About the Doodlewash
M. Graham watercolors: Burnt Sienna, Quinacridone Gold, Ultramarine Blue, Pyrrol Red, Azo Yellow, Azo Orange and Neutral Tint. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon black ink and second pen with Platinum Carbon sepia ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal
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