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Watch The Battle Of Endor From Return Of The Jedi Without Those Ewoks

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There aren’t many things in the Star Wars universe quite as divisive as the Ewoks in Return of the Jedi. Jar Jar Binks is more or less universally reviled, but those furry little buggers from Endor create conflicts that threaten to tear families apart. A lot of people who saw the original trilogy at a young age didn’t have an issue with them early on, but have grown increasingly irritated with them over the years. This video that has been making the rounds shows what that epic space battle at the end of Jedi would look like without constantly cutting away to the action back on the forest moon.

This HD video from Prometheus4vids is indeed rather awesome, but if you’re thinking to yourself that the action will be a little awkward and bumpy without any of the scenes from Endor, you’re definitely right. Not only are many of the jumps where there is originally a cutaway to Han, Leia, and the crew on the surface clunky and awkward with no transition, but there are big narrative leaps as well, like the force field is magically down for no real reason.

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Best Geek Dad Ever: Photoshops Ewoks Into Family Vacation Photos

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Here’s a new entry into Best (Geek) Dad Ever contest.

Everyone knows that children love Ewoks. It’s really the main reason the fuzzy little creatures were in Star Wars at all. Everyone also knows that getting children excited for family vacations that don’t revolve around Disney characters can be difficult. So, when graphic designer Anthony Herrera wanted to get his young daughter interested in their trip to Sequoia National Park, he did the only natural thing: he told her that’s where Ewoks live.

Awesome, right? Having grown up in California, I can’t imagine how every kid driving through Sequoia National Park doesn’t automatically assume Ewoks live there, or why the park doesn’t already capitalize on the similarity between it and the forest moon of Endor. There was one little flaw in the plan that you might have noticed, though: there are no Ewoks living amongst the sequoias. The family spent much of their time hiking in the ancient woods “looking” for Ewoks, after which the little Star Wars fan was understandably disappointed. Herrera tried to explain that Ewoks are just really shy, but that’s little solace for a broken-hearted child. And it’s here, when dad tries to make it up to disappointed daughter, that the story gets extra adorable.