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This is a rather obscure little movie and piece of Star Wars history. Even though it stars most of the actors from the original Star Wars movies, in full costume, I doubt that has ever heard of this short movie, let alone seen it.

And that's still not too surprising really, seeing how it never got officially released.

It's pretty obvious this short movie got made as a promotional short for "Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi" and was probably meant to air on TV at some point. But since all of the actors and stuff in the background kept referring to the movie its initial title "Revenge of the Jedi" instead of "Return of the Jedi", it never was aired. Don't know if this was the main reason to not air it but it would make sense of course.

The movie itself also appears to be unfinished. Most of the scenes are there but it's still missing some of the sound effects. Chewbacca's growling for instance and the movie is using the voices of the actors portraying the on screen Darth Vader (David Prowse) and Boba Fett (Jeremy Bulloch), as opposed to the actors who voiced them in the original movies, James Earl Jones and Jason Wingreen. Even Salacious Crumb is talking with a normal human voice in this!

The movie centers around a still very young and even still smaller Warwick Davis, who's trying to get a job as an actor, in the new Star Wars movie. Once he is cast- and dressed up as an Ewok, he spends his time getting from the one "Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi" set to the other (Jabba's palace, Yoda's hut, the death star, etcetera), trying to find his way to the forest moon of Endor, where his presence is needed for the movie.

This means we get some pretty unique and rare shots from behind the scenes, during the actual production of "Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi", with most of the cast & crew members involved at one point. Even the movie its big stars, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher (in slave girl outfit) show up and do a fun scene with Warwick Davis. Reason why it managed to get most of the original cast & crew involved with this was because the short got done by David Tomblin, who was the assistant director on Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi" and it got shot between takes.

It's simply great to see all of the cast & crew members having some fun with this movie and to do some stuff they normally would never be able to do in any Star Wars movie. The result is a pretty unique and rare view behind the scenes- as well as a fun and amusing, little, short.

Plenty of unique and great content to watch in this, especially of course for those who are into Star Wars.

8/10

About Frank Veenstra

Watches movies...writes about them...and that's it for now.
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