In Defense of Ewoks…
There is a simple way to tell when a Star Wars fan has grown up. It happens the moment he goes from loving the Ewoks to detesting them.
Originally, these strange little creatures were going to be Wookies. In fact, “Ewok” is basically “Wookie” with the syllables reversed. But it was easier for Lucas to find a lot of dwarves than a lot of eight-foot-tall guys.
First, the Ewok battle at the end of Jedi perfectly expresses the George Lucas uber-theme of David and Goliath. You might find the Ewoks annoying, but they play an important role in the epic.
Second, I loved the furballs when I was a little kid, and I think if you are honest with yourself you will realize that you did, too. Did Lucas have to make them look exactly like teddy bears? Probably not. But the appearance of the Ewoks did more then just sell toys; it was a way of instantly connecting with children, boys and girls alike. Adult fans, myself included, tend to like thier Star Wars dark, but the next time you feel like complaining about the diminutive inhabitants of Endor, remember that your words would likely crush a six-year-old fan.
We should all let children have their Star Wars, too.