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The Forest Moon of Endor (Return of the Jedi)

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Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (Dir: George Lucas, 1983).

Redwood National Park, Crescent City, California, USA.

Redwood was the location used for the Ewok home planet, the lush, densely forested moon of Endor and was the backdrop to some of the first trilogy’s most memorable scenes, including the speeder bike chase and the Ewok vs/ Scout Walker showdown (officially called the Battle of Endor.).

Not everyone likes the Ewoks, their cuteness and lunchbox lid-ability smack of immodest merchandising, but I don’t know any fan who’s heart doesn’t cheer when the Scout Walker gets it’s ‘head’ crushed between two logs in a high vs. low tech duel. However I find it difficult to believe that in a battle that saw the death of both Emperor Palpatine, Darth Vader (who are both buried amongst the moons sequoia and redwood trees) and numerous storm troopers only one Ewok is killed.

While visiting Endor’s forest moon you can’t meet an Ewok or visit an Ewok treetop village but you can see the worlds tallest Redwood tree, which is apparently as tall as a 36 storey apartment building.

Redwood National Park was recast as an isolated island off South America for the film Jurassic Park.

Written by  Film Fan.

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More than one million people visit the Redwood National and State Parks annually, and enjoy the camping, nature, hiking, kayaking, horseback and bicycle trails, picnic grounds, information centers and scenic drives.

the movie wasnt directed by george lucas it was directed by richard marquand

The forest moon of Endor, also referred to as the sanctuary moon or simply as Endor, is a moon in the Star Wars fictional universe. It appears in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi as the home to the Ewoks, and is the body over which the second Death Star is constructed. It is also the location of the Ewok TV movies Caravan of Courage.

How do you know where the exact filming locations were? Can you give more specific information as to exactly where the Endor scenes were shot?

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There are maps around, but there's some debate about the exact locations so check the fan-boy forums or go with a tour to make sure. There may even be signs in the forest.

Redwood National Park is a great park. Note that Return of the Jedi was filmed far to the north for the Endor scenes.

The Endor redwoods were not park land.




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