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Where did they film the Ewok movies?

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I've never seen anyone post pictures or talk much about the filming locations used in the Star Wars Ewok Adventures TV movies. The area seen in them definitely looks like the hills and forests around Marin County and that's what the filming location is listed as in IMDB. It makes sense that they wouldn't stray too far away from Skywalker Ranch also since they would have had a limited budget with a made for television movie.

Up until now, I haven't given it much thought, but a recent article I stumbled upon included a familiar looking rock in the background. In fact, it was Big Rock Ranch, directly next to Skywalker Ranch. You can even go for a hike on a trail that starts there. I wonder how many other recognizable Ewok movie locations can be seen along the trail? If I am ever in the area again, I'll definitely try going on a hike in the area.

Marin County Parks & Open Space
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Big Rock in Novato

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Buttercup Valley, CA

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I was born and raised in Yuma, AZ and remember very fondly the filming of ROTJ back in '82.  It was the worst kept secret in the world as the locals had been told that there was a horror movie being shot.  All you had to do was stand on the corner of 24th Street and 4th Ave. in Yuma and watch Carrie Fisher get out of one limo and Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford get out of another at the front of the Stardust Hotel.

For anyone that is interested, I know VERY well the area where that barge scenes were shot as that was my playground growing up in Yuma.  I have personally scavenged pieces of the set for my own personal SW collection.  I do not currently live in Yuma, but I go back often because my family still lives there.  If anyone is interested, the next time I go, I can make an announcement and take anyone who wants to see the remainder of the set out there to see it.  It is between Glamis and Buttercup Valley and not far from the area that the final battle scene from the movie Stargate was filmed.  I have some really fond memories of riding sand rails out to the set and watch with binoculars the production of a phenomenal movie!

If you are interested, please feel free to contact me!  My name is Corky Cobon and I would love to pass on my knowledge of ROTJ being shot in my home town!  

Corky Cobon


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London Pt I: Star Wars Traveller - Naboo (a.k.a. Watford)

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Whippendell Wood in Watford (just north of London) was used in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.

I went there on December 23rd 2010 when it was covered in snow so it looks more like Hoth than Naboo. Not quite as much detail as other Whippendell entries on this site but interesting to see the shots in the snow. You can see the article here:


I'd like to thank the people on this site who have been there before and made it a bit easier to line up some of the screenshots.

Kind Regards

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Trip to Star Wars Shooting Location

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ROTJ Jabba's Sail Barge Site Tatooine

The San Diego Star Wars Society has been making trips out to Buttercup Valley since March of 2003. Join them on Saturday, January 15 · 8:00am - 11:00am. Check out all of the details here and be sure to click the link to "See More" to get more info and pictures from previous trips.

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Euro Trip Pt VI: Star Wars Traveller - Naboo (a.k.a. Villa del Balbianello)

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In August 2010 I went to the Villa del Balbianello in Como to do what many others have done and re-create the screenshots from Attack of the Clones. You can see the match-up's at the following link:

Euro Trip 2010 Pt VI: Star Wars Traveller - Naboo (a.k.a. Villa del Balbianello)
Euro Trip 2010 Pt VII: Star Wars Traveller - Naboo (a.k.a. Como)


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Return to Endor

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My name is Patrick Ireland and this is my story. I was born in 72 and in 77 when i was 5 my older brothers took me to see Star Wars at the local drive in. We were living in Fortuna CA at the time and we saw Star Wars A New Hope at the State Theater which had a huge drive in at the time. Huge Fan! Anyway when Lucas came to Humboldt County to film the Endor scenes for Return of the Jedi my brothers knew about it and we were there!

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Return of the Jedi Missing Lightsaber Scene

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The ROTJ cut scene of Luke constructing his lightsaber was shown at C5 to promote the upcoming Blu-ray release. Looks like Death Valley to me. Who is going to find it and be the first to post the picture?

Here are a couple of screenshots:

And here is the video that was posted on Youtube.

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Spain Pt II: Star Wars Traveller - Naboo (a.k.a. Seville)

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At the start of 2010 I went to Seville for one of the easier-to-find Star Wars filming locations which you can see details of at the link below:

Spain Pt II: Star Wars Traveller - Naboo (a.k.a. Seville)

The above site also has the rest of my 'Star Wars Traveller' links to Tatooine (a.k.a. Southern Tunisia) and Naboo (a.k.a. Caserta in Italy)


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Tatooine Reunion 2010

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Mark Dermul is organizing one last tour to Tunisia, 22 to 29 May 2010. This is a perfect opportunity if you ever wanted to go, but were afraid of finding everything on your own. Relax with a group of like-minded individuals and let a professional get you to all of the correct locations.

Check out all of the details and previous trips on his site.


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Two New Finse WebCams

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The Finse 1222 hotel has added two webcams bringing the villages total to 3.

They can be accessed via a link on the hotels web page:

Or individually:

The third webcam can be seen here:

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