The Forest Moon of Endor is usually just referred to as simply Endor but actually, Endor is a large gas giant which you don`t see. All the action takes place on the Forest Moon of Endor which is provides the shield generator the second generation Death Star of the Galactic Empire.
The planet provides the final land battle between the Rebel Alliance and the Galactic Empire. A small team of soldiers led by Han Solo are sent to the planet to knock out the Death Star`s shield generator so that a team of fighters led by Lando Calrissian can destroy the Death Stars core. The planet is inhabited by small furry creatures known as the Ewoks. The Ewoks soon become the most hated of Alien races in any science fiction and are blamed for the poor sales of the film.
Whereas the original Death Star didn`t have a shield, the Galactic Empire built one into the newer, bigger Death Star. The Rebel Alliance had managed to get hold of an Imperial Lambda Shuttle and codes, albeit old codes to secret a small team of soldiers led by General Han Solo onto the planet. After a slightly tense moment whilst the codes are being verified, the Lambda is allowed down onto the planet.
On the planet, things start to go wrong from the off when they discover Imperial Scouts and try to take them out. There is a high speed Speeder Bike chase with Scouts being chased by Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker. After kiling the troopers, Luke Skywalker returns to the assault team but Princess Leia doesn`t return and instead separated from the others and becomes friends with an Ewok named Wicket.
The mission has to carry on, destroy the field generator, rescue Princess Leia and hope the team led by Lando Calrissian fulfills their part of the mission. Chewbacca gets the team captured by a group of furry creatures, the Ewoks who want to cook and eat the humans. Luke Skywalker uses his telekenetic powers to levitate C-3PO above the ground to frighten the Ewoks into releasing the team. It works in partnership with Princess Leia turning up and asking for her friends to be released.
On the day of the assault, the Ewoks show the rebels a back way into the base and how to blow it up. Luke Skywalker hands himself into the Empire so that he can face Darth Vader who takes his son up to see the Emperor Palpatine. Palpatine says he has forseen the battle and the defeat of the Rebel Alliance, something that he gets wrong. The Rebel Alliance in cohoots with the Ewoks are able to defeat the Empire.
The Moon of Endor would feature in two futher Star Wars films, Battle for Endor and Caravan of Courage.
The scenes for The Moon of Endor were filmed in the Redwood National Park, California, an area in the north of the state close to Oregon. The park is famous for its tall trees. The area was also used for the scenes in the two Ewok movies that followed after Star Wars VI - Return of the JediCopyright: Lucasfilm