What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there are two versions of this feature, the original 1983 release (on VHS and Laserdisc) and a later one on DVD to which George Lucas added enhanced special effects -- some of the aliens are obvious puppets, others are obvious CGI. Both feature abundant fantasy violence, from spaceship dogfights and light-saber duels to guerrilla-style war waged with primitive weapons by the cute Ewoks (which is played largely for laughs, though one Ewok is shown dead). Deaths of prominent characters in the series, including a peaceful one in bed for Master Yoda and a more dramatic exit (and funeral pyre) for Anakin Skywalker.
  • Families can talk about the characters' choices and motivations. Why do you think Hans and Lando both put aside their roguish swaggers to play heroes? Are there any role models in this movie?
  • Talk about the hype surrounding the Star Wars franchise. Is it deserved? What is the appeal?
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