In 1997, eight episodes of the Star Wars: Ewoks animated series were edited together as two full-length films. Episodes 2 ("The Haunted Village"), 1 ("The Cries of the Trees"), 3 ("Rampage of the Phlogs"), and 9 ("Sunstar vs. Shadowstone") were edited together to make The Haunted Village, and Episodes 10, 5, 4, and 13 were edited together to make Tales from the Endor Woods. These compilation films were later released in several Region 4 countries, such as Brazil (the Brazilian edition was released in 2005 with the Region 1 and 4 codes on the same disc) and Australia. The Haunted Village combines four loosely related episodes into one story, while Tales from the Endor Woods connects four seemingly unrelated stories via a newly recorded voiceover. The original opening credits and theme song are not included as part of the films, and were replaced with simple credit sequences and new scores by Marco D'Ambrosio.
In 1997, Lucasfilm and 20th Century Fox released the film on VHS. Fox created a commercial advertising the newly edited film, along with its counterpart Droids animated film, The Pirates and the Prince. The commercial was included on the release, and was later hidden on the DVD release of The Pirates and the Prince. The initial shipments of the tapes were sent to many stores in a display bin that featured a Star Wars Animated Classics header. Several stores also received a merchandising kit with shelf danglers, shelf talkers, countertop displays, mobiles and buttons.
The sequence of the episodes in The Haunted Village causes several continuity errors. Chief Chirpa's campfire story at the beginning of the film was taken from the ninth episode, "Sunstar vs. Shadowstone." However, the rest of the ninth episode is presented as the final act of the film. In his campfire story, Chirpa says he is relating events from the previous night, but with the intervening stories, several nights have passed between the two sequences. Additionally, Malani gets her hood in the first episode, "The Cries of the Trees." However, since this episode is presented second in the film, we see Malani wearing her hood before she receives it.
An error unrelated to the resequencing is when Paploo is seen playing his horn, but it makes no sound.
Artists: Alan Bunce, Raymond Jafelice, Dave Cox, Roy Meurin, Sam Dixon, Dale Scholl
Assistants: Ted Ravn, Nicholas Campbell
Layout: Scott Bennett, Barbara Massey, Marie Carter, Armen Melkonian, Robert Cowan, Tom Nesbitt, Jeff Dickson, Howard Parkins, Richard Forgues, Bill Payne, John Hill, Brian Poehlman, Antonio Iacobelil, Debra Pugh, Chris Labonie, Anthony van Bruggen, Howard Lonn, John van Bruggen
Character Layout: Lil Andre, Bob Jaques, Willy Ashworth, Pat Knight, Ian Freedman, Mark Pudleiner, Michelle Houston, Allen Swerling, Dick Zondag
Special Effects Director: David Marshall
Special Effects Design: Trevor Davies, Jan Steel Moffatt, Alexis Wallrich, Peter Yamasaki
Animation Supervisor: Bill Perkins
Graphics: Kim Cleary
Color Design: Carol Barbour, Parker McIntyre, Glen Binmore, Eileen Middleton, *Mary Eklund, Margaret Rol, Jan Leitch, Dana Orlando
Associate Producers: Paul Dini, Peter Saunder
Assistant Supervising Producer: Peter Hudecki
Unit Manager: Richard Pimm
Production Supervisor: Dale Cox
Production Co-Ordinators: Heather Walker, Judy Nelson
Production Manager: Karyn Booth-Chadwick
Production Assistants: Barabara Bjarnasan, Paul Hogarth, Steve Chadwick, Garth Roerick
Production Secretaries: Jay Folla, Nancy Shenton
Quality Control: Evelyn Baker, Rose Nangle, Brenda Kelly, Betty Oldham, Diana Lyle, Lisa Ratke, Rhyette Zazinski
Supervising Editor: Rob Kirkpatrick
Co-Ordinator: Steve Fraser
Supervising Editor Pre-Production: John Broughton
Editors: John Bakits, Gordon Kidd, Richard Bond, Paul McGowan, Peter Goodale, Michele Moses, Sheila Murray, Mac Holyoke, Philip Stilman, Stephen Hudecki, Keith Traver, Chris Hutton
Assistants: Dave Allman, Ian Jeans, Mike Bass, Al Maciulis, Peter Branton, Kathy Nicholaichuk, Stephanie Crawford, Mike Reid, Steve Fitch, Cindy Romanovich, Tim Griffin, Jamie Whitney, Eric Hurlbut
Additional Production at Wang Films Production Co LTD, Cuckoo's Nest Studios