Dad Photoshops Ewoks Into His Family Photos To Convince His Kids Ewoks Are Real

I think I'm giving Anthony Herrera the dad of the year title. Why? Because when he took his kids to a national park he told them Ewoks lived there. Of course, his kids ended up being disappointed they didn't see any Ewoks... until he added Ewoks to the background of his family pictures.

In his words:

Being the Star Wars geek that I am (so is she), I told her that this is where the Ewoks live. She spent a good chuck of our time hiking keeping a lookout for any Ewoks. Coming home I can't say that she wasn't disappointed that we didn't find any. I had to explain that they are extremely shy and hardly ever let anyone see them. After we got home, and after I had a little time alone with the photos, I told her I thought I saw something strange in a few pictures. We viewed them on the TV to get a larger image. You can imagine how surprised and excited she was when we discovered that we didn't see any Ewoks, but they saw us, and had certainly taken an interest in her and her little brother. Maybe I'm a little wrong for lying to her and falsifying the pictures, but I don't care. She'll never forget the time she spent in the big woods with Ewoks.

I always wondered how much I'd influence my future kids on their movie tastes. After seeing Herrera pull this off, I think I'm pretty much going to brainwash them into thinking stuff like Star Wars and Back to the Future is real. Kids are gonna be awesome. Check out all of Herrera's "family pictures" here. [Anthony Herrera Designs via Wired]


    I bet the next time she tells the story, she'll say she actually saw the Ewoks. Then she'll start to believe she saw Ewoks. Then eventually, she'll realise it was all a scam and her mind will be blown.

      Your right. This could be very dangerous. Somebody did a similar thing a couple of thousand years ago and now every second idiot believes in "God, Jesus, Allah, Jehova, etc.".

    Were they blinking in any of them?

    but Ewoks are real?

    Is this cruelty? I'm confused by the morals of this.

      +1 to this.

      This coming xmas my kid turns 3 and we will be perpetuating the Santa Claus lie, so I guess that is similar. But telling a lie and presenting evidence to support your lie is quite a leap.

        Presenting evidence to support the Santa Claus lie: Leaving presents under the tree. HE WAS HERE, I TELL YOU! IN THIS VERY ROOM!! :3

          +1. Look the cookies are gone and the milk has been half drunk.

      If the net result is not negative (in an emotional sense) then it's not morally wrong.
      Like most people have been saying it's very similar to the Santa Claus myth we use to make christmas more fun.

      Most likely the kids will grow up with a fond memory of their times in the bush with their old man. Just like most of us have fond memories of our parents falsifying the validity of Santa.

      Plus it will make for some great 21st photos!

      My little sisters thought the cookie monster was real because they saw him on TV. Should we rage at the producers for producing 'evidence' that makes them think they're real? What about George Lucas and the original films? Lol

    @olearymo: probably about the same as the morals of convincing kids a certain bearded man in red is real, just more people do that one.

      But see, that's just it - that's at least a shared convention. This one seems like setting your kid up to be confused about the difference between fiction and fact, and alone in their predicament. Nobody thinks that the kid who believes in Santa is a bit weird because we all know about that one, but I suspect the one who swears she has photographic proof of the Ewoks in the National Park gets it all the time...

        I remember when my parents told me that Santa Clause wasn't real my very first follow-up question was "So does this mean God isn't real either?"

    Get her into the Photoshopping process and THEN you'll get Father of the year. And a daughter with l33t skillz by the time she's 15.

    Otherwise, she's just gonna get teased and ostracised at school for thinking Ewoks are real.

    I don't think it is any worse than Santa! I loved

    The real cruelty will be if he convinces his kids that Jar Jar Binks is real. No one needs that, least of all a child.

    Ewoks living in Sequoia National Park?? Any fool knows they're found on Endor.

      Excuse me?


      I do believe you meant to say the forest moon of Endor.

        Yes, I find it hard to believe the Ewoks could survive the environment of a gas giant.

        Nerd! ;)

    Great work there, dad. You should get an award. Instead of taking stock of the real things on that trip, you're happy to know you wasted your daughter's time searching for imaginary things.

    It's so cute her experiences of what is real are so unimportant to you. Well, let's just hope there's someone in her life who isn't an ethically dubious authority figure.

    Welcome to school - what do you know about your dad? Oh, he's a liar, and doesn't care, "Maybe I’m a little wrong for lying to her and falsifying the pictures, but I don’t care."

      This is no different to the Tooth Fairy, Santa, Moses, God or any established religion or imaginary trope to make kids feel good. Relax mate. I wish I could go to the forest where "Jedi" was shot and see the joy of my kids searching for Ewoks.

      This dad has gone to effort to make these kids lives a little more imagination friendly. Rather than crushing them with the harsh realities of the real world and sending them into a spiral of drugged up childhood depression.

        This should probably have just stayed as a wonderful keepsake between Father and Daughter, one that I'm sure she will treasure well after she discovers Ewoks aren't real - instead of being plastered across the internet where any sad sack can pass self-righteous judgement. Go Dad!

          The difference is that in one case parents teach their children something they believe to be true, but in the other they deliberately set out to deceive them.

        ... and Ed becomes the first atheist bore to push his agenda onto everyone else. Ah atheists, always the first to push their agenda, always the most boring person at a party.

          Lol at Mark, bible bashers, always the first to get bashed and kicked out of a party, not that anyone would have a religious nut at their party lol. Lighten up fwit

      Let the kid have a fun childhood, man.

      Justicar musn't have kids. Or ones that have grown up with their imagination stiffled.
      This sounds like such a fun and creative gesture by the kid's dad. Practical jokes at such a small scale never hurt anyone, plus whats the point of having kids if you can't make fun of them every now and then.
      I'm Australian, and I assume you've all heard of drop-bears? Terrible epidemic down here.

      I'm also sure that during their entire trip to the national park the girl witnessed MANY other real-life wonders of nature.

      Please tell me this is a troll, or at least is from someone who doesn't have any children. What a crappy non-magical childhood they would be in for.

    ROTJ was shot among californian redwoods, so he certainly has the habitat right as well.

    George Lucas wasn't satisfied enough with playing around with the original movies for the BluRay release. He's started tampering with random photos of kids as well.

    my family used to spend a lot of time at a cousins place when we were kids - my old man had my two older brothers and i convinced that wild dogs used to come out on Wednesday nights to piss on car tyres (they got tired of pissing on trees, see) and that we weren't strong enough to fight one off if we were attacked (which was true), this way my dad and cousin could go to the local pub and have a few beers and mum could have a quiet night in without having to worry about us running around and getting lost in the dark. it wasn't until my brother was 21 that we finally told him the truth (my middle brother and i worked it all out when we were still in single digits), though he still doesn't go anywhere on a Wednesday night!

      similar story, same results. i can see why they did it and it gave my parents, cousin , middle brother and i much entertainment over the years, though my oldest brother doesn't think it quite as funny.

    She's a little girl who appears to be pretty happy in the photo. Isn't that all that matters?

    Some people have no sense of fun and adventure. How is going to a park to look for Ewoks any worse than somebody going to Loch Ness, or a haunted castle, or hunting bigfoot?

      Because the Loch Ness and Bigfoot is obviously real, dur.

    This should probably have just stayed as a wonderful keepsake between Father and Daughter, one that I’m sure she will treasure well after she discovers Ewoks aren’t real – instead of being plastered across the internet where any sad sack can pass self-righteous judgement. Go Dad!

    I would've taken her Ewok HUNTING. With guns. And skinning.

    Yub yub!!

    "Daddy - I haven't seen grandma for such a long time... Is she dead?"

    "No honey, she was at your birthday party last week - don't you remember? Here, I'll show you the photos..."

    Seriously? People are calling this "cruel"?

    Yeah... I'm sure child services are going to be beating down this guy's door.

    What a joke.

    When I was a kid, my parents "cruelly" falsified a letter from the toothfairy, Santa Claus footprints and "evidence" of the Easter Bunny and the fun and excitement around those things was awesome.

    I loved it and I still have very fond memories of "real" events too- so to people like 'Justicar', I'm sure the little girl didn't block the rest of the trip from her memory because of her father's Ewok stunt.

    I'm glad that my parents played these games with me as a child- they brought an extra little bit of magic into my childhood and the memories are fantastic and make me smile to this day.

    People need to stop being so serious- imagination and a bit of fantasy are a very special part of growing up. I'm sure she's not going to believe in Ewok's until she's in her forties.

    That dad is a legend! :p What an idea hehehe.

    As someone who was lied to by a parent about something that meant a great deal to me I can state that finding out the truth is utterly devastating and can have serious ramifications.

    Doing this for his kids was a lovely idea but he must be prepared for the future fallout.

    For all those people on here who seem to be considering themselves to be Dr. Spock, there is nothing wrong with a little imagination. When I was this girl's age I believed in Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy (since I consider a picture taken with "Santa" or money left by the "Tooth Fairy" to be on par with this picture). I found out the truth about both on my own and never felt resentment towards my family. I think she'll be fine and will chuckle about it at family parties when she's an adult..."Remember the time Dad put an Ewok into that picture?!"

    Lighten up, it makes the world go around faster =).

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