It was a little bit Star Wars, a little bit J.R.R. Tolkien, and a whole lot of little people. Willow was what fantasy lovers fantasize about: magic, swords, dragons, and a cast of cheerable heroes, hissable villains, and loveable rogues.
The Star Wars connection was no coincidence. George Lucas wrote Willow’s story and was its executive producer. Ron Howard, who had already brought fantastical creatures to the screen in Splash and Cocoon, came in to direct, and the cast included Val Kilmer and Warwick Davis (the future Leprechaun star).