Atascadero dad tricks kids into believing in Ewoks

October 12, 2011

The dreaded Ewok

Atascadero graphic designer Anthony Herrera likes to play a game called “Find the Ewok” with his daughter. So on a recent trip to Sequoia National Park, Herrera told her that Ewoks, made popular through the “Star Wars” movies, lived among the tall trees. Turns out that dad had a definite hand in making the figures appear. [Chronicle]

Herrera, 30, used Photoshop to insert the Ewoks into vacation photos and then showed them to his daughter.

“I told her I thought I saw something strange in a few pictures. We viewed them on the TV to get a larger image,” Herrera said. “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.”

Herrera told his daughter that the bear-like creatures lived in the forest, which resembles their home planet of Endor.

It sent her imagination running wild, and she scoured every inch of the vast woodland for the elusive fictional characters.

The father, who also has a two-year-old son Tristan, said: “The rest of the trip, my daughter was set on finding an Ewok. We spent two days hiking through the park.

“Every shrub and bush that rustled convinced her that an Ewok must be near.

“I assured her that the Ewoks were very shy creatures and normally do not let anyone see them.”

The story has generated much publicity for Herrera, drawing the interest of newspapers from as far away as England.

It has also sparked a debate among readers as to whether or not Herrera is being a good dad by playing this trick on his daughter.

One reader wrote, “I hardly think parents need to lie to their children in order for them to find wonder and joy in the world. I mean, you can engage in imaginative play with your children without setting them up for what could be serious emotional trauma.”

How about you? Can you spot the Ewok?






  1. TacomaRose says:

    Wow … This is a cute news story … something that can make us smile between some of the more difficult issues facing our communities.

    Good job Cal Coast. Keep bringing us the hard hitting news but stories like this are a fresh reprieve. Anything that brings a smile to the soul is A OK in my book.

    And to Mr. Herrerra … Good job in inspiring your kids imagination with innocent fun. Successful parenting includes a recognition that childrens imaginations are awsome and that you can also use the imagination to help enforce powerful life lessons.

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  2. Cindy says:

    Emotional Trauma? This little girl is going to grow up with fond memories of a magical world. The world is magical to young children who are loved anyway. Consider the bedtime story books and how much children love them. Many people have already mentioned Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny, I don’t know of anyone who doesn’t appreciate having grown up believing in them.

    I grew up with many magical creations in my life. There was squeaky the elf that told my parents when I did something I shouldn’t have done. There was also Joey the Gremlin, he was the one who must have done things (like spilled the grape juice on the rug) when no one would admit to it and squeaky wasn’t around that day to see who did it! There were beautiful fairies in the garden and I would spend hours on summer mornings looking for them. These are all very fond memories, no trauma here and I have made it a point to pass this stuff on while kids are young enough to enjoy it.

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  3. Ugluk says:

    This will come up in therapy some day.

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    • Kettel says:

      Yes it will.

      What will come up is what awesome fun it was.
      +1 Dad.

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    • my2cents says:

      Yah, because all of us who grew up beleiving in Santa and the Easter bunny went to therapy when we found out the truth…. Come on Ugluk!! Really?
      It’s all fun and games. It’s nice that this dad is creating an amazing world for his daughter right now. When she gets older she will be exposed to what we really have to deal with on a daily basis. So let her imagination run wild while it still can!

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  4. BeenThereDoneThat says:

    GEEZ the dad made some fun entertainment for the kid. So what next? Are we to stop telling kids about Santa Clause? I don’t think you will do any more damage here, than believing in Santa.

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  5. fhill123 says:

    Next he will be telling her that politicians care about the public!

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    • my2cents says:

      Good post fhill123! Cant stop laughing!!

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  6. SLOChuck says:

    I think it’s a cute idea. For those who object, what’s the difference between this and the Easter Bunny or Santa? Geez, chill out angry people. I’ll lead to great memories for the little girl.

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  7. deedub says:

    Will Mr. Herrera be taking his daughter snipe hunting soon?

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  8. danika says:

    I used my very formal looking diploma to convince my very young niece that I had been invited to the Royal Wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Di. She was unable to read at that age and was very awestruck. She still hasn’t forgiven me, but it certainly makes for fond memories.

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  9. r0y says:

    Because it’s funny and light-hearted. Sheesh, do you really need the 30 seconds of your life back that you probably spent on this?

    I thought this was good!

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