- The Wizard of Oz (TV series)
"The Wizard of Oz" is an
animated television seriesproduced in 1990 to capitalize on the 50th anniversaryof the 1939 classic film. It ran on ABC from 1990-1991, and was subsequently repeated on the Disney Channeland HBOin the 1990s, and on Toon Disneyfrom 1998-2002.
Wicked Witch of the Westhas been resurrected by Truckle the Flying Monkey and the Flying Monkeys loyal to her through a revival ceremony. Now that she's alive again, she has taken over the Emerald City. Dorothy returns to Oz to finish off the witch once and for all. Each episode consisted of the Witch attempting to get the ruby slippers from Dorothy. Dorothy and her friends were also always trying to save the Wizard from the evil West Wind, created by the Witch. Dorothy would sometimes begin an episode by clicking her heels and saying to herself "There is no place like Oz" repeatedly, which would transport her from Kansas to Oz, a reverse of a key point in the 1939 film. Some episodes had similarity to the film, such as Dorothy convincing the Lion he still was powerful after he lost confidence when the Witch cast a spell on him removing his powerful roar and giving it to a Hyena, but she and her friends worked to reverse the spell. This was similar to the film where the Wizard convinced Dorothy's friends their talents lay within.
The series was canceled after one season, so the fates of the characters are unknown.
# "Rescue of Emerald City, Part I", written by
Cliff Ruby& Elana Lesser9/8/1990
# "Rescue of Emerald City, Part II", written by Cliff Ruby & Elana Lesser 9/15/1990
# "Fearless", written by
# "Crystal Clear", written by
Pat Allee& Ben Hurst9/29/1990
# "We're Not in Kansas Anymore", written by
Lisa Maliani& Michael Maroney10/6/1990
# "The Lion that Squeaked", written by
# "Dream a Little Dream", written by
# "A Star Is Gone", written by
# "Time Town", written by
# "The Marvelous Milkmaid of Mechanica", by
Jules Dennis, from a story by Karen Willson& Chris Weber11/10/1990
# "Upside-Down Town", written by
# "Day the Music Died", written by
# "Hot Air", written by Doug Molitor 12/1/1990
Liz Georges- Dorothy
Frank Welker- Toto
* David Lodge - Scarecrow
Hal Rayle- Tin Man
* Charlie Adler -
Alan Oppenheimer- The Wizard
* B. J. Ward - Glinda the Good Witch
Tress MacNeille- The Wicked Witch of the West
Pat Fraley- Truckle
Susan Silo- MunchkinMayor
*Dorothy's design is similar to that of Disney's "The Little Mermaid"'s female
* Many of the songs used in the show were revamped from songs and themes from the film.
* Dorothy wears a simple blue dress in this series, as opposed to a a blue and white gingham dress in the film.
* Dorothy's famous Ruby Slippers were changed from being heels to slip-ons.
* A running gag in the series was the Wicked Witch of the West's Crystal Ball, which she was only able to use once per episode.
* Look to the Star (The Rescue of Emerald City Part 2)
* We're off to see the Wizard (The Rescue of Emerald City Part 1, Time Town & Upside-Down Town)
* King of the Forest (Fearless & The Lion that Squeaked)
* The Merry Old Land of Oz (Crystal Clear & Hot Air)
* I'f I Only Had a Brain (Crystal Clear, The Marvelous Milkmaid of Mechanica & The Day the Music Died)
Over the Rainbow(We're Not in Kansas Anymore)
"The Wizard Of Oz" was first released on VHS in 1991, shortly after the series ended. 10 episodes of the series were released on video between 1991 - 1995. In Australia, the series was released in its entirety on VHS.
DVD releases began in 2002 with The Rescue Of The Emerald City, (featuring "The Rescue of Emerald City parts 1 & 2", and "The Day the Music Died") followed in 2003 by The Continuing Story (featuring "Time Town", "We're not in Kansas Anymore", "Crystal Clear", and "Fearless") and We're Off to Save the Wizard in 2005 (featuring "Hot Air", "A Star is Gone", "Upside Downtown", and "Dream a Little Dream")
As of 2008, the series has yet to be released in its entirety.
The Wizard of Oz (adaptations)— other adaptations of " The Wonderful Wizard of Oz"
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