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Rather than adapt a later or create a new Oz story, this production has Dorothy still in posession of the shoes, and she clings to an apple tree during a tornado which takes her back to Oz. The Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, and Lion (using the names created for the nearly-abstract television series, Tales of the Wizard of Oz, from which this was derived) have had their MGM gifts destroyed by the restored Wicked Witch, and the four proceed to the Wizard for help, who is ineffectual as usual. Written by Scott Hutchins <scottandrewh@home.com>

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The program was first shown on TV just two weeks after CBS's 1964 telecast of "The Wizard of Oz", with Judy Garland. See more »

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What's The Point?
29 June 2017 | by See all my reviews

Like Dinosaur Adventure, I discovered this via YouTube. Both Dinosaur Adventure and this Return To Oz just seemed cheap. However, this Return To Oz (not to be confused with the far superior 1985 Return To Oz that is thankfully based on the sequel to the books rather than just being a rehash of the MGM movie like this one is) is at least better, even if it looks like a Tootsie Pop commercial. It has an cohesive story and the animation is less jerky (even if Toto appears to have three tails). Where it fails is in terms of script and story, as well as animation. The animation is still rather weird, such as Toto's three tails and munchkins that look more like gumdrops than anything else. Then there's the songs, there are close to 10 of them and they aren't of particularly good quality, more like ditties than songs. The duet between the witch and wizard is especially poor, made irritating by the fact that for some reason the wizard has a quirk that makes him repeat the last word of every sentence, which I'm guessing was supposed to be funny but it isn't. Finally, there's the story, which is not so much a sequel as it is a remake. That's the main problem with the movie: it's simply a rehash. Even the moral is the same: that Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Lion had brains, heart, and courage all along. While the animation doesn't exactly help, the main problem is the fact that it's simply a rehash rather than the sequel that it initially appears to be. It's not awful but there really was no point to it.


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