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Return to Oz -- Dorothy finds that her old friends have been turned to stone.


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21 June 1985 (USA) See more »
An all-new adventure down the yellow brick road. See more »
Dorothy, saved from a psychiatric experiment by a mysterious girl, is somehow called back to Oz when a vain witch and the Nome King destroy everything that makes the magical land beautiful. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 5 nominations See more »
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Directed by
Walter Murch 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
L. Frank Baum  novels "Ozma of Oz" and "The Land of Oz"
Gill Dennis 
Walter Murch 

Produced by
Colin Michael Kitchens .... associate producer
Gary Kurtz .... executive producer
Paul Maslansky .... producer
Original Music by
David Shire 
Cinematography by
David Watkin 
Freddie Francis (uncredited)
Film Editing by
Leslie Hodgson 
Casting by
Jane Feinberg 
Mike Fenton 
Susie Figgis 
Marci Liroff 
Production Design by
Norman Reynolds 
Art Direction by
Charles Bishop (supervising art director)
Fred Hole 
Set Decoration by
Michael Ford 
Costume Design by
Raymond Hughes 
Makeup Department
Stuart Artingstall .... mechanical characters hair design
Magdalen Gaffney .... makeup artist
Robin Grantham .... makeup supervisor
Beryl Lerman .... makeup artist
Patricia McDermott .... hair stylist
David White .... special makeup effects (uncredited)
Production Management
Philip Kohler .... unit manager (as Phil Kohler)
Steve Lanning .... production manager (as Stephen Lanning)
Bruce Sharman .... executive in charge of production
Thomas L. Wilhite .... original executive in charge of production (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ray Corbett .... assistant director
James Devis .... second unit director
Ian Hickinbotham .... second assistant director
Michael Murray .... assistant director
Kieron Phipps .... second assistant director
Waldo Roeg .... second assistant director: second unit
Peter Waller .... assistant director: second unit
Steve Lanning .... assistant director (uncredited)
John Speer .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Alan Adams .... dipping props
Bill Beecham .... constructor hod (as William Beecham)
Reg Bream .... chief draughtsman
Barry Bruce .... claymation art director
Bruce Cheesman .... unit props
Kenneth Clarke .... constructor hod
Bill J. Coggon .... unit props (as William Coggon)
Peter Collins .... constructor hod
Michael R. Driscoll .... constructor hod (as Michael Driscoll)
Peter Hancock .... property master
Ron Higgins .... unit props
Robert Hill .... unit props (as Rob Hill)
Richard Holland .... draughtsman
Tommy Ibbetson .... prop management
Harley Jessup .... storyboard artist
I.F. Lawrence .... constructor hod
Bert Long .... constructor hod (as Albert Long)
David Lusby .... production buyer
Philip McDonald .... locations property master
Ted Michell .... scenic artist
Michael G. Ploog .... illustrator (as Mike Ploog)
Michael G. Ploog .... storyboard artist (as Mike Ploog)
Doug Purdie .... dipping props
Denis Rich .... storyboard artist
Henry Selick .... storyboard artist
Chris Sheehan .... dipping props (as Christopher Sheehan)
Bob Walker .... scenic artist
Bill Welch .... construction manager
Gavin Bocquet .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Michael Finlay .... painter (uncredited)
Dave Midson .... supervising dressing prop (uncredited)
Brian Muir .... sculptor (uncredited)
Jay Pales .... plasterer (uncredited)
Michael Peraza Jr. .... conceptual artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Bob Allen .... production sound (as Robert Allen)
Tim Blackham .... sound crew
Geoff R. Brown .... assistant sound editor
Martin Evans .... sound editor
Mike Hopkins .... sound editor
Ray Merrin .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Tony Morris .... assistant sound editor
Peter Musgrave .... sound editor
Walter Nelson .... assistant sound editor
Bill Rowe .... sound re-recording mixer
Lionel Strutt .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Martin Trevis .... sound crew
Allen Hurd .... sound (uncredited)
Tim Partridge .... dolby sound consultant (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Peter Davey .... special effects technician
Michael Dawson .... special effects technician
Ken Gittens .... special effects technician
Brian Lince .... special effects technician
Ray Lovell .... special effects technician
Brian Morrison .... senior special effects technician
Trevor Neighbour .... senior effects technician
Frank Richardson .... special effects technician (as B. Frank Richardson)
John Stephenson .... mechanical characters mechanical design
David H. Watkins .... special effects technician (as David Watkins)
Barry Whitrod .... senior effects technician
Dave Chagouri .... special effects technician (uncredited)
David Hunter .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Richard Craske .... assistant model cameraman
George Djurkovic .... art department models
Carl Frith .... model and process effects unit camera operator
Allen Gonzales .... effects animator
Peter Hammond .... matte camera
John Harris .... model camera operator (as John H. Harris)
Robert Hill .... model and process effects unit camera operator
Peter Krook .... optical editorial supervisor
Michael Lloyd .... matte supervisor
Tim McHugh .... matte camera assistant
Nick Moore .... assistant optical editor
Zoran Perisic .... director of model and process unit-visual effects consultant
Stanley W. Sayer .... matte photography consultant (as Stanley Sayer)
Robert Scifo .... matte artist
Charles Stoneham .... matte artist
Carl Willat .... additional opticals
Ian Wingrove .... model and special effects supervisor
David Worley .... model camera operator
Alan Church .... optical camera operator (uncredited)
Peter Govey .... additional opticals (uncredited)
Sam Longoria .... claymation camera (uncredited)
Sam Longoria .... motion control engineer (uncredited)
Andy Bradford .... stunts
Cheryl Brown .... stunt double: Fairuza Balk
Alison Lynn .... stunt double: Fairuza Balk
Gareth Milne .... stunts
Nicola Roche .... stunt double: Fairuza Balk
Colin Skeaping .... stunt arranger
Colin Skeaping .... stunt coordinator
Tip Tipping .... stunts
Sarah White .... stunt double: Fairuza Balk
Camera and Electrical Department
Kenneth Atherfold .... camera grip
Richard Blanshard .... still photographer
Bob Bridges .... video technician (as Robert Bridges)
David Budd .... assistant camera
Jim Dawes .... camera grip
James Devis .... camera operator: second unit
James Devis .... director of photography: second unit
Maurice Gillett .... gaffer
Gordon Hayman .... camera operator
Ronnie Homewood .... best boy
Christopher Kenny .... video technician
Roy Larner .... gaffer
Roger McDonald .... assistant camera
Simon Mills .... clapper loader: second unit
Shane O'Neill .... assistant camera
John Palmer .... camera operator
Barry Peake .... still photographer
Ken Worringham .... camera operator
Dean Kennedy .... electrician (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tony Allen .... wardrobe assistant (as Anthony Allen)
Rosemary Lis .... wardrobe assistant (as Rosemary Worth)
William McPhail .... assistant costume designer
Paul Vachon .... wardrobe supervisor
Hilary Watson .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Peter Boita .... second editor
Dan Farrell .... assistant editor (as Daniel Farrell)
Kerry Kohler .... senior assistant editor
Music Department
Michael Davis .... musician: violin solo
Gordon Greenaway .... assistant music editor
Harry Rabinowitz .... associate conductor
David Shire .... conductor
Herbert W. Spencer .... orchestrator
Eric Tomlinson .... music recording mixer
Stan Witt .... music editor
Other crew
Douglas Aberle .... claymation artist
Barbara Allen .... production coordinator
David Altschul .... claymation producer
Brian Archer .... mechanical characters patternmaker
Alan Arnold .... publicist
Craig Bartlett .... claymation artist
Annie Britten .... secretary to producer
Lyle Conway .... mechanical characters cosutme design supervisor
John Coppinger .... mechanical characters designer
Michael Culling .... animal trainer (as Mike Culling)
Douglas Cummings .... cello soloist
Chris Eveleigh .... mechanical characters designer
William Fiesterman .... claymation artist
Derek Frampton .... mechanical characters technician
Gary Frutkoff .... mechanical characters additional design
Tom Gasek .... claymation artist
Joan C. Gratz .... claymation artist
Linda Gregory .... assistant accountant
Mark Gustafson .... claymation artist
Don Henry .... first process engineer
Colin Hurry .... mechanical characters technician
Paul Jiggins .... mechanical characters supporting plasterer
Val Johnston .... mechanical characters fabric design
Sally Jones .... continuity
Helen Lewis .... mechanical characters textile
Lesja Liber .... mechanical characters fabric design
Pons Maar .... mime movement arranger
Mary Jo Macvey .... tutor
Doris Martin .... continuity: second unit
Sue Matthews .... secretary to director
Bruce McKean .... claymation artist
Tom McLaughlin .... mechanical characters foam latex supervisor
Cathy McMahon .... tutor
Gary McRobert .... claymation artist
Gary McRobert .... claymation technical supervisor
Phil Meador .... supervisor: Disney Efx (as Philip Meador)
Richard Morrison .... title designer
Aggie Murch .... unit nurse (as Muriel Murch)
John R. Neill .... mechanical characters original drawings
Roger Nichols .... mechanical characters technician
Grania O'Shannon .... location manager
Chris Ostwald .... mechanical characters designer
Richard Padbury .... mechanical characters designer
William Plant .... mechanical characters technician
Joanne Radmilovich .... claymation artist
Nick Rayburn .... mechanical characters designer
Melinda Rees .... continuity: second unit
Glynis Robertson .... executive producer's secretary
Ian Rolph .... mechanical characters technician
Tim Rose .... mechanical characters senior designer
David Sainty .... mechanical characters general assistant
Neal Scanlan .... mechanical characters technician
Moyra Simpson .... assistant production coordinator
H.W. Hamilton Smith .... mechanical characters mechanical design
Will Vinton .... claymation director
Chris Warren .... video coordinator (as Christopher Warren)
David Watson .... effects technician
Rebecca West .... publicity assistant
Sam Williams .... supporting accountant
Cas Willing .... mechanical characters fabric design
Michael Yell .... assistant accountant
Judy Britten .... captions assistant: publicity (uncredited)
Francis Ford Coppola .... assistant to director (uncredited)
Sue Dacre .... supporting puppeteer (uncredited)
Geoff Felix .... supporting puppeteer (uncredited)
David Greenaway .... supporting puppeteer (uncredited)
Swee Lim .... supporting puppeteer (uncredited)
Craig Miller .... marketing consultant (uncredited)
Tony Miller .... assistant accountant (uncredited)
Stefano Priori .... assistant accountant (uncredited)
Maurice Sendak .... preliminary artwork (uncredited)
George Lucas .... special thanks
Robert Watts .... special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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113 min | Finland:110 min (uncut) | Finland:109 min (cut)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby (35 mm prints)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG (original rating) | Australia:G (re-rating on appeal) | Canada:G (Nova Scotia) (original rating) | Canada:F (Ontario) | Canada:PG (Nova Scotia) (re-rating) (2003) | Finland:K-8 (cut) | Finland:K-10 (uncut) | Iceland:L | Iceland:LH (video rating) | Netherlands:MG6 | Peru:PT | Portugal:M/6 | Sweden:11 | UK:U (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1986) | USA:PG | West Germany:12
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Fairuza Balk did all her own stunts.See more »
Anachronisms: When the two girls run away from the hospital in 1899, Nurse Wilson chases them with a flash light, not invented until 1902.See more »
Mombi III:You will be rather attractive... one day. Not at all beautiful, you understand, but you have a certain... prettiness. Different from my other heads. I believe I'll lock you in the tower for a few years till your head is ready. And then I'll take it.
Dorothy:I believe you will NOT!
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Referenced in Dick Tracy (1990)See more »


Is this a sequel to the 1939 MGM classic "The Wizard of Oz?"
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75 out of 84 people found the following review useful.
Yep, dark and disturbing, 19 August 2005
Author: ptb-8 from Australia

After reading about 40 of the other comments here, all of whom say RETURN TO OZ is dark and disturbing, I will make a different comment. In the early 80s Disney certainly were off the cash trail with a range of films, each expertly produced, that were box office disasters. One may recall SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES, TRON, THE BLACK CAULDRON, ONE MAGIC Christmas and a few others that had much to offer any thinking crowd,and each had special effects that were quite astonishing. Disney were in a very bleak period and the films, attempting to reflect perhaps a more mature or even grown up perspective chose, oh dear I have to say it: a dark and disturbing theme. At the time of release every critic bleated at the grim and melancholy tone of RETURN TO OZ, and sadly themselves neglected to celebrate the original book look, a choice Disney execs applauded themselves for. One Exec infamously said to us theatre owners: "We're going for the Frank L Baum book illustrations and nothing like that 1939 vaudeville thing". Oh dear, I thought at the time. You mean the world's most popular kids film? Well. $27 million dollars later in production costs returned maybe a quarter in theatre film rentals and RETURN TO OZ for all its merit and lavish production care and superb scary special effects....was consigned to the Disney dud bin. At the time I was irritated by the fixed goony expressions on Jack Pumpkinhead and the Scarecrow (loved Tik-tok, though, a fascinating and completely compelling design and movement piece) This time around I didn't mind it and actually appreciated the fact that they were 'book' expressions. Viewed 20 years later on a Disney DVD of dubious quality, I have to say it is a film more suited to these dark and disturbing times and if released today would certainly get a better reception and better crits...and possibly make a lot of money. I think the world is tuned into this type of family film more now than in the Flashdance 80s. The production values of RETURN TO OZ are simply breathtaking. Scene after scene perfectly realised: the green walled horror of the psychiatric asylum in reel one, the amazing claymation of the Gnome King, and especially the glittering halls of Mombi's castle. One genuinely screamworthy scene in the hall of Heads with a headless Queen rushing about in a nightmarish vision is almost only for adults, so intense is it's genuine horror. The glittering climax of a restored Emerald City is a triumph of green and silver/gold set design, I defy any viewer not to rewind it several times just to see each and every part. Yes nominated for 5 Oscars, it won none and vanished for 20 years. The no-marquee name Fairuza Balk didn't help the public embrace, no matter how exquisite she is. At least she wasn't named Soleil Moon Fry. In the same class as The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth, RETURN TO OZ now deserves its place there as part of a trilogy of superbly crafted fantasy for smart kids and astonished adults. That 'vaudeville thing' it certainly isn't. But not a failure either. The DVD is lacking trailers and production material that should and could be included. Bad Disney! Good film! I also defy any viewer not to shriek with laughter at the Gnome King revealing he is wearing the ruby slippers, a sly joke well presented.

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