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1987 (USA) See more »
A tornado brings Dorothy to Oz. She's given a pair of magic red shoes and told that only the Wizard has the power to send her back home. | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Tim Reid 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Don Arioli 
L. Frank Baum  novel
Tim Reid 

Produced by
Micheline Charest .... executive producer
Elizabeth Klinck .... assistant producer
Ronald A. Weinberg .... executive producer
Original Music by
Hagood Hardy 
Tom Szczesniak 
Film Editing by
Avdé Chiriaeff 
Production Management
Pierre Michaud .... post-production supervisor
Art Department
Elaine Gasco .... storyboard artist
Sound Department
Shelley Craig .... sound re-recordist
Gaétan Depelteau .... sound engineer
André-Gilles Gagné .... sound re-recordist
Andy Malcolm .... foley artist
Gilles Page .... sound editor
Ian Rankin .... sound editor
Tony Reed .... sound editor
Ron Searles .... sound engineer
Raymond Vermette .... supervising sound editor
Daniel Vincent .... sound editor
Lise Wedlock .... foley artist
Animation Department
Nancy Crossgrove .... animator
Raymond Furlotte .... animator
Elaine Gasco .... animator
Christine Larocque .... animation supervisor
Maldwyn Phillips .... animator
Editorial Department
Laurent Leclerc .... assistant editor
Marc Lussier .... final colorist
Music Department
Hagood Hardy .... music supervisor
Hagood Hardy .... musician
Richard Homme .... music editor
Richard Homme .... musician
Brian Leonard .... musician
Ray Parker .... music editor
Robert Piltch .... musician
Tom Szczesniak .... music editor
Jack Zaza .... musician
Other crew
Monique Bergeron .... talent coordinator
Colette Fortin .... production secretary
Claude Fournier .... production advisor
Margie Golick .... educational & psychological consultant
Liz Joyce .... production coordinator
Neil Paton .... production accountant
Jacques Pettigrew .... technical producer
Freda Robins .... assistant supervisor
Alex Simard .... color director
Dov Zimmer .... production advisor

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Additional Details

USA:93 min

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Maybe not the best Oz adaptation, but certainly not the worst, 20 April 2006
Author: nineandthreequarters from Australia

Before I say anything else, I must make it clear that this review is based on viewing the 90 minute movie version of this cartoon. Since the 'movie' was a splicing together of a series of 10-15 minute cartoons that I haven't seen since the late 1980s, my comments may or may not be truly judging this on its own merits.

The nature of the original cartoons perhaps gives the movie version its only real glaring weakness. Since everything was serialised and shown in short blocks, there's a lot that has to be crammed into each episode. So there we are left with Margot Kidder's narration (brilliant as it is - gotta love that woman) and the characters who have to scream out every single thing that they think and feel, and to state the obvious about what's going on. That said, I do believe that child and adult viewers do get to feel for the characters, and the voice artists have the right balance of quirkiness and compassion to be believable.

Sadly, as with most screen adaptations of the Oz stories, one of the most important layers of the stories is completely UNDER-stated. This is the quirky social commentary that peppers L Frank Baum's original stories. The real shame is that there are so many events in the cartoon that could use it so strongly. Lion's failure to live up to social perceptions of him, the main winged monkey having a surly New York accent, the crows who recommend to Scarecrow to "find a new line of work", the former mayor of the Winkies who is only safe from the witch because a mayor has no real powers to 'conquer and destroy', and (of course) the discovery that the wizard only has 'power' because the Ozfolk believe in him. I'm not saying that these messages should have been shouted from the Wizard's hot air balloon, but if there had been some effort to have characters respond to or comment on these elements, so much material could have been given extra special depth that wouldn't have detracted from the main focus.

The bottom line? It's maybe not the best Oz adaptation, but it's certainly not the worst. There's plenty of magic, plenty of passion, plenty of quirkiness to draw out the right emotions at the right times. It's also one of the Oz films that's more faithful to the original story despite the rapid jumps over certain parts of the story. If you're an Oz fan, check it out but be aware that it leans more towards sentiment than fantasy or comedy.

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