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The Muppets' Wizard of Oz (2005)

TV Movie  -   -  Adventure | Comedy | Family  -  20 May 2005 (USA)
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Dorothy Gale lives with her Auntie Em and Uncle Henry in a trailer park in Kansas. Dorothy has dreams of becoming a famous singer, but when a tornado hits Kansas and Dorothy rushes to save Toto, her prawn (she couldn't afford a dog), she is whisked away to Oz where she meets the four witches (all played by Miss Piggy) and the Munchkins of Oz (the rats). On her way to see the Wizard, she meets the Scarecrow (Kermit), the Tin Thing (Gonzo), and the Cowardly Lion (Fozzie) who all wish to have something given by the wizard. On their way to Emerald City, they are captured by the Wicked Witch of the West (of course, Miss Piggy) and her flying monkeys (other muppets). When they finally make it back to Emerald City, the Wizard is really a man from Hollywood. But he "grants" their wishes, but what they wanted they already had inside (there's a lesson there). When Dorothy finally is back in Kansas, she becomes what she had wanted, a famous singer and on the Muppets Star Search show. Written by Chris Hunter <DrEvilGuy200>

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Trivia

At a certain point in the movie, Toto the Prawn says that the viewer should start listening to Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon album, joking about a popular coincidence relating to The Wizard of Oz (1939): certain songs from the album are said to match perfectly with images from the movie. See more »

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Towards the end, as Dorothy and Co leave the stage, the Wiz is holding his hand out to shake hands, and in the close up shot he has taken his specs off. When we zoom out, and Toto says something to him, he is still wearing his glasses. See more »

Quotes

Dorothy: [to the Muppet Munchkins] I know a rat when I see one.
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Version of The Witches of Oz (2011) See more »

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Good Life
Written by Jeannie Lurie and Brandon Christy
Produced by Brandon Christy, Jeannie Lurie and Drew K
Performed by Ashanti and Muppet chorus
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Try's to hard, leaves us wanting.
21 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Muppet's Wonderful Wizard of Oz has to be the worst Muppet movie ever to be put on screen. I was heavy with anticipation when the movie started last night only to find the production completely lack of any real energy or elation.

Where the movie fails is simple. The writers and producers are trying too hard to make them funny. If you watch the original three Muppet movies from the 1980's you'll find that the characters are funny to adults and children a like because the stories they were playing through were simple, and original. Adults related to the stories, not because the Muppets were playing adult jokes, but because the Muppets were playing adults.

This movie was touted as being the movie to bring back the adult humor in the Muppet franchise. In the film there is a scene where Pepe the Prawn unknowingly plays with Gonzo's (Tin Man) nipples. The joke was completely distasteful and not funny.

The other problem with the new Television movies are that they rely too much on the main human characters and their 'star appeal'. Why not rely on the Muppets to be Muppets and have the 'star appeal' revolve around them, rather than the other way around?

Overall i was very sad and dissatisfied with the movie and hope that with future endeavors they just write a story for actors and let Muppets play in it, rather than write a story for Muppets that Muppets can play their own jokes. And for someone's sake please stop using already told stories.


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