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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>
I watched it, I laughed my butt off, I really liked it! The Muppets please me every single time! While I enjoyed it a lot, I will admit that it has its flaws (which I will get to in a moment) and can understand why it wasn't well loved by a majority of the fanbase. It was kind of twisted/creepy in a few scenes for a Muppet flick, and had a little extra adult humor than some people apparently care for.
Personally, I didn't have a problem with that at all.
I loved that the writers didn't shy away from that sort of thing, knowing that most of their fandom are teens and adults who have been fans for years! I loved the humor in this movie, loved the edginess it had, and loved how close to the book this wacky modernish adaption surprisingly was (much more so, oddly enough, than the famous Judy Garland film). When I wasn't laughing at the antics or jokes, I was marveling over the latest tidbit from the book I had noticed was snuck into the plot. As a fan of the book, this was quite pleasing to see.
Again, while I really liked this movie...I admit to having a couple of issues with it. Here are my gripes with this made-for-TV movie: The casting of Ashanti as Dorothy Gale was a huge let down. She's a pretty girl with a decent singing voice...but the girl is a horrible actress. Many of the human co-stars the Muppets have had in the past act like the Muppets are living, breathing, creatures. Like they're real. Ashanti failed miserably with this, and never really connected with her co-stars which really takes away from the movie IMO.
The use of CGI in this film was horrible, and I really REALLY wish they didn't go that route. I would have enjoyed the conversations with the wizard a whole lot more if they had used muppets for the different wizard appearances rather than cheap animation.
The Muppet American Idol (as part of the Kansas plot before and after Dorothy's trip to Oz) was really stupid, and was a poor excuse to have Ashanti showcase her not-that-fantastic singing...which I didn't really care to hear more of. I also didn't like the overly selfish/unkind Piggy in the real-world scenes either. We all know she's a diva, but her minor scenes in those parts of the movie are really overdone.
Overall: While this movie is inferior to all its predecessors, and is a bit too "grown up" for some fans to handle, I felt it was a pretty good movie and worth the watch. The uncut DVD version is much better than the shortened one that was aired on TV, which does make a big difference. At least, it did for me.
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