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The Muppets' Wizard of Oz (2005)

TV Movie  |  TV-PG  |   |  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 »

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Dorothy: [referring to the Tin Thing] You think he's stuck?
Scarecrow: Do you think he needs our help?
Toto: You think he can check my e-mails?
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Follows The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) See more »

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Calling All Munchkins
Written by Michael Giacchino, Debra Frank and Steve L. Hayes
Produced by Michael Giacchino
Performed by Rizzo and the Rats (as The Munchkins)
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Couldn't get through it
20 May 2005 | by (Florida) – See all my reviews

I'm sorry--I just couldn't get through it. Whatever happened to the innocent fun the Muppets brought to these stories?

* Toto as a shrimp? I don't think so. Worse, a greedy, conniving, shrimp? I'm continuing not to think so.

* Rearranging Dorothy's motivations from the original to the "teen music star" fantasy was appalling. Hasn't that threadbare character motivation been done to death already?

* Ashanti's acting skills make Keanu Reaves comparable to Laurence Olivier.

* Changing the encounter with the Munchkins and the Wicked Witch of the East? Not quite blasphemy, I'll grant you, but very muddled.

* The on-camera death scene with Miss Piggy under the house was...well, just not on.

* Kermit as the scarecrow is okay, but not enough to save this.

* The sexual overtones of the nipple business in the TIN shack when the shrimp {shudder} is exploring Gonzo was completely unnecessary. This is Disney, AND the Muppets. They don't DO that sort of thing. How did that get past Standards and Practices? I'm going to have nightmares tonight because of that scene.

* My wife watched it longer than I did, and she was put off by the defibrillator scene in the poppy club. I didn't make it that far into the movie.

* They didn't even have Mabel King singing "No Bad News." (Yes, I know she passed in 1999, but it's the principle of the thing.)

* From what I can see, this was the director's first directing job. I'm voting that it be his last, as well. He's no Sidney Lumet (and you know what Sid did to "The Wiz") but hey, this guy's biggest contribution to the movie business thus far was the role of the boom box punk in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.


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