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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>
My daughter just loved this movie. She has seen it more times than I can count. It's definitely not as good as the Muppet movies I grew up with (I still love The Great Muppet Caper), but most kids will love it.
The problem with this movie is that it lost the sweetness that always existed in the Muppet movies. Dorothy is no longer the sweet little farm girl from Kansas. She is now a feisty waitress in Aunt Em's diner who lives in a trailer park in Kansas and dreams of being a Pop Star. She wants to be somebody special and fortunately learns that she always special and never needed stardom.
You'll see the munchkins replaced by Hensons legendary rats, including Rizzo. Toto is now Pepe the Prawn. Miss. Piggy is hilarious as the three different witches. I loved their version of the wicked witch. She and her gang are still wicked but much less frightening as a leather-wearing motorcycle gang.
Parents will no doubt suffer as they watch all of this campy silliness, but at least the kids will be happy.
P.S. Good luck trying to figure out why in the world Quentin Tarantino was in the movie. That was a complete waste of five minutes.
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