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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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The scene where Dorothy arrives home was filmed in Five Oaks on King George Hwy, in Surrey BC, Canada. 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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Toto: [entering 'Poppyfields'] Come on, Dorothy, let's get inside before this place is no longer cool.
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A rather low blow for the Muppets
15 January 2012 | by (Switzerland) – See all my reviews

This film is entertaining - in a few parts no doubt. However when you compare it with the other Muppet movies, there is no top quality in this one. The jokes are forced, the characters are one dimensional, and the script is lame. The Muppets are the top of the icing in the entertainment business, and their talents were pretty much wasted here.

The main problem I have here is that they try very hard to make it it a kids film - but also add some adult elements to it. I don't mind crude jokes (I think people were really overreacting to word sexy) but it felt like they were just put in there on purpose - which is kind of child like - and its also not like the Muppets at all - to sort of struggle with their sense of humor.

Ashanti's character, like I said, is very one dimensional - her role could have gone to Miley Cyrus, but since Ashanti can't act anyway, the cause was lost and it just made the movie look worse.

Another problem was Eric Jacobson replacing Frank Oz as Piggy, Fozzie and Sam Eagle - he didn't seem to make a scared Lion Fozzie's voice different than Miss Piggy's.

Basically the only thing that didn't change from good to bad was Pepe the King Prawn - not really playing a character, but simply being himself.

All in all it's always nice to see the Muppets, but this movie just doesn't deliver anything for them.


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