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Journey Back to Oz (1972)

During another twister, Dorothy is hit on the head by a gate and once again whisked away to the Land of Oz. But this time, on her way to the Emerald City, she discovers the witch Mombi's ... See full summary »


Hal Sutherland


Fred Ladd (story written by), Norm Prescott (story written by) | 1 more credit »




Credited cast:
Milton Berle ... The Cowardly Lion (voice)
Herschel Bernardi ... Woodenhead Pinto Stallion III (voice)
Paul Ford ... Uncle Henry (voice)
Margaret Hamilton ... Aunt Em (voice)
Jack E. Leonard ... The Signpost (voice)
Paul Lynde ... Pumpkinhead (voice)
Ethel Merman ... Mombi, the Bad Witch (voice)
Liza Minnelli ... Dorothy (voice)
Mickey Rooney ... The Scarecrow (voice)
Risë Stevens ... Glinda, the Good Witch (voice)
Danny Thomas ... The Tin Man (voice)
Mel Blanc ... Crow (voice)
Dal McKennon ... Omby Amby (voice) (as Dallas McKennon)
Larry Storch ... Amos (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bill Cosby ... The Wizard of Oz (TV version)


During another twister, Dorothy is hit on the head by a gate and once again whisked away to the Land of Oz. But this time, on her way to the Emerald City, she discovers the witch Mombi's terrible plot to conquer Oz with an army of monster green elephants that's she's brewing up. She escapes with the help of Mombi's slave Pumpkinhead, and they try to warn King Scarecrow and her other friends that Mombi is coming, but she finds that they haven't quite changed as much as she thought. So it's up to her, Pumpkinhead, and the living carousel horse Woodenhead to find a way to stop Mombi's green elephants. Written by Zedd

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All the Fun and Splendour of the Magical Land of Oz in a Wonderful NEW full-length Musical Cartoon Adventure


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Did You Know?


Ironically there have been five filmed sequels to Wizard of Oz, almost all of them were bombs. But this one actually was received best by the critics and made the most money. Before this movie was released the horrible independently produced sequel "The Marvelous Land of Oz" from 1969 which was slammed by the critics and had a horrible box office. Next came this movie in 1972 which had a lukewarm reception from critics and box office; although after being shown on tv a couple times it picked up an audience and developed a cult following. Next came 1985s Return to Oz which was a bigger bomb, but also developed a fan base in subsequent years since it's release. And finally came 2013s gigantic bomb Legends of Oz, which lost over 70 million dollars, which makes it the biggest bomb in animation's history. But people forget even the original 1939 was considered a bomb until it was shown on tv several times and then started to develop a fervent cult following. The only Oz sequel which was not a bomb was 2013s Oz The Great And Powerful, (and that wasn't really a sequel it was a prequel). It was released the same year as Legends of Oz, except Oz the Great and Powerful was a huge hit; it made 493 million off a 200 million budget; more than doubling it's original costs! This makes it an even bigger hit than the original 1939 was. Infact that makes it the most successful film in the Oz franchise! See more »

Alternate Versions

There was no Wizard in the theatrical release but the network TV version added new live-action sequences by Bill Cosby, and the sub-plot was to get the children back to Kansas to join Dorothy for Christmas. The TV version runs 96 minutes. These segments were not included in the Syndication rights, for which yet another new segment was filmed featuring Milton Berle. See more »


Version of Ozma of Oz (1987) See more »


Return To The Land Of Oz March
Written by Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn
Performed by Liza Minnelli
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Much better than expected!
17 June 2009 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

I don't think it is quite as good as the 1939 classic, which was and still is my childhood favourite, but it is an enjoyable underrated film, that is nowhere near as bad as some people say it is. The animation while simple, is colourful and adds to the charm of the film. The songs, while not as fabulous as the 1939 film, are still very nice and quite charming, even "Carousel". Liza Minelli does an excellent job as Dorothy, and I think her singing voice here was beautiful, and here she sounds like her mother, the wonderful Judy Garland. I loved the characters Pumpkinhead, Glinda (voiced by beautiful opera singer Rise Steevens) and the Horse, but the biggest surprise was Ethel Merman as the witch Mombi. This is still the same person who has the big, brassy voice from films like Call Me Madam, yet she does this film, and manages to do a truly excellent voice over, that is both sinister and fun. Even Margaret Hamilton, the wicked Witch in the 1939 film, voices Aunt Em here The story is like the animation, cute and charming, not the best story line in the world, but stays fairly true to the film it obviously drew its inspiration from. All in all, an enjoyable, charming film. It's not perfect, but I've honestly seen worse. 8/10 Bethany Cox.

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Release Date:

5 December 1974 (USA) See more »

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The Wizard of Oz 2 See more »

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1.37 : 1
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