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The Wizard of Oz (1991)

L.Frank Baum's classic. Dorothy and her dog, Toto, are whisked away from their home in Kansas and find themselves in the magical land of Oz. While on her journey to find the Wizard, hoping ... See full summary »

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L. Frank Baum (book) (as Frank Baum), Roger Scott Olsen (screenplay)
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Jim Cummings ... The Cowardly Lion (voice) (uncredited)
Terri Hawkes ... Dorothy (voice) (uncredited)
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L.Frank Baum's classic. Dorothy and her dog, Toto, are whisked away from their home in Kansas and find themselves in the magical land of Oz. While on her journey to find the Wizard, hoping he will help her to return home, Dorothy meets the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion. Together they destroy the Wicked Witch and make it to the Emerald City.

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A World of Fantasy and Adventure


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Unrated | See all certifications »

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USA | South Korea

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1991 (USA) See more »

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Der Zauberer von Oz See more »

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Golden Films See more »
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In this version Dorothy has the same hair style as she did in the 1939 version See more »

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Far from perfect, but does deserve a better chance
27 June 2012 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

People will inevitably bring up the books and the 1939 Judy Garland film when discussing this Golden Films animation, but while I do love the books and consider the 1939 film one of my favourite films of all time this Wizard of Oz does deserve to stand on its own. It is not perfect with some jumpy and flatly-coloured animation, some dialogue that doesn't really flow naturally very well and Dorothy's voice actress' delivery seemed rather forced to me. However, the music is sweet and hummable, and there is a valiant effort to have voice actors who do in a way resemble the 1939 cast without exactly imitating them. The characters do engage at least, with the Tin Man the most likable of the three companions(Scarecrow is rather stupid at first and apart from carrying his friends over the ditch the Cowardly Lion doesn't do much that is all that courageous. The Munchkins and Winged Monkeys are colourful characters in their own right, the Good Witch of the North is suitably benevolent and while like in the books she is not as prominent as in the 1939 film you do feel the villainy of the Wicked Witch of the West. But the best thing was the story, while condensed it is still charming and has a number of things from the books that the 1939 film didn't have, like the Good Witch of the North's kiss of protection, the Wicked Witch putting the spell on the Tin Man, the silver shoes and the golden cap, which fans of the books will appreciate I think. All in all, not the best version and imperfect but deserving of a better reputation rather than being classed as a cheap knock-off(which I don't think is a very fair distinction). 7/10 Bethany Cox


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