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The Muppets' Wizard of Oz (2005)

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This version of The Wizard of Oz is played by the Muppets!

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Kirk R. Thatcher

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Debra Frank (teleplay), Steve L. Hayes (teleplay) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ashanti ... Dorothy Gale
Jeffrey Tambor ... Wizard
Quentin Tarantino ... Quentin Tarantino - Kermit's Director
David Alan Grier ... Uncle Henry
Queen Latifah ... Aunt Em
Steve Whitmire ... Kermit the Frog / Kermit the Frog as the Scarecrow / Beaker / Rizzo the Rat / Rizzo the Rat as the Mayor of Munchkinland / Statler as Kalidah Critic (voice)
Dave Goelz ... The Great Gonzo / The Great Gonzo as the Tin Thing / Dr. Bunsen Honeydew / Zoot / Waldorf as Kalidah Critic (voice)
Bill Barretta ... Pepe the Prawn as Toto / Dr. Teeth / Johnny Fiama / Lew Zealand / Swedish Chef (voice)
Eric Jacobson ... Miss Piggy / Fozzie Bear / Fozzie Bear as the Cowardly Lion / Miss Piggy as the Witches / Animal / Sam the Eagle (voice)
Brian Henson ... Sal Manilla (voice)
Kevin Clash ... Clifford / Mulch (voice)
John Kennedy John Kennedy ... Angel Marie / Floyd (voice)
Rickey Boyd Rickey Boyd ... Scooter / Crazy Harry (voice)
Tyler Bunch ... Janice / Old Tom (voice)
Julianne Buescher ... Wizard as Green Lady / Chicken (voice) (as Julianne Buscher)
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Storyline

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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Everyone's Favorite Story Becomes One Twisted Tale. See more »


Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

ABC [United States] | Henson.com | See more »

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 May 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Muppets' Wizard of Oz See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The movie pays several homages to "The Wiz" and its film adaptation The Wiz (1978): Dorothy is African-American, Oz is depicted as a modern city, the Flying Monkeys are a biker gang and the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion are tortured in a similar fashion. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Uncle Henry: [to Dorothy] You just gonna pass up an opportunity to audition for the Muppets, the most powerful puppets in Hollywood?
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Alternate Versions

The movie has been released on DVD and VHS in the United States with over 20 minutes of footage not shown on the TV broadcasting or at the Tribeca Film Festival The opening music sequence, "Kansas" is extended and much longer. It includes a longer "music video." The opening credits and titles are reworked and slightly different in when and where they appear on screen. After Dorothy leaves the diner to go to her audition, the conversation between Aunt Em and Uncle Henry is extended with more dialogue (and some smoke from the kitchen). Shots of Dorothy walking to the audition at the Easy Delta Hall are inserted after she leaves the diner. When she arrives at the hall, the extended scene shows her finding out that the auditions ended at four (and it is 4:05). An overly dramatic Theater Man explains that the Muppets are gone, and no one knows where they are by now. Just then, their tour bus pulls up, and Dorothy rushes to the bus to go talk with them. In the original broadcast version, Dorothy arrives at the bus just in time to meet the Muppets. Miss Piggy makes a comment about Dorothy being "another groupie," which was not in the original version. After the tour bus pulls away, Dorothy is left watching as it drives down the road. The wind is blowing dramatically in her face and she sadly watches the Muppets leave. In the original version, the film cuts away, but in the extended cut, the camera pulls out to see the Theater Man standing next to Dorothy, fanning her with a big wooden paddle. When Dorothy turns to ask "Why are you doing that?" he replies, "I thought it would make the moment more dramatic." Dorothy rolls her eyes and walks back home. After Dorothy and Toto exit the trailer in Munchkinland, there are extra shots of them looking around before the Munchkins greet them. Toto also turns to the camera and says "If you have Dark Side of the Moon, press play now." A shot of Dorothy reacting to the Munchkins is inserted when they do emerge. When Dorothy says that she knows a rat when she sees one, the Munchkins take out a copy of "Oz for Dummies" and read the section on Munchkins. In the original version, the Munchkins immediately introduce themselves and praise Dorothy for killing the witch - the introduction to Munckinland is shorter (and with no Pink Floyd joke, and no "Oz for Dummies" bit). When Dorothy and Toto reach the cornfield, the Scarecrow's argument with the crow is extended to include a "Passion of Christ" joke and other bickering. In the original edit, this first glimpse of the Scarecrow is slightly shorter. When Toto is acting like Dorothy's agent on his cell phone, Dorothy tells him to cut it out. In the extended cut, she takes the phone from him and reveals it is just a candy dispenser. The extended cut on the DVD also expands the scene where Dorothy, the Scarecrow, and Toto meet the Tin Thing. When the Tin Thing reveals he can answer any question, Toto jumps in and asks why women are so confusing. After processing the question, he answers with an enlightening response. The Scene with Bunsen and Beaker in the Emerald City with the Magic Make-Over Machine is extended. Dorothy gets out of the machine and has been given a punk look (featuring a cameo by Kelly Osbourne). The others don't approve, so she goes back into the machine and comes out with the "Ashanti look." In the original broadcast versions, Dorothy enters the machine and it cuts seamlessly to her second exit from the machine, skipping the whole Osbourne experience. As the Wicked Witch of the West watches the group approach the Mountains of Death, a quick scene of Johnny Fiama and Sal filling up her tub with bottled water was inserted before she turns from the balcony and tells them about the "change in plans." After the Wicked Witch explains the plan to the Flying Monkeys, the extended cut on the DVD holds the final shot on the scene longer as they all exit to mount their bikes and fly off to catch Dorothy and the others - in the shot, the characters run off, and a fed-up Johnny kicks Foo-Foo out of his way. The arrival of the Witch and her gang is extended, with more shots of the Flying Monkeys landing and coming out of the fog. When the Witch is ready to do her musical number, "The Witch Is in the House," she exclaims, "Hit it!" the lights go on, but no music plays. Just then, the Electric Mayhem shows up late for the gig. Each member of the band has a quick line as they try to explain (or just complain) about their delay, and unload and set up their instruments. The musical sequence for "The Witch is in the House" is extended with a much longer cut of the song. Before the henchmen attack the group of travelers, the witch has another three verses that were cut from the original version of the film. Toto and Dorothy have a touching moment before being (nearly) killed by the Wicked Witch. In that scene, Toto wishes a woman would say she loves him before he died, so Dorothy says she loves him. In typical Toto (aka Pepe) fashion, he brushes it off with a humorous comment. This conversation was cut from the original version of the film. The cameo cut-away appearance by Quentin Tarantino is extended. After Kermit denies his first proposal, a second idea is inserted where he suggests an anime morphing scene. It is after this that he makes his third, simpler suggestion that Kermit agrees to. In the original cut of the film, his second fight scene pitch is not included. When the enchanted biker hat is given to Dorothy, Angel Marie makes a startling suggestion on how she could use the power of the cap. This one line, and the reaction shots of the group to it, were not included in the original presentation of the movie. Before Dorothy and the Flying Monkeys show up to pick up the Scarecrow and the Tin Thing, there is an extended shot inserted of the two disembodied heroes talking about how they can get out of this mess; just then the flying motorcycles show up. In the original version, it cuts right from the Witch's castle to Dorothy getting of the bike and going to help them. There is a newly inserted scene featuring Dorothy and friends arriving in a limo and walking the red carpet to the Wizard's televised presentations of their wishes. The original cut of the film cuts right from the Wizard asking for two hours to prepare to the Penguins watching on TV and Scooter introducing the Wizard; however, the extended cut has a new humorous scene featuring Dorothy, Toto, the Scarecrow, the Tin Thing, the Cowardly Lion, Lew Zealand, Scooter, and others outside of the studio arriving at the big event. When Glinda first meets Dorothy and the gang in Munchkinland, there is an inserted flirtation between her and the Scarecrow. After Glinda tells Dorothy the power to go home is in her shoes, the extended cut features a scene in which Dorothy complains to Tattypoo about not telling her about his before, to which Tattypoo explains that "this is how things work in enchanted worlds." See more »

Connections

References Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

The Witch Is In The House
Written and Produced by Michael Giacchino, Jeannie Lurie, Brandon Christy and Adam Cohen
Performed by Miss Piggy & Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem
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Not a very good kids movie
10 September 2005 | by bugnut1973See all my reviews

I rented this film because my 7 year old daughter loves Muppets and The Wizard of Oz very much. I wish I had read other users comments first. I didn't feel that it was entertaining at all and I didn't find parts of it appropriate for my daughter. I have to say the whole biker mama bit a little much. And the comment from Gonzo about "you can see my rear end! I must be working out!" to be really over line. I don't have any issues with an African-American playing Dorothy, but I am positive that they could have found someone with a little more skill. I do believe that Dorothy should have been someone a little younger than Ashanti as well. As I remember they thought Judy Garland might have been too old at 16! If this is the path Disney is steering the Muppets then they should sell the franchise to a company who will produce quality films. Now that I think of it, the only movies I can think of that Disney has made in the last few years that are any good have Pixar doing the real work. I am sure there are those that will disagree with me, but these are "my" comments.


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