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The Muppets' Wizard of Oz (2005)

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Kirk R. Thatcher

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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 »


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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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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

At a certain point in the movie, Toto the Prawn says that the viewer should start listening to Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon album, joking about a popular coincidence relating to The Wizard of Oz (1939): certain songs from the album are said to match perfectly with images from the movie. See more »

Goofs

The Wicked Witch of the West's hat disappears after she comes in from the balcony. See more »

Quotes

Floyd Pepper: [referring to the Electric Mayhem bus] Hey, man. We've been riding in this same lousy bus since 1978!
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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

Version of The Wizard of Oz (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

When I'm With You
Written by Michael Giacchino, Jeannie Lurie, Adam Cohen, Debra Frank and Steve L. Hayes
Produced by Michael Giacchino, Jeannie Lurie and Adam Cohen
Performed by Ashanti, Kermit the Frog, The Great Gonzo, Fozzie Bear & Pepe the King Prawn
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Try's to hard, leaves us wanting.
21 May 2005 | by bogeyworldSee all my reviews

The Muppet's Wonderful Wizard of Oz has to be the worst Muppet movie ever to be put on screen. I was heavy with anticipation when the movie started last night only to find the production completely lack of any real energy or elation.

Where the movie fails is simple. The writers and producers are trying too hard to make them funny. If you watch the original three Muppet movies from the 1980's you'll find that the characters are funny to adults and children a like because the stories they were playing through were simple, and original. Adults related to the stories, not because the Muppets were playing adult jokes, but because the Muppets were playing adults.

This movie was touted as being the movie to bring back the adult humor in the Muppet franchise. In the film there is a scene where Pepe the Prawn unknowingly plays with Gonzo's (Tin Man) nipples. The joke was completely distasteful and not funny.

The other problem with the new Television movies are that they rely too much on the main human characters and their 'star appeal'. Why not rely on the Muppets to be Muppets and have the 'star appeal' revolve around them, rather than the other way around?

Overall i was very sad and dissatisfied with the movie and hope that with future endeavors they just write a story for actors and let Muppets play in it, rather than write a story for Muppets that Muppets can play their own jokes. And for someone's sake please stop using already told stories.


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