Return To Oz

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Released 1985

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Director:
Walter Murch
Released:
1985
Rating:
PG
Dorothy finds that her old friends have been turned to stone, and urban blight has struck the Emerald City. Assisted by new friends, Dorothy battles the wicked Princess Mombi and the evil Gnone King, saving her friends and restoring the Emerald City. Academy Award Nomination - Visual Effects

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  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Sheila Benson

    Everyone who grew up with the full range of the Oz books is deeply in Murch's debt. However, the framework surrounding Return to Oz is dark and, I suspect, terribly frightening for...

  • 50

    The New York Times Janet Maslin

    The inventiveness that has gone into this, and into turning Oz into a land of lavish special effects, will be lost on anyone with a fondness for the 1939 musical classic. That film...

  • 50

    San Francisco Chronicle Peter Stack

    Kids probably will enjoy portions of Return to Oz, but at best, it's a mechanical movie that never finds a real heart to engage an audience. [21 Jun 1985, p.79]

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    no parental guidance, mysterious forces, facing danger, extraordinary situations, epic journey