The Wizard of Oz

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The Wizard of Oz

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In 1990, to capitalize on the publicity surrounding the movie's fiftieth anniversary, Turner Entertainment Co. and DIC produced this thirteen episode animated series, based on the movie. In the Unites States it ran on ABC Saturday mornings during the 1990-91 TV season. It began with the two part story "Rescue of the Emerald City", and concluded with the episode "Hot Air". Throughout the series the Wicked Witch of the West and Truckle, the flying monkey, would travel around Oz concocting evil plots to take over it and steal Dorothy's ruby slippers. Dorothy and her pet dog, Toto, return to Oz and meet with Glinda the Good Witch of the North, who tells them that Oz needs her help to stop the Wicked Witch of the West. So, Dorothy and Toto reunite with their friends, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion as well as getting help from Glinda and the Wizard himself.

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  • This show rocks, regardless of artistic license with a film that--despite being infamous--also deviates from the original Baum book in numerous aspects.

    8.1
    [quote]They MUST have ALL of the main characters, the ending of the film be damned![/quote]



    The end of the film sucked, because it wouldn't allow for more trips to Oz, and besides, the even more trippy Return To Oz ALREADY negated that "it was all a dream" garbage BS anyway.



    [quote]Next the title sequence shows us that the Wicked Witch wasn't melted at all, but merely turned to wood! The winged monkeys bring her back to life by putting her hat back on her head and putting her broomstick back in her hand. Now I'm starting to get worried.[/quote]



    You cannot kill good villains anyway, and besides, this allowed for Maguire to pen Wicked, his telling of the tale...from through the eyes of Elphaba...or as you would refer to her as, the so-called "Wicked" Witch of the West (even though as per the Maguire tale, Elphie wasn't really "wicked" until she went insane in trying to prove she wasn't wicked, and so a pox on that "she was always wicked" garbage).



    [quote]What they DO have is a total lack of self-esteem as they are constantly discrediting themselves when they display those supposedly "lost" attributes (to paraphrase the Scarecrow: "I have an idea, but since I don't have a brain, it musn't be a very good idea.")[/quote]



    The characters acted just as stupidly in the film too. Heck, during all three of their respective songs, they exhibited qualities they said they never had and during the giving of the said items, Scarecrow proved he still lacked a true brain by getting the math formula he said incorrect.



    [quote]and the dumb Wizard thinks he'd be safer taking to the air in his balloon than hiding inside the fort (a large opened door in the fort can clearly been see in the background).[/quote]



    The "dumb" Wizard IS safer in his spell-cast baloon than on foot, because the Witch could find him on foot and destroy him (and screw the fort, for the Witch's magic could destroy it within seconds, anyway).



    [quote]So, who cares? Let the Musicland citizens die of boredom for all I care, the rest of Oz will move on with their lives.[/quote]



    The denezins of all Oz branches--Munchkin, Quadling, Winkie, those of Emerald City, China Land, etc.--all care for each other and if a town that depends all of its livelihood on music LOSES music, then it would DIE and Dorothy would NOT let that happen, because the people of Oz are like a second family to her...even Elphaba and Truckle (probable desendant of Nikko, the original lead Winged Monkey)!moreless
  • An Insult To Fans Of The Classic 1939 Movie

    3.0
    It's damn near impossible to make a decent series based on the movie featuring ALL of the memorable characters since the movie ended with the hero (Dorothy) back home in Kansas, the villain (Wicked Witch of the West) melted to oblivion, the Wizard floating off to parts unknown, and the three friends (Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion) being left to take care of Oz and the Emerald City.



    I suppose you could set it in Kansas and do stories about the life of the teenage Dorothy, but that would leave out all of the Oz characters. You could do stories about the travels of the Wizard, but since he's a con man, it's hard to see him as a "good guy" and a good role model. The only thing left would be to do a show about the citizens of Oz with the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Lion presiding over the whole land like royalty. I've never read the Oz books, so I don't know how many more different Oz residents there are, but since Oz is a wacky place all by itself, the writers could let their imaginations go wild, and create new characters. The problem with this idea is that it leaves out three main characters: Dorothy, Wizard, and Wicked Witch of the West. The creators of this series would have none of that. They MUST have ALL of the main characters, the ending of the film be damned!



    And so we got a series that totally ignores all character development from the film and carefully disregards certain parts of the ending. Dorothy is inexplicably back in Oz. The title sequence suggests that her ruby slippers glowed in her closet back in Kansas, thus sending out a distress call that she was needed back in Oz, and so she used them to return. There goes the whole "it was only a dream" plot device that the film laid out for us at the end. OK, I can suspend my disbelief for this to be possible. Next the title sequence shows us that the Wicked Witch wasn't melted at all, but merely turned to wood! The winged monkeys bring her back to life by putting her hat back on her head and putting her broomstick back in her hand. Now I'm starting to get worried.



    Remember at the end of the film the Wizard gave the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Lion some items (diploma, heart clock, badge of courage - respectively) to reflect the attributes that they felt they were missing, but told them in no uncertain terms that they didn't need these items because they had those attributes all along (as they demonstrated numerous times throughout the film)? Well, they must have been missing the attribute of "paying attention" because in this show they lack all of those attributes they "had all along" simply because all of their "special items" are locked up in storage at the Emerald City where the Wicked Witch is keeping guard over them. The three friends are constantly complaining throughout the entire series about not having those attributes because they don't have the items, yet as in the film they display those attributes numerous times. What they DO have is a total lack of self-esteem as they are constantly discrediting themselves when they display those supposedly "lost" attributes (to paraphrase the Scarecrow: "I have an idea, but since I don't have a brain, it musn't be a very good idea.")



    The Wizard is back, but he's stuck forever floating around Oz in his hot air balloon because the Wicked Witch put a spell on the wind so that it won't let him stay in one place for very long. Throughout the series Dorothy and friends are trying to catch up with him, but he always leaves just before they go to where he was last seen at. Why he doesn't just decide to ditch the balloon and stay on foot, where he's safer, is beyond me. Glinda, the good witch, is no great help as she is so powerless that all she can do is put a spell on the balloon so the Wicked Witch can't harm him while he's in it (I'd still take my changes on foot rather than floating around aimlessly), and put an Emerald Star in the sky above the Emerald City which glows as long as he's alive. Remind me not to call Glinda for help the next time I'm in trouble.



    There are many MANY times in first two episodes ("Rescue of the Emerald City" Parts 1&2) and the twelfth episode ("Day the Music Died") alone that you'll be thinking to yourself "Why doesn't this person go there, or do this?" For example, in the first episode the Wizard is on foot in the safe confines of a fort. The Wicked Witch and her winged monkeys come to cause havoc, and the dumb Wizard thinks he'd be safer taking to the air in his balloon than hiding inside the fort (a large opened door in the fort can clearly been see in the background). The twelfth episode involves the citizens of Musicland not feeling very musical because the conductor's baton was stolen. Dorothy suggests he use his hands, and she even tries it herself to show him that it'll work, but the lazy citizens would rather read their newspapers and sleep than pay any attention to her. At this point, if I were Dorothy, I'd say "screw you all" and leave. They're not worth my help. As Dorothy and friends pointed out with their song and dance number (a dance themed song to the melody of "If I Only Had A Brain/Heart/Nerve" - which is rather good and even mentioned the Lambada!), the music isn't dead in the land of Oz, just in Musicland. So, who cares? Let the Musicland citizens die of boredom for all I care, the rest of Oz will move on with their lives.



    Thankfully the series lasted only 13 episodes.moreless
  • Super awesome!

    10
    I used to watch this show as a child when it first came on. I loved it soooooooooo much and watched EVERY single episode! It was so interesting and I loved the storyline. I wish that I could see it again! I don't remember very much about it.........just that it was SWEEEET :O
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