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The Wizard of Oz
Genre Action, Adventure,Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Written by Elana Lesser
Cliff Ruby
Doug Molitor
Voices of Charlie Adler
Pat Fraley
Liz Georges
David Lodge
Tress MacNeille
Alan Oppenheimer
Hal Rayle
B.J. Ward
Frank Welker
Theme music composer Tom Worrall
Country of origin United States USA
Language(s) English
No. of episodes 13
Production
Executive producer(s) Andy Heyward
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) DiC Enterprises
Broadcast
Original run September 8 – December 1, 1990

The Wizard of Oz is an animated television series produced by DiC in 1990 to capitalize on the 50th anniversary of the 1939 classic film. It ran on ABC from 1990-1991, and was subsequently repeated on the Disney Channel from 1991-1992, then on HBO from 1992-1997 and lastly on Toon Disney from 1998-2002.

Contents

Story

The Wicked Witch of the West has been resurrected by Truckle the Flying Monkey and the Flying Monkeys loyal to her through a revival ceremony. Now that she's alive again, she has taken over the Emerald City. Dorothy returns to Oz to finish off the witch once and for all. Each episode consisted of the Witch attempting to get the ruby slippers from Dorothy. Dorothy and her friends were also always trying to save the Wizard from the evil West Wind, created by the Witch. Dorothy would sometimes begin an episode by clicking her heels and saying to herself "There is no place like Oz" repeatedly, which would transport her from Kansas to Oz, a reverse of a key point in the 1939 film. Some episodes had similarity to the film, such as Dorothy convincing the Lion he still was powerful after he lost confidence when the Witch cast a spell on him removing his powerful roar and giving it to a Hyena, but she and her friends worked to reverse the spell. This was similar to the film where the Wizard convinced Dorothy's friends their talents lay within.

The series was canceled after one season, so the fates of the characters are unknown.

Episodes

  1. "Rescue of Emerald City, Part I", written by Cliff Ruby & Elana Lesser 9/8/1990
  2. "Rescue of Emerald City, Part II", written by Cliff Ruby & Elana Lesser 9/15/1990
  3. "Fearless", written by Doug Molitor 9/22/1990
  4. "Crystal Clear", written by Pat Allee & Ben Hurst 9/29/1990
  5. "We're Not in Kansas Anymore", written by Lisa Maliani & Michael Maroney 10/6/1990
  6. "The Lion that Squeaked", written by Bob Carrau 10/13/1990
  7. "Dream a Little Dream", written by Michael Maurer 10/20/1990
  8. "A Star Is Gone", written by Michael O'Mahony 10/27/1990
  9. "Time Town", written by Richard Merwin 11/3/1990
  10. "The Marvelous Milkmaid of Mechanica", by Jules Dennis, from a story by Karen Willson & Chris Weber 11/10/1990
  11. "Upside-Down Town", written by Gordon Bressack 11/17/1990
  12. "Day the Music Died", written by Laurie Sutton 11/24/1990
  13. "Hot Air", written by Doug Molitor 12/1/1990

Cast

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Principal Cast

Additional Voices

Trivia

  • Dorothy's design is similar to that of Disney's The Little Mermaid's female protagonist Ariel.
  • Many of the songs used in the show were revamped from songs and themes from the film.
  • Dorothy wears a simple blue dress in this series, as opposed to a blue and white gingham dress in the film.
  • Dorothy's famous Ruby Slippers were changed from being heels to slip-ons.
  • A running gag in the series was the Wicked Witch of the West's Crystal Ball, which she was only able to use once per episode.
  • The series introduced many new characters and lands that weren't in the 1939 film, nor from L. Frank Baum's original novel.
  • Glinda was similar in design to that of a Barbie doll, complete with blonde hair, instead of red.
  • Many of the backgrounds and locations were lifted exactly as they were from the 1939 masterpiece.
  • The Wizard has a mustache. In the 1939 film he didn't have a mustache. (in fact the Wizard is the only character in the movie played by Frank Morgan who doesn't have any facial hair.)
  • The series appears to be either a midquel between the 1939 film and Return to Oz or after.
  • The Tin Man's axe and oil can are red and brown instead of them both being all silver. The oil can has been changed from having a handle pump to being push-from-the-bottom.
  • A major theme throughout the series, Dorothy is still learning how to use the power of the Ruby Slippers with every episode.
  • The Scarecrow's hat is blue. It should be black.
  • In the film, the Wicked Witch's lead flying monkey's name is Nikko. In the animated version, the name was changed to Truckle.

Songs

  • Over the Rainbow (We're Not in Kansas Anymore)
  • We're off to see the Wizard (The Rescue of Emerald City Part 1, Time Town & Upside-Down Town)
  • I'f I Only Had a Brain (Crystal Clear, The Marvelous Milkmaid of Mechanica & The Day the Music Died)
  • The Merry Old Land of Oz (Crystal Clear & Hot Air)
  • King of the Forest (Fearless & The Lion that Squeaked)
  • Look to the Star (The Rescue of Emerald City Part 2 & A Star is Gone)
  • If You'll Only Let Us Go (The Marvolous Milkmaid of Machanica)

VHS release

The Wizard Of Oz was first released on VHS in 1991 by Turner Home Entertainment, shortly after the series ended. 10 episodes of the series were released on video between 1991 - 1995. In Australia, the series was released in its entirety on VHS.

VHS releases:

  • The Rescue of Oz ("The Rescue of Emerald City parts 1 & 2")
  • Fearless ("Fearless")
  • Crystal Clear ("Crystal Clear")
  • Ruby Slippers Slip Up ("The Lion that Squeaked" & "We're not in Kansas Anymore")
  • Danger in a Strange Land ("Time Town" & "The Day the Music Died")
  • We're Off to Save the Wizard ("Upside Downtown" & "A Star is Gone")
  • The Marvelous Milkmaid of Mechanica
  • The Rescue of Emerald City parts 1
  • The Rescue of Emerald City parts 2

DVD release

DVD releases:

  • The Rescue Of The Emerald City in 2002 ("The Rescue of Emerald City parts 1 & 2", and "The Day the Music Died")
  • The Continuing Story in 2003 ("Time Town", "We're not in Kansas Anymore", "Crystal Clear", and "Fearless")
  • We're Off to Save the Wizard in 2005 ("Hot Air", "A Star is Gone", "Upside Downtown", and "Dream a Little Dream")

As of 2010, the series has yet to be released in its entirety.

See also

External links


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