0 comments on “Bitchy Movie Review: “Return to Oz”

  1. The actress who played Dorothy grew up to be play the freaky bad witch in The Craft, and the nasty white supremist girlfriend in American History X. Bask in the angst… this is where her career began.

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  2. I noticed that! The DVD has an interview with her, and I remember wondering if she was in “The Craft”. Sure enough, there she was on IMDB. Interesting beginnings, hmmm?

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  3. Yeah, the Hall of Heads gave me nightmares when I saw it as a kid 😐 Damn evil Disney!

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  4. Yep, Fairuza Balk started here… she was also in Valmont (one of my favorite movies) Gas, Food, Lodging, The Waterboy and Almost Famous…

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  5. I actually liked this movie. I didn’t take it very seriously, but liked some elements of the history of oz. The chicken egg allergy was a bit much though.
    And hmm… Looks like Dorothy grew up to be a wicked witch 🙂

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  6. i actually loved this film and completely disagree with this post. i dislike overuse of cgi’s and think claymation is much more artistic and interesting. my imagination can take me from there. i think this is a cult classic. and everyone whom i’ve spoken to about it here in LA agrees.

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  7. From the reviews I’ve read on Netflix and Amazon, the movie does have its fans… We just didn’t think it was that good. Could have been darker, and less Disney-esque. Critter used to love it as a kid, but seeing it as an adult did absolutely nothing for him…so who knows, maybe it’s an age thing. I also think that too much CGI can mess up a movie (like in the newer Star Wars movies), and while the claymation was kinda cool in this, something about it didn’t quite click with me. But that’s just me… 🙂

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  8. I’m 20 and I looove this film! so dark! And the scarecrow looks like this to avoid copyright bollocks with the original scarecrow. I disagree with your post; leave dorothy alone, shes pretty!

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  9. I love this movie, but the critic does have some valid points. The review had me laughing.

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  10. Good Review, this is one of my favorite movies growing up… I was laughing at a lot of your comments, good stuff…

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  11. #1- The Wheelers were much more sinister in the books, the first time they appeared. Their ‘wheels’ are actually like fingernails and they want to kill Dorothy for stealing the lunch pails.
    #2- The chicken was originally called ‘Bill.’ She didn’t come from Dorothy’s farm, she was aboard the ship to Australia that Dorothy and Uncle Henry were on. Dorothy decides to call her Billina because the ‘ina’ makes it sound more feminine.
    #3-Mombi (in the books it’s Princess Langwidere, Mombi is actually an old witch responsible for hiding the Princess Ozma, who created Jack Pumpkin Head. . .) ‘befriends’ Dorothy because she wants to take her head.
    #4-Chickens aren’t allowed in the Land of Ev (where most of this story actually takes place, in the books) because eggs are poison to gnomes. They won’t kill them, necessarily,they’re just severely toxic. (there’s much more behind this, but I have much more to explain.)
    #5-That’s not a moose. It’s the head of a Gump.
    #6-This movie was made in 1985, so I’m fairly certain that this is the look they were going for. And being 1985, it’s pretty damned amazing.
    #7- I can’t remember if it was the slippers or not. But I think he took possession of a magical belt & not the slippers. They really don’t play a huge role in the books aside from the first story. They were also silver slippers, not ruby. They made them ruby slippers in the 1939 version because color was a brand new thing.
    #8-See #6
    #9-Jack looks identical to the illustrations in the books. If Tim Burton was inspired by John R.Neill’s work, I wouldn’t be surprised in the least.
    #10-That’s just terrible. Every child goes through an awkward phase. Also, Fairuza Balk was more age appropriate for this role than Judy Garland. When the first story takes place, Dorothy is around 5-6 years old. Between the first and second stories a couple of years pass, same with the time between the second and third. So she would be around 10-12 in the movie. Which she was.
    #11-Again, see #6.
    #12-ALL of the characters in this movie were inspired by the original artwork done by John R. Neill. So they’re spot on with how they look.
    #13-Tik-Tok was the first robot in literary history.
    #14-It was the 80s.
    #15-The Cowardly Lion wasn’t a lion/man mutant in the books. HE WAS A LION. This version was sticking (closer) to the books. There was no singing. No frolicking. He was a lion. And I’m pretty sure the Oz Chronicles were written before the Narnia Chronicles. The first Oz book was written in 1900. The first Narnia story? 1949.
    I’ve read all of the original Oz stories. This version was very dark considering it was done by Disney, and they should be applauded for that.

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