Dorothy Gale is swept away from a farm in Kansas to a magical land of Oz in a tornado and embarks on a quest with her new friends to see the Wizard who can help her return home in Kansas and help her friends as well.
In order to power the city, monsters have to scare children so that they scream. However, the children are toxic to the monsters, and after a child gets through, 2 monsters realize things may not be what they think.
The toys are mistakenly delivered to a day-care center instead of the attic right before Andy leaves for college, and it's up to Woody to convince the other toys that they weren't abandoned and to return home.
In this charming film based on the popular L. Frank Baum stories, Dorothy and her dog Toto are caught in a tornado's path and somehow end up in the land of Oz. Here she meets some memorable friends and foes in her journey to meet the Wizard of Oz who everyone says can help her return home and possibly grant her new friends their goals of a brain, heart and courage. Written by
In Jim Steinmeyer's 2003 book "Hiding the Elephant: How Magicians Invented the Impossible and Learned to Disappear," he notes of Harry Kellar: "Kellar was almost certainly the inspiration for the wizened Wizard of Oz described by author L. Frank Baum; he was America's leading magician when Baum's book was written." See more »
When Dorothy, the scarecrow, the lion, and the tin man are on their way to get the witch's broom, the lion is holding an insect sprayer in one shot and in the next it is gone. See more »
She isn't coming yet, Toto. Did she hurt you? She tried to, didn't she? Come on. We'll go tell Uncle Henry and Auntie Em.
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Dedication right after opening credits - "For nearly forty years this story has given faithful service to the Young in Heart; and Time has been powerless to put its kindly philosophy out of fashion. To those of you who have been faithful to it in return ...and to the Young in Heart ...we dedicate this picture." See more »
Judy Garland's portrayal of Dorothy, Dorothy's oddball Oz friends,
"Somewhere Over the Rainbow", and the rest of this fine production of
"The Wizard of Oz" have lost little of their magic over the years.
While it has become oddly fashionable in recent years to deride this
kind of classic, innocent fantasy, the movie itself has aged very well,
and it is likely to retain an appreciative audience for some time to
There's no doubt that part of the appeal of the story and the
characters comes from them being such old friends to so many cinema
fans, but there are also good reasons why they have endured for so
long, and have been able to hold up even after becoming so familiar.
Although Dorothy is not a particularly complex character, she
represents an innocent but deep yearning that is easy to identify with.
Likewise, the 'Oz' characters are bizarre enough to remain interesting,
but there is a core of substance that again is easy to believe in. Who
does not feel that he or she could use at least one of the things that
Dorothy's friends want?
The adaptation from the original story is done quite well, making fine
choices for the characters and episodes that would work on film. The
settings and visual effects may not impress the devotees of today's
computer imagery, but in their time they certainly demonstrated a great
deal of skill and planning, and even now, in their own way they are
more believable than are most of the computer tricks that have become
The popular story has also been used for a number of more recent
adaptations, and some of them have had some good points of their own.
But this Wizard remains by far the most wonderful of the versions of
the classic tale.
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