Return to OZ creeped me out

Part of what made it such an odd movie was that it was forced to try to walk a line between the source material and the original film, because even though it wasn’t officially an authorized sequel to the MGM film everyone knew darn well that that was the version everyone was familiar with. Disney even had to pay a hefty licensing fee to MGM to include the iconic “Ruby Slippers” in their version since the shoes in the source material were silver.

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Okay, it’s not a feature film, but whenever someone mentions “movies” and “puppets” together I think of Screen Novelties’ 1998 brilliant music video Mysterious Mose.

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Baum got his start in the theater, and mounted a Broadway musical adaptation shortly after publishing the book. He was also an early dabbler in cinema; see for example:


which is probably the only Oz work that mentions vampires.
(By the way, after a mild start this Magic Cloak gets wonderfully weird and stays that way throughout. Worth a watch.)
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source material for all my fever-dreams and night terrors throughout childhood. Not for 7 year olds.

Right; a bunch of adaptations up until the 1939 movie but then no one dared touch it again.

https://m.imdb.com/title/tt0387736/?ref_=m_nm_knf_prd_i17

Definitely not a kid’s show.

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Yeah…so explain the last 6 star wars movies.

Saw this when it first came out. The last movie I ever saw in a drive-in. The book, (With the John R. Neill illustrations) has a lot more in it, so check it out. Faruza Balk was a perfect Dorothy, tho.

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This might be of interest?

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Dreamchild. Creepy puppets, disturbing plot.

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“You’ve read the book, you’ve seen the film, now try the stew?”

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Other than it being partly based on The Marvelous Land of Oz, which has a boy called Tip as the main character who then turns into Princess Ozma at the end of the story.

I don’t think Disney would be brave enough to touch that story today, never mind 30 years ago.

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I’d say that they don’t resemble Oz books in any way. At least, I don’t remember Rey or Finn running into cities of people made from paper dolls or utensils. BB8 isn’t far off from Tik Tok, however. Less mustache.

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