Muppets' Wizard of Oz

The Muppets' Wizard of Oz

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Director: Kirk R. Thatcher, Ashanti, Queen Latifah, Steve Whitmire

Cast: Kirk R. Thatcher, Ashanti, Queen Latifah, Steve Whitmire

     
 
L. Frank Baum's enduring fantasy story gets a new and very funny spin in this made-for-TV comedy. Dorothy (Ashanti) is a young woman who works in a diner in Kansas owned by her Aunt Em (Queen Latifah) and dreams of one day making it big as a singer. When a tornado makes its way through the trailer park Dorothy and Em call home, the young woman is spirited off to a

Overview

L. Frank Baum's enduring fantasy story gets a new and very funny spin in this made-for-TV comedy. Dorothy (Ashanti) is a young woman who works in a diner in Kansas owned by her Aunt Em (Queen Latifah) and dreams of one day making it big as a singer. When a tornado makes its way through the trailer park Dorothy and Em call home, the young woman is spirited off to a magical land known as Oz, where she accidentally kills the most wicked witch in the land. Dorothy, however, isn't so sure she wants to stay, and sets off to find a wizard who might be able to help her. As Dorothy searches for the wizard's castle, she makes some friends along the way -- a scarecrow (Kermit the Frog, voiced by Steve Whitmire), a cowardly lion (Fozzie Bear, voiced by Eric Jacobson), a combination robot and computer made of tin (The Great Gonzo, voiced by Dave Goelz) -- but she also has to fend off The Wicked Witch of the West (Miss Piggy, voiced by Eric Jacobson), whose sister fell victim to Dorothy upon her arrival in the strange new land. Featuring most of the best-known Muppet Show characters, The Muppets' Wizard of Oz also features guest appearances by Jeffrey Tambor, David Alan Grier, and Quentin Tarantino.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Part of the fun of the The Muppets’ various adaptations (Treasure Island, A Christmas Carol) is the recasting of the Muppets as classic literary characters. The Muppets' Wizard of Oz affords the felt foursome of Kermit, Gonzo, Fozzie, and Miss Piggy with the roles of a lifetime. Kermit’s a natural as the Scarecrow; Gonzo is the Tin, uh, Thing; Fozzie Bear’s fretfully fun as the Cowardly Lion; and in a multi-role tour de force, Miss Piggy is the witches of the North (good), East (bad), and West (worse, outfitted with eye patch and biker garb). Actually, Miss Piggy might have made an endearing Dorothy, but that plum role went to pop starlet Ashanti. To be charitable, more accomplished actors than Ashanti have had trouble holding their own onscreen with the Muppets, but her singing will transport viewers over the rainbow. Her Dorothy is a disenchanted waitress at her Aunt Em's Kansas diner who sees an audition for the Muppets as her ticket out of town. It will take a twister and an eye-opening encounter with the Wizard of Oz (Jeffrey Tambor) to realize that becoming famous isn't as important as being happy with who she is. The Muppets have always been able to redeem the weakest of material, but here the straining-to-be-hip script presents a formidable challenge, with references to "Girls Gone Wild," a cameo by Kelly Osbourne, and other “Huh?” moments. Among these is Quentin Tarantino’s cameo, feverishly pitching Kermit on several Kill Bill scenarios for a Dorothy-Wicked Witch smackdown. There are, though, moments of pure Muppet inspiration, including a TV news "twister" report that takes its designations from the board game, and a winking reference to Dark Side of the Moon. This is not, to quote another joke from the film, "Oz for Dummies." Originally produced for ABC-TV, The Muppets’ Wizard of Oz is still a fun trip, but it could have used less nerve (Gonzo talking about his nipples?), more heart, and more brain.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/09/2005
UPC:
0786936283051
Original Release:
2005
Rating:
PG
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:40:00
Sales rank:
28,707

Special Features

Closed Caption; Outtakes & Bloopers: "Oz Oops!" -- Hilarious slip-ups that never made it into the movie; Backstage Disney: Pepe's Exclusive Making Of -- A VIP backstage look at the making of the movie; Extended interview with Quentin Tarantino -- Hear more of Pepe's one-on-prawn interview

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ashanti Dorothy
Queen Latifah Aunt Em
Steve Whitmire Kermit the Frog (The Scarecrow)
Eric Jacobson Miss Piggy (Wicked Witch of the West),Fozzie (The Cowardly Lion)
Dave Goelz Gonzo (Tin Thing)
Bill Barretta Pepe (Toto)
Dan Payne Weatherman
Quentin Tarantino Actor
Jeffrey Tambor Actor
David Alan Grier Actor
C. Ernst Harth Earl

Technical Credits
Kirk R. Thatcher Director
Martin G. Baker Producer
Bill Barretta Co-producer
Kristine Belson Co-producer
Michael S. Bolton Production Designer
Warren Carr Producer
Gregg Featherman Editor
Debra Frank Original Story,Screenwriter
Michael Giacchino Score Composer
Adam F. Goldberg Screenwriter
Steve Hayes Original Story,Screenwriter
Brian Henson Executive Producer
Lisa Henson Executive Producer
Tom Martin Screenwriter
Eric Poticha Co-producer
Tony Westman Cinematographer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening [11:58]
2. Munchkinland [8:13]
3. Scarecrow [10:09]
4. "I'm With You" [10:21]
5. Gates of Oz [6:51]
6. Meet the Wizard [10:00]
7. Flying Monkeys [2:15]
8. Captured! [4:15]
9. Tarantino [5:48]
10. The Wizard Revealed [6:33]
11. Going Home [12:26]
12. End Credits [7:05]

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The Muppets' Wizard of Oz 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
ClaireAnnette More than 1 year ago
This movie is really entertaining and fun! The creators took the original "Wizard of Oz" and added the Muppets, along with Ashanti, to make their own twists and slight changes to the original story. Yes, it is a little different than the original, but in a really creative, funny way!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Muppets Wizard of Oz takes away the beauty of a classic tale with a little girl that rides a tornado to a land called oz. I hated it!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this movie! The Muppets took the orginal book and have given it their own spin of comedy. It's a great family film and belongs in everyones Oz collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As an OZ fan I have to say this was cute. It was nowhere near the original, but it was worth watching. You HAVE to be a muppet fan along with an OZ fan to truly enjoy this movie! Watch it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is so much stupider now that toto can talk! I mean, Come on!!! This film is unclassical!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago