Return to Oz (1985)

Return to Oz

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Movie Info

This fantasy continues the story of the beloved family classic The Wizard of Oz. While supposedly recovering from her Oz "fantasies," young Dorothy actually returns to the magical world. When she arrives, however, she discovers that she must help her friends combat the evil Nome King.

Rating: PG
Genre: Action & Adventure, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Gill Dennis, Ken Kolb, Walter Murch
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 10, 1999
Runtime:
Disney

Cast


as Dorothy

as Dr. Worley / The Nom...

as Jack Pumpkinhead

as Nurse Wilson / Mombi

as Tin Man

as Aunt Em

as Tik Tok

as Uncle Henry

as Tik Tok

as Tik Tok

as Billing

as Billina

as Jack Pumpkinhead

as Scarecrow

as Cowardly Lion

as Mombi II

as Mombi III

as Nome Messenger/Lead ...

as Policeman

as Supporting puppeteer

as Supporting puppeteer

as Supporting puppeteer

as Supporting puppeteer

as Wheeler

as Wheeler

as Wheeler

as Wheeler

as Wheeler

as Wheeler

as Dorothy's double

as Dorothy's double

as Dorothy's double

as Dorothy's double

as Wheeler
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Critic Reviews for Return to Oz

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (5)

Any movie in which a Midwestern prairie actually looks more attractive and more interesting than the enchanted land over the rainbow is in big trouble.

Full Review… | March 9, 2009
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

It's bleak, creepy, and occasionally terrifying.

Full Review… | December 12, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Despite the presence of Billina the talking hen, the emphasis on insecurity and peril harks back to the treat-'em-rough days of children's fiction, and the disturbing/comforting ratio tilts conclusively towards the former.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The work of ingenious technicians who seem either not to know what gave the original film its magic, or not to care.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Variety
Top Critic

On its own merits, has some very fine cinematic flourishes... if we can but manage the herculean feat of separating it from the older movie.

Full Review… | March 10, 2013
Antagony & Ecstasy

Audience Reviews for Return to Oz

½

Good Effects and developed characters. A sequel to The Wizard of Oz was a good idea, but there was no excitement in this film, and I remember watching this on VHS as a child but it still is not entertaining as it was back then as Return to Oz is just plain creepy.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

This is a great sequel to the classic, the imagination on show is amazing and it all looks terrific. The charactes have a new look which really sets them apart (is this where Tim Burton got his 'Jack Skellington' idea?) every one is stunning to see and have really had some major care and craftsmanship involved, I love how these old 80's flicks look so good and really show up modern films which rely on crappy cgi.
All the effects are great even by today's standards if not better and the atmosphere of the movie is eerie and haunting. Its underrated and forgotten and I dont know why, I would love to see a third in this style, truely great kids film.

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Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

½

Hideously HIDEOUSLY underrated. Seriously. This is actually quite an interesting film. It's completely unlike its predecessor, the original 1939 "Wizard of Oz." This film is not upbeat. It does not have songs. Simply put, this feels like American McGee's Alice, absolutely insane, but bizarrely (and frighteningly) accurate to the book. This film garnered tons of hate at the time of release, but now people are beginning to appreciate its dark tone. If you have to watch a kids film for some reason or another, just pop this one in. It will surprise you.

Jacob Ethington
Jacob Ethington

Super Reviewer

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