The Muppets' Wizard of Oz Reviews
Dont get me wrong there are all the usual Muppets and afew nice touches but this really could of been done better. The tunes are uninspired and the look is poor and obviously done on weak looking sets with some poor bluescreen but the costumes are good and the feel is pure Muppets, I just feel they could of gone to town abit more with locations and human casting.
The script is bland with nothing of interest for the older viewers but some mild innuendos and celebrity references. As much as I disliked it, however, I did think that it was nice that they had a few extra tidbits from the book.
Oh, and I'm all for making Dorothy stronger than the original movie but why a wannabe star? Miss Piggy is amusing but not enough to block out the blah performances of the usually wonderful Muppet cast. Oh, and I love Aunt Em and Uncle Henry but their blah reactions to finding Dorothy alive made me laugh out loud.
Bottom Line: An okay rental but nothing to add to your Muppet collection.
It's pretty much the same story as usual, except easily-forgettable one hit wonder Ashanti plays Dorothy and dreams of being a famous singer. She works part-time at her aunt and uncle's diner, by the way. You know the drill, she gets sucked into a tornado, goes off to see the Wizard of Oz. Kermit's the Scarecrow, Gonzo's the Tin Man, and Fozzie's The Cowardly Bear (rolls eyes). Pepe also annoys us even further by portraying Toto. Miss Piggy plays all 3 witches, which gets old after a while. Since this is a kids' movie, it ends on a happy note, yay.
This movie's pretty bad, or should I say, TV film, noting that it was premiered on ABC. Ashanti can't act, and of course she is perfect for the role of a kids movie noting that her 2002 album "Ashanti" has hundreds of curse words in each song. Anyway, it's not very funny, either, with dry jokes that kids won't get ("Uh, are you related to Frank Oz?"). Even Kelly Osbourne makes a cameo, who kids will be react to as "Who's that scary girl, mommy?". David Alan Grier and Queen Latifah play Aunt Em and , uh, Uncle Whatshisname, and aren't half bad, probably the only good actors in the movie. Also, did I mention that Quentin Tarantino is in this, pitching a dumb idea on a fighting scene that has an enormous upgrade to the budget? He's actually kinda funny. Anyway, this Muppet film, unlike the others, really sucks. Don't waste your time on this thing.