Return to Oz


Return to Oz

Critics Consensus

Return to Oz taps into the darker side of L. Frank Baum's book series with an intermittently dazzling adventure that never quite recaptures the magic of its classic predecessor.



Total Count: 33


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This '80s follow-up to The Wizard of Oz is based upon two of L. Frank Baum's later Oz books. In Return to Oz (a version that may be a bit too scary for young children), Auntie Em sends Dorothy to a sanitarium where hopefully she will clear her head from all of the "Oz nonsense." This doesn't work, for soon Dorothy manages to return to Oz, but things have definitely changed. She finds her old friends turned to stone and discovers that the awful Nome King has taken over Oz.


Fairuza Balk
as Dorothy
Nicol Williamson
as Dr. Worley / The Nome King
Stewart Larange
as Jack Pumpkinhead
Jean Marsh
as Nurse Wilson / Mombi
Deep Roy
as Tin Man
Piper Laurie
as Aunt Em
Matt Clark
as Uncle Henry
Tim Rose
as Tik Tok
Mak Wilson
as Billina
Justin Case
as Scarecrow
John Alexander
as Cowardly Lion
Sophie Ward
as Mombi II
Fiona Victory
as Mombi III
Pons Maar
as Nome Messenger/Lead Wheeler
Bruce Boa
as Policeman
Susan Dacre
as Supporting puppeteer
Geoff Felix
as Supporting puppeteer
David Greenaway
as Supporting puppeteer
Swee Lim
as Supporting puppeteer
Alisa Berk
as Wheeler
Roger Ennals
as Wheeler
Michele Hine
as Wheeler
Mark Hopkins
as Wheeler
Ken Stevens
as Wheeler
Phil Tan
as Wheeler
Nicola Roche
as Dorothy's double
Cheryl Brown
as Dorothy's double
Alison Lynn
as Dorothy's double
Sarah White
as Dorothy's double
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Critic Reviews for Return to Oz

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Audience Reviews for Return to Oz

  • Feb 13, 2018
    I can see this films appeal, it has ambition and really distances itself from the musical. The storytelling is great but the dark overtones do distract for what is obviously marketed at kids. I find it funny that Disney could never have the success with the world of Oz, that MGM had with the original musical adaption. This world is primed for an ambitious take on all the books in the franchise. Murch was an inspired choice for the director and I think time has been super kind to this film, if you had viewed this on release you couldn't be held accountable for disliking it. I really enjoyed the film, it never attempted to copy the original musical film and it flipped all the characters on their heads. Scarecrow looks very creepy as does Jack, the design team clearly had a ball on this one. 12/02/2018.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Mar 23, 2013
    Disney bastardizes a classic with Return to Oz. Dorothy runs away back to Oz where she finds that the Nome King has conquered the land and imprisoned the Scarecrow. Despite the rich material of the Oz novels, the script is poorly written and the characters are boring and trite; even Dorothy as lost her luster. The effects are rather weak (especially for Disney), and make for a cheap and colorless world. The music is also quite mundane and bland. Return to Oz has no magic or charisma, and does a terrible job at realizing the imaginative world of L. Frank Baum.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 10, 2012
    I'm not a fan of The Wizard Of OZ or any of the film versions but if I had to pick the 1 I liked the best, It would have to be Return To Oz.All the other versions just seem to be a clone of the same thing but Return To OZ was different from all the rest.I love how this version of The Wizard Of Oz was dark & gloomy & didn't have any stupid singing & dancing.In my opinion, Out of all the Oz films Return To Oz is the most underrated
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 29, 2011
    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 C Super Reviewer

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