Return to Oz – The 1972 animated film
The animated film “Return to Oz” is a 1972 American production, directed by Hal Sutherland, based on the famous novel “The Wonderful Land of Oz” by L. Frank Baum. The story is a sequel to the first book and tells of Dorothy's new adventures in the magical world of Oz.
In the film, Dorothy and her friends, the Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion and the Tin Woodman, are thrown back into the world of Oz by a tornado. During their journey, they meet new friends like Pumpkinhead Jack and Woodhead “Stallion III”, and will have to face the army of green elephants led by the evil witch Mombi.
Production of the film began in 1962, but was stopped due to lack of funds. It was revived in 1970, when Filmation was founded by Fred Ladd, Norm Prescott and Lou Scheimer. The film, released in 1974 in the United States, obtained a copyright in 1971.
The film boasts a cast of highly prestigious voice actors, including Liza Minnelli as the voice of Dorothy, Mickey Rooney as the Scarecrow, Danny Thomas as the Tin Woodman and Milton Berle as the Cowardly Lion. Furthermore, it is interesting to note that the original voice of Dorothy is played by Liza Minnelli, daughter of Judy Garland, who had already played Dorothy in the famous 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz".
The film was distributed in Italy only on VHS in the early nineties. A special edition DVD was released in 2006 in the United States, containing a film-length audio commentary, interviews with the creators, photo galleries, and other special features.
“Return to Oz” is an animated film that continues Dorothy's magical adventures in the world of Oz, with new characters and exciting situations. A real show for the whole family.
Title: Return to Oz
Original language: English
Country of production: United States of America
Duration: 88 min
Genre: Animation, fantasy, adventure, musical
Director: Hal Sutherland
Subject: L. Frank Baum (books)
Screenplay: Fred Ladd, Norm Prescott, Bernard Evslin
Producer: Preston Blair, Fred Ladd, Norm Prescott, Lou Scheimer
Music: Walter Scharf
Production studio: Filmation
Number of episodes: N/A
TV Network: N/A
Release date: 1974
The film “Return to Oz” is an animation produced by Filmation, based on the famous novel “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum. The story is loosely based on the book “The Wonderful Land of Oz” and follows the adventures of Dorothy, Jack Pumpkinhead and the valiant Stallion III in the extraordinary world of Oz.
The film was produced with Hal Sutherland directing, while the screenplay was written by Fred Ladd, Norm Prescott and Bernard Evslin. The duration of the film is 88 minutes and the genre is a mix of animation, fantasy, adventure and musical. The soundtrack was composed by Walter Scharf.