Return to Oz
Return to Oz,1985 Walt Disney Pictures
Official Title: "Return to Oz"
Misc. Info: Rated PG(Parental Guidence)-109mins.
Production Company: Walt Disney Pictures
Nicol Williamson-Nome King
Brian Henson-Jack Pumpkinhead
Producer: Paul Maslansky
Director: Walter Murch
Screen Play: Walter Murch & Gill Dennis
Photographed in: Color
Currently Available From: Walt Disney DVD
Soundtrack: Not Available (Check Ebay)
The History of Return to Oz
In 1954 Walt Disney purchased the rights to Baum's 13 Oz Sequels(The Marvelous Land of Oz-Glinda of Oz). Disney originally planned a Mouseketeer progam called "Rainbow Road to Oz", but the project was shelved. Production for "Oz" started in 1984 by the time the film was half way through production its title was changed to "Return to Oz". It was the movie that started the career of Fairuza Balk(Dorothy) she is better known for her roles in "The Craft" & "The Water-Boy". It also stared Piper Laurie(Aunt Em) & Nicol Williamson(Nome King). The film faced much contreversey from the "Darkness" of the film but it still triumphed and made its way into Walt Disney's top 25.
*Fairuza Balk was the youngest of all the girls who tried out for the part.
*In The Land of Oz Mombi was an Old Witch.
*In Ozma of Oz Langwidere was the head-hunting Princess
*Emma Ridley tried out for Dorothy but instead was cast as Ozma
LIST OF BAUM'S CHARACTER IN PARADE:
*Notta Bit Moor or China Clown(?)
"100 Years of Oz" by John Fricke & Willard Carrol. "Return to Oz: The Darker Side of the Rainbow" http://www.returntoozthemovie.com