Return to Oz

Return to Oz

Walter Murch (1985)

105min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Disney recaptures the dark side of L Frank Baum's Oz stories in this exciting sequel to the 1939 classic. Fairuza Balk is wonderful as Dorothy, who ends up back in a ruined Oz facing the evil Nome King and Princess Mombi with her friends Pumpkinhead, Tik Tok the clockwork man and a talking chicken. Sombre in tone it may be, but director Walter Murch's non-musical is imaginative and hugely appealing - the colourful special effects, including Will Vinton's Claymation process that animates the rock faces, are particularly impressive.

Summary

Dorothy is whisked back to Oz in a storm and discovers the evil Nome King has taken over the magical land and turned her old friends to stone. Teaming up with some strange new companions, she sets out to banish him and his monstrous comrades. Fantasy adventure, based on the novels by L Frank Baum, starring Fairuza Balk, Jean Marsh, Nicol Williamson and Piper Laurie.

Cast & Crew

Dorothy Gale Fairuza Balk
Dr Worley / Nome King Nicol Williamson
Nurse Wilson / Princess Mombi Jean Marsh
Aunt Em Piper Laurie
Uncle Henry Matt Clark
Tik Tok Michael Sundin
Tik Tok Sean Barrett (2)
Billina Mak Wilson
Billina Denise Bryer
Jack Pumpkinhead Stewart Larange
Jack Pumpkinhead Brian Henson
Gump Steve Norrington
Gump Lyle Conway
Scarecrow Justin Case
Cowardly Lion John Alexander (2)
Tin Man Deep Roy
Ozma Emma Ridley
Mombi II Sophie Ward
Mombi III Fiona Victory
Director Walter Murch
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourAvailable on: video and DVD
Drama