Thursday, May 26, 2016

Rein-Toon-Ation: The Wizard of Oz (1990)

DIC obtained a license to adapt L. Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz into a weekly animated series for ABC in 1990. That was the good news. The bad? It lasted just 1 season.

The plot: The Wicked Witch of the West has been revived by her loyal winged monkeys, and has cast a spell on the Wizard so that he cannot return to the Emerald City, which she has taken over. Back in Kansas, Dorothy Gale finds the ruby slippers on her doorstep, and, next thing you know, she & Toto are headed back to Oz.

Coming as it did 23 years after ABC's last Oz incarnation, the primetime anthology series, Off to See The Wizard, which also lasted 1 season, this Wizard deserved a better fate. Unfortunately, ABC and DIC replaced him with something even worse the next year----Hammerman.

Here's part 1 of the series opener.

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