This page provides a description of the principal Oz productions for cinema and television. Each film is listed in chronological order, from 1980 through 1995. To navigate this page by the relationship between the books and films, use the Movie Index.
THE MARVELOUS LAND OF OZ Release date: 1981 Descripton: Video version of The Minneapolis Children's Theatre Co. stage production of the original Baum book. Production company: The Minneapolis Children's Theatre Co. Executive Producer: Francis M. McGovern for TV: Douglas Draper and Ronald Tanet Producer: John Clark Donahue for TV: Richard A. Carey and Jonathan Stathakis Director: John Clark Donahue for TV: John Driver Screenwriter: Thomas W. Olson Editor: Veronica Lozo Music: Richard Dworsky Lyrics: Gary Briggle Distributor: Child Vision Company Length: 105 minutes Cast: Wendy Lehr (Mombi), Christopher Passi (Tip/Ozma), Carl Beck (Jack Pumpkinhead), Gary Briggle (Scarecrow), Stephen Boe (Tin Woodsman), Rana Haugen (Jellia Jamb), Julee Cruise (General Jinjur), Steve Huke (Guardian of the Gates), Kathleen Wegner (Glinda), Tom Dunn (H.M. Wogglebug, T.E.), Garth Schumacher (Dr. Nikidik), Suzanne Petri (Colonel Cardamon), Oliver Osterberg (Soldier of Oz), James McNee (voices of Sawhorse and Mouse Queen) OZU NO MAHOTSUKAI Release date: 1982 (Japan) 1983 (US) Description: Animated film based on "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz". Production company: Toho Co. Ltd./Alan Enterprises Executive producer: Yoshimitsu Banno and Katsumi Ueno (Japan) Alan L. Gleitsman (US) Producer: John Danylkiw Director: Fumihiko Takayama (Japan) John Danylkiw (US) Music: Jo Hisaishi Lyrics: Sammy Cahn and Allen Byrns Editor: Johann Lowenberg Cast: (voices in US version) Aileen Quinn (Dorothy), Lorne Green (Wizard), John Stocker (Tin Woodman), Billy Van (Scarecrow), Thick Wilson (Cowardly Lion), Elizabeth Hanna (Wicked Witch of the West), Wendy Thatcher (Glinda) Available on VHS video EL MAGO DE OZ Release date: 1985 Description: Mexican musical comedy based on Baum's "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz". Alternate title is "Mago de Oz Cuento de Frank Baum". Production company: Amarillo Rojo Cafe/Estudio 5 y 3 Producer: Ramon Tellez Director: Angelica Ortiz, Ramon Tellez (for TV) Art Director: Leopoldo Falcon Screenwriter: Angelica Ortiz Music: Harold Arlen Editor: Andres Menendez Distributor: Madera Cinevideo Length: 70 mins Cast: Angelica Vale (Dorotea), David Rodrigo (Espantapajaros y Panta), Ana Gloria Blanch (Bruja y Dona Brujilda), Lucio Boliver (Hombre de Hojalata), Manuel D'Flon (Profesor Maravilla y Mago de Oz), Carlos Espindola (Leon y Leoncio), Jorge Rosette (Guardia y Jorobado), Pilar Bolivar (Ema y Hada Glinda) RETURN TO OZ Release date: 1985, June 21 Description: Based on pieces of the L. Frank Baum books, "The Marvelous Land of Oz", "Ozma of Oz", and "Tik-tok of Oz". Production company: Oz Productions/Walt Disney Productions Executive producer: Gary Kurtz Producer: Paul Maslansky Director: Walter Murch Screenwriter: Walter Murch and Gill Dennis Cinematographer: David Watkin Editor: Leslie Hodgson Music: David Shire Distributor: Buena Vista. Color Length: 113 minutes Cast: Fairuza Balk (Dorothy), Nicol Williamson (Dr. Worley/Nome King), Jean Marsh (Nurse Wilson/Mombi), Piper Laurie (Aunt Em), Matt Clark (Uncle Henry), Emma Ridley (Ozma), Michael Sundin and Tim Rose (Tik-Tok)(voice by Sean Barrett), Mak Wilson (Billina) (voice by Denise Bryer), Pons Maar (leader of the Wheelers and Nome Messenger), Justin Case (Scarecrow), John Alexander (Cowardly Lion), Deep Roy (Tin Woodman), Sophie Ward (Mombi 1), Sophie Ward (Mombi 2), Fiona Victory (Mombi 3), Brian Henson and Stewart Lawrence (Jack Pumpkinhead)(voice by Brian Henson), Lyle Conway and Steve Norrington (Gump)(voice by Lyle Conway), Cherie Hawkins (Polychrome), Tansy (Toto). Nomes (Claymation) by Will Vinton. Available on VHS video THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF SANTA CLAUS Release date: 1985, December 17 Description: Made for CBS televison adaption of L. Frank Baum's book, with stop-motion puppet animation. Production company: Rankin-Bass Productions Producer: Arthur Rankin and Jules Bass Director: Arthur Rankin and Jules Bass Screenwriter: Julian P. Gardner Lyrics: Julian P. Gardner Music: Bernard Hoffer Distributor: Lorimar-Telepictures Length: 49 mins Cast: Earl Hammond (Santa Claus), Earle Hyman (King Awgwa), Larry Kenney (Commander of the Wind Demons) Lynne Lipton (Queen Zurline/Wife/et.al), Robert McFadden (Tingler), Lesley Miller (Necile), Peter Newman (Peter Nook/Awgwas/Lord of Lerd/The Nome King/Husband/et.al), Joey Grasson (Weekum), J.D. Roth (young Claus), Alfred Drake (The Great Ak) Available on VHS video THE WIZARD OF OZ Release date: 1986 Description: Animated short based on "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz", and Alibaba and the Forty Thieves (from "1001 Nights"). Full title is "My Favorite Fairy Tales Volume 4: The Wiazrd of Oz - The Magic Carpet - Alibaba and the Forty Thieves." Production company: Saban Productions Producer: Haim Saban and Shuki Levy Director: Robert Barron Screenwriter: Winston Richard Music: Haim Saban and Shuki Levy Distributor: Video Treasures, Inc. Length: 30 minutes Available on VHS video DOROTHY MEETS OZMA OF OZ Release date: 1987 Description: Animated film made for television based on Baum's book, "Ozma of Oz". Hosted by Michael Gross. Production company: Atlantic/Kushner-Locke, Inc. Executive Producer: Donald Kushner and Peter Locke Director: Screenwriter: Distributor: Lorimar Home Video Length: 30 minutes Available on VHS video THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ Release date: 1987 Description: Series of fifty-two 23 minute episodes based on "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz", "The Marvelous Land of Oz", "Ozma of Oz", and "The Emerald City of Oz". Edited to four 93 minute video tapes, one each four the four books. Production company: Cinar Films, Inc. (Canada) Executive Producer: Micheline Charest and Ronald Weinberg Producer: Ronald Weinberg Director: Tim Reid Screenwriter: Don Arioli and Tim Reid Cinematographer: Ian MacGillvray Distributor: Lightyear Entertainment Narrator: Margot Kidder Length: 93 minutes (four each) Cast: Morgan Hallet (Dorothy), George Morris (Tin Woodman), Neil Shee (Cowardly Lion), Richard Dumont (Scarecrow) Available on VHS video THE DREAMER OF OZ Release date: 1990, December 10 Description: NBC Television Movie of the Week. Based on the life of L. Frank Baum. Production company: Bedrock Productions, Inc Executive Producer: David Kirschner and Robert M. Myman Producer: Ervin Zavada Director: Jack Bender Screenwriter: Richard Matheson Cinematographer: Thomas Burstyn Editor: Jerrold R. Ludwig Music: Lee Holdridge Distributor: NBC-TV Length: 100 mins Cast: John Ritter (L. Frank Baum), Annette O'Toole (Maud Gage Baum), Rue McClanahan (Matilda Gage), David Schramm (W. W. Denslow), Nancy Lenehen (harriet Baum), Courtney Barilla (Dorothy Leslie Gage/Dorothy Gale), David Ellzey (Scarecrow), Charles Haid (Cowardly Lion), Derek Loughran (Tin Woodman), Courtney Barilla (Dorothy) THE WIZARD OF OZ Release date: 1990 Description: Series of thirteen 23 minute made-for-television cartoons based on the 1939 MGM film, The Wizard of Oz. Production company: Turner Entertainment Company/Pacific Rim Animation Executive Producer: Andy Heyward Director: Screenwriter: Cliff Ruby and Elana Lesser Art Director: Kurt William Conner Distributor: ABC-TV Length: 23 minutes each Available on VHS video THE WIZARD OF OZ Release date: 1991 Description: Animated film based on "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz". Production company: American Film Investment Corp. Dai Won Animation Executive Producer: Diane Eskanzzi and Ron Layton Producer: Jim Simon Director: Jim Simon Screenwriter: Roger Scott Olsen Distributor: Length: 25 minutes Available on VHS video THE WIZARD OF OZ Release date: 1993 Description: Animated film based on "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz". Production company: Fuji Eight Company Ltd./Saban Productions Executive Producer: Jerald E. Bergh Producer: Eric S. Rollman Supervising Producer: Winston Richard Voice Director: Doug Parker Screenwriter: Barbara A. Oliver Story Editor: Tony Oliver Music: Shuki Levy Distributor: Saban Home Video/Video Treasures Length: 24 minutes Cast: Norma MacMillian (Narrator), Lee Tockar (Toto/Wolf 1), Christine Lippa (Dorothy), Scott McNeil (Uncle Henry/ Munchkins), Cathy Weseluck (Aunt Em), Kate Robbins (Glinda), Ian James Corlett (Scarecrow), Britain Durham (Tin Woodman), Mike Donavan (Cowardly Lion), Doug Parker (Oz/Guard), Barbara Whiting (Wicked Witch of the West) Available on VHS video IN SEARCH OF OZ Release date: 1994 Description: Biography of L. Frank Baum and his Oz books. Production company: BBC Television Length: about an hour VOLSHEBNIK IZUMRUDNOGO GORODO Release date: 1994 Description: A Russian film based on the Alexandr Volkov book that is a Russian rewrite of The Wizard of Oz. This movie may be the closest adaptation to the original Baum story yet to be filmed. See also The Wizard of the City of Emeralds Production company: The Russian Federation of Cinematography Producer: Alexander Malugin Director: Pavel Arsyenov Screenwriter: Vadim Korostelyev Cinematographer: Uri Posnikov Music: Yevgyeni Bogolepov Length: 63 minutes Cast: Katya [Yekaterina] Mikhailovskaya (Elli), Vyacheslav Nevinei (Scarecrow), Yevgyeni Gyerasimov (Iron Woodman), Vyacheslav Nevinnei, Mladshi (Cowardly Lion), Victor Pavlov (Goodwin), Valyeri Nosik (Ogre), Natalya Varlyei (Bastinda and Gingyema), Olga Kabo (mother of Elli and Styella), Syergyei Varchook (Worra), Vladimir Antonik (cyclone), Boris Shchyerbakov (Guard) THE WIZARD OF OZ IN CONCERT Release date: 1995, November 22 Description: An on-stage live rock version of the 1939 MGM film classic, filmed on 5 November 1995. Production company: Turner Pictures Worldwide, Inc./TNT Executive Producer: Jonathan Brauer Producer: Darrell Larson Director: Darrell Larson (stage), Louis J. Horvitz (TV) Screenwriter: Darrell Larson (based on the original screenplay) Music: Harold Arlen, et. al. Lyrics: E.Y. Harburg Length: Cast: Jackson Browne (Scarecrow), Natalie Cole (Glinda), Roger Daltrey (Tin Woodman), Joel Grey (Wizard of Oz and Guardian of the Gate), Jewel Kirscher (Dorothy), Nathan Lane (Cowardly Lion), Debra Winge (Wicked Witch of the West), The Boys Choir of Harlem, under the direction of Dr. Walter J. Turnbull (The Munchkins), Lucie Arnaz (Auntie Em), Ry Cooder (Crows/Winkies) LITTLE WIZARD STORIES Release date: 1996 Description: Twenty-six 23 minutes episodes, based on the Oz stories by L. Frank Baum. Animated video for television. Also known as "The Oz Kids." Production company: Hyperion Animation, Inc. Executive Producer: Willard Carrol and Thomas L. Wilhite Producer: John Bush Director: Stephen J. Anderson Screenwriter: Willard Carroll Editor: Charlie King and Julie Ann Lau Music: Michael Muhlfriedel Length: 23 minutes each Cast: Shay Astar (Andrea), Shayna Fox (Bela), Eric Lloyd (Neddie), Aaron Michael Metchik (Jack Pumpkinhead), Julianne Michelle (Dot), Bradley Pierce (Boris), Benjamin Salisbury (Tin Boy), Scott McAfee (Scarecrow jr.), Alex Zuckerman (Frank, jr.), Lawrence Tierney (Rick), Lori Alan (Auntie Scraps), Marc Allen Lewis (The Nome King/Santa Claus), Chauncey Leopardi (Otto), Ross Mapletoft (Zeb Hugson/Jack Sr.), Andy Milder (Scarecrow Sr./Tommy Kwikstep), Erika Schikel (Dorothy/ Glinda), Steve Stoliar (Tin Man/Wizard)
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