Dorothy Gale has recently come home to Kansas from the Land of Oz is now almost back to perfect health since the incident of the tornado, only she cannot get that wonderful place out of her head. She frequently talks about it and cannot get any sleep at night. Aunt Em worries about her health/well-being. Thinking that she is suffering delusional depression and acute insomnia, she decides to take her to see a special doctor in another town. While he tries to treat her with electro-shock treatment and take those nasty dreams away from her head, she is rescued by a mysterious girl who leads her back to Oz for a new adventure.Written by
Originally the Scarecrow, Tin Woodsman and Cowardly Lion were to have more prominent roles in this film, however, budget cuts forced their appearances to be reduced to mere cameos. See more »
Dr Worley said it would be 1900 in 2 months time but as this film is set in October 1899 he should has said in almost 2 months. See more »
Can't you sleep?
[Dorothy shakes her head]
It's past 1:00 in the morning, Dorothy.
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When it was aired on the Disney channel, the following were cut: When "Ozma girl" unties Dorothy from the bed in the doctor's room, the line where she tells Dorothy that the screaming patients are locked in the cellar is cut. When Dorothy first visits Mombi, much is cut. A lot of shots of the heads behind the glass are cut, and so is a lot of footage when Mombi puts on her head. Because of this, a line is cut where she asks Dorothy how she looks, and Dorothy tells her she looks beautiful. In the TV version, it cuts straight to the line, "And just who might you be?" When Mombi wakes up, many shots of the screaming heads and EVERY shot of the headless Mombi trying to get Dorothy is cut. A few seconds of footage of the Nome King's death are cut, including when his eye turns to stone, and some of the "poison" shots. See more »
While "Return to Oz" is an interesting curio, it pales in comparison to "The Wizard of Oz." The difference is simple: "Wizard" connected with audiences on an emotional level, and for the most part, "Return" did not. The sequel had more than a fair chance to become a hit; audiences simply rejected it. I can understand that fans of "Return to Oz" want to make a case for the movie, especially in light of its total commercial failure, but trashing "The Wizard of Oz" is no way to begin. Neither is disparaging Judy Garland. Garland's performance as Dorothy will linger in our collective memory long after the world has forgotten Fairuza Balk. That's an irrefutable truth. The best "Return to Oz" can hope for is a small cult following... and, frankly, that's all it deserves.
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