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We all remember The Wizard of Oz. In the sequel Return to Oz, Dorothy (Fairuza Balk) gets sent to an asylum because of a sleeping disorder and her “delusions” of the Land of Oz. During her escape, Dorothy and her talking chicken Billena wind up in Oz and find out that it has been taken over by a new threat, the Nome King (Nicol Williamson) and Princess Mombi (Jean Marsh), who has a detachable head. They have captured the Scarecrow and turned Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, and all of the civilians of the Emerald City into stone statues. Now it’s up to Dorothy and her new friends Tik-Tok, Jack Pumpkin head, and the Gump to face Mombi and the Nome King, rescue the Scarecrow, and restore peace to Oz.

The animation on the rocks is neat. It has a creepy look with all the different faces and expressions. When the Nomes come out of the walls and attack, it reminds me of the clay animation from The Adventures of Mark Twain in the scene when he plays the organ.

All I can say is that once again, Dorothy ends up vanquishing the villain out of dumb luck.

As far as I can tell, when it comes to weaknesses, every witch is different. Dorothy unknowingly killed two witches in the first Wizard of Oz film. The Witch of the West’s one weakness is water and the Witch of the East was killed by having a house land on her head. What would’ve been next? The Witch of the Southwest having a weakness to rap music? The bottom line is that Dorothy didn’t know what she was doing, but she’s still one brave little girl.

I think this is a classic sequel. As it turns out, this was Fairuza Balk’s first movie, long before she played more mysterious roles in films like The Craft and The Island of Dr. Moreau.

I met Fairuza Balk at Spooky Empire 2009 and she was very sweet.

  One Response to “Fairuza Balk’s Oz Adventure”

  1. I loved this movie as a kid, even though it creeped me out lol lots of scary elements that I don’t think would be incorporated in today’s kids movies.

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