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Episode 84 – Return to Oz
This week’s request actually comes to us via Sean who hasn’t picked an episode topic in a while! Return to Oz was by no means a box office success having only grossed about one third of its total budget. But does that really make it a bad movie, or just misunderstood? We think it might be a bit more complicated than that. Come grab a listen and see how complicated!
Return to Oz is a 1985 fantasy adventure film directed and written by Walter Murch, an editor and sound designer, co-written by Gill Dennis and produced by Paul Maslansky. It stars Nicol Williamson as the Nome King, Jean Marsh as Princess Mombi, Piper Laurie as Aunt Em, Matt Clark as Uncle Henry and introduces Fairuza Balk as Dorothy Gale. It is based on L. Frank Baum‘s Oz novels, mainly The Marvelous Land of Oz (1904) and Ozma of Oz (1907), yet is set six months after the events of the first novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900) took place. The film is an unofficial sequel to the 1939 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film, The Wizard of Oz and also borrows a few elements of it such as the ruby slippers.
Frank Baum, Wizard of Oz, Gill Dennis, Walter Murch, Walk the Line, The Godfather, Walt Disney Pictures, Paul Maslansky, David Shire, Saturday Night Fever, Barbra Streisand, MGM, Dorothy Gale, Fairuza Balk, American History X, The Waterboy, The Craft, Nome King, Nicol Williamson, Excalibur, Mombi, Jean Marsh, Cleopatra, Twin Peaks, Willow, Bavmorda, Aunt Em, Piper Laurie, Uncle Henry, Matt Clark, Tik-Tok, Michael Sundin, Tim Rose, Sean Barrett, Labyrinth, The Dark Crystal, Dark Souls, Billina, Mak Wilson, Denise Bryer, Jack Pumpkinhead, Brian Henson, Jim Henson, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Muppet Treasure Island, Babe, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Jim Henson Company, Little Shop of Horrors, Bear in the Big Blue House, Dinosaurs, Farscape, The Gump, Lyle Conway, Steve Norrington, Scarecrow, Justin Case, Deep Roy, Tin Woodman, Oompa-Loompa, NeverEnding Story, Pons Maar, The Noid, Domino’s Pizza The Golden Child, Dinotopia, Toto
Theatrical trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CklyKCKFtwE
Fairuza Balk interview pt1: https://youtu.be/uWJ528cYbqs
Fairuza Balk interview pt2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WeIm_vpzXqc
Cornell University scholarly paper: http://www.dickshovel.com/TwistedFootnote.html