This story takes place six months after Dorothy’s return from Oz and she just hasn’t been herself since. Claymation and animation really made this film come alive. And the music! Disney‘s innovative breakthroughs are always cutting edge. I liked this film and encourage you to borrow it through your on-line library service, such as “Hoopla,” where I also watched and reviewed the excellent Disney Muppets in Oz. I just finished watching a movie on the “young Walt Disney” and how he made his visions come to be. He lived in his integrity and gave us magic. And he inspired legions of us to follow our dreams.
This Dorothy of the 1985 story (semi-Dorothy of 1939) eventually explains that when she clicked her heels, she accidentally lost the Ruby Slippers on the way back to Kansas. They just “fell out of the sky one day” as she was so anxious to get home. As a result they had fallen into the hands of the evil Nome King from a neighboring kingdom who used them to successfully conquer the magical Land of Oz, rob the Emerald City of all its precious emeralds, kidnap the Scarecrow, destroy the Yellow Brick Road, and turn all the Ozians to stone. Eventually Dorothy defeated him and his accomplice, Princess Mombi, with a poison egg. After she retrieved the shoes and used their magic to restore all of Oz back to life, Dorothy was asked to be the Queen of Oz but instead released the long lost Princess Ozma from the mirror she had been trapped in. After her curse was broken, she rightfully took the throne as her own and Dorothy adorned the Ruby Slippers on her feet. In the end she used them to send Dorothy back home again, under the condition that she visited Oz from time to time.
“I will be looking in on you from time to time, and if you ever wish to return to Oz, I shall make it so…“
There were two things which really spoke to me. Dorothy trusts her instincts and although fearful, she knows she has the power within her to overcome her fear. A powerful moment is when the she releases Princess Ozma from the mirror where she has been trapped. It so closely resembles that watery realm that separates us from the “other side.” Other movies have also shown it this way; Contact, when Jodie Foster encounters her deceased father, and The Abyss, when they move through a watery doorway, deep undersea.
Princess Being released from magic spell; copy/paste link – hyperlink not available. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_X4PAoz4lY&feature=youtu.be
Watching You Tube interviews with the lead actor, Fairuca Balk, brought many insights into the worldwide search for “Dorothy” and the making of the film.
My interest is in your impressions of the movie. A good movie with good story line and special effects. Let me know your thoughts.
- “Hen, it’s been six months since the tornado, and Dorothy hasn’t been herself since. I’m taking her to cottonwood tomorrow to see if she can be helped. All she ever talks about is some place that just doesn’t exist; talking Tinmen, walking Scarecrows, Ruby Slippers! “
- ―Aunt Em in Return to Oz (1985)
Dr. Worley: How did you come back from….Oz? Dorothy: With my Ruby Slippers. Dr. Worley: And how did that work? Dorothy: You put them on, and you click the heels three times, and then you say “There’s no place like Home”. ‘Dr. Worley: Dorothy, where are those slippers now …?“ Dorothy: … I lost them. They fell off, on the way back…–Return to Oz (1985)
What happened to Oz? Where is everyone?
Wheeler’s, frozen in time Ozian subjects, Princess Mombi and the room of heads
Nome King, and Dorothy with her friends……back in the Royal Palace