Return To Oz: Escape from the Witch's Castle (A Little Golden Book)

Return to Oz: Escape from the Witch's Castle (A Little Golden Book), based on
the motion picture from Walt Disney Pictures.  (No author or illustrator given.)
Western Publishing Company, Inc., 1985.

This weekend, we hit the 4th of July sale at one of my favorite antique malls.  For some reason, we bought a lot of dolls.  I'm not sure why...

But we also bought a couple Little Golden Books!  I meant to share this yesterday, as it would have made a nice little Obsessive Nostalgia Disorder Monday post, but I haven't felt well since Sunday night.  Better late than never!

Oh, Return to Oz...  such a strange little movie.  They couldn't do an exact sequel to the 1939 Wizard of Oz, as Disney didn't own the rights to that movie, so they cobbled together a story with parts from L. Frank Baum's books - mostly The Marvelous Land of Oz and Ozma of Oz - making many, many changes along the way. The Mombi of the movie is a combination of the old witch Mombi in Land of Oz and Princess Langwidere in Ozma of Oz.  Jack Pumpkinhead and the Gump are introduced in Land of Oz, Tik-Tok, Billina, the Wheelers, and the Nome King in Ozma of Oz.  Then to tie into the movie they weren't supposed to reference, they make the whole Oz thing a dream - I think - with the new characters in Oz mirroring the people and things Dorothy has just met in a real-life nightmare:  she's been committed by her aunt and uncle to a creepy mental institution!  (Or is it a dream...  Were the scary Oz people actually invading Kansas?  It's rather confusing...)

the original trailer

The whole movie is very creepy.  That would probably be why my sister and I loved it as kids.  We'd pull the heads off a bunch of Barbies and place them on a toy shopping stand for one headless doll to choose from.  Rediscovering the movie as an adult, I admit I don't care for it as much now.  However, my sister loaned the DVD to Big Sis as I was reading the books to her the first time, and my very small one latched on to it.  For Little Sis, this was her first Oz movie.  She was about a year and a half when she first watched it.  She liked me to say, "Dooorrr-thyyyyy Gaaaaaale!" in my best Jean Marsh-as-Mombi voice.

This is seriously creepy stuff.

So here is the book we found this weekend!











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  1. How neat! I love Golden Books, aren't they great! Great summer movie, when we have some time.

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    1. Little Golden Books are like old friends. I even scored a display rack from a closing book store to house my collection. I'm always on the lookout for more! ;o)

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  2. Great Golden Book! I still love the movie. I wasn't that young when I watched it for the first time either :o) I like the fact that the actress who plays Dorothy is really young in that one, a little girl, as opposed to the original Oz movie. But you're right- it is creepy. And confusing. Now I want to rewatch it! :D

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    1. That was the main reason my youngest was slow to give the 1939 MGM movie a chance. She didn't understand why that Dorothy was so much older. She likes both movies now. Fairuza Balk starred in three of my childhood favorites: a TV movie version of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (which used to be on YouTube...), an HBO movie version of The Worst Witch, and this. My daughters have seen and loved all three. When they're angsty, older teenagers, I'll show them The Craft - Fairuza Balk as a much scarier witch. ;o)

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  3. I remember that movie and I was really scared of it! LOL I didn't know they had books too! I must find it! Oh what dolls did you buy?

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    1. It's a pretty dark movie! My husband bought Little Sis a paperback from a used bookstore once. We saw another copy of the book on display at the Oz Museum in Wamego, KS when we visited in March. (Click the "For Little Sis" link above.)

      Each daughter wanted their old porcelain Madame Alexander doll. There was quite a selection at the antique store this weekend! They each picked a rather inexpensive doll, although Big Sis's came with its original box. We also bought a couple more McDonald's toy Madame Alexander fairy tale dolls (Peter Pan and Red Riding Hood), and a couple 2006-2007 My Little Ponies. And I got my first Japanese/Korean pose doll, also known as a Bradley doll (although Bradley was just one of several distributors). I love their big kitschy eyes! I only paid about $8 for her. I found her a place of honor on my piano. :o)

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    2. Those are fantastic finds! I heard about Bradley dolls but I have rarely seen them in person. Same with Madame Alexander dolls. Best this way as I may have already too many dollies :P

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    3. I need to buy some more doll stands for the Madame Alexanders. The stands weren't for sale. We're going to need to start purging some of the toys on their shelves...

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  4. Cool! I picked up the Read-Along Book and Record version not too long ago.

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    1. Awesome, Leanne! We found some really cool read-along books and records at the antique mall, but they had some pretty deep scratches. They were cheap, but I was afraid we'd be pretty disappointed. :o)

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  5. I loved crazy Princess Langwidere and her array of heads!! And look at tiny Fairuza Balk! I've never seen that Golden Book, it looks so fab. How cool that you scored some Madame Alexander dolls!! My mom was obsessed with those and gave me a ton of 'em, which I never cared about 2 cents. I gave them away I think, and I'm sad now that I don't still have them....

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    1. When I was in middle school, I desperately wanted to collect dolls. Especially old antique French and German bisque dolls! So I'd always buy Dolls and Doll Reader magazines at the grocery store, and I could never see the appeal in the Madame Alexanders. And they were so expensive!!! Now, I think they have a kitschy appeal, with their look-alike baby faces. I love the McDonalds Happy Meal versions, I must admit. And of course, the company under her name also puts out some lovely plush dolls, many of which we bought at the bookstore over the years. (Dorothy and Glinda, Fancy Nancy, Pinkalicious, etc.) I wish the new Ivy and Bean cloth dolls would drop in price!

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  6. I was wondering by chance if you had ever picked up one of the Wizard of oz Graphic Novels? I love them, the art is amazing and I find it a great way to revisit the Oz world! (In case you are wondering so far the first 5 books have been adapted so far!)

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    1. I know about them, but I haven't checked them out! I'm the first to admit, I'm only now starting to ease myself in to graphic novels. I've seen some of the art, though - they look amazing! :o)

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  7. i had this book when i was very little. i truly loved it.

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    1. Cool! We had a little tie-in paperback picture book, but not this one. I wish it were in better condition, but hey, it was cheap.

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