|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!