June 21 marked the 30th anniversary of the release of Disney's Return to Oz. I still remember seeing it in the theater. It was at a mall, somewhere in Oklahoma. I know my sister and cousin were there, but I think there were more kids, too - second cousins, or my cousin's cousins, or something. The movie was weird and confusing, and there were some scary things, which I admit were my favorite parts. It has a great cast (a very young Fairuza Balk, Nicol Williamson, Jean Marsh), some interesting special effects, and a very good musical score. It lifts a bit from The Marvelous Land of Oz, a little bit more from Ozma of Oz, and pays a bit of homage to the 1939 MGM film, but it's a twisted mess that veers into a nightmarish territory L. Frank Baum would not have recognized. Of course, it's become a cult classic, and occupies a special place in the heart of many an '80s kid.
I shared a Little Golden Book called Escape from the Witch's Castle two years ago. Here is a book I think we may have owned when I was a kid, but this copy came via the used book store, during the days when Return to Oz was Little Sis's favorite movie. It's a little Golden Look-Look Book, a small, cheap 8"x8" paperback. Like Escape from the Witch's Castle, no individual author or illustrator credit is given.
|Return to Oz: Dorothy in the Ornament Rooms by Walt Disney Pictures, |
based on the screenplay by Walter Murch & Gill Dennis.
A Golden Book, Western Publishing Company, 1985.
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