The Wizard of Oz
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The Wizard of Oz may refer to:
- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, first of the Land of Oz novels by L. Frank Baum
- The Wizard of Oz (film), popular 1939 film based on the novel
- The Wizard of Oz (animation), 1990s animated series based on the film
Additionally, you may be looking for one of the adaptations that don't share the name:
- The 1986 Panmedia produced a Japanese animated series, known in English as The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (anime), which was directly based on the books and only coincidentally resembled the 1939 MGM adaptation.
- The 1999, Russian two-part animated television adaptation of L. Frank Baum, Adventures in the Emerald City: Silver Shoes. It’s mostly based on Baum but includes several elements from the "Magic Land" books. A two part sequel, Adventures in the Emerald City: Princess Ozma, adapted Baum’s Land of Oz.
- A One-Episode Wonder TV show pilot was made in 2002, Lost in Oz. This is not to be confused with a trilogy of books written by Joshua Dudley, also entitled Lost in Oz (novel).
- The Muppets Wizard of Oz was a 2005 Made for TV Movie that cast Ashanti as a Present Day Dorothy and various Muppets as her travelling companions and adversaries. Miss Piggy, for instance, plays all four witches.
- The 2007 Sci Fi Channel six hour, three-part miniseries Tin Man (TV series), a re-imagining and continuation of the classic story set years after the events of the original Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
- The 2011 miniseries The Witches of Oz by Leigh Scott of The Asylum fame, in which a modern-day Dorothy Gale discovers that her best-selling novels are in fact inspired by her own supressed memories of her adventures in Oz.
- Many stage musicals are based on the Oz books, with the first ones written by Baum himself; later ones include:
- The Land of Oz has been the subject of several comic books.
- The first Marvel/DC collaborative publication was an adaptation of the 1939 film.
- Followed by Marvel's adaptation of The Marvelous Land of Oz
- Oz: the Manga from Antarctic Press.
- The Oz comics from Caliber Comics.
- Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew! In The Oz-Wonderland War Trilogy from DC Comics.
- There's a comic book series based on the Oz books with main characters cast as 1990s-style superheroes called the Oz Squad, written by Steve Ahlquist.
- There's also a Manhwa called Dorothy of Oz (manhwa).
- Ozma and the Nome King are featured prominently in the Vertigo series Fables.
- There's a CGI movie in pre-production from John Boorman, the director of Zardoz.
- Several video games have been released based on the series
- A made-for-television biopic, The Dreamer of Oz: The L. Frank Baum Story, was made in 1990 and told the story of how the Oz books came to be. The cast included John Ritter as Baum and Rue McClanahan as his suffragette mother-in-law Matilda Gage. This movie is included as a bonus feature on the 2009 DVD and Blu-Ray releases of the 1939 adaptation.
- A Tabletop Game (Adventures in Oz: Fantasy Roleplaying Beyond the Yellow Brick Road) based on the Baum books was released in 2010.
- Another Tabletop Game released in November 2010 Oz: Dark and Terrible takes a Darker and Edgier look at the source material, yet is still oddly faithful to the original books.
- Tom and Jerry and The Wizard of Oz, a 2011 Direct to Video animated feature, is a Twice-Told Tale version of the 1939 film that adds the battling cat and mouse to the story. (The same company holds the rights to both the cartoon characters and the movie.)
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