Return to Oz is a 1985 fantasy adventure film based on L. Frank Baum's Oz books, mainly The Marvelous Land of Oz and Ozma of Oz. The plot begins with Dorothy's return to the Land of Oz, and her discovery that the land has been destroyed. Upon her return, Dorothy, alongside her chicken Billina, is befriended by a group of new companions, including Tik-Tok and Jack Pumpkinhead, who help her restore Oz to its former glory.
Directed by Walter Murch, an editor and sound designer, Return to Oz stars Nicol Williamson, Jean Marsh, Piper Laurie, Matt Clark, and introducing Fairuza Balk as Dorothy Gale. Released on June 26, 1985, it performed poorly at the box office and received mixed reviews from critics. However, Return to Oz is considered by fans as a more faithful adaptation of the novel than the 1939 film, and has since established a cult following. The film received an Academy Award nomination for Best Visual Effects.
The 1900 novel by L. Frank Baum The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has been adapted into several different works, the most famous being the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz, starring Judy Garland. Join us over several Saturday afternoons this winter, when we’ll be screening the more infamous and perhaps less critically well-received adaptions of The Wizard of Oz. See for yourself how these adaptations stack up against the classic. All will be shown in the Farnsworth auditorium and are free with museum admission. (Please note, none are recommended for young children.)