Michael Giacchino, who had previously worked on a Muppet-related project, the video game Muppet Monster Adventure, would become an Academy Award-winning composer. The Muppets' Wizard of Oz Cast. ABC made several changes after the initial script was written, ultimately deciding to adapt plot elements from Baum's original novel rather than the 1939 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures musical film The Wizard of Oz. When they all storm into the Wizard's room, they discover it is merely a Hollywood effects stage and that the Wizard (Jeffrey Tambor) is just an ordinary man, pretending. But he "grants" their wishes, but what they wanted they already had inside (there's a lesson there). The quick-witted phrase turnings were enjoyable and the sight gags made me chuckle but for the better experience please see the DVD version with the 'edited for television' scenes added back.The Bad & The Ugly: References to the worst parts of society, the 'Girls Gone Wild' elements, scantily clad Ashanti in clothes that were too small and unflattering. The film stars Ashanti, Jeffrey Tambor, Quentin Tarantino, David Alan Grier, Queen Latifah, Steve Whitmire, Dave Goelz, Bill Barretta, and Eric Jacobson. When Aunt Em and Uncle Henry run into the county storm shelter for safety, Dorothy hurries back to her family's mobile home to get Toto, her pet prawn. Grammy winner Ashanti plays Dorothy Gale, an aspiring singer … [19] The DVD and VHS included an extended interview with Quentin Tarantino, a blooper reel, and a behind-the-scenes look at the film guided by Pepe the Prawn. Her Aunt Em (Queen Latifah) and Uncle Henry (David Alan Grier) own a diner, to which Dorothy works for room and board. Aunt Em appears in The Muppets' Wizard of Oz. Barretta has produced two of the Muppets' television films, It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie (2002) and The Muppets' Wizard of Oz (2005). Unlike many post-1939 Oz films, The Muppets' Wizard of Ozis based more on the book and ignores most lore created for the MGM musical. [30] Joshua Tyler of Cinema Blend explained that Dorothy visiting the Wizard of Oz to become a star instead of going back home was a big mistake,[31] and that it showed how shallow society has become. [15] The extended version contains 20 minutes of footage cut from the feature film,[19] including the footage of the Kelly Osbourne and Quentin Tarantino cameos. When the Wicked Witch of the West plans to have either her pack of 40 great man-eating wolves, a flock of 40 crows of despair, a swarm of angry black bees, a group of vicious squirrels, or a group of bloodthirsty cockatoos to do away with them, Johnny tells her that the animals that work for her are unavailable due to various reasons. Along with her husband Uncle Henry, Em runs Aunt Em's Diner, a Kansas eatery. 2. "[26] According to the Bums Corner's review the film was a "treat for all ages, and that it was a colorful, musical, humorous romp. When Dorothy climbs out of the wreckage, she finds that Toto (Pepé the King Prawn) can talk and that she is no longer in Kansas. The Muppets' Wizard of Oz premiered on April 27, 2005 at the Tribeca Film Festival, and made its television premiere on ABC on May 20, 2005, as the final ABC Movie of the Week. The story of the wizard of oz has been destroyed beyond recognition with this. [30][38] Cold Fusion Video judged the Kelly Osbourne cameo as "pointless". https://the-muppet.fandom.com/wiki/The_Muppets'_Wizard_of_Oz After arriving at the Emerald City and meeting the Wizard, Dorothy and her friends are sent to retrieve the Wicked Witch of the West's magic eye, a tool she uses to see anything she desires in the Land of Oz. Dorothy has dreams of becoming a famous singer, but when a tornado hits Kansas and Dorothy rushes to save Toto, her prawn (she couldn't afford a dog), she is whisked away to Oz where she meets the four witches (all played by Miss Piggy) and the Munchkins of Oz (the rats). However, the Muppets are about to end the audition, and Dorothy only manages to give them a demo CD that she created beforehand. A Muppet fanatic with some help from his 2 human compatriots must regroup the Muppet gang to stop an avaricious oil mogul from taking down one of their precious life-longing treasures. A contemporary adaptation of the 1900 novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, the story follows young Dorothy Gale, who works in her Aunt Em's diner, but dreams of becoming a singer somewhere beyond her small Kansas town. After discussing her situation with the town's people, the Munchkins (played by Rizzo the Rat and the other rats), she learns that the land's ruler the Wizard, has the power to grant her wish of becoming a famous singer. Chris Hunter . Kerry Bennett of Parent Previews warned that it sometimes steered "dangerously off course" due to an excess of sexual content and violence. At 12 years old, Kermit the Frog and best friends Goggles and Croaker travel outside their homes in the swamps of the Deep South to do something extraordinary with their lives. [32] Ultimate Disney's review found that the extended version of the film did more harm than good;[19] Andy Dursin of The Aisle Seat said that the original film was "dull" and that the extended version was an improvement. On her way to see the Wizard, she meets the Scarecrow (Kermit), the Tin Thing (Gonzo), and the Cowardly Lion (Fozzie) … [33] Critics were split on the merits of ABC's modernized adaptation to rely on plot elements from the original novel instead of the iconic 1939 film. The muppets are funny as always. When The Walt Disney Company acquired the Muppets franchise from The Jim Henson Company in February 2004, the Muppets were reintroduced to the public by marketing products and guest appearing on television shows such as Good Morning America and America's Funniest Home Videos. Gonzo is contacted by his alien family through his breakfast cereal. But when the men in black kidnap him, it's up to Kermit and the gang to rescue Gonzo and help him reunite with his long-lost family. 2005. Written by [10] Buena Vista Home Entertainment released the DVD and VHS in both the US and in international territories. "The Muppets' Wizard Of Oz. The Wicked Witch of the East has silver slippers. The Muppets' Wizard of Oz became a musical, and included five new songs written and composed by Michael Giacchino. After being threatened to be killed by her, Toto calls the Munchkins, who set him and Dorothy free and hold up the witch. [24], For the film's positive response, Kevin Carr stated that "When you dig down and actually find (and watch) the new Muppet material, some of the magic is still there. The Muppets' Wizard of Oz. Episode Description: Dorothy Gale (Ashanti) is an orphaned teenage girl living in a trailer park in Kansas. [37] Referential humor to the marriage of Jennifer Lopez, Manolo Blahnik style silver shoes, and films such as Girls Gone Wild, The Passion of the Christ, Apocalypse Now, and Kill Bill: Volume 1 were seen as too mature. Use the HTML below. Angel Marie admitted that he filled the water bottles with tap water to restock them. Cowardly Lion / Fozzie Bear. In the US, the film's official soundtrack was released on May 17, 2005. Dorothy gains control of the Flying Monkeys by giving back the group's Magic Biker Cap to Sal Minella. Her Aunt Em (Queen Latifah) and Uncle Henry (David Alan Grier) own a diner, to which Dorothy works for room and board. The group assumes that completing this task will result in the granting of their wishes. voiced by Eric Jacobson and 3 others. voiced by Bill Barretta and 3 others. But he "grants" their wishes, but what they wanted they already had inside (there's a lesson there). The Muppets' Wizard of Oz is a 2005 American-Canadian fantasy television film directed by Kirk Thatcher and starring Ashanti and The Muppets with supporting roles done by Jeffrey Tambor, Quentin Tarantino, David Alan Grier, and Queen Latifah.The film was produced by Bill Barretta and written by Debra Frank, Steve L. Hayes, Tom Martin, and Adam F. Goldberg based on a story by Frank and Hayes. View production, box office, & company info. This version of The Wizard of Oz is played by the Muppets! [citation needed] After a new film titled The Muppets' Wizard of Oz was announced by The Jim Henson Company, Fox Television Studios, Touchstone Television, and the Muppets Holding Company signed on to help produce it. "[7] She also stated, "The director had to give me a few pointers and tips for acting with them, but the most important thing that I learned was to keep eye contact. The Muppets' Wizard of Oz is a 2005 musical fantasy television film directed by Kirk R. Thatcher. 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Frank Baum Story, The Wizard of Oz in Concert: Dreams Come True, Queer Visitors from the Marvelous Land of Oz, The Wizard of Oz: Beyond the Yellow Brick Road, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=The_Muppets%27_Wizard_of_Oz&oldid=999935805, Walt Disney anthology television series episodes, Pages using infobox television with editor parameter, Wikipedia articles with plot summary needing attention from September 2018, All Wikipedia articles with plot summary needing attention, Articles with unsourced statements from May 2019, Album articles lacking alt text for covers, Official website different in Wikidata and Wikipedia, Wikipedia articles with MusicBrainz release group identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Dorothy, having been reunited with her aunt and uncle, and feeling that she is not ready to leave Kansas to become a real star, rejects, but Aunt Em says that she wants her to go with the Muppets on their Star Hunt, much to her even bigger surprise. The film stars Ashanti, Jeffrey Tambor, Quentin Tarantino, David Alan Grier, Queen Latifah, Steve Whitmire, Dave Goelz, Bill Barretta, and Eric Jacobson. The leading role of Dorothy has been turned into an unlovable character whose only motivation in life is being a famous singer. She is then spun by the slippers' charm into Kansas, and, much to her surprise, she finds out that Kermit was looking for her, saying that she had the best voice they heard on the whole search, and that she has been chosen to go on the Star Hunt. [31] R.J. Carter of The Trades gave the film a B-, also stating that Dorothy's wish to become a star was a selfish one. [28] Mutant Reviewers commented that although the Muppet deal with Walt Disney was "disappointing", the film managed to be funny and witty. Then she and her friends travel back to the Emerald City to have their wishes granted. [12] The television premiere was on May 20, 2005 at 8:00pm on ABC in the US. [22] Michael Schneider of Variety wrote that it "performed solidly ... particularly with adults 18–34, teens and kids. In THE MUPPETS' WIZARD OF OZ, pop/R&B diva Ashanti plays Dorothy, a sassy wannabe music star who's bored to death living the slow life in Kansas, working at her Auntie Em's (Queen Latifah) diner. Watch The Muppet's Wizard Of Oz movie trailer and get the latest cast info, photos, movie review and more on TVGuide.com. Voila! On their way to Emerald City, they are captured by the Wicked Witch of the West (of course, Miss Piggy) and her flying monkeys (other muppets). The film marked the first major project after the acquisition of the Muppets property by The Walt Disney Company, which The Jim Henson Company is still consulting under.Since April 2004, the Muppets had been re-introduced to the public by way of low-key marketing and guest appearances on such shows as Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Good Morning America and Saturday Night Live in hopes for a successful turn i… She does so, saying "take me home to Aunt Em". The production also marked the feature film debut of Eric Jacobson as the performer of Sam Eagle, a character originally performed by Frank Oz. With the Wicked Witch of the West dead, Dorothy finds the magic eye floating in the tub unharmed and grabs it. She then sings "Good Life" on television with them at the Muppet Theater as the film ends. 3198; TV-PG; Genre: Adventure; Release year: 2005 (2005-05-20) Running time: 120 min; Original Title: The Muppets' Wizard of Oz; Voted: 3198 ; Dorothy Gale lives with her Auntie Em and Uncle Henry in a trailer park in Kansas. [21], 7.75 million viewers watched The Muppets' Wizard of Oz on its television premiere night in the United States; it ranked as the forty-second most-watched television program of the week. When they finally make it back to Emerald City, the Wizard is really a man from Hollywood. Dorothy Gale (Ashanti) is an orphaned teenage girl living in a trailer park in Kansas. [13] It aired in Canada on CBC Television, and in the UK on December 18, 2005. "[25] MaryAnn Johanson of Flick Filosopher said that, "It's not on a par with the Muppet movie madness of old, but it's darn close. Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? The film received mixed to negative reviews from critics, who felt that the film was too mature for young audiences and that the cameos and popular culture references were unnecessary. Her dream of becoming a singer is slim, but when waiting on some truckers Dorothy overhears that the Muppets are conducting a cross-country show called "Star Hunt" and are looking for a backup singer. On her journey, she meets three creatures: a Scarecrow (Kermit), a Tin Thing (Gonzo), and a Cowardly Lion (Fozzie). Kermit the Frog / Kermit the Frog as the Scarecrow / Beaker / Rizzo the Rat / Rizzo the Rat as the Mayor of Munchkinland / Statler as Kalidah Critic (voice) Dave Goelz. She has Scarecrow and Tin Thing rebuilt by the Flying Monkeys. Giacchino worked alongside Jeannie Lurie, Adam Cohen, Debra Frank and Steve L. Hayes to write five original songs for the film:[2][8] "Kansas", "When I'm with You", "The Witch is in the House", "Nap Time" and "Good Life". [15] The film was rated U by the British Board of Film Classification,[16] K-3 in Finland,[17] and G in Australia. Right after The Walt Disney Company bought the rights to the Muppets franchise in 2004, pre-production took place throughout February 2004, and principal photography began seven months later. Earthy but strong-willed, Aunt Em tries to convince Dorothy of the value of home roots and family ties. voiced by Dave Goelz and 3 others. The Muppets' Wizard of Oz is a 2005 Made-for-TV Movie adaption of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, with The Muppets.Staring Ashanti as Dorothy Gale, Kermit as the Scarecrow, The Great Gonzo as the Tin Man (here called Tin Thing), Fozzie Bear as The Cowardly Lion, Pepe the Prawn as Toto, and Miss Piggy as the witches of the East, North (Tattypoo), West, and South (Glinda). ", Learn how and when to remove this template message, "Muppets as Munchkins: We're Not in Kansas Anymore. (TV Movie 2005). [2] Before filming, ABC announced that the production would adapt elements from the original 1900 book, rather than the 1939 film. The Muppets' Wizard of Oz. Dorothy finally becomes a singer in the Land of Oz, but she realizes that all she ever really wanted was to go back home and be with her family. When Gonzo accidentally diverts three letters to Santa, he talks Kermit and his friends into delivering them to the North Pole personally. Title: [9] Ashanti and the Muppet cast, mainly Barretta and Jacobson, contributed the vocals for each of the songs. ‘Muppets Now’: Together Again, With a Touch of Amnesia, The Most Disturbing Non-Horror Movies, according to Looper, "25 Tag-lines. Cutting back to the action, Dorothy kicks the witch into her own "bottled water bath" which contains tap water (to which she is severely allergic). This forces her to resort to using her Magic Biker Cap to call Sal Minella and the other Flying Monkeys (played by Sweetums, Crazy Harry, Black Dog, Calico, Old Tom, Spotted Dick, and Aretha from Fraggle Rock) to deal with them. Even so, he still proceeds to grant their wishes. Not at all what I expected from a Muppets movie. Her dream of becoming a singer is slim, but when waiting on some truckers Dorothy overhears that the Muppets are conducting a cross … 3 Parts Each. voiced by Steve Whitmire and 3 others. [14] The Muppets' Wizard of Oz is a 2005 musical fantasy television film directed by Kirk R. Thatcher. 3 of 7 people found this review helpful. "[27] Keith Allen of Movie Rapture gave the film 2.5 stars out of 3, explaining that the film's humor was surprisingly clever, and that the film would frequently make you laugh. Bill Barretta - Wikipedia In The Muppets' Wizard of Oz, the Kalidahs are portrayed by Statler and Waldorf. The film stars Ashanti, Jeffrey Tambor, Quentin Tarantino, David Alan Grier, Queen Latifah, Steve Whitmire, Dave Goelz, Bill Barretta, and Eric Jacobson. They are also seeking the Wizard of Oz to give them a brain, heart, and courage, respectively. Elements based on the book that are frequently forgotten due to the popularity of the 1939 musical include: 1. Whitmire and Goelz make on-screen cameos as audience members at Aunt Em's Diner during the finale. 1 Plot 2 Cast 2.1 Muppet performers 2.2 Muppet Cast In 1898, in kansas, “Mr. Filmin… Some parts were cute and nice twists on the original movie, but three sequences of Oz were not kid-friendly images, and were borderline scary. 1 Prologue: Kansas Trailer Park 2 Scene 1: Right outside by the chicken coop 2.1 Sam's/Dr. It is the second film to be made for television in The Muppets franchise. Was this review helpful to you? The Great Gonzo / The Great Gonzo as … The Witch and the Flying Monkeys capture Dorothy, Toto and Lion while Scarecrow and Tin Thing are dismantled by the Flying Monkeys. [10], The Muppets' Wizard of Oz premiered on April 27, 2005 at the Tribeca Film Festival. It is the first Muppets film without the involvement of veteran performer Jerry Nelson following his 2004 retirement from physical performing. Tin Thing / Gonzo. Tarantino's ideas are deemed too expensive and too violent for a Muppet movie, so they agree for Dorothy to do a powerful kick on the witch. The group meets various obstacles involving a deep gorge where the Kalidah Critics (Statler and Waldorf) are heckling them and a Poppy Field Club run by Clifford which nearly puts them to sleep. Barretta also debuts as the new permanent performer of Dr. Teeth due to Kennedy now performing Floyd. Dorothy has dreams of becoming a famous singer, but when a tornado hits Kansas and Dorothy rushes to save Toto, her prawn (she couldn't afford a dog), she is whisked away to Oz where she meets the four witches (all played by Miss Piggy) and the Munchkins of Oz (the rats). The Muppets' Wizard of Oz (2005) 5.3. It is the second film to be made for television in The Muppets franchise. Finally, the Muppets' Wizard Of Oz script is here for all you quotes spouting fans of the Ashanti and Quentin Tarantino movie. Ashanti sparkles as Dorothy and meets the Wizard, who promises to make her a superstar -- if she and the Scarecrow (Kermit), the Tin Thing (Gonzo), and the Cowardly Lion (Fozzie), can defeat Oz's #1 diabolical diva, the Wicked Witch of the West (Miss Piggy)! Dorothy has dreams of becoming a famous singer, but when a tornado hits Kansas and Dorothy rushes to save Toto, her prawn (she couldn't afford a dog), she is whisked away to Oz where she meets the four witches (all played by Miss Piggy) and the Munchkins of Oz (the rats). The Muppets of Oz is a “Correction/Remake” of the Muppets’ Wizard of Oz, as well as the 9th theatrical Muppet movie. I was anticipating the release of the Muppet version of Wizard of Oz. He asked for the witch's eye so that she could not see him for who he really was. Keep track of everything you watch; tell your friends. Dorothy misses her chance to audition for a travelling "Star Search" type show run by the Muppets, then she's swept up by a tornado and deposited in Oz. I enjoyed the movie overall, there are plenty of the familiar good parts of the Muppets we all know and love but parents, be prepared to do some 'splaining about some of the comments, actions and visuals presented to young children, this is not the Sesame Street version of Kermit and friends. She does not make it out in time, and the two are swept by the tornado across the vast fields of Kansas. [33] Cold Fusion Video felt that although the film was entertaining, it lacked the heart and wit of Jim Henson's Muppet films. While on a grand world tour, The Muppets find themselves wrapped into an European jewel-heist caper headed by a Kermit the Frog look-alike and his dastardly sidekick. [10] The album was an enhanced soundtrack titled Best of Muppets featuring The Muppets' Wizard of Oz as it was not a film-specific soundtrack, but an album featuring the Muppets' best songs from The Muppet Show as well as songs from the film. Rated: TV-PG. Kermit the Frog, The Great Gonzo, and Fozzie Bear are reporters who travel to Britain to interview a rich victim of jewel thieves and help her along with her secretary, Miss Piggy. TV-PG. That’s it for character development. Kermit and his newfound friends trek across America to find success in Hollywood, but a frog legs merchant is after Kermit. Dorothy Gale lives with her Auntie Em and Uncle Henry in a trailer park in Kansas. This script is a transcript that was painstakingly transcribed using the screenplay and/or viewings of Muppets' Wizard Of Oz. But when a tornado transports her and Toto (Pepe the King Prawn) to the magical land of Oz, Dorothy meets the Wizard, who promises to make her a superstar -- if she and her wacky new friends, the Scarecrow (Kermit), the Tin Thing (Gonzo), and the Cowardly Lion(Fozzie), can defeat Oz's #1 diabolical diva, the Wicked Witch of the West (Miss Piggy)! Scarecrow / Kermit the Frog. I had heard that this version would be more closely identified with the Frank L. Baum book rather than the more familiar Judy Garland version so I was prepared for a 'different' story, but I was not prepared for what I saw and heard.The Good: The Muppets were all there, the voices a little different but for all intents and purposes the personalities are still the same, I still miss Jim Henson's personal touch and flavour though. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. Kermit and his friends go to New York City to get their musical on Broadway only to find it's a more difficult task than they anticipated. On her way to see the Wizard, she meets the Scarecrow (Kermit), the Tin Thing (Gonzo), and the Cowardly Lion (Fozzie) who all wish to have something given by the wizard. On August 25, 2004, it was announced that Hilary Duff, Jessica Simpson, and Ashanti had auditioned for the role of Dorothy Gale, but Ashanti had won the part. 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