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Return to Oz: The Joy That Got Away (2007)

A Documentary on the '1985' film: Return to Oz (1985).

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Gabe Rodriguez

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Cast

Cast overview:
John Fricke John Fricke ... Himself - Oz Historian & Author
Jeanette Furevig Jeanette Furevig ... Herself - Actress
Crystal Gonzales ... Herself - Actress, Oz and Rocky Horror Fan
Jeff Legace Jeff Legace ... Himself - Oz Collector
Sean Pollock Sean Pollock ... Himself - 14-Year-Old Oz Collector
Aaron Schultz Aaron Schultz ... Himself - Founder of WaltDisneysReturnToOz.com (voice)
Matthew Wages Matthew Wages ... Himself - Actor
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A documentary of the underrated 'Return to Oz,' including behind the scenes footage, discussion of how the movie came to be and its production and marketing struggles, and the famous filmmakers and more that were attached to it. There is footage of interviews with Fairuza Balk and Nicol Williamson, and of John Fricke (Oz Historian) interviewing the surviving munchkins, at Ozfest in 2006. There's also footage from 'The Mickey Mouse Club: Rainbow Road to Oz(1957) and more. It's also packed with clips, stills, book references and more from 'Wizard of Oz' and 'Return to Oz'. There are clips of movies that were somehow related to that genre and time. Written by Anonymous

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Where does the joy go with age? See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 October 2007 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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In 2007, recent film graduate Gabe Rodriguez began to make a fan documentary about this unusual film. The focus was intended to be not just a "Behind the Scenes" story, but a portrait of Oz fans, and a look at the lifespan of any film, from conception through premiere. See more »

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John Fricke: [First lines] I don't think there's any question that Return To Oz has fans. But it's not a movie that the public even remembers exists for the most part. I've been asked countless times over the past decade or so "Why doesn't anyone ever make a big Wizard of Oz movie?" And I'll say: "Well, Disney tried in 1985." "Oh yeah..." "Oh... yeah." "Oh yeah." But there's no immediate recognition, there's no joy. The people who saw it just kind of put it out of their minds. Except for the people to whom ...
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The end credits appear over a sketch drawing of Tik Tok and the Wheeler. See more »

Alternate Versions

Aaron Pacentine, executive consultant on the film, recorded an interview but due to technical problems, the footage was not usable. Later, after the film had already been released, 'Gabe Rodriguez' found a way to make the footage work and then edited a new version with Pacentine's interview inserted throughout the film. However, Rodriguez only considers this second version to be a favor to Pacentine; the original released version is the true director's cut. See more »

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Features The Mickey Mouse Club (1955) See more »

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The Joy that Got Away
23 March 2010 | by ZartonisSee all my reviews

This documentary provides many behind-the-scenes details that watchers of Return to Oz undoubtedly thirst for. It contains a very interesting interview with Oz historian John Fricke, who provides a great centerpiece for the documentary with his endless knowledge about all things Oz. The documentary also contains interviews with numerous fans of the film, who often have very interesting and thoughtful opinions on the work. The documentary also deals with the constant change in management at Disney, and how this may have affected the film. Overall the documentary is very nicely done, and I highly recommend it to anyone.


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