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The Muppets' Wizard of Oz
The Muppets' Wizard of Oz
Actors: Ashanti, Jeffrey Tambor, Quentin Tarantino, David Alan Grier, Queen Latifah
Director: Kirk R. Thatcher
Genres: Kids & Family, Television, African American Cinema
NR     2005     1hr 40min

Join Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, and all the Muppets as they turn everyone's favorite classic tale into a musical madcap adventure that shines brighter than Emerald City! The fun starts when the Muppets team up with an al...  more »

     

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Actors: Ashanti, Jeffrey Tambor, Quentin Tarantino, David Alan Grier, Queen Latifah
Director: Kirk R. Thatcher
Creators: Bill Barretta, Brian Henson, Adam F. Goldberg, Debra Frank, L. Frank Baum, Steve L. Hayes, Tom Martin
Genres: Kids & Family, Television, African American Cinema
Sub-Genres: 3-6 Years, 10-12 Years, Comedy, Family Films, Television, African American Cinema
Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment / Disney
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 08/09/2005
Original Release Date: 05/20/2005
Theatrical Release Date: 05/20/2005
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 1hr 40min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 8
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

#1 Muppets Fan
Andrew L. Somervell | St. Louis | 08/11/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)

"I'm the first person there would be to step up and defend the Muppets. I will not defend this movie. It is disgusting what has been done to this once great franchise. I was not dissapointed when I watched this movie when it first aired, I was angry. Jim Henson would never allow a movie this bad, this unimaginative, this unfunny to ever be made. The Muppets represented the greatest in all imagination. There in no imagination present in this steamer. Shame on you, Frank Oz, for participating in this film. You of all people should've known better. The Muppets mixed with the Wizard of Oz had so much potential but ended up being the worst Muppet project I've ever seen. Don't buy this movie. Don't buy this movie. Don't buy this movie. If you don't believe me, rent it first. When you do rent it rent something good that the Muppets did so you can wash that taste out of your mouth after you watch it."
Absolutely, postively SCREAMED potential. ABSOLUTELY, POSITI
Wolfe Moffat | Franklinville, NY | 07/17/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)

"OK, who do I think I am saying such a thing about a Muppet movie? Hey, I've watched enough Muppets to know what's good and what's funny. This ain't it, and it isn't even close. Hey, you know the saying about not judging a book by the cover. The same applies to flicks, because the cover of this alone invites you to an all new world of the classic we've loved for years. I seriously wonder how "Muppet Treasure Island" was so awesome and THIS was so bad. It sucked, plain and simple! I'm thankful that we were able to borrow this from our local library before dishing out our money for this. By the way, the extra star IS simply for potential alone. How does it manage to screw up? Hey, read on!

You think of the Muppets, you're thinkin' ha ha ha!! You watch this and your like eh heh heh, it isn't that funny, and it isn't that innovative. Freakin' Quentin Tarantino made it all the more horrific! But ok, let's take a look at all the potential that could've made this great. Here we go! The opening song with Dorothy was good. But where did it flop? I personally don't know, but it did indeed FLOP. Kermit the Frog is Scarecrow. And of course he has his moments, but it doesn't hit the bulls eye, and misses the mark completely. Gonzo the Great is Tin-Man. Hey, I said this sucked for a reason. Because when Gonzo can point to knobs on his chest and say, "Those are my nipples" with no humorous effect, I can say THIS SUCKS!! Yeah, that's a direct quote from this, I ACTUALLY WATCHED IT! OK? I'll continue. My daughter loves Gonzo, and she was gone by this point. Gonzo wasn't funny. Fozzy Bear as Cowardly Lion, and it could've been great. I'll spare you any details. It wasn't too pretty. I thought it might be tolerable when Statler and Waldorf finally made their intro with their crack or two. Statler and Waldorf's heckling MADE Muppets better every time. This time they made it worse. The biggest disappointment I thought was Miss Piggy, not just as the Wicked Witch, but as ALL THE WITCHES. Now for a little while, it worked. But after some time, she got crappy too! The monkeys were a disgrace in my opinion.

I always saw "The Wizard of Oz" as a thing of beauty, of wonder and enchantment. Of AWE most of the time! I saw this as sheer stupidity! Like I said, they made "Treasure Island" work, and it happens to be a BIG favorite of my daughter's. This just gave her reason to play with her toys. Hey, if we're going to watch The Muppets, give us what we're used to. And that's entertainment! The Muppets are all about the unexpected, and madness hilarity, but they tried WAY too hard this time. It sucks, and I won't waste my time and money on it. No apologies."
A disgrace to the Muppet name. Pure garbage.
Penny Duncan | Atlanta, GA | 09/22/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)

"Call me a prude if you will, but something very bad has happened in the Muppets creative department.

I was really looking forward to watching this with my daughter but I found myself very tempted to turn it off and not finish it. I decided to finish it and hope she doesn't remember any of it.

Dorothy has a 'tude as big as Kansas. There was so much inuendo it made me sick. This movie gives the Muppets a bad name.

When my 7 year old daughter came home from school today she burped and I said "ugh" she replied, "What do you smell it or something?" I was appauled and told her never to repeat that rude comment again, only to find out later she was quoting a line from MUPPETS WIZARD OF OZ!!!

There is no reason to tear apart the acting, the script was to blame for most of the trouble.

I not only don't recommend watching it, I recommend avoiding exposing your children to it."
Oh muppets, what happened to you?
David Michael Cohen | California | 09/01/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)

"Old folks like me will recall that what made "The Muppet Show" great was its uniqueness. I recall episodes where Sylvester Stallone and Vincent Price actually sang. Clearly, the muppets were doing their own thing, they weren't interested in being "hip."

Fast forward to "Muppets Wizard of Oz." Singing flavor-of-the-moment Ahsanti stars as Dorothy, a Kansas waitress with visions of stardom. As the opening credits roll, she sings a forgettable song in music-video format (complete with a music video reference). Later, she tells her Aunt 'Em that she wants to go to Hollywood and learn Kaballa, a pop-cultural reference that was already dated by the time of the movie's release.

Soon, Dorothy is whisked off to Oz, a land where pop cultural references pile up like flying monkey guano. Among these is Gonzo explaining to Pepe that the buttons he is pushing on his chest are his nipples. This comment may be the last gasp of the edginess that once made the muppets great. Later, Dorothy steps into a make-over machine and comes out as the talentless daughter of Ozzy Osboune (she's been re-born, or rather, Oz-born, yuck yuck). I'm sure that joke will be twice as funny to new viewers in a year or two, right?

Dorothy eventually announces that she wants to go home, perhaps she was driven off by the staggeringly unfunny jokes that crop up on all sides (see the Osbourne joke above). Although her character elicits no sympathy, the audience wishes her to return home too, just so we can end the movie.

Once, long ago, the muppets succeeded because they made their own rules. This is why their show (season 1 recently released on DVD) and their early movies have retained their charm for the past several decades. "Muppets Wizard of Oz," by contrast, is too interested in being "hip" and "today" to focus on anything else, and will be justly forgotten tomorrow."