The Wizard of Oz, 1939 & The Return to Oz, 1985 Double Feature
Welcome back to another all new edition of Saturday Night Movie Sleepovers’ Summer of Sequels! This week J. Blake and Dion Baia are getting crazy with the cheese whiz, and doing an epic double-feature! They’re taking on a film that has been called the most watched movie of all time, the MGM 1939 classic, The Wizard of Oz, AND its unofficial Disney sequel which has now become a cult classic, The Return to Oz, from 1985!
In their longest running podcast to date, Dion and Blake attempt to do this massive topic some justice. On the 100th anniversary of author L. Frank Baum’s death, they discuss the original book published in 1900; the fellas unpack the 1939 MGM movie that turned 80 this year; and analyze the 1985 film which people deemed too dark and scary for a Disney film, even though it was the closest rendition of the Baum material to date. They chart what is faithful to Baum‘s original work and the incredible impact his book series has had on the world. So you better hit the bathroom now and do some stretching, because this is gonna be a long one as the boys ‘ease on down that yellowbrick road with Dorothy, in an all new exciting, hilarious and informative edition of Saturday Night Movie Sleepovers!
*(Okay, with a podcast this long, the boys are bound to misspeak: They accidentally referred to the 1900 book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz as The Wonderful World of Oz. They regret the error. Also, Dion misspoke when bringing up Shelley Duvall’s Faerie Tale Theatre, calling it Shelley Winters’ Faerie Tale Theatre–-which would be a completely different thing; Dion also accidentally referred to Jack Haley as the Cowardly Lion when discussing the make-up scars on Bert Lahr‘s face; and, when mentioning Deanna Durbin‘s 1945 film Lady on the Train, Dion called it The Stranger on the Train– his apologies.)
Check the 1980 Thanksgiving animated Special, called Dorothy In The Land of Oz.
Have a listen to the LUX Radio Show presentation of The Wizard of Oz, from 12/25/50, with Judy Garland reprising her role as Dorothy Gale.
Take a look at the official trailer to the documentary Remembering Return to Oz, which seems to be still a work in progress.
And follow the show on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram…@satsleepovers!
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another great show guys! took me a couple days to listen to the episode, but i did get a vote in for yer show before the deadline. Love return to Oz (as well as Wizard too) and it always makes me think of a story I wrote in grade 9 that was a parody of Return to Oz called Return to O.D. which was my own version of a cheech and chong movie. My teacher had some questions. the deadly desert being a covered in cocaine. Tic Toc was a Narc. Gump was brought to life by magic mushroom powder and voiced by Chong. Jack was a bong pumpkin head, voiced by cheech. etc etc etc. and this was from someone who didnt even do drugs and only saw Up In Smoke that year because of my uncle’s doing. That could make for a good episode too.
I’m a huge fan of Up In Smoke. Maybe someday, we will get to it. Thanks for sharing, listening & voting! Return to O.D. sounds nuts. lol.