YMMV / Return to Oz

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: The Girl who rescues Dorothy at the Beginning whom Dorothy sees as Ozma at the end. Is she just Ozma's real world counterpart like how the other characters are, and if so did she drown? Is she Ozma's soul reaching out to Dorothy, thus making her the same character? Or is she Ozma's soul appearing to her as a figment of her imagination, as she get's into closed rooms, and the Doctors never seem to acknowledge her? If that's the case, can she interact with the real world in a limited capacity, seeing as she untied Dorothy, or was that also imagined, and she just wasn't tied in well?
  • Complete Monster: Princess Mombi is a deranged, tyrannical sorceress who usurped control of the Emerald City by trapping the true ruler inside an enchanted mirror. A narcissist whose looks are fading with age, Mombi collects the heads of beautiful women and swaps her own head for one of theirs every so often. When not in use, the heads are kept alive and conscious. When Dorothy arrives in the Emerald City, Mombi has her imprisoned with the intention of adding her head to her collection once she becomes an adult.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The whole soundtrack can go from eerie to sad or magnificent, and sprouts a wide variety of music, going from orchestra to silent era piano to a creepy mandolin or a modern techno for the Nome King.
  • Cult Classic: A failure with audiences and critics alike when it came out, it's now remembered as a nostalgic classic for 80s kids.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The Nome King's door opening as a series of hands in the wall to welcome Dorothy in looks like a well-known shock site...
  • Hell Is That Noise: The Wheelers's laughs and especially the squeaking sounds they make when they roll around.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Before that, the Nome King was serving limestone pie.
    • Fairuza Balk battling Wicked Witches is hilarious if you know of her role as a crazy black magic practitioner in The Craft. Not to mention that she became a Wiccan in real life.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The film did well in Japan, possibly because they marketed toward its dark side.
  • Narm:
    • The Nome telling the Nome King that Dorothy has A CHICKEN!!
    • The Nome King rising up gigantic and surrounded with flames as the embodiment of satanic evil and the first line that comes out of his mouth sounds like "S'UP!!!" in a deep rumbling voice (he's actually saying "STOP!!!").
    • Additionally him revealing that he has the Ruby Slippers. Yep the Big Bad king revealing he's wearing a pair of glittery red high heels.
  • Narm Charm: Tik-Tok hugging Dorothy and shedding green oil tears should be ridiculous. It isn't.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Fairuza Balk is Dorothy.
  • Rewatch Bonus: When she's in the hospital, Dorothy gets locked in Room 31. In Oz, Mombi keeps her original head in Cabinet 31.
  • Strawman Has a Point: The Nome King points out that as the precious stones of the world are made and owned by Nomes, those humans who mined and used them are actually guilty of theft. True, it doesn't actually excuse him for invading Oz just to retrieve the Emeralds and turning the inhabitants to stone, but still. Apparently diplomacy and negotiating went right out the door when he became king.
  • Tear Jerker: The end credits and ending in general have a very sad tone, even with the happy ending.
  • Ugly Cute: Jack Pumpkinhead.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: The film is meant to be seen as a kids' adventure film, yet there are the infamous scenes such as shock therapy, the disembodied heads of the Lollipop Guild, and of course, the Nome King.
  • The Woobie:
    • Dorothy must face no one believing her about her adventures in Oz, and her family nearly give her electro shock therapy over it. When she returns to Oz, she sees it partially destroyed and her friends captured.
    • Jack was abandoned by his mother who's actually Ozma imprisoned by Mombi and has been alone ever since he was born.

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