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The Wizard of Oz is a 1982 Animated Adaptation of L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. It's a feature film produced by Toho.

The story follows a young girl named Dorothy Gale as she travels through the magical land of Oz, trying to find her way back to Kansas. While there, Dorothy befriends various inhabitants on her adventure.

The English version stars Aileen Quinn as Dorothy and Lorne Greene as the Wizard.

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Not to be confused with the 1986 anime adaptation The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.


This film provides examples of:

  • Adaptational Attractiveness:
    • While not conventionally attractive, the Wicked Witch of the West is much younger and less ugly than she is in the book.
    • The Wizard's true form looks less stylized and more ordinary than depicted in the original book art.
  • Adaptational Curves: Aunt Em is more stout than her standard portrayal.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: In the original book, Dorothy cleans up the Wicked Witch's remains and throws it out the door. It comes off as Innocently Insensitive to modern readers. In this adaptation, other men clean up the water.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job:
    • Dorothy is portrayed as a blonde instead of a brunette. This comes from John R. Neil's illustrations, starting with the third book, depicting Dorothy as having blonde hair. Illustrations for the first book, however, depict Dorothy as a brunette.
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    • Dorothy's slippers are red, not silver.
    • Glinda is blonde instead of a redhead.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: The Wicked Witch of the West has purplish skin.
  • Animated Adaptation: The film is an animated adaptation of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz book.
  • Chubby Mama, Skinny Papa: Aunt Em is a large and somewhat short woman, while her husband Uncle Henry is tall and lanky.
  • Composite Character: Glinda looks a lot like Ozma (who isn't introduced until the second book and doesn't meet Dorothy until the third). She wears a similar ringlet and dress as Ozma.
  • Free-Range Children: As a part of the Deliberate Values Dissonance, Aunt Em and Uncle Henry leave their young niece to take care of their farm for the day.
  • Mythology Gag: The anime takes a lot of inspiration from the MGM film:
    • Dorothy hits her head before the tornado transports her house to Oz.
    • Dorothy wears ruby slippers. In the original books, the slippers are silver.
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    • The Emerald City is genuinely green. In the first book, the characters wore glasses that only made it look green. This element varies book to book.
  • Nice Shoes: The Magic Slippers that Dorothy obtained from the Wicked Witch of the East.

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