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The Land of Oz is a fantasy setting created by L. Frank Baum in his novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The book has had 39 official sequels (among many unauthorised ones and spinoffs) with the originals generally being called "The Famous Forty", 14 of them being written by Baum.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was adapted for the stage almost immediately, and was a massive success, inspiring Baum to begin writing the sequel novels. It has since been adapted numerous times, in nearly every conceivable medium, including a 1939 film musical that for many people is more familiar than the original novel. The number of non-literary adaptations decrease rapidly the further into the sequels you look, with almost none after the third novel, although elements from later novels do frequently appear in adaptations of the earlier novels.

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The first 17 books are now public domain (plus a few of the later ones that failed to have their copyright renewed), allowing considerable scope for unlicensed spin-offs, sequels and re-imaginings. The fun thing about that of course is that fan fiction of the series can be legally published and profited from, and many of these stories have been published by The Royal Publisher of Oz, the Hungry Tiger Press, the official fan magazine Oziana, and others over the years; the former maintaining an extended canon for modern stories that are close enough in tone to the original books.


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Oz-related works with their own pages on this wiki include:

Anime and Manga

  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Oz no Mahōtsukai, 1986) — Adapted the first three and the sixth novel; English-language dubbed version by Cinar.
  • Captive Hearts Of Oz (2017) — A reimagining of Baum’s original Oz stories in a modern, shoujo style. Four Complete Volumes.

Comic Books

Film - Live Action

  • The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz (1910) — The oldest surviving film adaptation of the franchise.
  • The Patchwork Girl of Oz (1914) — A film adaptation of the seventh novel.
  • The Wizard of Oz (1939) — Adapted the first novel.
  • The Wiz (1978) — All-African-American musical retelling of the first novel loosely based on the Broadway musical of the same name.
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  • Return to Oz (1985) — Not exactly a sequel to the 1939 film; drew plot elements and characters from the first two sequel novels.
  • Oz: The Great and Powerful (2013) — A prequel about how the the Wizard came to Oz.

Literature

Live-Action TV

Manhwa

  • Dorothy of Oz (2006) — A Korean fantasy comic loosely based on the story.

Music

Pinball

Podcasts

Theatre

  • The Wizard Of Oz (1902) — The first adaptation, it's loosely related to the original book and was written by Baum himself.
  • The Wiz (1975) — A musical retelling of the first book, with African-American songwriters and influence.
  • Wicked (2003) — Adapted from a book of the same name that revisited the events before and during The Wizard of Oz from the Wicked Witch of the West's perspective.
  • The Wizard Of Oz (2011) — Andrew Lloyd Webber musical based on the 1939 film.

Video Games

Web Comics

  • The Black Brick Road Of OZ (2012-2016) — A surreal reimagining of the original Oz books.
  • Namesake (2010-) — A comic that crosses over many public domain fantasy stories, and features Oz prominently in the first arc when main character Emma gets teleported there. The comic considers the first six books canon before branching off on it's own.

Web Original

Western Animation

  • The Wizard Of Oz (1933) — A one-shot animated short produced by Ted Eshbaugh. This short was originally going to be the first in a series of shorts based on the first novel. However, due to copyright issues with the Technicolor process at the time, the project was shelved. This short is notable for being the first animated Oz film.
  • Tales of the Wizard of Oz (1961) — A series of short cartoons by Crawley Films (later Rankin/Bass Productions), featuring Dorothy, the Wizard, the Witch, Socrates Scarecrow, Rusty Tinman, and Dandy Lion.
  • Journey Back to Oz (1974) — A sequel to the 1939 movie, using voice actors connected with the movie. (Margaret Hamilton voiced Aunt Em, for example.) Produced by Filmation
  • The Wizard of Oz (1990) — A sequel to the 1939 movie. Produced by DiC Entertainment and Turner Entertainment.
  • Lion of Oz (2000) — A prequel to the original book starring the Cowardly Lion.
  • Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (2014) — A fully computer-animated feature film, a sequel to both the 1939 film and a few of the books and based on a book written by L. Frank Baum's great-grandson.
  • Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz (2017) — A Flash Animated series produced by Warner Bros. Animation and airing on Boomerang's On-Demand service. The show follows the adventures of Dorothy and her friends in OZ. This show combines elements from the books and the 1939 movie.
  • Lost In Oz (2017) — Computer-animated series, from a pilot episode originally released in 2015, with Dorothy and Toto in a magitek Emerald City where Dorothy's best friend is a witch named West.

Other Oz-related works include:

Anime and Manga

  • The Wizard of Oz (Oz no Mahōtsukai, 1982) — A feature film-length adaptation of the first novel. Produced by Toho. The English Version stars Aileen Quinn as Dorothy and Lorne Greene as the Wizard.
  • The Wonderful Galaxy of Oz (Space Oz no Bōken, 1992) — The first novel but IN SPACE!.

Comic Books

  • The Wizard of OZ (Dell Junior Illustrated, 1956)
  • The Wizard of OZ (Classics Illustrated Junior, 1957)
  • MGM's Marvelous Wizard of Oz (Marvel/DC, 1975) — An adaptation of the 1939 film created as a collaboration between Marvel Comics and DC Comics.
  • Marvel Treasury of Oz (Marvel, 1975) — Intended to adapt the sequel novels in the same format with the same creative team; only managed the first sequel before being discontinued.
  • Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew! In The Oz-Wonderland War Trilogy (DC, 1986)
  • Oz Squad (Brave New Words, 1991-1996) — Oz characters as '90s Anti-Hero super team, led by adult Dorothy.
  • Oz (Caliber, 1994-1997) — A group of present-day Americans are whisked away to a dark and twisted version of Oz.
  • The Wizard of Oz: The Graphic Novel (Puffin Books, 2005)— A Modernized adaptation by Michael Cavallaro.
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Le Magicien D' Oz, Delcourt, 2005) — A beautifully illustrated adaptation of the first novel by David Chauvel and Enrique Fernandez. English Version was published by Image Comics.
  • Oz: the Manga (Antarctic, 2006) — Adapted the first novel.
  • The Wizard of OZ (Stone Arch Books, 2009) — An Animesque adaptation by Martin Powell and Jorge Break
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Marvel, 2009) and sequels — Adaptations of the first six novels by Eric Shanower and Skottie Young.
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Sterling Children's Books, 2012) — Adaptation of the first novel by Ben Caldwell.
  • Dorothy of Oz Prequel (2012, IDW Publishing) — Based on Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return
  • The Steam Engines of Oz (Arcana Studio, 2013) — Sequel set a century after The Wonderful Wizard of Oz where technology has advanced to Steam Punk levels. Adapted as an animated film in 2018.
    • The Steam Engines of Oz: The Geared Leviathan — (Arcana Studio, 2013-2014)

Literature

  • The Laughing Dragon of Oz by Frank Joslyn Baum (1934) — Written by L. Frank Baum's son as part of an unsuccessful ploy to gain intellectual property rights over the series.
  • Yankee in Oz by Ruth Plumly Thompson (1972)
  • The Enchanted Island of Oz by Ruth Plumly Thompson (1976)
  • The Forbidden Fountain of Oz by Eloise Jarvis McGraw and Lauren Lynn McGraw (1980)
  • A Barnstormer in Oz by Philip José Farmer (1982)
  • Mister Tinker in Oz by James Howe (1985)
  • Return to Oz by Joan D. Vinge (1985) — Novelization of the film.
  • The Ozmapolitan of Oz by Dick Martin (1986)
  • Dorothy of Oz by Roger Stanton Baum (1989)
  • The Rewolf of Oz by Roger Stanton Baum (1990)
  • The SillyOZbuls of Oz by Roger Stanton Baum (1991)
  • The SillyOZbul of Oz and Toto by Roger Stanton Baum (1992)
  • The SillyOZbul of Oz and the Magic Merry-Go-Round by Roger Stanton Baum (1992)
  • The Wicked Witch of Oz by Rachel Cosgrove (1993)
  • Lion of Oz and the Badge of Courage by Roger Stanton Baum (1995)
  • The Runaway in Oz by John R. Neill (1995)
  • Paradox in Oz by Edward Einhorn (1999)
  • The Green Star of Oz by Roger Stanton Baum (2000)
  • Toto in Candy Land by Roger Stanton Baum (2000)
  • The Unknown Witches of Oz by Dave Hardenbrook (2000)
  • The Rundelstone of Oz by Eloise Jarvis McGraw (2001)
  • The Wizard of Oz and the Magic Merry-Go-Round by Roger Stanton Baum (2002)
  • Toto of Oz and the Surprise Party by Roger Stanton Baum (2004)
  • The Emerald Wand of Oz by Sherwood Smith (2005)
  • The Living House of Oz by Edward Einhorn (2005)
  • The Oz Odyssey by Roger Stanton Baum (2006)
  • Trouble Under Oz by Sherwood Smith (2006)
  • Oz Squad: March of the Tin Soldiers by Steve Ahlquist (2011) — Novel based on the Oz Squad comic book series.
  • Silver Tower of Oz by Margaret Baum (2011)
  • Oz Reimagined, edited by John Joseph Adams and Douglas Cohen (2013) — Featuring fifteen original short stories by prominent contemporary authors of science fiction, fantasy and horror.
  • Polychrome by Ryk E. Spoor (2015)

Live Action TV

  • The Dreamer of Oz (1990): A Made-for-TV Biopic detailing the life of L. Frank Baum and how he came up with the Wizard of Oz. The film stars John Ritter as L. Frank Baum.

Tabletop Games

Video Games

  • The Wizard of Oz (1985) — A text adventure by Windham Classics for various computers. Combined the plots of the original book and The Marvelous Land of Oz into one narrative, leaving Dorothy to take over Tip's role as protagonist.

Western Animation

  • There was a short subject adaptation called The Magic of Oz. Information regarding it is very scarce; the studio is not identified, the people listed in the opening credits have very scarce information on IMDB and the exact year of release is uncertain (the only approximation is of around the late 1950s/early 1960s). What is certain, however, is that it may be the worst adaptation of Oz ever. See for yourself.
  • Return To Oz (1964) — An hour long special produced by Rankin/Bass Productions, and broadcast by NBC.
  • Off to See the Wizard (1967) — An animated anthology series produced by Chuck Jones, and broadcast by ABC.
  • The Adventures of a Man in Search of a Heart (1974) — An animated PSA produced by the American Heart Association starring the Tinman teaching children about maintaining a healthy heart.
  • Thanksgiving in the Land of OZ (1980) — A half-hour special produced by Fred Wolf Films and broadcast by CBS. Also Known as Dorothy in the Land of OZ.
  • In the Magical Land of Oz (W krainie czarnoksiężnika Oza, 1983) — A stop-motion animated series from Poland. Based on the first two novels.
  • Dorothy Meets Ozma of OZ (1987) — A half hour direct-to-video film based on the third novel.
  • The Wizard of OZ (1991) — A half hour animated film produced by Golden Films.
  • The Oz Kids (1996) — A Spin-Offspring animated series.
  • Adventures in the Emerald City: Silver Shoes (1999) — Russian two-part animated television adaptation. It's mostly based on Baum but includes several elements from the "Magic Land" books. A two part sequel, Adventures in the Emerald City: Princess Ozma, adapted Baum’s Marvelous Land of Oz.
  • Tom and Jerry and The Wizard of Oz (2011) — This Direct-to-Video animated feature is a Twice-Told Tale version of the 1939 film that adds the battling cat and mouse to the story. (The same company holds the rights to both the cartoon characters and the movie.) In 2016, this spawned a sequel, Tom and Jerry: Back to Oz, which also takes inspiration from some of the other Oz books.
  • Guardians of OZ (Guardianes de Oz, 2015) — A computer animated film produced by Jorge Gutierrez.

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