Journey Back to Oz is a 1974 (although completed in 1971) Filmation feature-film, meant to be the official sequel to the 1939 The Wizard of Oz. It's very, very loosely based off of L. Frank Baum's The Marvelous Land of Oz, though Baum is not given any writing credit.
After Dorothy is knocked unconscious immediately prior to a tornado, she awakens to find herself and Toto in Oz once again. After meeting Jack Pumpkinhead, she learns that the Wicked Witch, Mombi, plans to Take Over Oz by use of...green elephants. She and Jack flee Mombi's home and try to warn The Scarecrow (now the king of Oz), meeting a talking wooden horse named Woodenhead Stallion. Unfortunately, the scarecrow is captured by Mombi, along with Toto, and the trio try to seek help from the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion, both of whom are too afraid to help them. But Glinda tells Dorothy that she can save Oz herself, with her new friends and a little of her own special magic.
- Adapted Out: It's an adaptation of The Marvellous Land of Oz that doesn't even mention Tip/Ozma.
- Animal Stampede: The wicked witch Mombi meets her doom this way, when her troop of pachyderms are spooked by a mouse, and flee en masse from the Emerald City. Mombi, disguised as a rose and rooted to the spot, gets trampled horribly by her own massive minions.
- Cats Are Mean: Mombi's cat
- Composite Character: Since the plot is (very loosely) based on Marvelous Land, Woodenhead Stallion is the Sawhorse, but his origin and appearance is based on the merry-go-round horse from Merry-Go-Round in Oz, the last of the Famous Forty.
- Cowardly Lion: Jack Pumpkin. Ironically, the Cowardly Lion himself has become even more cowardly than he was originally, abandoning his friends for his own well-being
- Darker and Edgier: Well at least more depressing, since the Lion and Tin Man aren't helping, becoming more cowardly than their original selves especially the Tin Man
- Deadpan Snarker: Woodenhead Stallion has shades of this
- Dirty Coward: The Tin Man and Cowardly Lion inexplicably.
- Disney Death: Jack Pumpkinhead
- Hammerspace: The tiny box Glinda gives Dorothy contains a plethora of mice.
- Karmic Death: Mombi transforms herself into a flower with poisonous thorns to avoid being caught by Dorothy and co. This allows her to be trampled to death by her own elephants.
- No Ontological Inertia: After Mombi's defeat, Oz returns to normal and all her magic spells reverse. Including the one that was keeping Pumpkinhead alive.
- Non-Human Sidekick: Dorothy has Pumpkin and Woodenhead (and Toto for a little while), while Mombi has her cat and crow.
- Limited Animation: What else do you expect from Filmation?
- Lovable Coward: Jack Pumpkinhead. Ironically the Cowardly Lion himself is not, becoming far more cowardly than he already was.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: While the Cowardly Lion being cowardly is in character, the Tin Man trying to take care of his own hide rather than save his friend, the Scarecrow is very unexpected from someone as compassionate as him.
- Swiss Army Tears: Pumpkinhead comes back to life after Dorothy cries on him
- The Musical
- The Power of Love
- Took a Level in Jerkass: When the Scarecrow gets kidnapped, you'd expect that the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion would try and help their friend right? Wrong, both have taken a level in cowardice, especially the Tin Man who is more concerned about his well-being than his friends' safety. Way to make the story dreary movie
- Villain Song: "An Elephant Never Forgets" and "If You're Gonna Be a Witch, Be a Witch"
- You Don't Look Like You: Dorothy and Glinda. But mostly Glinda.