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Encyclopedia > The Muppets' Wizard of Oz
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The Muppets' Wizard of Oz, an original made-for-television movie, aired May 20, 2005 as a special Friday night edition of ABC's The Wonderful World of Disney. The Muppets Wizard of Oz promotional poster. ... May 20 is the 140th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (141st in leap years). ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is a television and radio network in the United States. ... Walt Disneys anthology series, commonly called The Wonderful World of Disney, premiered on ABC on October 27, 1954 under the name Disneyland. ...


Adapted from L. Frank Baum's novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Adam F. Goldberg and The Simpsons writer Tom Martin, this latest retelling of the classic story follows Dorothy (Ashanti) as she journeys through an Oz populated by Muppets to find the Wizard and become a star. Lyman Frank Baum (May 15, 1856 – May 6, 1919) was an American author, and the creator with illustrator W. W. Denslow of one of the most popular books ever written in American childrens literature, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. ... The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a childrens book written in 1900 by L. Frank Baum and illustrated by W.W. Denslow. ... The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening. ... Ashanti Shequoyia Douglas (born October 13, 1980), professionally known as Ashanti, is an American Grammy Award-winning R&B and pop singer-songwriter, record producer, actress, and author who rose to fame during the early 2000s. ... Oz is an imaginary region containing four countries under the rule of one monarch. ... John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together The Muppets are a group of puppets and costume characters created by Jim Henson and the company he created. ...


The Muppets' Wizard of Oz, was directed by Kirk Thatcher, a Henson veteran who helmed the Muppets' last hit television special, It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie, which aired on NBC in 2002. The movie was produced by The Jim Henson Company in association with Fox Television Studios, Touchstone Television and Muppets Holding Company. Its a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie is a television movie produced by Jim Henson Television in 2002, starring Jim Hensons Muppets. ... The Jim Henson Company is a company founded in 1958 by puppeteer Jim Henson, creator of The Muppets. ... Fox Television Studios is the sister television arm of 20th Century Fox Television. ... Touchstone Television is an American television production company. ... The Muppets Holding Company, LLC is a fully-owned subsidary of media conglomerate The Walt Disney Company, formed in 2004 through the acquiring of The Muppets characters from The Jim Henson Company. ...

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Airdates

World Premiere: April 27, 2005 at the Tribeca Film Festival.


Broadcast Premiere: May 20, 2005 at 8/7c on ABC in the US, and on CTV and CBC in Canada. Motto: (1789 to 1956) (Latin for Out of many, one) In God We Trust (1956 to present) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City Official language(s) None at federal level; English de facto Government Federal Republic  - • President George W. Bush (R)  - • Vice... CTV is a TLA that may stand for: CTV Television Network - a Canadian English language television network Channel Television - the main television broadcaster in the Channel Islands Chukyo TV. Broadcasting - a Japanese TV station in Nagoya This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might... Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Cipher-block chaining ...


British premiere: December 18, 2005 on five. Five, formerly known as Channel 5, is the United Kingdoms fifth national analogue terrestrial TV channel. ...


The Cast

  • Supporting Muppet Cast includes: Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Beaker, Sam the Eagle, Scooter, Statler, Waldorf, the Swedish Chef, Sweetums, Crazy Harry, Clifford, Foo Foo, Camilla, Johnny Fiama, Sal Manilla, and the Muppet Penguins.

Ashanti Shequoyia Douglas (born October 13, 1980), professionally known as Ashanti, is an American Grammy Award-winning R&B and pop singer-songwriter, record producer, actress, and author who rose to fame during the early 2000s. ... ... Kermit has a TV star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame located at 6801 Hollywood Blvd. ... Cover of The Scarecrow of Oz (1915) by L. Frank Baum; illustration by John R. Neill. ... Gonzo or The Great Gonzo is a puppet character, one of Jim Hensons Muppets. ... The Tin Woodman or Tin Woodsman, also known in films as Tin Man, is a character in L. Frank Baums Oz books. ... Fozzie Bear Fozzie Bear was originally created by Jim Henson as a member of The Muppets. ... Cover of The Cowardly Lion of Oz (1929) by Ruth Plumly Thompson. ... Miss Piggy being moved on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Miss Piggy on The Muppet Show, as the Queen of Hearts Miss Piggy is a Muppet character primarily played by Frank Oz. ... Glinda (or Glinda the Good Witch) is a fictional character in the Land of Oz created by American author L. Frank Baum. ... Miss Piggy being moved on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Miss Piggy on The Muppet Show, as the Queen of Hearts Miss Piggy is a Muppet character primarily played by Frank Oz. ... The Wicked Witch of the West, as portrayed by Margaret Hamilton in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz The Wicked Witch of the West (or simply The Wicked Witch) is a character in the fictional Land of Oz created by American author L. Frank Baum in his childrens... Miss Piggy being moved on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Miss Piggy on The Muppet Show, as the Queen of Hearts Miss Piggy is a Muppet character primarily played by Frank Oz. ... The Good Witch of the North is a fictional character in the Land of Oz, created by American author L. Frank Baum. ... Miss Piggy being moved on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Miss Piggy on The Muppet Show, as the Queen of Hearts Miss Piggy is a Muppet character primarily played by Frank Oz. ... The Wicked Witch of the East is a character in the fictional Land of Oz created by American author L. Frank Baum in his classic books. ... This article needs to be wikified. ... Terry, the Cairn Terrier who played Toto in the film Toto is the name of a fictional dog in L. Frank Baums The Wonderful Wizard of Oz series of childrens books. ... Rizzo the Rat is a Muppet, performed by Steve Whitmire. ... Alternate meanings: see Munchkin (disambiguation) Munchkins are the natives of the fictional Munchkin Country in the Oz books by L. Frank Baum. ... Latifah on the cover of her 1999 autobiography Dana Elaine Queen Latifah Owens (born March 18, 1970) is an American Grammy Award-winning rap artist and singer, and an Academy Award-nominated actress. ... ... David Alan Grier with Lil Kim on DAG David Alan Grier (born June 30, 1955 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American comedian most famous for starring in television shows such as the Emmy Award winning In Living Color (1990–1994), Premium Blend (2001) and DAG (2000–2001). ... Uncle Henry is a fictional character from The Oz Books by L. Frank Baum. ... Jeffrey Tambor as George Bluth Sr. ... The Wizard of Oz (or simply The Wizard) is a fictional character in the Land of Oz created by American author L. Frank Baum and further popularized by the classic 1939 movie. ... Quentin Jerome Tarantino (born March 27, 1963) is an American film director, actor, and Oscar-winning screenwriter. ...

History

The film marks the first major project after the acquisition of the Muppets property by The Walt Disney Company, which The Jim Henson Company is still consulting under. Since April 2004, The Muppets have been being re-introduced to the public by way of low-key marketing and guest appearances on such shows as Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Good Morning America and Saturday Night Live in hopes for a successful turn in the ratings by the time the new telefilm hits the air. A successful re-launch of the franchise is dependent on a good return in ratings for the evening, airing the same week Star Wars: Episode III premieres. The Walt Disney Company (most commonly known as Disney) (NYSE: DIS) is one of the largest media and entertainment corporations in the world. ... The Jim Henson Company is a company founded in 1958 by puppeteer Jim Henson, creator of The Muppets. ... Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is an ABC reality television series that began broadcasting in 2003 in which a familys house, including all rooms, exterior and landscaping, is made over by a team of builders and designers in seven days. ... Good Morning America or GMA is the weekday morning news talk show of the American Broadcasting Company television network (ABC). ... Saturday Night Live (SNL) is a weekly late-night 90-minute American comedy-variety show based in New York City which has been broadcast by NBC nearly every Saturday night since its debut on October 11, 1975. ... Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith is the third episode of the Star Wars film series (but the sixth film to be produced), to be released on Thursday, May 19, 2005. ...


The adaptation

This film departs from the original Oz novel in a number of noticeable ways: Dorothy's family owns a diner instead of a farm; Toto is a prawn; the Tin Woodsman is a robot. Many of the characters' personalities and backgrounds are given a show-biz makeover; for instance, this version's Dorothy dreams of being a famous singer, and at first she plans to ask the Wizard to give her fame rather than a way back to Kansas. A diner in Freehold Borough, New Jersey This article is about a type of restaurant. ... Superfamilies Panaeoidea Aristeidae Benthesicymidae Penaeidae Sicyoniidae Solenoceridae Sergestoidea Luciferidae Sergestidae Prawns are edible, shrimp-like crustaceans, belonging to the sub-order Dendrobranchiata [1]. They are distinguished from the superficially similar shrimp by the gill structure which is branching in prawns (hence the name, dendro=tree; branchia=gill), but is lamellar... ASIMO, a humanoid robot manufactured by Honda. ...


However, in several respects the plot follows the novel more closely than does the classic 1939 movie: For example, the Good Witch of the North (who greets Dorothy when she arrives in Oz) and Glinda (who shows her how to get home) are separate characters; the magic shoes are silver instead of ruby; when Dorothy defeats the Wicked Witch of the West she gains control of the Winged Monkeys; and the Wizard meets with each of Dorothy's friends separately in a different guise. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Winged Monkeys are characters from the Wizard of Oz, of enough impact between books and movie to have taken their own place in pop culture, regularly referenced in comedic or ironic situations as a source of evil or fear. ...


An interesting addition is that the Munchkins tell Dorothy she can call them if she needs help, which she does at both Poppyfields and the Witch of the West's castle. Since the Munchkins are, in this version, actually rats, this may be a reference to the Queen of the Field Mice and her subjects in the novel. Field mouse may refer to: in North America, a small vole such as the Meadow Vole in Europe, Asia and north Africa, one of several species of mice in genus Apodemus in South America, one of several species of mice in genus Akodon This is a disambiguation page — a navigational...


Another interesting note is that the Winged Monkeys are a biker gang, a trait that is reminiscent of The Wiz. Winged Monkeys are characters from the Wizard of Oz, of enough impact between books and movie to have taken their own place in pop culture, regularly referenced in comedic or ironic situations as a source of evil or fear. ... For the New York area electronics stores, see Nobody Beats The Wiz. ...


Quentin Tarantino's appearance is a completely arbitrary cameo. The Fight Scene between Dorothy and the Wicked Witch is interrupted to show Tarantino talking to Kermit about how the fight scene should end, parodying the style of his own movies and terrifying Kermit in the process. Kermit is dressed, interestingly enough, in a "Tarantino suit", seen in Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction. Quentin Jerome Tarantino (born March 27, 1963) is an American film director, actor, and Oscar-winning screenwriter. ... Reservoir Dogs is Quentin Tarantinos 1992 debut as a feature film director. ... Pulp Fiction is a 1994 film directed by Quentin Tarantino and written by Tarantino and Roger Avary. ...


Since the Kansas scenes establish that the Muppets exist as TV personalities in the "real world" of the movie, and that Dorothy's ambition is to perform with them, it might be said that the movie retains the concept from the MGM film (and Return to Oz) of the inhabitants of Oz being based on people Dorothy knows. However, despite this, there is no suggestion of an "and it was all a dream" ending. DVD cover For other uses, see Return to Oz (disambiguation) The 1985 film Return to Oz is a motion picture arguably created as an unofficial sequel to The Wizard of Oz. ...


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The Muppets' Wizard of Oz - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (633 words)
Frank Baum's novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Adam F. Goldberg and The Simpsons writer Tom Martin, this latest retelling of the classic story follows Dorothy (Ashanti) as she journeys through an Oz populated by Muppets to find the Wizard and become a star.
The Muppets' Wizard of Oz, was directed by Kirk Thatcher, a Henson veteran who helmed the Muppets' last hit television special, It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie, which aired on NBC in 2002.
This film departs from the original Oz novel in a number of noticeable ways: Dorothy's family owns a diner instead of a farm; Toto is a prawn; the Tin Woodsman is a robot.
The Muppets - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1433 words)
The word "Muppet" itself was said by Henson to have been created by combining the words "marionette" and "puppet"; however, Henson was also known to have stated that it was just something he liked the sound of, and he made up the "marionette/puppet" story while talking to a journalist because it sounded plausible.
Muppets are distinguished from ventriloquist "dummies", which are typically animated only in the head and face, in that their arms or other features are also mobile and expressive.
In the British Isles the word muppet has come to be used as a mild term of abuse, meaning a stupid, incompetent, or moronic person, or the obvious interpretation of someone who is inanimated or somehow not there.
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