The Muppets' Wizard of Oz


Adventure  Comedy  Family  Fantasy  Musical  

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - rotten 30%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - spilled 36%
IMDb Rating 5.3


Uploaded By: OTTO
June 23, 2020 at 4:04 pm


Quentin Tarantino as Quentin Tarantino - Kermit's Director
Queen Latifah as Aunt Em
David Alan Grier as Uncle Henry
Jeffrey Tambor as Wizard
720p 1080p
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 40 min
P/S 22 / 85
English 5.1
23.976 fps
1 hr 40 min
P/S 28 / 84

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by n/a 9 / 10

Couldn't get through it

"There's no place like home! There's no place like home! There's no ..., oh, forget it! There's nothing like pop stardom! There's nothing like pop stardom!" The simple philosophy of embracing home and family that is the hallmark of "The Wizard of Oz" is pretty much forced off the Yellow Brick Road in this sorrowful and shallow attempt to make the Muppets hip and cool and contemporary -- overlooking the fact that the Muppets have always been hip and cool and contemporary without ever really having to strive for it.At first, the idea of Kermit and Company doing their version of the L. Frank Baum material sounds promising, at least until you learn that for some unfathomable reason that Quentin Tarantino is in the cast. Tarantino's meaningless little cameo is so irrelevant, so unnecessary, so brief and so unfunny that it was hardly worth filming in the first place. But when he does drop in, playing himself and offering suggestions about how to turn this family film into a KILL BILL-style blood bath, you can only cringe at the inappropriateness of the supposed humor and the dubious desire by the filmmakers to make this film seem edgy. The attempt doesn't work here anymore than it did when Jim Henson tried to give us edgier Muppets on "Saturday Night Live." I can only assume that Ashanti is under contract to the recording arm of Disney, the new owners of the Muppet empire, for otherwise there can be no logical reason for casting her as Dorothy Gale, the small town girl from Kansas (unless, of course, the film is trying to cater to the incredibly large African American population in that state!) While she is nowhere near as being unbearably awful as Diana Ross was in Sidney Lumet's lamentable fiasco, THE WIZ, Ashanti doesn't bring anything of particular interest to the role either, not even status as a pop icon; she's not even a major talent, let alone a major star. But when the film begins with a faux music video featuring the singer, it is made clear that the film exists mainly as an elaborate exercise in corporate synergy.In true subversive Muppet fashion, OZ mangles the source material; sometime slavishly adhering to Baum's story and sometimes just being silly. Though reduced to mere supporting roles, Kermit, Gonzo and Fozie play the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion, respectively, with Miss Piggy playing four different witches. So far, so good. But having Toto being portrayed as a talking shrimp -- and a hustling, greedy, Latino shrimp -- seems less wacky than just uncomfortably weird in its odd mix of political correctness and racism. Indeed, wacky is exactly what is missing here. The ability to mix the endearingly sincere with the engagingly silly is what made "The Muppet Show" and the early Muppet movies work so beautifully. These OZ jokes seem contrived, not cheerfully anarchic and inane. This trip down the Yellow Brick Road is sadly goofy-free.The fragile integrity of OZ comes crashing down as it approaches its traditional finale, only to suddenly veer off course to reveal that Kansas really is Nowheresville and fame, fortune and pop stardom is really where it's at. There is something coldly disheartening about a happily-ever-after ending where loved ones aren't reunited, but separated by the shallow glory of a TV screen. The message seems to be "Forget your own backyard! Go where the big bucks are! We can always catch you on TV." So much for warmth and sentimentality.Premiering on TV as an obvious pit stop en route to the lucrative home video market, THE MUPPETS' WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ seems to be yet another attempt by Disney to rip-off their own classic icons with cheap ready-for-video knockoffs. Like the supposed sequels to PETER PAN, THE JUNGLE BOOK and THE LITTLE MERMAID, the intent is to make it cheap, make it fast and cash in quick. The result is not a work of inspiration, but a work of desperation.

Reviewed by n/a 9 / 10

Abandon Hope All Who Enter Here

I'm sorry--I just couldn't get through it. Whatever happened to the innocent fun the Muppets brought to these stories? * Toto as a shrimp? I don't think so. Worse, a greedy, conniving, shrimp? I'm continuing not to think so.* Rearranging Dorothy's motivations from the original to the "teen music star" fantasy was appalling. Hasn't that threadbare character motivation been done to death already? * Ashanti's acting skills make Keanu Reaves comparable to Laurence Olivier.* Changing the encounter with the Munchkins and the Wicked Witch of the East? Not quite blasphemy, I'll grant you, but very muddled.* The on-camera death scene with Miss Piggy under the house was...well, just not on.* Kermit as the scarecrow is okay, but not enough to save this.* The sexual overtones of the nipple business in the TIN shack when the shrimp {shudder} is exploring Gonzo was completely unnecessary. This is Disney, AND the Muppets. They don't DO that sort of thing. How did that get past Standards and Practices? I'm going to have nightmares tonight because of that scene.* My wife watched it longer than I did, and she was put off by the defibrillator scene in the poppy club. I didn't make it that far into the movie.* They didn't even have Mabel King singing "No Bad News." (Yes, I know she passed in 1999, but it's the principle of the thing.) * From what I can see, this was the director's first directing job. I'm voting that it be his last, as well. He's no Sidney Lumet (and you know what Sid did to "The Wiz") but hey, this guy's biggest contribution to the movie business thus far was the role of the boom box punk in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.

Reviewed by n/a 9 / 10

Not a very good kids movie

This isn't just bad. It's shockingly bad. Bad to the point that you really feel sorry for the Muppets being in it. It would have gotten just one star but it got another because Queen Latifah is in it.There are two fatal flaws in it. First, and worst, is Ashanti. I'm sure she's a nice person, kind to the elderly and to small animals. But she cannot act for beans. She has one facial expression and reads her lines as if she were holding the script and reading them cold for the first time.This would be bearable because I love the Muppets. But the script is a disaster. It references THE PASSION OF THE Christ, APOCALYPSE NOW, KILL BILL and (as best I could figure) the HBO series MISFITS OF SCIENCE. So there we have three R-rated movies and an adults only series that featured ample sex and violence as sources of material.Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't this meant as programming for children? Ozzie Osborne's children, maybe, but beyond them there's not a big potential audience for it.Maybe if Frank Oz had directed this he would have shaped it into something great. With the exception of DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS I've enjoyed all of his live action movies. And I firmly believe that the right director can get a good, even excellent, performance out of just about anyone by working with them and forcing them to dig deep into themselves to find that spark.The Muppets will live to fight another day. And Ashanti, unfortunately, is continuing her acting career. She's in the third RESIDENT EVIL movie playing a nurse. However, she only gets ninth billing so she won't be able to do a lot of damage. And I can hope to see her ripped apart by zombie dogs: that will make me feel better about the $1.99 I spent to rent this movie.Go check out the original MUPPET MOVIE or, my favorite, THE MUPPETS TAKE MANHATTAN. They have appeal for all ages.

Reviewed by n/a 9 / 10

Try's to hard, leaves us wanting.

I rented this film because my 7 year old daughter loves Muppets and The Wizard of Oz very much. I wish I had read other users comments first. I didn't feel that it was entertaining at all and I didn't find parts of it appropriate for my daughter. I have to say the whole biker mama bit a little much. And the comment from Gonzo about "you can see my rear end! I must be working out!" to be really over line. I don't have any issues with an African-American playing Dorothy, but I am positive that they could have found someone with a little more skill. I do believe that Dorothy should have been someone a little younger than Ashanti as well. As I remember they thought Judy Garland might have been too old at 16! If this is the path Disney is steering the Muppets then they should sell the franchise to a company who will produce quality films. Now that I think of it, the only movies I can think of that Disney has made in the last few years that are any good have Pixar doing the real work. I am sure there are those that will disagree with me, but these are "my" comments.

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Sheboink June 23, 2020 at 3:55 pm

Everything that Disney touches, turns to shit.

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ClassicLover55 June 23, 2020 at 1:55 pm