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>Rankin-Bass Productions, Videocraft International Production, Crawley Films
  • Rankin-Bass Productions, Videocraft International Production, Crawley Films
  • Animated Characters: Dorothy Gale, Rusty the Tinman, Socrates the Strawman, Dandy Lion, the Wizard, Glinda, the Good Witch of the North, Wicked Witch of the West, Munchkins.
  • Originally Released in 1964.
  • Running Time: 51 minutes.
  • Color
  • U.S.A.  U.S.A.


Production Notes:

This show first aired on NBC-TV as past of "The G.E.Fantasy Hour."

Songs: "I Wanna Go Back," "Moonbeam" (Dorothy), "We're Munchkins, Naturally" (Dorothy, Munchkins), "You Can't Buy a Brain" (Socrates), "Wickedest, Wicked Old Witch" (Witch), "I'm Heartless, Through and Through" (Rusty), "Dan, Dan, Dandy Lion" (Dandy).

This (not Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer!) was the first animated network TV special produced by Rankin/Bass, which had previously done commercials for the General Electric Company.

Except for Dorothy and Toto, Return to Oz had the same characters as the 1961 Rankin/Bass TV series The Tales of The Wizard of Oz. Dorothy was redesigned for the special to bear a greater resemblance to a real little girl.

This cartoon marked the first collaboration of the Maury Laws-Jules Bass songwriting team.

Traditional, Hand-drawn Animation.

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