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Return to Oz Movie Behind The Scenes

Making Return to Oz

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Backstage

Go behind the scenes on the 1985 Fantasy movie starring Fairuza Balk, Nicol Williamson, Piper Laurie More Cast


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Fairuza Balk, aged 10, beat out 400 children for the role of Dorothy, including her co-star Emma Ridley. She was the youngest child who tried out.
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Will Vinton who works with claymation and has done such things as,"The California Raisins" and holiday specials seen though the late 80's to the early 90's did the claymation scenes in "Return to Oz".
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Bellina, the real size animatronic puppet chicken, took up to 4 puppeteers to operate. There were three versions: hand, rodded and fully animatronic. It was lead puppeteer Mak Wilson's first animatronic puppet and he later went on to puppeteer such characters as Michaelangelo from Ninja Turtles, Babe, Earl from the TV series Dinosuars and many a Vogan from The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Although Lyle Conway takes the credit for the build, Bellina was mostly created by a very young Steve Norrington, the now notorious movie director.
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A the beginning of production Walter Murch the director was almost fired from the movie and three of his great friends, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Francis Ford Coppola came over to the UK and spent a week on set to help him out.



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Deleted Scenes

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There is an unoffical studio copy of return to oz directors cut with loads of extra scenes in it. Theres only a couple in existence, very hard to obtain and extremley rare. Has anyone got any more info as to what extra scenes this version contains?
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There's an extended scene of princess mombie before she goes to see the knome king with the wheelers.

When dorothy escapes from her palace on the flying sofa, mombie gathers up the wheelers then it cuts straight to the underground tunnel. Well in the directors cut you see how she gets into the tunnel with the wheelers, theres a hole in the garden wall in mombies palace garden. The director should have left in it would have worked.



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Alternate Versions

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