After the Wizard
Suitable for any age.
Video Release: 8/7/2012
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter
Writer: Hugh Gross
Producer: Lance Frank & Blake Phillips
Director: Hugh Gross
Runtime: 80 min.
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Starring: Jordan Van Vranken, Orien Richman, Jermel Nakia, P. David Miller
"After the Wizard" is a heartfelt, often humorous and always entertaining story about a 12-year-old girl named Elizabeth who lives in an orphanage in Kingman, Kansas. Like millions of girls her age she has read the beloved L. Frank Baum novel "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" countless times. But unlike other girls, Elizabeth believes she is Dorothy...and maybe she is.
Referring to herself as Dorothy and constantly looking for Toto and a way back to Oz, the headmistress at the orphanage worries about Elizabeth and fears that she is losing touch with reality.
Meanwhile back in Oz things have not gone well for the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman or the Lion. Oz is in trouble and they believe Dorothy is the one person who can help save their home, just as she did before. Only this time they have to find her.
The Tin Woodman and Scarecrow embark on an incredible cross-country adventure as they leave Oz to search for Dorothy in Kansas. Traveling by hot air balloon, train, bus and foot, the endearing duo find themselves lost in a world full of colorful strangers who are familiar with them, including a group of New Jersey schoolchildren they mistake for Munchkins and a wise Southern blind man who guides them on their journey.
An unforgettable story unfolds as the Scarecrow and Tin Woodman search for and are reunited with Dorothy...the kind of story that lives on in the imagination and hearts of people forever.
This is a delightful DVD which features a teen girl named Dorothy who lives in an orphanage and is visited by the Tin Woodman and the Scarecrow. The girl's real name is Elizabeth Haskins but when she talks about Oz miraculous things just seem to happen, including Toto showing up!
This imaginative film does a nice job due to an original script, good acting, and a sure handed director. The themes of keeping hope alive and believing all things are possible are the very dreams which keep young "Dorothy" going. We are very happy to recommend this warm and creative film our Dove "Family-Approved" Seal for all ages. You and your children will enjoy the Tin Woodman and Scarecrow and you even get a peek at the Cowardly Lion, who happens not to be so cowardly any more. This movie also encourages taking a trip to the library. You're off to see the Wizard (well, almost) when you watch this movie.
Other: A tornado is seen; in inspirational scenes hope and faith are mentioned; good witches are mentioned in reference to the Oz book.