I know this is what everyone says when reviewing this film, but... talk about not being in Kansas anymore! To have gone from such a cutesy kid's adventure to such a dark and twisted film... it just seems impossible. But Return to Oz pulls it off. And, boy was it cool! I loved the dark tone it gave itself, even if it diverted so much from the first film. Princess Mombi was an awesome villain, with all her extra heads and her black frock. My personal favorite scene in the movie was when Dorothy steals the powder of life from Mombi's drawer, and then her headless body chases her out of the room. That was just awesome. I also liked Fairuza Balk as Dorothy, even if she is a bit young for the role. The new characters were enjoyable too; I particularly liked Gump, the moose-headed flying coach (did I really just say that?), with his funny personality and one-liners. The production design and visuals were just breathtaking, particularly the claymation rock heads, and the cinematography was pretty good too (although I have no idea why Kansas is in color now). Yet there are a lot of holes in the plot, and the story as a whole was fairly stupid to begin with. But my absolute biggest problem with the film is the redesigning of the scarecrow, tin man, and cowardly lion; I know I'm nitpicking here, but their new designs were just utterly atrocious; in the first film, they were played by people with a lot of makeup, but now their designs are entirely made out of costume, with the exception of the cowardly lion, who is now entirely mechanical, and wow, does he look hideous. Thank god these characters don't appear until very briefly at the end, or I would have lost it. But it's not much to get upset over. Anyway, this film is very weird and twisted, but it is still charming and fun, and I consider it a slight improvement over the first film.