The Muppets' Wizard of Oz

Movie review by
Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media
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Raucous Muppet spoof of a classic gets a wee bit edgy.
  • G
  • 2005
  • 100 minutes

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 10 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Toto has, for some reason, been replaced by a crustacean who, for some reason, is a stereotyped Latino street dude.

Violence & Scariness

No worse than the fantasy stuff in the 1939 movie -- which means both the Scarecrow and the Tin Man get torn apart, then reassembled. Streetfighting between the Wicked Witch Miss Piggy and Dorothy.

Sexy Stuff

Some talk on what constitutes "sexy." Leading-lady Ashanti wears some provocative outfits (for which she is upbraided by her aunt), and the Wizard at one point materializes as a Lara Croft-style super-hot videogame vixen in revealing CGI clothes.

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this Muppet caper operates on two levels, with numerous gags that mainly adults will understand. The movie includes mischievous references to R-rated movies (Kill Bill, Passion of the Christ) and pretty far-out rock and roll, like the legend that Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" album has been used as an "alternative soundtrack" to the 1939 Wizard of Oz with trippy results.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byjaa347 May 9, 2014

Horrible

I never write reviews on websites, but I felt the need to prevent any parent from letting their child watch this movie. My daughter, age 5, is really into Wizar... Continue reading
Parent of a 6 and 9 year old Written bysojournersong April 9, 2008

Why change the original story?

My daughter (7) and my son (4) sat down with some popcorn along with my husband and I to watch this movie. We were looking forward to a "feel good" m... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old April 9, 2008

Good for 9 and up

I was shocked to find some bad stuff in a Muppet film! Lots of the word sexy and in one scene one of the characters says "I didn't know how hard it wo... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byrobinrunner March 30, 2011

Finally, a parody without the un-kid-friendly junk writers throw in.

I thought it was good. The ending is kinda slow. The main charecter representing Dorothy is kinda one of those "sarcastic yet sexy" teen who talks bac... Continue reading

What's the story?

In THE MUPPETS' WIZARD OF OZ, pop/R&B diva Ashanti plays Dorothy, a sassy wannabe music star who's bored to death living the slow life in Kansas, working at her Auntie Em's (Queen Latifah) diner. Dorothy misses her chance to audition for a travelling "Star Search" type show run by the Muppets, then she's swept up by a tornado and deposited in Oz. To get back to Kansas, she must appease the mysterious Wizard by going on a quest to get the magic eye of the Wicked Witch of the West. In clever casting, Kermit the Frog is the Scarecrow, Fozzie Bear is the Cowardly Lion, and Gonzo is the Tin Man. Miss Piggy plays three different witches, good, bad, and narcissistic. Honeydew and Beaker show up as high-tech henchman who pull off the illusions of the Wizard (Jeffrey Tambor), and -- in a very clever touch -- the Wizard of Oz takes a completely different form depending on whoever gazes upon him.

Is it any good?

This one seems to be edgier in its humor than previous, G-rated Muppet-brand-name fare. The Muppets' Wizard of Oz premiered on prime-time TV in America, and the video box bears the curiosity of two sets of ratings: a TV "PG" and a theatrical equivalent of a "G." But it never stops reminding you that it's only a movie, making mention that one of the top Muppet talents is actually named Frank Oz. At the climax, action-director Quentin Tarentino appears as himself, excitedly describing to a quivering studio-exec Kermit how violent he can make the next scene.

Ashanti is pretty good when it comes to reacting to Muppets, but the ending moral is a little questionable -- Dorothy, returned to Kansas, gets Auntie Em's blessing to go seek music celebritydom after all. Translation: There's no place like stretch limos and lots of bling, either. We wish this were made into another Muppet joke, but it seems more like the filmmakers wanting their hip-hop heroine to have it both ways.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the fact that a human actor -- Ashanti -- is in the main role, rather than Kermit or some other Muppet. Was it as entertaining as other Muppet movies, where the puppets are center stage? How well did this version work, compared to other versions of the L. Frank Baum classic?

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