Best of the Muppets featuring The Muppets' Wizard of Oz

 
The Muppets Oz it up on this fun CD.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Always impeccable, those Muppets.

Violence & scariness
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Language
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that only six of the songs on the CD are from Oz; the other nine are also entertaining, but you may have heard them a lot already.

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What's the story?

Ashanti turns in a delightful performance on BEST OF THE MUPPETS FEATURING THE MUPPETS' WIZARD OF OZ. On \"When I'm With You,\" she sings gamely along with Kermit, Gonzo, Fozzie, and Pepe. She makes it work, sounding like she's one of the gang. Her two other songs, \"Kansas\" and \"Good Life,\" feel more like classic R&B ballads and show off Ashanti's voice to its best advantage. Allowed to drop her usual heavy breathing and sexual innuendo, she sounds lovely. Miss Piggy is brilliantly cast as guess who in \"The Witch Is in the House,\" and it turns out that Muppets can do perfect Munchkin vocals.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Only six Wizard of Oz songs on a CD promoted as a soundtrack album seems like a bit of a rip-off. Nine additional tracks of obvious filler are Muppet-ly delightful enough, but we've heard most of these classics before, including "(It's Not Easy) Being Green," "The Muppet Show Theme," and "Rainbow Connection" how many times? Yet there are some non-Oz highlights -- particularly "What Now My Love?" in which Miss Piggy gives Dame Edna an emotive run for her money. Once you get past the "false advertising" about the CD, it really is a fun listen.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the music styles on this CD versus the original movie. Listen to Ashanti singing the Wizard of Oz tunes, then play the Judy Garland classics and compare the styles, lyrics, and musicianship. What makes a song sound "old" or "new"?

Music details

Artist:Various Artists
Release date:May 17, 2005
Label:Disney
Genre:Soundtrack
Topics:Magic and fantasy
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Adult Written bymamalovejoy April 9, 2008
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What were they thinking?!!

I was really disappointed with this one. This movie has an unnessecary focus on sexuality--Toto is always exclaiming how "sexy" he is, Dorothry's dream is to be a glamourus, sexy, singing sensation, Miss Piggy's act as the wicked witch of the west has a blatant S & M attributes. Sure it all turns out alright in the end when Dorothy realizes that family is what's really important in life. However, in my experience, children of the target age group may not discern between simultaneous positive and negative messages and often remember and reenact the most fantastic ones. Guess which messages are the most memforable in this movie...

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