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Parents need to know that Lost in Oz is a sweet series based on the world of Oz. It's filled with action, adventure, positive role models, and lots of fun. It stays true to the original plot, focusing on the fact that Dorothy was sent to Oz via a tornado and must find her way home by finding the "Yellow Line." It's milder than the film, and while it contains many of the same characters, it has a different vibe that young kids will love.
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What's the story?
In LOST IN OZ, 12-year-old Dorothy discovers her mother's magical journal from Oz hidden beneath the floorboards of their Kansas home. The book triggers a tornado, rips her house from its foundation, and transports Dorothy and her dog, Toto, to Oz. Lost in this bustling, modern, magical metropolis, Dorothy learns that to get back to Kansas, she'll need to acquire every magical element in Oz. Unfortunately for her, Oz is currently facing the worst magic crisis in eons. Dorothy and Toto find unlikely friends and realize the only way to get the magic she needs to get home is to find the elusive Glinda, the most powerful witch in Oz.
Is it any good?
Full of action and adventure, this series keeps viewers on the edge of their seats from the opening moments. To keen eyes and ears, Lost in Oz contains many iconic elements from The Wizard of Oz, making it enjoyable for multiple age groups who may or may not be familiar with the traditional Dorothy and Toto story. However, while it contains munchkins, Glinda, and terrifying flying monkeys, it's nothing like the original movie. It might even be a better intro to the tale for little ones.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how many times Dorothy could have given up in Lost in Oz but didn't. What do they think Dorothy should do next on her quest to find Glinda the Good Witch? If kids have watched The Wizard of Oz, they can also try to point out all the similarities they can see between this show and the movie.
Kids: How are you like Dorothy? Do you always see things in a positive or negative light? Do you keep trying, or do you give up?
- Premiere date: November 16, 2016
- Cast: Ashley Boettcher, Nika Futterman, Jorge Diaz
- Network: Amazon Prime Video
- Genre: Kids' Animation
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Great Girl Role Models
- Character strengths: Perseverance, Teamwork
- TV rating: TV-G
- Available on: Streaming
- Award: Common Sense Selection
- Last updated: April 22, 2021
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