6 thoughts on “D.A.R.Y.L., Cocoon, Return to Oz, 1985

  • April 18, 2019 at 8:03 pm
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    I love Siskel and Ebert, but they were way off on Return to Oz. Not only were they unfair to the movie, they also didn’t do any in-depth research on the L Frank Baum books at all. Here’s some examples:

    1. Return to Oz were more true to the books than the 1939 classic, despite that film being a great musical.

    2. The reason why the movie wasn’t a lighthearted musical is because director Walter Murch wanted to make a movie that is faithful to the books. It’s no way inspired by then recent special effects films.

    3. This isn’t mentioned here but in both of their Worst Summer Movies of 1985 and Worst of 1985 episodes, Gene keeps calling Tik-Tok a Star Wars rip off. This isn’t true at all, because Tik-Tok is from the books and he looks exactly like he was in the movie.

    Seriously, there’s no excuse for doing so little research. And that’s lazy if you ask me.

    • April 29, 2019 at 9:59 pm
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      Roger mentions in his print review that Tik Tok looks ripped off from Star Wars too.

      • April 30, 2019 at 3:37 pm
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        I actually know that because I used an emulator of a DOS floppy disk version of Roger Ebert’s Movie Home Companion series on arrchive.org. But it still proves my point that he didn’t do any research on the source material at all. There’s simply no excuse.

        • April 15, 2021 at 11:49 pm
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          You don’t have to do that. You have to see if the film works or not. According to them, it wasn’t in the same spirit as The Wizard of Oz, which wasn’t just scary, but fun. Not Return to Oz.

          • April 16, 2021 at 6:17 am
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            Still doesn’t doesn’t change the fact that without reading the source material, they clearly don’t understand what Walter Murch was going for. The 1939 musical is fine for what it is, but if Return to Oz was like the 1939 film, it would be watered down and fans of the books would burn down Disney.

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