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"If you have hope to count on, your hopes are not in vain, 'cause you can't count on rainbows without rain. You'll find it's strictly up to you. Take your dreams, and make your dreams come true."
―"It's Strictly Up to You", opening theme performed by Aileen Quinn, the voice of Dorothy Gale
"It's just beyond the rainbow."

Dorothy Gale, The Wizard of Oz (1982)

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The Wizard of Oz (オズの魔法使い Ozu no Mahotsukai) is a 1982 Japanese anime feature film directed by Fumihiko Takayama, from a screenplay by Yoshimitsu Banno and Akira Miyazaki, based on the 1900 novel by L. Frank Baum and W. W. Denslow, produced by Yoshimitsu Banno and Katsumi Ueno for Toho Co, Ltd.

A version edited by Johann Lowenberg and produced and directed by John Danylkiw first appeared on television in the United States in 1982. Alan L. Gleitsman was the executive producer for his own Alan Enterprises. It was distributed in English-speaking countries by Paramount Pictures.



Aunt Em and Uncle Henry are out running an errand and Dorothy is left tending the farm alone. A tornado approaches and Uncle Henry can't rush back home in time. Dorothy is knocked out by a chair when the tornado hits the farmhouse.


Dorothy wakes up with Toto in Oz and the Good Witch of the North points out that the house crushed the Wicked Witch of the East to death and tells Dorothy to wear the witch's magic slippers, which resemble the silver shoes from the novel, but are red like the ruby slippers from the 1939 movie. (No indication, at least in the English dub, is given, however, as to what they are made of rubies or otherwise.)

Dorothy meets the Scarecrow and helps him get down from his pole. Then she finds the Tin Man and oils him. The Cowardly Lion attacks them until Dorothy hits him on the nose.

They are then attacked by a Kalidah and the Tin Man cuts down a tree which they use to cross the ravine, then he chops it in half and the Kalidah falls in.

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When they get to the Emerald City, Jellia Jamb says the Wizard can see them and they each see different manifestations of him. Dorothy sees a giant head, the Scarecrow sees a beautiful lady, the Tin Man sees a terrible beast, and the Lion sees a ball of fire. He agrees to help them all only if they get rid of the Wicked Witch of the West, so they set out to do that.


The witch sees them coming and sends out minions to attack them. First, she sends magical wolves, which the Tin Man defeats with his axe. Then she sends out crows, which the Scarecrow confronts. After he draws them together, they form a giant one. The Scarecrow asks for the oil can they had previously used on the Tin Man. When Dorothy gives it to him, he throws it at the giant crow which coats it in oil. He then instructs the Tin Man to create a spark with his metal body and it sets the crow on fire, destroying it.

The witch later sends out her Winged Monkeys, telling them that they should capture the group instead of destroying them. They don't tie up Dorothy because she has the mark of the Good Witch of the North on her forehead.


Dorothy refuses to give the shoes to the witch and runs off, being chased by her soldiers. After Toto chews the Lion free of his bonds, he runs off to help, and manages to catch Dorothy as she is falling off a collapsing bridge. She hugs him in thanks, and they continue fleeing the witch's pursuit.

The witch ties the group up with ropes, but Dorothy is protected again. She chases her up a flight of stairs and she pushes a big jug of water down them, soaking the witch and causing her to melt down into nothing. All her magical soldiers vanish and the Winkies, who were her slaves, are free and dance with joy.

Returning to the Emerald City, the Wizard tells them to come back later. Toto steps on a button revealing his true identity. After the Tin Man threatens him with his axe, he explains his illusions, and to the trio of helpers that they already have wisdom, love, and courage.

He at first doesn't know how to get Dorothy back to Kansas, but she reminds him of the balloon he mentioned traveling to Oz in as a circus magician. She misses her chance to leave when Toto runs off.


Glinda, the Good Witch of the South, appears behind a sombre Dorothy, holding Toto in her arms, and explains to her how she can use the shoes to get back home, and she does.




  • Mari Okamoto - Dorothy Gale
  • Kotobuki Hizuru - The Scarecrow
  • Jōji Yanami - The Tin Man
  • Masashi Amenomori - The Cowardly Lion
  • Naoki Tatsuta - Uncle Henry
  • Taeko Nakanishi - Aunt Em and Jellia Jamb
  • Miyoko Asō - The Good Witch of the North
  • Kaori Kishi - The Wicked Witch of the West
  • Kazuo Kumakura - The Wizard
  • Kumiko Takizawa - Glinda, the Good Witch of the South
  • Shohei Matsubara - Toto
  • Motomu Kiyokawa - Soldier
  • Toshiyuki Yamamoto - Monkey King


The music was written by Jo Hisaishi and Yuichiro Oda. The U.S. version featured new lyrics by Sammy Cahn and Allen Byrns, and the songs were performed by Aileen Quinn.


  1. "It's Strictly Up to You"
  2. "I Dream of Home"
  3. "A Wizard of a Day"


  1. "Someone is waiting for me" (だれかが私を待っている, Dare ka ga watashi o matte iru) (Main theme) (Singer: Mitsuko Horie)
  2. ?
  3. ?


Akira Miyazaki, the writer for this film, also wrote for the 1986 anime TV series.

The film is known for staying particularly close to the novel, its primary elimination being the journey to Glinda, making it slightly less of a deus ex machina than in the 1939 film. Also borrowed from that version are the red "magic shoes" rather than the silver ones of Baum's text. Some familiarity with the later books is clear, as the houses are the same two-chimneyed domes found in the artwork of John R. Neill, who did not illustrate the first Oz book. It is one of the few adaptations to depict the various forms that the Wizard appears to each of the travelers, such as the beautiful lady (shown to be a puppet rather than the Wizard in a costume as in the book), the terrible beast (looking like an ordinary rhinoceros) and the ball of fire.

Unlike the previous version of The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy has blonde hair, and wears a white apron in this one.

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Live-Action adaptations Silent films Fairylogue and Radio-Plays (1908) • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1910) • His Majesty, the Scarecrow of Oz (1914) • The Patchwork Girl of Oz (1914) • The Magic Cloak of Oz (1914) • The Wizard of Oz (1925)
Modern films The Wizard of Oz (1939) • The Wonderful Land of Oz (1969) • 20th Century Oz (1976) • The Wiz (1978) • Return to Oz (1985) • The Dreamer of Oz (1990) • The Wizard of the City of Emeralds (1994) • The Muppets' Wizard of Oz (2005) • After the Wizard (2011) • Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) • The Wiz Live! (2015)
Inspired films Flying Monkeys (2013) • OzLand (2015)
Guest Appearances Inkheart (2008) • Space Jam: A New Legacy (2021)
Animated adaptations Feature films Journey Back to Oz (1974) • The Wizard of Oz (1982) • The Wizard of Oz (1983) • The Wizard of Oz (1991) • Lion of Oz (2000) • Tom and Jerry & the Wizard of Oz (2011) • Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (2014) • Guardians of Oz (2015) • Tom and Jerry: Back to Oz (2016) • Urfin Jus and His Wooden Soldiers (2017) • The Steam Engines of Oz (2018)
Guest Appearances The LEGO Movie (2014) • The Lego Batman Movie (2017)
Upcoming adaptations Wicked: Part One/Wicked: Part Two (2024-5) • Dorothy & Alice (TBA) • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (film) (TBA) • Toto (film) (TBA)
Short films After Oz (2007) • The Land of Oz (short film) (2015) • Dorothy in the Land of Stars (2017) • Unknown, Lost, or non-English Adaptations