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"Here we are together, searching for a dream."
―English Version Opening Theme, Parachute Club
"Gently close your eyes and listen to your heart."
―Japanese Version Opening Theme

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, known in Japan as Oz no Mahōtsukai (オズの魔法使い), is an anime TV series created in 1986 loosely based on four of L. Frank Baum's Oz novels.

It was originally produced in Japan by Panmedia, and aired on TV Tokyo from 1986 to 1987.

In 1987, HBO purchased the rights to the series, dubbed it into English, and broadcast it as The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Production for the English version was done by the Canadian company Cinar Films, now known as Cookie Jar Group. Margot Kidder, known for her iconic role as Lois Lane in the 1978 movie Superman and its sequels, was hired as the narrator for the English version while there was no narration in the Japanese version. It was also dubbed in Spanish and Hebrew. Each version had their own intro songs and style.

The Canadian group Parachute Club provided songs for the English dub and the shortened movies, including the opening theme "Searching for a Dream".


The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Anime


The series can be split into four distinct story arcs, each freely adapted from four different books. Season 1 is based on The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Season 2 on The Marvelous Land of Oz, Season 3 on Ozma of Oz, and Season 4 on The Emerald City of Oz.

Since The Emerald City of Oz is the 6th Oz book, the events of Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz and The Road to Oz are not included. Some of the events occur less faithful to the books with creative differences made, although the essential plots are based on Baum's original stories. The most significant difference of all is that Dorothy does not end up moving to the Land of Oz with Aunt Em and Uncle Henry as they do at the end of the 6th book. Her home remains in Kansas at the end of the series, thereby preserving the famous adage about home from the first book.

Season 1: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (episodes 1 to 17)[]

We are introduced to Dorothy's life in Kansas with her Uncle Henry and Aunt Em. Uncle Henry and Aunt Em are concerned as this is tornado season, so Uncle Henry shows Dorothy the storm cellar and tells her to go in it when she sees one. He brings home a surprise for her and her pet dog, Toto. While he and Aunt Em are heading into town to run an errand, a tornado approaches. Dorothy remembers to go in the storm cellar, but Toto hides under the bed, and she refused to go down without him. Before she can get him out from under the bed, the tornado carries the farmhouse away. When it finally lands, she steps outside and finds herself in a strange and beautiful land. The Witch of the North appears and explains to her that she is in Oz, and to return home to Kansas, she should fallow the Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald City, where she will find the Wizard of Oz. Along the way, she and Toto meet a Scarecrow, who wants a brain, a Tin Man, who wants a heart, and a Cowardly Lion, who wants courage. They all head to the Emerald City and meet the Wizard but must destroy the [[Wicked Witch of the West (Panmedia)|Wicked Witch of the West before he can grant their wishes.

In one episode, events that do not happen in the book take place. Mombi, an aspiring witch, and her apprentic, Tip, come to the Land of the Winkies to meet the Wicked Witch of the West. Mombi came to learn magic from the her, but is disappointed to find out that she was killed by Dorothy. She turns herself into a cat and tries to steal the Golden Cap that Dorothy had just obtained from the wicked witch but fails. Dorothy meets Tip, who says he's Mombi's apprentice. Dorothy uses the first wish of the Golden Cap to send them back home.

When Dorothy finally goes home using the magic silver shoes, she keeps them, unlike in the book. But she loses one of them in the field she lands in but forgets about it as she is anxious to see Uncle Henry and Aunt Em again.

Season 2: The Marvelous Land of Oz (episodes 18 to 30)[]

Uncle Henry and Aunt Em have just finished building a new farmhouse to replace the old house that was carried off by the tornado and are almost finished with the barn also damaged by the tornado. Toto runs to meet Uncle Henry and Aunt Em, followed by Dorothy. Dorothy tells Uncle Henry and Aunt Em about her adventures in Oz. They don't believe her at first, but she doesn't seem like she's lying, so they are puzzled. Dorothy realizes she lost her other magic shoe and looks for it in the field but no luck. Uncle Henry and Aunt Em take Dorothy to town. They are reluctant to leave her behind again and they have a surprise. They take her to the circus, where she sees none other than the Wizard. She tries to talk to the Wizard, but Aunt Em and Uncle Henry thinks it's just a stranger, and other circus workers laugh at them both. The Wizard does recognize Dorothy, and the two talk for a bit. The Wizard misses Oz but tells Dorothy that it's best not to talk about it, since nobody believes him either. She goes back and says that he was just a stranger, even though he looked like the Wizard.

Dorothy finds the other magic shoe. She is so excited about being able to visit Oz and come back and talks about going to Oz to visit her friends and being able to take her Uncle Henry and Aunt Em there. Holding them, she tries clicking the heels together. Having mentioned Oz, the shoes magically whisk her there, but she drops them before they do. Uncle Henry and Aunt Em realize Dorothy has disappeared, and now are starting to believe in Oz. They realize that if the shoes took her to Oz, and are still in Kansas, then she is stranded in Oz.

Dorothy realizes that she is stranded in Oz and deeply regrets that she didn't put the shoes on before trying to click the heels. Dorothy didn't specify any particular place in Oz she wanted to go when saying how great it would be to visit Oz again. She ends up in Gillikin Country in the northern part of Oz. She meets Tip again, who shows her the pumpkin headed man he's building that would become Jack Pumpkinhead. She leaves with Tip to escape from Mombi and finds out that General Jinjur is plotting to take over the Emerald City. Dorothy wants to go home, but decides to stay in Oz until she helps her friends stop her and Mombi from conquering Oz. So she finds herself setting out on a new journey with Tip, Jack Pumpkinhead, the Sawhorse, the Scarecrow, the and Tin Man to free Oz from the tyrannical rule of Jinjur, search for Ozma, the true heir of the throne, and to find out how to get back home to Kansas without her magic shoes. At the end of their journey, Glinda uses her magic to send Dorothy home.

The major differences from the original novel is that Dorothy replaces Wogglebug and dragons replace the Jackdaws are absent while the Gump is referred to as the Moose Bed and he somehow can't talk.

Season 3: Ozma of Oz (episodes 31 to 41)[]

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Season 4: The Emerald City of Oz (episodes 42 to 52)[]

Under construction.



  • Dorothy Gale
  • Scarecrow
  • Tin Man
  • Cowardly Lion
  • Toto
  • Ozma
  • Jack Pumpkinhead
  • Sawhorse
  • Gump*
  • Billina
  • Tik-Tok



  • Wicked Witch of the West
  • Winged Monkeys
  • Mombi
  • Jinjur
  • Langwidere**
  • Nome King
  • Lord Kaliko

( * Referred to as the "Moose Bed" in the English dub. He does not talk in the series.)

( ** Renamed "Princess Lulu" in the English dub. Apart from the name change, the moody and haughty Princess of Ev had an obsessive collection of hats, rather than heads. The change was presumably made to soften the character for young children.)


Note: English title provided along with Japanese in parenthesis

1-17: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

18-30: The Marvelous Land of Oz

31-41. Ozma of Oz

42-52. The Emerald City of Oz

  1. Dorothy Meets the Munchkins (Dorothy and the Tornado)
  2. Dorothy Finds a Friend (Yellow Brick Road)
  3. Adventures Along the Yellow Brick Road (Departure to Hope)
  4. The Journey to Emerald City (The Difficult Road)
  5. Saved By the Mouse Queen (Black Flower)
  6. The Emerald City At Last (Emerald Palace)
  7. The Wizard Wants a Favor (Witch of the West)
  8. The Wicked Witch of the West (Winky's Battle)
  9. Dorothy's Magic Powers (Witch's Castle)
  10. Freedom from the Witch (After the Shoes)
  11. Mombi, Tip and the Golden Cap (Mombi and Tip)
  12. Back to Emerald City (New King)
  13. The Wizard's Disappointing Secret (Identity of the Great King of Oz)
  14. The Wizard Tries to Help (Left Behind)
  15. Journey to the South (To the South)
  16. Glinda, The Good Witch (Witch Glinda's Castle)
  17. Home Sweet Home Again (Glinda)
  18. Dorothy Meets the Wizard, Again (Kansas)
  19. Back to Oz
  20. The Escape from Mombi (Chip is a father)
  21. General Jinjur Attacks (General Ginger)
  22. Escape from the Emerald City (Scarecrow King Runs Away)
  23. Tinman to the Rescue (The Woodcutter's a King)
  24. Mombi's Terrible Magic (Monbi's Magic)
  25. Trapped in the Palace (Join Strength)
  26. The Magical Escape (Gump)
  27. Glinda Agrees to Help (Seeking Help)
  28. The Emerald City, Captured (Back to Emerald)
  29. Mombi's Attempt to Trick Glinda (Mombi the Witch?)
  30. Ozma, Princess of Oz (Tip's Secret)
  31. Tik-Tok the Mechanical Man (Dorothy and Tick-Tock)
  32. The Kidnapped Prince (Castle Langdia)
  33. The Deadly Desert (Desert Journey)
  34. The Talking Hen (Hen of the Desert)
  35. Monsters of Stone (Edge of Oz)
  36. The Underground Country of Gnomes (Gnome of the Underworld)
  37. The Deadly Guessing Game (The King's Problem)
  38. Dorothy Outsmarts the King (The King's Favorite Thing)
  39. The Secret Fear of the Nomes (Scary Room)
  40. The Nome King Sets a Trap (In Search of the Light)
  41. Saved by the Sun (Back to the Surface)
  42. The Nome King Plans Revenge (The Gnome's Counterattack)
  43. Princess Ozma's Secret (Secret of Emerald)
  44. Miss Cuttenclip and Mister Fuddle (Land of Chokkinpet)
  45. The Growleywog Joins the Nomes (Harvest in Oz)
  46. The Water of Oblivion (Spring of Forgetfulness)
  47. Nomes on the March (Bakekubi Goes on a Rampage)
  48. A Winky Helps his King (Guff Becomes a Good Person)
  49. The Crowning of Ozma (Coronation)
  50. The Nomes Attack (Victory of the Gnome King)
  51. Dorothy and Her Friends Defend the Palace (Dorothy Keeps Fighting)
  52. A Very Happy Ending (Back to Kansas)


Japanese Cast[]

  • Sumi Shimamoto as Dorothy Gale
  • Yoshito Yasuhara as Scarecrow
  • Takuzō Kamiyama as Tin Man
  • Ichirō Nagai as Cowardly Lion
  • Eisuke Yōda as Uncle Henry
  • Haruko Kitahama as Aunt Em
  • Mitsuko Tomobe as Witch of the North
  • Fumi Hirano as Queen of the Field Mice
  • Shigeru Chiba as Field Mouse
  • Sanae Shinohara as Nimmie Amee
  • Junji Chiba as Guardian of the Gates
  • Osamu Katō as Soldier with the Whiskers
  • Rihoko Yoshida as Jellia Jamb, Billina, Stork
  • Seizō Katō as Oz (Giant Head Form)
  • Mari Yokoo as Oz (Fairy Form)
  • Toshiya Ueda as Oz (Beast Form)
  • Mahito Tsujimura Oz (Fire Form), Winkie Taskmaster, Wheeler
  • Tadao Futami as The Wizard
  • Naoko Kōda as Wicked Witch of the West
  • Shingo Kanemoto as Winged Monkey
  • Gara Takashima as China Princess
  • Kōichi Kitamura as Hammer-Head, Wheeler
  • Shōzō Iizuka as Hammer-Head
  • Aiko Konoshima as Glinda the Good
  • Masako Nozawa as Tip/Ozma, Wicked Witch of the East
  • Chie Kitagawa as Mombi
  • Kazuyo Aoki as Jack Pumpkinhead
  • Akio Nojima as Sawhorse
  • Runa Akiyama as General Jinjur
  • Yūji Mitsuya as Tik-Tok
  • Yōko Asagami as Langwidere, aka Lulu
  • Ryūsei Nakao as Field Mouse
  • Osamu Saka as Nome King
  • Tamio Ōki as Kaliko
  • Eiko Yamada as Prince of Ev
  • Jōji Yanami as Guph
  • Miyuki Ichijō as Miss Cuttenclip
  • Hitoshi Takagi as Fuddle
  • Tetsuo Mizutori as Growleywog

English Cast[]

  • Morgan Hallett as Dorothy Gale
  • Richard Dumont as Scarecrow
  • George Morris as Tin Man
  • Neil Shee as Cowardly Lion
  • Steven Bednarski as Tip
  • A.J. Henderson as Tik-Tok
  • Walter Massey as Kaliko
  • Kathleen Fee as Mombi
  • Dean Hagopian as General Guff
  • Susan Glover as Jinjur
  • Margot Kidder as the Narrator



  • Opening Theme: "Fanshii Gaaru" (Fancy Girl) by Satoko Yamano
  • Ending Theme: "Maho no Crayon" (Crayon of Magic) by Lumiko Osugi and Ema Osugi


  • Theme Song: "Searching for a Dream" by The Parachute Club


  • Shuichi Seki, who worked on many of Nippon Animation's Woeld Masterpiece Theater TV series, served as character designer.
  • This anime was released a year later after the film Return to Oz was released.

Comparison with the original stories[]

  • Dorothy has a sequence of dreams in Kansas that serve as premonitions about her forthcoming adventures in Oz. They actually unsettle her. Such a portentous dream sequence is found in no other version of the story.
  • Aunt Em and Uncle Henry are away when the tornado hits. Upon returning and seeing their farmhouse gone, Uncle Henry believes the worst, but Aunt Em is certain that Dorothy is out there somewhere, alive.
  • Toto almost falls through the open trap door while the farmhouse is being carried away by the tornado, and the visual directly references a W. W. Denslow illustration in Baum's book.
  • The Wicked Witches of the East and West are sisters, as are Glinda and the Good Witch of the North (unlike in the original stories)
  • The Wicked Witch of the East's magic shoes are originally rather unsightly, in the series, but they turn into a pair of dainty silver slippers after the Good Witch of the North encases Dorothy's feet in them.
  • The Wicked Witch of the East does not cause Nick Chopper's axe to chop him up into pieces, but rather transforms him into a ("heartless") Tin Man instantaneously. Again, this was presumably done to soften the transformation for young children.
  • The Wicked Witch of the West's attempt to trick Dorothy into stumbling over an invisible bar doesn't work the way it does in Baum's book. Dorothy realizes that something is wrong, and the witch ends up stumbling over the bar herself in anger. When the witch threatens Toto, Dorothy actually surrenders one of her magic shoes but ends up melting the witch before she can relinquish the other one.
  • Although in most versions Dorothy's killing of the Wicked Witch is entirely accidental, in this version she sees how the witch reacts when hit with a little water and intentionally knocks a barrel of it over her.
  • Mombi was never the Wicked Witch of the North but had frequently visited the Wicked Witch of the West in order to learn dark magic. She and Tip make their first appearance in the Winkie Country, after Dorothy destroyed the Wicked Witch of the West. Mombi tries to steal the Golden Cap which summons the Winged Monkeys but fails. All of this is unique to the anime series.
  • Dorothy was absent in Baum's original sequel to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, yet in this series, she returns to Oz while Tip is carving out Jack Pumpkinhead and is present during all the events that take place in The Marvelous Land of Oz. This was clearly done with the intention of showcasing Baum's original (and most popular) heroine at all times; indeed, Dorothy appears in every single episode of the anime series.
  • Jinjur insists that she will never change her rebellious and trouble-making ways, and Glinda magically makes her reform. In the original stories, Jinjur ultimately reformed of her own accord (when her goal of gender equality in Ozian is achieved) and got married.
  • The Wheelers are clichéd cavemen who ride around on stone unicycles, not humanoids with wheels for hands. They are portrayed as sympathetic characters who want to defend their collection of hats from Princess Lulu's kleptomania.
  • Conversely, and in connection with the prior item, Tik-Tok starts out as a de facto villain, being the agent of Lulu's plundering spree. However, his villainy is brushed aside as "only following orders" - a strange message for a children's cartoon!
  • Princess Ozma does not travel to the Nome Kingdom, unlike in Ozma of Oz, saying that she has a country of her own to rule. This is a reasonable and wholly plausible change in-universe. However, it makes the story arc's title incomprehensible.
  • Billina is not one of Dorothy's companions from the outside world in this series. She is a talking hen to begin with, who is native to the Land of Ev. She only appears in a few scenes and does not partake in any adventures.
  • The Royal Family of Ev is reduced to "Princess Lulu" and her brother, the Crown Prince. The Queen of Ev and her many children from Baum's original Ozma of Oz were written out of the series, no doubt to simplify things. The evil King Evoldo is not referenced. Thus, it is only the Crown Prince that is kidnapped and transformed by the Nome King, and the Prince's sister, "Princess Lulu" ruled as regent in his absence.
  • The Hungry Tiger and the Army of Oz are left out of the story.
  • The Nomes are drawn to look like traditional garden gnomes.
  • The Nome King's Magic Belt was written out of the series.
  • Ozma was originally presented as no more than a human girl, in The Marvelous Land of Oz, but later on in the series, he revealed that she was in fact a fairy. This gradual revelation in the original books is mirrored in the anime series too. Dorothy, Ozma and the Scarecrow stumble into a secret chamber in the Emerald City where Ozma's history has been chronicled, and where they learn that Ozma has special, magic powers. Such an incident never took place in the original books, but the discovery that Ozma has special powers is in keeping with Baum's late depiction of Ozma as a fairy.
  • Ozma is much younger than Dorothy in the series, whereas Dorothy was clearly younger than Ozma in Baum's original books. This gives Ozma a more "Kid's Own" quality for younger viewers. In fact, Ozma could occasionally be playful to the point of being mischievous, in the series, and Glinda had entrusted Dorothy with the task of grooming the little princess for her coronation. After reading her own history in the secret chamber, and learning that she has special powers, however, Ozma has an epiphany of sorts and becomes the responsible and diligent ruler depicted by Baum.
  • There is no Magic Picture in this series.
  • The Nomes' frightening allies from The Emerald City of Oz - the Whimsies, Growleywogs, and Phanfasms - are reduced to a single creature, the kaiju-like "Growley the Growleywog". Rather than being evil, Growley is simple-minded and hungry. He resembles Godzilla but has a personality like Cookie Monster.
  • Rather than keep a low profile until emerging at the Emerald City, the Nome invasion sends "Growley" to arise in the Winkie Country to attempt to satiate his hunger.
  • Dorothy almost falls to her death, from a tower in the Emerald City, as the series draws to a close. The Nome King hopes that this will be the end of his young enemy, but Glinda protects Dorothy from afar. This didn't happen in The Emerald City of Oz, but it's the most climactic part of the series.

Regional releases[]

To give it a secondary market, episodes of the show were later re-edited into four films and released on video and DVD, in which major plots and storylines are removed in favor of cutting each story-arc down into their retrospective book-canon story. The uncut Japanese version was released in the US on SD Blu-ray by Discotek, as was an English dub version. The show aired in Australia and the UK multiple times in the early 1990s in the full episodic format on the ABC and ITV channels respectively. The full original Japanese version is available for purchase at YesAsia.


External links[]

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TV Series Adventures in Oz with Cheryl (1999) • Lost in Oz (2002) • Tin Man (2007) • La Maga (2008) • Dorothy and the Witches of Oz (2011) • Emerald City (2017)
Animated Series and Specials Tales of the Wizard of Oz (1961) • Return to Oz (1964) • Dorothy in the Land of Oz (1980) • In the Magical Land of Oz (1983) • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1986) • Dorothy Meets Ozma of Oz (1987) • The Wonderful Galaxy of Oz (1990) • The Wizard of Oz (1990) • The Oz Kids (1996) • Adventures in the Emerald City (1999) • Marchen Awakens Romance (2007) • Lost in Oz (2015-2018) • Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz (2017-2020)
Guest Appearances Shirley Temple's Storybook Theater: "The Land of Oz" (1960) • Once Upon a Time (2011-2018) • Supernatural (2013-2015)
Pastiches, parodies, etc The World's Greatest SuperFriends: "The Planet of Oz" (1980) • Scooby-Doo (1981-) • Beetlejuice: "Wizard of Ooze" (1991) • Animaniacs: "Buttons in Ows" (1995) • Earthworm Jim: "Wizard of Ooze" (1996) • Rugrats: "No Place Like Home" (1999) • MadTV (2000-2004) • Futurama: "Anthology of Interest II" (2002) • That's So Raven (2003-2006) • Phineas and Ferb: "Wizard of Odd" (2010) • Dora the Explorer : "Book Explorers" (2012) • The Fresh Beat Band: "The Wizard of Song" (2012) • Victorious: "April Fools Blank" (2012) • "Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Brick Road" (2012) • Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: "Minnie's The Wizard Of Dizz" (2013) • Dino Dan/Trek's Adventures "The Wonderful Wizard of Dinoz" (2014) • Black Dynamite: "The Wizard of Watts" (2015) • Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn: "The Wonderful Wizard of Quads" (2017)
Reality TV Project Runway (2004) • America's Got Talent (2006 – present) • Face Off (2011)
Shorts and others Beef Ravioli commercials (2006) • Unknown, Lost, or non-English Adaptations