Gonzo is contacted by his alien family through his breakfast cereal. But when the men in black kidnap him, it's up to Kermit and the gang to rescue Gonzo and help him reunite with his long-lost family.
Dorothy Gale lives with her Auntie Em and Uncle Henry in a trailer park in Kansas. Dorothy has dreams of becoming a famous singer, but when a tornado hits Kansas and Dorothy rushes to save Toto, her prawn (she couldn't afford a dog), she is whisked away to Oz where she meets the four witches (all played by Miss Piggy) and the Munchkins of Oz (the rats). On her way to see the Wizard, she meets the Scarecrow (Kermit), the Tin Thing (Gonzo), and the Cowardly Lion (Fozzie) who all wish to have something given by the wizard. On their way to Emerald City, they are captured by the Wicked Witch of the West (of course, Miss Piggy) and her flying monkeys (other muppets). When they finally make it back to Emerald City, the Wizard is really a man from Hollywood. But he "grants" their wishes, but what they wanted they already had inside (there's a lesson there). When Dorothy finally is back in Kansas, she becomes what she had wanted, a famous singer and on the Muppets Star Search show. Written by
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The movie pays several homages to "The Wiz" and its film adaptation The Wiz (1978): Dorothy is African-American, Oz is depicted as a modern city, the Flying Monkeys are a biker gang and the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion are tortured in a similar fashion. See more »
Towards the end, as Dorothy and Co leave the stage, the Wiz is holding his hand out to shake hands, and in the close up shot he has taken his specs off. When we zoom out, and Toto says something to him, he is still wearing his glasses. See more »
I rented this film because my 7 year old daughter loves Muppets and The Wizard of Oz very much. I wish I had read other users comments first. I didn't feel that it was entertaining at all and I didn't find parts of it appropriate for my daughter. I have to say the whole biker mama bit a little much. And the comment from Gonzo about "you can see my rear end! I must be working out!" to be really over line. I don't have any issues with an African-American playing Dorothy, but I am positive that they could have found someone with a little more skill. I do believe that Dorothy should have been someone a little younger than Ashanti as well. As I remember they thought Judy Garland might have been too old at 16! If this is the path Disney is steering the Muppets then they should sell the franchise to a company who will produce quality films. Now that I think of it, the only movies I can think of that Disney has made in the last few years that are any good have Pixar doing the real work. I am sure there are those that will disagree with me, but these are "my" comments.
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