My Oz Character Depiction Rankings

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My Oz Character Depiction Rankings

SamofOz
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Joined: 07 Dec 2007, 07:07

29 Sep 2011, 01:29 #1

I list my favourite depictions of the Oz characters and their places in faithfulness to the book as follows (there is no "worst" rating, yet - just the ones I like).  At one time I was going to ask you guys to vote the best versions (like an Academy Award version for humour), but decided against it as I thought it might be a bit difficult.

Dorothy:
1) Courtney Barilla ("Dreamer of Oz") and Fairuza Balk ("Return to Oz", Disney)
2) Bebe Daniels (1910 Selig "Wonderful Wizard")
3) Morgan Hallet (1987 anime series)
4) Mischa Bond (1980 Thanksgiving special)
5) Susan Conway (Rankin/Bass "Return to Oz")
6) Zooey Deschanel, DG (Sci-Fi "Tin Man")

Toto:
1) Selig 1910 short film (actual dog, not costumed actor)
2) 1990 "Dreamer of Oz"
3) 1987 anime series
4) Tansy (Disney "Return to Oz")
5) Baxter (Sci-Fi "Tin Man")

Scarecrow:
1) Justin Case (Disney "Return to Oz")
2) Richard Dumont (1987 anime series)
3) Alan Cumming, Glitch (Sci-Fi "Tin Man")
4) Kermit the Frog (Muppets "Wizard of Oz")
5) Michael Jackson ("Wiz")

Tin Woodman:
1) Deep Roy (Disney "Return to Oz")
2) George Morris (1987 anime series)
3) Stephen Boe (1981 Minneapolis stage musical)
4) 1980 Thanksgiving special
5) Neal McDonough (Sci-Fi "Tin Man")

Lion:
1) John Alexander (Disney "Return to Oz")
2) Neil Shee (1987 anime series)
3) Raoul Trujillo, Raw (Sci-Fi "Tin Man")
4) Anime from the "Cartoon Craze" DVD
5) 1987 "Dorothy Meets Ozma of Oz" direct-to-video cartoon
6) Ted Ross ("Wiz")

Emerald City:
1) Disney's "Return to Oz"
2) 1987 Pan-Media/Cinar anime
3) Toho anime
4) Selig and "His Majesty, the Scarecrow" films
5) Filmation's "Journey Back to Oz"
6) 1981 Minneapolis stage musical
7) 1990 "Dreamer of Oz"
Image "Muppets Wizard of Oz"

Wizard:
1) 1987 Pan-Media/Cinar anime series
2) Sid Caesar (Thanksgiving special)
3) 1990 "Dreamer of Oz"  (Frank Hamilton as Sullivan?)
4) Richard Dreyfuss (Sci-Fi "Tin Man")

Glinda:
1) 1987 Pan-Media/Cinar anime series
2) Rise Stevens (Filmation's "Journey Back to Oz")
3) Rankin/Bass "Return to Oz" (Pegi Loder?)
4) Polish cartoon
5) MAYBE Frances Bergen (Shirley Temple's "Land of Oz" TV ep)
6) MAYBE Kathleen Wegner (1981 Minneapolis stage musical)

Good Witch of the North:
1) 1987 Pan-Media/Cinar anime series
2) Anime on "Cartoon Craze" DVD

Wicked Witch of the West:
1) 1987 Pan-Media/Cinar series
2) Elizabeth Hanna (Toho anime)
3) Rue McClanahan (1990 "Dreamer of Oz")
4) Funky Fables anime
5) Mandarin anime on VCD
6) 1910 Selig short film

Aunt Em:
1) Selig 1910 short film
2) Mary Carr (1925 Larry Semon film)
3) 1987 Pan-Media/Cinar anime series
4) Piper Laurie (Disney "Return to Oz")
5) Margaret Hamilton (Filmation "Journey Back to Oz")
6) Clara Bandick (MGM)
7) Polish cartoon

Uncle Henry:
1) Matt Clark (Disney "Return to Oz")
2) Selig 1910 short film
3) 1987 Pan-Media/Cinar anime series

Mombi:
1) Jean Marsh (Disney "Return to Oz")
2) 1987 Pan-Media/Cinar anime series
3) Wendy Lehr (1981 Minneapolis stage musical)
4) Mae Wells (1914 "His Majesty, the Scarecrow of Oz" film)
5) Agnes Moorehead (Shirley Temple's "Land of Oz" TV ep)
6) Ethel Merman (Filmation's "Journey Back to Oz")

Ozma:
1) Emma Ridley (Disney "Return to Oz")
2) "His Majesty, the Scarecrow" 1914 film
3) Shirley Temple (TV ep)
4) 1987 "Dorothy Meets Ozma of Oz" direct-to-video cartoon
5) Joan Gerber (1980 Thanksgiving special)
6) 1987 Pan-Media/Cinar anime series

Jack Pumpkinhead:
1) Brian Henson (Disney "Return to Oz")
2) Carl Beck (1981 Minneapolis stage musical)
3) 1987 Pan-Media/Cinar anime series
4) Bob Ridgely (1980 Thanksgiving special)
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