Film

The Wizard of Oz

The main four characters in The Wizard of Oz anime

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

A version edited by Johann Lowenberg and produced and directed by John Danylkiw appeared on television in the United States in 1983. Alan L. Gleitsman was the executive producer for his own Alan Enterprises. It was distributed in English-speaking countries by Paramount Pictures.

The film is known for staying particularly close to the novel, its primary elimination being the journey to Glinda, which is only now slightly less of a deus ex machina than in the MGM version. Also borrowed from that version are the red "magic shoes" rather than the silver shoes 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 never illustrated the first Oz book.