Dorothy in the Land of Oz (also known as Thanksgiving in the Land of Oz) is a 1980 Thanksgiving special starring Emmy Award winner Sid Caesar. The film has its own original story but features many characters and elements featured in the original book series with primarly elements taken from Ozma of Oz and The Emerald City of Oz.
Official VHS Description
In Kansas, Dorothy Gale wakes up from a dream about Oz as Aunt Em and Uncle Henry are prepairing a final Thanksgiving feast before they leave for a retirement home because they owe too much money to the bank and will have Dorothy live with her cousins. Aunt Em places a mince pie unto the windowstill and a pair of hands swipes them. Dorothy along with Toto chase after the thief who runs into a tent only to find out it is the Wizard. He explains to her that after leaving Oz, he countinued as a ballonist and shows her a giant green turkey balloon, however though, the balloon slips the Wizard's hands and its mouth grabs the pie as Dorothy and Toto clutch onto the sting and are taken to Oz.
Upon arriving, she meets Jack Pumpkinhead who tells her about Tyrone the Terrible Toy Tinker who is building up an army of large toys that he will bring to life using the Powder of Life as to take over the Emerald City. As Tyrone is hiding in the bushes, he steals a large jar of the powder from Jack and uses on the turkey balloon to bring it to life as he names it the Green Gobbler of Oz.
A bit of powder also brings the Mince Pie to life as the three decide to confront Tyrone in his castle, but to get there, they have to go through a dark cave which is the home of the Hungry Tiger and the run-down Tik-Tok whom Dorothy winds up. They get to the castle and Dorothy tells Tyrone she is not afraid of him which has him explain his story of being a toy-maker. She convinces him not to use the powder for evil because his toys could be given around Christmastime. He agrees, but then Jack, the Pie, the Hungry Tiger, and Tik-Tok make it up to the top and still think Tyrone is evil. He explains he has become good, but as he does, the jar of powder falls off the mountain which is an exctinct volcano which brings it to life as it erupts. Right before it does, Tyrone calls the Green Gobbler and they all hop on to safety.
In the Emerald City, they meet Ozma who thanks Dorothy and her friends for saving the day. In explaining that if she wanted to go back to Kansas, she would be away from her new friends, so she uses her magic to bring her Kansas home to Oz with Aunt Em, Uncle Henry, and the Wizard in it (who was hiding in the chimney) as they all have a Thanksgiving feast.
- Sid Caesar as the Wizard / U.N. Krust / The Narrator
- Mischa Bond as Dorothy Gale
- Robert Ridgely as Jack Pumpkinhead / Tyrone the Terrible Toy Tinker (credited as Bob Ridgely)
- Joan Gerber as Tic Toc / Ozma
- Frank Nelson as Hungry Tiger
- Lurene Tuttle as Aunt Em
- Charles Woolf as Uncle Henry
- Maitzi Morgan
- Julie Cohen
- Although originally aired as a Thanksgiving cartoon, another version of the cartoon appeared. This slightly modified version removed any references to the Thanksgiving holiday, enabling it to be shown at any time of year.
- A storybook adaptation was published by Scholastic called "Dorothy and the Green Gobbler in Oz" and was written by Romeo Muller who had written the screenplay for this special along with the screenplay for 1964's Return to Oz.
- There are various first animated appearances of characters such as Ozma, Tik-Tok, and the Hungry Tiger who would all appear again in the 1986 series The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
- The film was recommended by the National Education Association.