Lost in Oz is a web exclusive Oz kids' series distributed through Amazon Studios as an Amazon Original Series. It is unrelated to the 2002 pilot Lost in Oz, Tim Burton's canceled Lost in Oz, or to the Lost in Oz book series.
It is an original CGI animated reimaging of the Oz book series by L. Frank Baum set in an alternate Oz setting with changes to characters and plotlines. With some early previews in 2015 and 2016, the full first season was released on August 3rd, 2017.
The animated show is set in a modern, metropolitan Emerald City in which 12-year-old Dorothy Gale II befriends West, a young, street-smart witch grappling with dark temptations, and Ojo, a giant munchkin.
After Dorothy discovers a strange green notebook hidden under the floorboards of her house in Kansas, a giant green tornado tears her whole house off its foundation, stranding Dorothy and her dog Toto in the magical land of Oz.
Instead of the Yellow Brick Road, there is the Yellow Brick Line, a train system that seems long shuttered and unlikely to take Dorothy anywhere. She soon befriends a sarcastic, street-smart girl named West and a surprisingly big munchkin named Ojo, while also learning of the mechanics of magic and the dire magic shortage in Oz. Before the pilot episode is through, Dorothy will have made some surprising new friends and a potentially dangerous new enemy, losing one opportunity to get home in the process.
In the last few episodes of the first season, it is revealed that this series is actually a sequel of sorts to the books as Dorothy's great grandmother is the original Dorothy Gale.
- Ashley Boettcher as Dorothy Gale II
- Nika Futterman as West
- Jorge Diaz as Ojo
- Chris Cox as Toto, Agent Wally Pugmill, the Patchwork Doll, and the Winged Monkeys
- Alexander Polinsky as Fitz
- Allison Mack as Evelyn Gale, Dorothy I's granddaughter and Dorothy II's mother
- Stephen Stanton as the Magic Peddler, Scarecrow
- Keith Ferguson as Reigh the Lion
- Kath Soucie as Cyra
The episodes are called Chapters as a nod to the books.
- Dorothy Meets the Lion*
- Monkeys Fly*
- Dorothy Meets the Scarecrow
- The Pearl of Pingaree
- Wake Up, Wake Up, Wake Up!
- Little Black Lies
- The Sticks
- Down the Yellow Brick Line
- Bogspeed, Little Shanks!
- Welcome Back, Glinda
- Go For Kansas
- The pilot was first released on June 26th, 2015 and was repackaged with Dorothy Meets the Lion and Monkeys Fly as "Lost in Oz: Extended Adventure" on December 2nd, 2016 before August 3rd, 2017 when they were made separate episodes.
Amazon.com started their "Fifth Pilot Season" on June 26, 2015 and a pilot was released on that day. Amazon customers were able to vote on which shows get picked up or not based on how many the company allowed. There were only six contesting childrens' shows including Lost along with the other five which are entitled The Adventures of Knickerbock Teetertop, Bear in Underwear, A History of Radness, The Kicks, and Lily the Unicorn.
In Fall 2015, the pilot was temporarily made unavailable which caused concern that the series wasn't picked up, but it was later restored with the listing Season 1, Episode 1. This change allows Amazon Prime subscribers to add the season to a Watchlist and be alerted to the release of new episodes.
It appeared on the "Series Development Slate" on the website but this was removed as it went into production. A 11/06/15 press release indicates that the series was officially green lit. On November 16th, 2016 a one minute "Extended Adventure" official trailer was added to the show's page saying that it will be streamable on December 2nd, 2016. This turned out to be a re-release of the pilot added with the second and third episodes as a one hour and seven minute special.
As per Amazon's policy of releasing a full season instead of just adding individual episodes at a time, 10 new episodes were available on August 3rd, 2017.
A second season has not been announced yet but is likely to come in 2018 as the 13th episode ends on a cliffhanger with Dorothy still "lost in Oz".
(due to the large amount of Trivia notes, they are divided in specfic sections)
- This is the very first Oz adaptation to:
- Be a CGI animated series
- Be released online
- Feature an animated Ojo and his first film appearance since 1914's The Patchwork Girl of Oz.
- Ojo would later appear in the live-action series Emerald City.
- Be a successful series named "Lost in Oz"
- It is the third CGI adaptation after Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return and Save Oz!.
- It features a relative of Dorothy going to Oz, which in this case was her great granddaughter of the same name.
- The Gales do not have a farmhouse and their modern house does not land on anyone.
- References to 1939's The Wizard of Oz include:
- Dorothy has blue-checkered shoes as a reference to the dress
- Dorothy says the line "We are not in Kansas anymore"
- West wears black styped stockings simliar to those worn by the Wicked Witch of the East, she also has green eyes and though appears to have normal skin, can change to green at will.
- In a picture, Glinda is shown wearing a ruby red dress as a reference to the Ruby Slippers.
- A octopus band poster has a date of Marvelember 30th on it. This Oz month is a reference to Professor Marvel.
- The Wizard's full name is Oscar Zoroaster Phadrig Isaac Norman Henkel Emmannuel Ambrose Diggs as named for the Emerald City's middle school. He has yet to appear in the series.
- Fitz has the power to turn people with magic into stone statues which similiar to 1985's Return to Oz.
- Glinda appears to rule Oz as Ozma has yet to appear or be mentioned.
- The Winged Monkeys have metal electronic wings connected to suits who are controled by a computer chip in Fitz's hat, similar to the Golden Cap.
- Fitz has Water of Oblivion balloons as there is also a supply of this water located in Glinda's Castle.
- Toto is a brown dog with white spots unlike his usual black appearance.
- Dorothy's mother Evelyn is revealed to be the original Dorothy's granddaughter, but other family members are not revealed.
- Evelyn may have went to Oz as she knows about the magical notebook and quite possibly is from there as she knows both West's mother and Glinda the Good.
- There is no Tinman character featured in the series besides portrait images. Only the Scarecrow appears through Reigh is most likely related to the Cowardly Lion who also does not appear except in portrait.
- West's mother wears green clothes and has green eyes and hair.
- The Patchwork Girl is instead a small male "Patchwork Doll"
- Agent Wally Pugmill who is made of red brick is an allusion to the Red Brick Road. A female agent who appears later happens to be made of yellow brick in reference to the Yellow Brick Road.
- The magic peddlers are all frogmen as a reference to the Frogman.
- Various advertisments referring to Oz elements can be seen such as:
- A movie called "Axe of Love" with a tin heart is on a billboard.
- Green shoes "fit for a wizard" made by Ugu the shoemaker.
- Nome King Cave Tours
- A type of fruit can color teeth into rainbow.
- Some types of food might be living creatures because:
- The school's sign says that the cafeteria is closed because of "escaped hot dogs".
- Ojo implies that eating corn is "messed up" since his neigbors are corn.
- Various doughnut humanoids can be seen walking around.
- Ashley Boettcher and Landry Bender are the youngest people to voice Dorothy in an animated production (both were 15 during the Pilot). This is also the first animated version of Dorothy to be voiced by two different people who would believed to alternate between certain scenes or episodes.
- Ashley previously had minor roles as a voice in the video game for Walt Disney Pictures's Tangled and as one the witches in the film Shrek: Forever After, but was uncredited.
- Landry has also done some shows for Disney Channel.
- Kath Soucie is the only cast member who has played a role in another Oz adaption as she voiced Tuffy, the Munchkin Mouse in Tom and Jerry & the Wizard of Oz along with its sequel Tom and Jerry: Back to Oz.
- Various members have done roles with one another on various Walt Disney Pictures produced movies and animated shows such as:
- The Disney XD (formaly Toon Disney) series W.I.T.C.H.:
- Nika Futterman as Bough-Breaker and Rose Wolfe
- Kath Soucie as Nerissa
- The Disney Junior series Sofia the First:
- Nika Futterman as Madam Ubetcha
- Keith Ferguson as Sir Bartleby, Baron Von Rocha, and a talking wishing well
- Kath Soucie as Queen Avery
- The Disney Channel series Elena of Avalor:
- Jorge Diaz as Gabe
- Keith Ferguson as Zuzo and Sir Cassius
- The Disney Junior Series The Lion Guard
- Jorge Diaz as Mapigano
- Nika Futterman as Zira
- Kath Soucie has been the official voice for various Disney characters such as Mary Darling from Peter Pan, Alice's Sister, Cinderella between 1990-2001, Kanga from 2000-2010, and Daisy Duck between 1996-1998.
- The Pilot Free for Amazon.com members (requries an account and Microsoft Silverlight plug-in)
- Variety: Amazon Studios Greenlights 6 Pilots in Next Wave of Kids’ Programming
- Toonzone: Review: Amazon Pilots "Knickerbock Teetertop," "Lost in Oz," "Lily the Unicorn," & "Bear in Underwear"
- FilmMusicReporter: Amazon’s ‘Lost in Oz’ to Feature Theme Music by Mark Mothersbaugh and Score by Adam Berry
- IMDB listing