The Whimsical World of Oz was a PBS special that talks about L. Frank Baum's Oz book series as well as adaptations, including the 1939 classic, leading up to Disney's 1985 film, Return to Oz, with behind the scenes footage.


  • Mason Adams - Narrator
  • Ozma Baum Mantele - L. Frank Baum's granddaughter
  • Dr. Robert A. Baum - L. Frank Baum's grandson
  • Ray Bradbury - Author and playwright
  • Erica Jong - Author
  • John Fricke - Editor, Baum Bugle
  • Dr. Justin Call - Professor of Psychiatry
  • C. Warren Hollister, PH.D. - Author of "Oz and the Fifth Criterion"
  • Romola Dunlap - Dorothy Gale from silent Oz films
  • Ray Bolger - Scarecrow in 1939 film
  • Jack Haley, Jr. - Jack Haley's son
  • Aljean Harmetz - Author of "The Making of the Wizard of Oz"
  • Stephanie Mills
  • Ted Ross
  • Walter Murch - Director of Return to Oz
  • Gary Kurtz - Executive Producer of Return to Oz
  • Lyle Conway - Creature Design Supervisor and voice of the Gump in Return to Oz
  • Paul Maslansky - Producer of Return to Oz
  • Pons Maar - Mime Movement Advisor and lead Wheeler in Return to Oz
  • Fairuza Balk - Dorothy Gale in Return to Oz
  • Jean Marsh - Nurse Wilson/Mombi in Return to Oz
  • Nicol Williamson - Dr. Worley/Nome King in Return to Oz
  • Children - kids who have read the Oz books
    • Edwin Allen
    • Lynne Breslaw
    • Charlie Fields
    • Mia Flato
    • Alexander Hajinal
    • Cara Jedell
    • B.G. Tate
    • Jason Zimbler

Films referenced