The Wizard of Oz (オズの魔法使い Ozu no Mahōtsukai) is a 1983 Japanese 10-minute original video animation (OVA).
Part of Toei Animation's World Famous Fairy Tale Series (世界名作童話まんがシリーズ Sekai Meisaku Dōwa Manga Shirīzu) video series, it was originally released in February 1983 on Fujifilm's Single-8 film. Later, it was released on VHS a few times by Toei Video.
In the United States, it was dubbed in English and released as part of Volume 4 in the My Favorite Fairy Tales video series, produced in 1986 by Saban Productions and released in 1987 by Hi-Tops Video. It was re-released twice: In 1990 by Video Treasures, and in 1995 by Anchor Bay Entertainment.
In 2004, Digiview Productions (later Digiview Entertainment), a budget distributor of mostly public domain cartoons, released this on DVD, along with other cartoons, as part of their "Cartoon Craze" series.
- This is the second Japanese produced Oz adaption coming one year after The Wizard of Oz (1982 film)
- There are various differences in the story presented: Toto is a brown dog, the slippers are pink, the Tin Man is not rusted, the Wizard lives in a Emerald Castle which has a portal to the haunted forest, the Scarecrow discovers the Wicked Witch's weakness is water after extinguishing her fire, and the Wizard rings a bell which summons the Good Witch of the South who is a small fairy.