In 2001 Warner Home Video released the super cute Tom and Jerry Wizard of Oz. If you haven't seen it you can see more info on this blog entry. WB is releasing a follow up in June that looks equally as adorable.
ALL-NEW ANIMATED FAMILY FILM
TOM AND JERRY: BACK TO OZ
IS AVAILABLE ON DVD FOR THE FIRST TIME
JUNE 21, 2016
FROM WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT
DVD Will Include Bonus Material
BURBANK, CA (April 13, 2016)
Get set for another oz-some
adventure with animation's favorite tussling twosome, Tom
and Jerry in Warner Bros. Home Entertainment's
(WBHE) newest original film, Tom and Jerry: Back to Oz. Available in stores
June 21, 2016, this entertaining family film follows everyones favorite cat and mouse as they return to the captivating
Land of Oz for another exciting adventure with Dorothy, Toto, the Scarecrow,
the Tin Man, the Lion and their companions. Tom and Jerry: Back to Oz will
retail for $19.98 SRP.
Tap your heels
together three times and prepare to journey over the rainbow once again, for
another delightful adventure with the cantankerous cat and the mischievous
mouse in Tom and Jerry: Back to Oz. The Wicked Witch of the West may have been
defeated but its not long before a new villain
emerges and threatens the magical Land of Oz! Only Tom and Jerrys brilliant antics are clever enough to take on this new
When the Gnome King
and his army surface from beneath Oz and capture the Good Witch, the wizard
turns to Tom, Jerry and Dorothy for help. He brings them back to Oz to help
stop the evil monarch, who has threatened to take control of Emerald City.
Having wreaked havoc throughout Oz, the Gnome King and his army need one thing
to finalize their conquest Dorothy's ruby slippers! Its up to Tom
and Jerry to use their quick wits and clever schemes to save Oz. Dorothy's cherished friends, the Lion, the Tin Man, the Scarecrow and
her little dog Toto too, join in their valiant efforts. Will the Gnome King
take over Emerald City or will Tom and Jerry's
hilarious high jinks save the day? The result is a rip-roaring, fun-filled,
magical adventure Tom and Jerry fans won't
want to miss!
The Wizard of Oz and its beloved characters have captured the
hearts of fans for generations. With this fun new film, viewers will be able to
reconnect with everything they love about Oz but in a whole new story, said Mary Ellen Thomas, Vice President Family & Animation
Marketing. She added, Tom and Jerry are loved by kids
and adults alike. We're delighted to release another
beautifully animated film that features the hilarious adventures of these two
beloved, iconic cartoon characters.
Originally created by
William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, Tom and Jerry emerged during Hollywood's golden age of animation and became one of the most popular
cartoon series in existence. The shorts focused on the never-ending rivalry
between Tom the cat and Jerry the mouse. The plots of each short usually center
on Toms attempts to capture Jerry. Jerry
however, is clever and quick on his feet, thus ensuring that Tom hardly ever
manages to catch him.
Tom and Jerry: Back to Oz is the second animated Tom and
Jerry film based on the classic Wizard of Oz book series. The first film, Tom
and Jerry & the Wizard of Oz, was released by WBHE in 2011. The Wizard of
Oz is one of the most recognizable brands in family entertainment.
Metro-Goldwyn-Meyers 1939 film adaptation starring
Judy Garland not only became one of the best-known interpretations of the
classic novel but also originated some of the most unforgettable music of all
time. Additional films in the Tom and Jerry film series from WBHE include Tom
& Jerry: Robin Hood and his Merry Mouse, Tom and Jerry Meet Sherlock
Holmes, Tom and Jerry: The Lost Dragon, Tom and Jerrys
Giant Adventure and Tom and Jerry: Spy Quest.
About Warner Bros. Animation
Warner Bros. Animation (WBA) is one of the leading producers
of animation in the entertainment industry, producing and developing projects
for multiple platforms, both domestically and internationally. WBAs TV series include Be Cool Scooby-Doo!, Bunnicula, Justice
League Action, Teen Titans Go!, The Tom and Jerry Show, Wabbit A Looney Tunes Production for Cartoon Network, Mike Tyson
Mysteries for Adult Swim and the forthcoming Green Eggs and Ham for Netflix. As
the home of the iconic animated characters from the DC Comics, Hanna-Barbera,
MGM and Looney Tunes libraries, WBA also produces highly successful animated
films including the DC Universe Animated
Original Movies for DVD. One of the most-honored
animation studios in history, WBA has won six Academy Awards®, 35 Emmy® Awards,
the George Foster Peabody Award, an Environmental Media Award, a Parents Choice Award, the HUMANITAS Prize, two Prism Awards and 20
Annie Awards (honoring excellence in animation).
& Oscar(s)® are registered trademarks and service marks of the Academy of
Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Some of the hottest collectibles right now are small, cute Asian inspired plush. Disney's Tsum-Tsums and Hallmark's Itty Bittys are enjoying tremendous sales right now and collectors are enjoying massive doses of cute and collectibility. These new plush lines haven't quite reached the mania of the beanie baby craze yet, but you do have to be quick on the draw. Just ask the Oz fans that missed out on Hallmark's Itty Bitty witches. Wish Factory adds their interpretation of adorable with the launch of their Kawaii Cubes. In my opinion, there is no such thing as too much plush and Kawaii Cubes are a very welcome addition. Dorothy and the Tin Man will be released in June. Shown here are the 2.5" sizes, but they will also be released in larger sizes of 4" and 8" and more characters will be added. Looking at these little guys, it's hard not to crack a smile. Their embroidered faces are very sweet and the Kawaii Cubes are velvety soft. Their bottoms are weighted so they sit upright and they are designed to be stackable. Children and collectors will have fun reenacting scenes from The Wizard of Oz or creating new ones. Heck, the sequel to Tom and Jerry's Wizard of Oz is coming soon. You can add Tom and Jerry Kawaii Cubes to the mix and engage in hours of imaginative play.
I'm glad Wish Factory chose to stagger the Oz releases as sometimes it's difficult to acquire whole sets at once, BUT they are limited edition so be sure to add them to your collections as soon as possible. And it also draws out the enjoyment of collecting. The affordable price of $4.99 for the 2.5" is a big plus as well. The only minor criticisms I have are although the toys are approved for ages 3 and up, I'd be hesitant to give them to young children. Tin Man's funnel hat is glued on and could come off with a good yank as could the little arms and feet. I wish Dorothy's hair had been designed a little differently because it tends to block her precious little face. All in all, they're great little collectibles and toys and nicely detailed for their small size. I can't wait to see what other characters are planned. I'll bet the Cowardly Lion will be beyond adorable and I'd love to see Toto, a Winged Monkey, and a Winkie Guard would be fun! In addition to The Wizard of Oz, Wish Factory offers a wide range of Kawaii Cubes characters. I already adore Bugs Bunny and the lavender Catwoman. When you see these in stores, be prepared to take home more than you intend to!! They'll be sold at F.Y.E. stores and other mass market retailers. You can also support the Oz community by purchasing from all Oz retailer Storyland Collectables. I sincerely hope the success of The Wizard of Oz Kawaii Cubes will encourage Wish Factory to expand the Oz line into other areas. Oz fans really want more toys and plush. I must thank Wish Factory very sweetly for sending me Dorothy and the Tin Man for review on The Curiozity Corner. And a big thanks for taking on the Oz license and making product collectors will love!!
Wish Factory introduced their adorably engaging plush Kawaii Cubes during Toy Fair this past February. They have deftly combined two very hot collectible trends, small plush and kawaii (Japanese term meaning 'cute'), into one irresistible creation. Given the strong character base they have started with, Kawaii Cubes will catch on quickly and easily be as sought after as Disney's Tsum-Tsums and Hallmark's Itty Bittys. Kawaii Cubes will be produced in limited quantities assuring their collectibility. These stackable plush toys come in 3 sizes. Small is 2.5" by 2.5". Medium is 4" by 4" and Large is 8" by 8". Suggested retail pricing is $4.99, $9.99, and $19.99 respectively. Current releases include DC Comics Heroes and Villains, Scooby Doo, Tom & Jerry, The Flintstones, and Looney Tunes. Coming soon are Batman Vs. Superman, Suicide Squad, DC Super Hero Girls, Star Trek, and Dorothy & the Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz. Dorothy and the Tin Man have hit retailers in foreign countries, but are expected to arrive in the United States in June. F.Y.E.is the first retailer to carry Kawaii Cubes, but they will also be available at comic book shops, mass market retailers andWBshop.com.And you can show your support forall Oz retailerStoryland Collectables.
Photos Courtesy Wish Factory
More Wizard of Oz characters are forthcoming. Stay tuned!!
**I must apologize in advance for the quality of my photos. I couldn't capture the quality of the jewelry properly.**
10 PM Fashion recently introduced their Wizard of Oz collection with a soft launch of four pieces. It is very much like what you'd find in Hot Topic or Claires. The jewelry is made predominately of zinc alloy and the necklaces measure 18 inches with 3 inch extenders. Additions to the line are planned and hopefully we'll be a getting a sneak peek soon. In the interest of full disclosure I was sent the current offerings for review.
I liked the Rainbow in a Bottle more than I thought I would. Rainbow glitter is hard to resist and I love the little 'Over the Rainbow' charm accent. Little thoughtful touches like that make jewelry special. The rainbow is a symbol of hope that reminds us of our dreams as it did for Dorothy. The Rainbow in a Bottle would make a sweet gift for someone working toward a goal, struggling with personal issues or illness, or just plain having a bad day.
The Tin Man Locket has a film accurate portrait on the front with the quote "Now I know I have a heart because it's breaking." Lovely sentiment for a good bye gift. It has a magnet closure so it's easy to open and latch. And again, I love the little extra touch with the gold toned heart accent.
The Good Witch/Bad Witch Bracelets are perfect for people who don't like the clinking sound of metal bracelets. These would be wonderful to exchange among friends or to wear according to your mood.
The Ruby Slippers Necklace is the best seller. Tiny Ruby Slippers sit atop a yellow brick road in a glass dome which is reminiscent of the Wicked Witch's crystal ball or it looks like you have your own Smithsonian display! The antique framing and the jeweled accents are really pretty.
Any Oz collector especially one who loves jewelry would be be delighted to have any of these pieces plus they'd be great for cast members in plays, or for any occasion really. Easter is just around the corner. These would be darling additions to baskets for on the neck or wrist of a plush toy.
Final verdict: These are really cute, charming pieces that won't cause cash fatigue especially with the free shipping and the Curiozity Corner discount code for 15% off: curiozitycorner
I apologize for not having the whole line up the first time. My source wasn't able to get the whole line for me. These items are showing up in stores now or you can order onhallmark.com
Please see the previous blog entry for the rest of the gift line. Also on the blog is a sneak peek of the new Emerald City ornament and don't forget the Itty Bitty storybook with new Dorothy and Glinda Itty Bittys coming in August.
The Wizard of Oz Train Ride produced by Warner Brothers Consumer Products and Railway Events Inc. makes it's grand debut with the French Lick Scenic Railway in Indiana on March 23rd. You'll enjoy an enchanting train ride with all of your favorite characters. Sounds like great fun for all ages! And quite the interactive experience. What a great way to introduce children to Oz! Watch the movie first and then take them to meet Dorothy and friends. There are plans for more train events around the country so please stay tuned!!
French Lick Scenic Railway Announces Magical Journey
on THE WIZARD OF OZ™ Train Ride This Spring
FRENCH LICK, IN – Warner Bros. Consumer Products, Rail Events Inc., and the French Lick Scenic Railway are proud to announce the debut of THE WIZARD OF OZ™ Train Ride beginning March 23. Licensed by the same team that brought you THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride, the two and a half-hour round trip journey will retell the story of the beloved movie, The Wizard of Oz, on board a real train. The journey begins in Munchkinland where DOROTHY™ meets GLINDA THE GOOD WITCH™, who suggests she take a train that follows the YELLOW BRICK ROAD™ to see if the WIZARD OF OZ™ could help her find a way back to Kansas. Guests will board the train with Dorothy and several of her special friends as they travel down the Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald City.
Along the way, you’ll enjoy refreshments and live on board entertainment featuring Dorothy, SCARECROW™, TIN MAN™, and COWARDLY LION™ set to the sounds of the motion picture. Help them defeat the WICKED WITCH OF THE WEST™ before arriving at the Emerald City and experiencing the thrill of meeting THE GREAT AND POWERFUL OZ™ himself during a live stage show. You’ll then return to Munchkinland with the characters on board the train and available for photos. Children will receive a special gift for helping Dorothy on her unforgettable journey!
The adventure begins March 23 and runs through April 17 on select dates. Exact dates and excursion times are available by calling 1-800-74-TRAIN, or by visiting www.frenchlickscenicrailway.org. Tickets are $33 for adults and children age two and up. Families are encouraged to wear their favorite The Wizard of Oz attire and costumes for the ride!
About Warner Bros. Consumer Products
Warner Bros. Consumer Products, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.
About THE WIZARD OF OZ™ Train Ride
Official THE WIZARD OF OZ™ Train Rides are licensed by Rail Events, Inc. on behalf of Warner Bros. Consumer Products, Inc. Beginning in 2016, Rail Events, Inc. holds the exclusive license to operate THE WIZARD OF OZ™ Train Rides in the United States.
Rail Events Inc. is the industry leader in rail-related special events management. In 2015, we licensed events that hosted nearly one million guests at 50 partner railroads in the US, Canada, and the UK. Rail Events Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Heritage Railways, which is the premier operator of heritage railroads in the United States.
Not only is this company new to Oz, but I believe this is a fairly new company. Their Oz pieces are darling and the other licensed jewelry looks really nice. Let's wish them luck in all of their future endeavors!!!
Good Witch/Bad Witch Bracelet Set
Rainbow in a Bottle Necklace
Ruby Red Slippers Necklace
Tin Man Locket
Inside Reads: Now I know I have a heart because it's breaking - Tin Man
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A bit quiet at Toy Fair this year as far as Oz is concerned but we're grateful to see any Oz nonetheless. First up is the Polar Lights Wicked Witch of the West Resin Figure Model Kit. It's been a long time coming and I still don't have a definite release date, but it looks like it's going to be totally worth the wait if the newly designed packaging is any indication. Check with your local hobby and model shops for availability and pricing.
Next up we have the new Glinda and Dorothy with Toto from Madame Alexander. Super pretty girls!! During Toy Fair Alexander was still unsure if this was the Toto size they were going to release ultimately. To which I saw PLEASE DON'T CHANGE HIM. He's perfect!! It's nice to see a suitable Toto. Too many companies skimp on our favorite cairn terrier. Glinda and Dorothy are the 18 doll size that has become so popular. They have an SRP of $89.95.
Big Thank you to Dave McKroffterson for taking time out of his busy Toy Fair weekend to take pics for the Curiozity Corner!!!
I wish I could come up with better adjectives to describe this Lion. Right now all I can say is WOW!!!!! I really think in the history of Wizard of Oz collectibles based on the film this is one of, if not the best, representations of the Cowardly Lion. He has the sweetest, kindest face I've ever seen on a Lion collectible. I hesitate to even call these dolls anymore. They are three-dimensional works of out. The painstaking patience and study that went into producing these is unimaginable to me. R. John Wright is another artist that has obvious veneration for The Wizard of Oz. He really must be a wonderful wizard to create a collection like that!! R. John Wright has been featured on many magazine covers and reserved numerous lauds from the doll community and deservedly so.
The Cowardly Lion is due out this Summer. He stands 17 inches tall. He is all felt and fully jointed. He'll be produced at R. John Wright's workshop in Vermont. Only 250 will be made. He is $1575.00 Please see this page for more details and keep an eye out for production photos. It will be amazing to get a taste of the process that brings these characters to life.
Here's the gang behind the scenes getting their glamour shots. I SO can't wait to see the final result. The main characters all together are just breathtaking!! Courtesy of R. John Wright.