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The first four entries in L. Frank Baum's Oz series have in recent years fallen into public domain, which explains the plethora of animated "Wizard of Oz" productions on TV and on videocassette. Miller-Rosen Productions was the guiding force behind 1981's Dorothy in the Land of Oz. Most of the story is taken up with a replay of the first Oz book, with intriguing character designs for such familiar characters as the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion. Elements from such later books as Marvelous Land of Oz and Ozma of Oz are also woven into the proceedings. The animation itself is passable, though of course far below the Disney standard. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi