We’re Not in Kansas Anymore – 04 – Coraline & Return to Oz

We're Not In Kansas Anymore

Come with us on a journey, we look at two movies where the audience is transported to a fantasy world through the eyes of a young girl. Based on the huge success of the original Wizard of Oz from 1939 movies have taken the girl in a fantasy world formula and explored it in various ways also with varying success.

Return to Oz from 1985 is a film which went through production hell and in the end was a mash up of ideas which failed to capture the magic of the original, although it is still unclear if that was the intention. Coraline from 2009 on the other hand takes the concept in a slightly different way and allows our heroine to switch between fantasy and real world throughout the film with unique results.