The Oz Kids

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The Oz Kids
Also known as Little Wizard Stories
Genre Adventure
Comedy-drama
Fantasy
Serial
Format Animated series
Created by Willard Carroll
Starring Julianne Michelle
Eric Lloyd
Shay Astar
Benjamin Salisbury
Bradley Pierce
Jonathan Taylor Thomas
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
French
German
Japanese
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 26 (TV)
9 (VHS)
Production
Running time 23 minutes (per episode)
40–89 minutes (per VHS)
Production company(s) Hyperion Animation
Canal + D.A.
Wang Film Productions
Meldac Corporation
Broadcast
Original channel ABC (1996-1998)
Direct-to-video (1996-1997)
Picture format 480i (4:3 SDTV, VHS, DVD)
Audio format Dolby Surround
Original run September 14, 1996 (1996-09-14) – November 14, 1998 (1998-11-14)

The Oz Kids is an American animated fantasy comedy-drama television/direct-to-video series produced by Hyperion Animation based on The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum's classic children's novel, and its various sequels. and was first broadcast on September 14, 1996 on ABC.

The two main characters of this series are both human: Dot and Neddie (the children of Dorothy and Zeb). The minor characters are Boris and Bela (the children of the Cowardly Lion), Tin Boy (the son of the Tin Woodman), Scarecrow Jr. (the son of the original Scarecrow), Jack Pumpkinhead, Jr. (son of the original Jack Pumpkinhead), Frank, (the son of the Wizard), and Andrea, daughter of Glinda.

Similar to series like Muppet Babies, the faces of the grown-ups are never shown.

Characters[edit]

Main Characters[edit]

Dot Hugson[edit]

Dorothy and Zeb's 8 year old tomboyish daughter, Neddie's fun-loving older sister. Dot Hugson (voiced by Julianne Michelle) is a cute, energetic and beautiful young farmgirl from rural Kansas and the leader of the Oz Kids, and she has very good heart. She is fearless and creative when in a dangerous situation, she is able to analyze the options and act accordingly. She consistently triumphs with style and imagination. Dot's parents are Dorothy Gale and Zebediah Hugson. Dorothy Gale first came to Oz as a young girl. Her adventures were recounted in The Wizard of Oz. As an adult, Dorothy married Kansas farmhand Zebediah and eventually settled in Oz where they had two children, Dot and Neddie. Dot has spent her entire childhood in Oz.

Although she is happy, sweet and well-adjusted, she yearns to learn more about the outside world. Dot instigates many of the trips outside of Oz. After each adventure with her friends, however, she is very happy to return to Oz, to her home. She is very protective of her younger brother, Neddie. She gains a Magic Belt that gives her magical powers.

She is fair skinned with freckles. She has brown hair tied back into two pigtails with blue bows. She wears a white blouse with short, puffy sleeves, a sleeveless blue dress, white bloomers, white socks, and black Mary Jane shoes. Like her mother, Dot is quick-thinking but always sensible and can often come up with solutions to problems when no one else can.

Neddie Hugson[edit]

Neddie Hugson (voiced by Eric Lloyd) is Dorothy and Zeb's son and Dot's charming little brother. Young farmboy Neddie shares many of his lovely sister's characteristics, he is inquisitive and energetic, but his lack of savvy often gets him into trouble.

Neddie is trusting (sometimes too trusting) and is easily impressionable. Neddie's personality is in a constant state of evolution. Neddie is often in a quandary as to what is the proper route of action but, through his sister's guidance, and his own internal system of weighing right and wrong, he ultimately always acts judiciously. He is 5 years old.

Toto 2[edit]

Toto 2 is Dot and Neddie's black dog, named after Dorothy's dog.

Minor Characters[edit]

Andrea is the daughter of Glinda, the Good Witch of the South. Andrea is quite beautiful and very aware of it. Andrea is not a witch but is a character always in conflict—she has magic abilities but isn't always certain how best to use them. Andrea is confident of her powers and likes to use them to her advantage. She is the least adept socially of the group and, often, she feels excluded from their activities When she feels excluded, she often retaliates with some sort of magical prank. Andrea is a troublemaker but, at heart, really only wants to feel included. When pressed, Andrea is able to use her magic to help the group out of a mix-up—a mix-up which, more likely than not, she was the cause of. Her outfit is similar to Princess Ozma. Relies more on her magic than her brains, but when she can't resort to her wand, she puts her mind to work. She is voiced by Shay Astar.

  • Scarecrow, Jr.: He is the son of the Scarecrow who first encountered Dorothy in a corn field and, desiring a brain more than anything, was given one by the Wizard of Oz. The Scarecrow now rules the Emerald City. Unlike his father at this age, Scarecrow Jr. is overly- confident of his intellect, he has an answer for everything. Scarecrow Jr. is something of a "boy genius", but his intellect is more advanced than his emotions. He can be very childish when he doesn't get his own way or when he believes that his friends are not listening to him. Scarecrow Jr. analyzes every situation carefully and always has a plan of action. Often, however, Scarecrow Jr. is not open to the ideas or opinions of others, he is something of a "know-it-all." Scarecrow Jr.'s intractability results in humorous conflict with his friends, many of his ideas backfire. Scarecrow Jr. discovers that his ideas are best implemented and is at his most successful when he is a team-player. He is voiced by Jonathan Taylor Thomas.
  • Tin "Nickie" Boy : He is the son of the Tin Woodman who met Dorothy on the road to Oz and was given a heart by the Wizard of Oz. The Tin Woodman rules the Winkie Country, west of Emerald City. Nickie is particularly good with his hands -- he has a decidedly mechanical nature. He can construct and/or fix almost anything. Nickie is a very emotional character, he empathizes, often in the extreme, with the problems of others. Nickie is very trusting, he looks for the good in everyone, and is often exploited because of it. He is voiced by Benjamin Salisbury.
  • Boris and Bela (voiced by Bradley Pierce and Shayna Fox) are twin lion cubs, the children of the once-Cowardly Lion. The Cowardly Lion rules the kingdom to the south of Emerald City, Quadling Country. Genetically, Boris and Bela are identical twins but they couldn't be more different in personality.
    • Boris is very shy and gentle, easily intimidated and frightened. When pushed to the limit, however, Boris always comes through. Boris often surprises his more aggressive sister, and himself, with his courage. Boris likes music and is constantly whistling or humming, often seeming to be lost in daydreams.
    • Bela is a very aggressive, very vocal lion cub, she can be something of a bully. Bela always wants to be in charge, and thinks that her way is best, but she is often shown-up by her friends. Bela tries to project a certain air of superiority but, underneath, she has the same insecurities as other children of her age. Bela's bravura gets her into trouble, her lack of experience often resulting in her being unable to pull herself out of it. Bela is often embarrassed by the affection she feels for others, particularly Boris, and has trouble expressing her feelings.
  • Jack Pumpkinhead, Jr.: He is the son of his namesake, his father is a gentle elder of Emerald City who serves beside the Scarecrow. Jack is a somewhat fragile young man and is very fastidious, he doesn't like to soil his hands or his clothes. Jack's obsession with cleanliness borders upon the charmingly neurotic and, of course, through circumstances, he often gets dirtier than any of his friends. He often surprises his friends with his solid solutions to the problems which confront them. He is voiced by Aaron Michael Metchik.
  • Frank: He is the son of the Wizard of Oz. His father, who now lives in Oz and works closely with the Scarecrow, is a widower. Frank was born outside of Oz and, at 10, is the oldest of the children. Frank is very much his father's son, blustery and something of a charlatan. Frank is the most eager to embark upon the kids' many exciting, and potentially-dangerous, excursions. Frank has scientist leanings, he is an inventor with an invention for almost any occasion. Of all the children in Oz, Frank most desires to return, permanently, to the real world. Once there, however, most of his experiences make him yearn for home. Frank straddles the fence between desiring the security of home, Oz, and wanting to strike out on his own. He is voiced by Alex Zuckerman.
  • Dorothy Gale Hugson: Dot and Neddie's mother and Zeb's wife. She is voiced by Erika Schickel.
  • Zeb Hugson: Dot and Neddie's father and Dorthy's husband.
  • Scarecrow, Sr.: Scarecrow, Jr.'s father.
  • Tin Woodman: Tin Boy's father.
  • Cowardly Lion: Boris and Bela's father.
  • Jack Pumpkinhead, Sr.: Jack, Jr.'s father.
  • Wizard: Frank's father.
  • Glinda the Good Witch: Andrea's mother.
  • Patchwork Girl: Has numerous infant patchwork kids.
  • Rick: When first encountered, Rick is a homeless man living on the streets of Manhattan. He comes to the aid of the Oz children and they ask him to return to Oz with them. Once there, Rick finds the home, and friends, he has always desired. Rick is a man the world has treated unkindly but his response, in return, has never been one of anger or bitterness. He has always felt himself an outsider, until he came to Oz. Rick serves as a sort of advisor to the Scarecrow, he is very adept at solving disputes between citizens. Rick is very childlike and, because of this, is able to easily enter a child's world. Of all the adults in Oz, Rick feels the closest kinship with the children, he is often included in activities that, normally, adults would be excluded from or have little interest in. Rick is very grateful to the children for his new home and position, and is always eager to lend a hand in making their lives more enjoyable. Rick is quite resourceful whenever he finds the children in any sort of danger, he will come to their aid with great vigor. He is voiced by Lawrence Tierney.
  • Santa Claus: A man who delivers presents on Christmas for boys and girls every year. He is kidnapped by two oggs along with Boris. So one of Santa's elves and the Oz Kids went to rescue them. The Oz Kids told him come celebrate in the Land of Oz. Went Santa arrived in Oz everyone celebrate and at the end he went home to deliver Christmas presents for all little boys and girls.
  • Ork
  • Gumpette: A descendant of the Gump, the kids often use him to fly. He is voiced by Jason Renfro.

Villains[edit]

  • Otto (voiced by Chauncey Leopardi) is the son of the Nome King. His father once tried to take over Oz but was outwitted by Dorothy and her companions and banished to an underground world below Oz. Otto desires vengeance for what he sees as wrongs done to his father by the Oz establishment. Otto lives in the underground caves and is told repeatedly by his father not to venture out -- advice he usually ignores. He slinks out on many occasions to cause as much trouble for the other children of Oz as possible. Otto often tries to turn the children against each other and is particularly interested in convincing Andrea to team up with him. Otto is usually outwitted in his attempts to wreak havoc but he always has another plan-of-attack waiting in the wings.
  • Mombi (voiced by Darlene Cornley) is bad witch who is banish for years and came back. She is trying to take over the land of Oz and stole Dot's magic belt so she can have everything she wants. But at the end she drank the forbidden water and can't remember everything. So the Oz Kids told her that she is a kind lady who loves children and lives a wonderful castle. And so she became friends with the children.

Cast[edit]

The Oz Kids Collection VHSs[edit]

From October 1996 to March 1997, some episodes of The Oz Kids were released in the form of nine VHS volumes by Paramount Home Video.

No. Title Summary Release Date
1 Toto Lost In New York Andrea, daughter of Glinda, who dresses like Ozma, accidentally sends Toto 2 to New York in a hot air balloon made by Frank. Eight-year-old Kansas farm girl Dot, the leader of the Oz Kids, her five-year-old brother Neddie and the other kids must follow the course set by Frank's computer to take them to him. When they arrive, their balloon is trashed, and they meet Rick, a homeless man who has adopted Toto. The strange appearance of some of the kids keeps plans to return from going smoothly, but are affected much more so by a clash of cultures. October 1, 1996
2 Nome Prince and the Magic Belt (aka Dot's Magic Belt) Prince Otto finds one of Nome King's 1908 tunnels under Oz to the Emerald City. Boris accidentally opens a box that holds Dot's beloved magic belt. While the kids try to keep their parents from finding out what happened, Otto steals the belt and turns all of the Oz Kids (except Dot) into glass figurines. It's up to Dot to save her friends, get her Magic Belt back, and get back to the Emerald City before their parents find out!
3 Christmas in Oz After their names are not included on the invite list for the upcoming Christmas celebration, Andrea and Otto try to teach the other party-goers a lesson. But will their plan backfire?

Note: Christmas in Oz is also released on DVD. The characters from the Brave Little Toaster make a cameo in this episode.

4 Virtual Oz Prince Otto has no friends, so he decides to force Dot and the Oz Kids into a virtual reality computer game presented to them at Scraps's baby shower. Unfortunately, the patchwork baby gets into the game and overflows the number of players, trapping them in a deteriorating program from which they have little chance of escape. Otto had no wish to actually harm them, and must try to get them out.
5 Who Stole Santa? Before the events of Christmas in Oz, The Oz Kids and their new buddy, the elf Wisk, try to find St. Nick, who has been kidnapped. Can they find Santa before Christmas, which will arrive in just a few weeks?

Note: A prequel to Christmas in Oz.

6 The Monkey Prince After reading one of Dot's fairy tales, Kansas farm boy Neddie programs a computer belonging to Frank, to take him and Toto 2 to China. Once there, they are met by the Monkey Prince who steals the computer. Unless Dot and the other Oz Kids can find them, Neddie and Toto 2 will never get back to Emerald City.

Note: This is the first time Neddie has a lead role.

February 18, 1997
7 The Return of Mombi Mombi, an evil witch, has returned to Emerald City, kidnapping the Oz adults, good witch Glinda and the Nome King! Now it's up to Dot, Neddie and the Oz Kids to save Oz from Mombi's dark powers.
  • Note: This is the first time Dot wears her magic belt to increase her magical abilities.
    • Dot uses her magic belt to control dust.
    • Dot uses her magic belt to zaps the cages disappear to make the Oz kids free.
    • Dot uses her magic belt to teleport along with her friends.
8 Underground Adventure An earthquake stirs up yet another adventure for Dot, Neddie and the Oz Kids. What begins as an innocent bus trip for Frank (the Wizard's son) turns into a wild underground ride for all the kids as they encounter dragonettes, merry-go-round mountains, an enormous teddy bear and more!

Note: This is the only time Frank has a lead role.

9 Journey Beneath The Sea Jack Pumpkinhead, a pal of the Oz Kids, who wants to take a boat ride with all of his friends. During the ride, the boat begins to sink and Jack and the Oz Kids enter the water. There they discover two mermaids who take them on a magical and adventurous underwater excursion. When Zog and the sea devils try to ruin their fun, the adventure gets more wild and exciting than Dot, Neddie and the Oz Kids ever expected. March 11, 1997

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