Tales of the Wizard of Oz
|Tales of the Wizard of Oz|
|Based on||The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum|
|Directed by||Harry Kerwin|
|Country of origin||Canada|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||110|
Arthur Rankin Jr.|
|Running time||5 minutes|
NBCUniversal Television Distribution
|Original release||September 1, 1961 – December 1961|
Tales of the Wizard of Oz is a 1961 animated television series produced by Crawley Films for Videocraft (later known as Rankin/Bass Productions). This is the second animated series produced by the studio, and the first by Rankin/Bass to feature traditional animation.
The series features stories derived from characters created in L. Frank Baum's book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Several characters are given additional names, including Dandy the Cowardly Lion, Rusty the Tin Man, and Socrates the Scarecrow.
Artistic renditions of the Oz characters created for this series were later featured in the hour-long television special Return to Oz. The series was also adapted to a comic book for a one-shot issue in Dell's Four Color #1308 (March–May 1962).
As of 2018[update], this series has yet to be released on DVD. Coincidentally, both this series and Filmation's own animated project, Journey Back to Oz (which began production one year later and was ultimately finished in 1971), are now owned by the same company, Universal Studios.
In October 2010, the series went into rotation on the Retro Television Network.
- Carl Banas – The Wizard
- Corinne Conley – Dorothy
- Bernard Cowan – Munchkins, Various
- Stan Francis – Various
- Paul Kligman – Dandy Lion, Ham
- Peggi Loder – Various
- Larry D. Mann – Rusty the Tin Man, the Wicked Witch, Topsy Turvy, Desmond the Dragon
- Alfie Scopp – Socrates the Strawman, Baker, Robby the Rubber Man
- F. R. Crawley
- Adaptations of The Wizard of Oz — other adaptations of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz