Return to Oz

Behind the Emerald Curtain: Concept Art from Disney’s Return to Oz

By Kevin Kern, Walt Disney Archives

Every now and then, while working with the historical production artwork preserved in the Walt Disney Archives, one has to pause to appreciate just how special each individual piece is, and what story it helps to tell. Some of my favorite examples to peruse in this way come from the production of director Walter Murch’s 1985…

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D23 Creepy Classics: Return to Oz

By the D23 Team

Pumpkins, scarecrows, and Gumps, oh my! In the first edition of our D23 Creepy Classics series, D23’s own Christine Baum takes you down the Yellow Brick Road with Return to Oz! Find out some Oz-some behind-the-scenes stories, and learn about Christine’s incredible connection to this cult classic film! Ready to scream Return to Oz in honor of its…

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8 “Hidden Gem” Disney Films You Need to Check Out on Disney+

By Jocelyn Buhlman

We’re counting down the days till the launch of Disney+, when we can binge watch our favorite Disney films and discover brand-new content we’re certain we’ll be obsessed with. There’s yet another reason to get excited! The treasure trove of Disney content available for streaming means that now is your chance to discover the “hidden…

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15 Disney Movies You Should Definitely Revisit Right Now

By D23 Team

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Cinderella. Mary Poppins. The Little Mermaid. Beauty and the Beast. Toy Story. Star Wars: The Force Awakens. For decades, Disney has projected some of the world’s best-loved films onto the silver screen, stories that continue to delight fans young and old. But what about some of Disney’s other gems: movies—both live…

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George Lucas and Fairuza Balk on the set of Return to Oz

George Lucas Goes to Oz

In this behind-the-scenes production photo, we see a young Fairuza Balk on the set of Return to Oz (1985) with George Lucas, creator of the Star Wars universe. Lucas attended a few days of the film’s principal photography to support his colleague, and Oz director, Walter Murch. Notice Lucas’ Mickey Mouse sweater—perhaps a nod to the rich creative legacy that Walt…

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