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Tales of the Wizard of Oz is a 1961 animated television series, produced by Crawley Films for Videocrafts (later known as Videocraft and ultimately Rankin/Bass). 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 Lion, Rusty 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 in Dell's Four Color #1308 [March–May 1962].

As of, this series has yet to be released on DVD. Ironically, both this series and Filmation's own animated project, Journey Back to Oz (which began production two years later and ultimately finished in 1971), are now owned by the same company, DreamWorks Animation.

In October 2010, the series was re-issued on the Retro Television Network.

Return to Oz, the 1964 specials, was use as a Season 4 series, for the series finale of Tales of the Wizard of Oz.

Cast List

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Episodes

Season 1 (1961)

  1. The Witch Switch
  2. Leapin Lion
  3. The Magic Hat
  4. Machine-Gun Morris
  5. Movie Maid
  6. The Big Cake Bake
  7. Desmond's Dilemma
  8. The Raffle
  9. Be a Card
  10. The Great Oz Auto Race
  11. Well Done
  12. The Do-It-Yourself Heart
  13. The Hillies and Billies
  14. Love Sick
  15. The Wisdom Teeth
  16. The Brain
  17. Bake Your Cake and Eat it Too
  18. A Fish Tale
  19. The Last Straw
  20. Plug-In Courage
  21. Boomer Rang
  22. The Family Tree
  23. The Pudgy Lion
  24. The Great Laruso
  25. Beauty and the Beach
  26. The Wizard's Magic Wand

Season 2 (1962)

  1. The Balloon Buzz
  2. Shadow Shakes
  3. Misfire Miss
  4. Gung-Ho Gang
  5. Heart Burn
  6. Stuffed
  7. The Fountain of Youth
  8. The Rubber Man
  9. The Happy Forest
  10. Dandy's Dilemma
  11. The Search
  12. The Bag of Wind
  13. The Music Men
  14. To Bee or Not to Bee
  15. Have Your Pie and Eat it Too
  16. The Sound of Munchkins
  17. The Count
  18. Places, Please
  19. The Green Golfer
  20. The Flying Carpet
  21. The Monkey Convention
  22. The Cultured Lion
  23. The Jail Breakers
  24. The Reunion
  25. The Sucker
  26. The Bubble Champ

Season 3 (1963)

  1. Too Much Heart
  2. The Witch's Boyfriend
  3. The Clock Watchers
  4. Double Trouble
  5. The O.N.
  6. Going to Pieces
  7. Mail-Order Lover
  8. The School Marm
  9. An Optical Delusion
  10. Watch the Bouncing Bull
  11. All in a Lather
  12. The Green Thumb
  13. Leap Frog
  14. The Big Shot
  15. On the Wing
  16. To Stretch a Point
  17. The Flipped Lid
  18. Down in the Mouth
  19. The Gusher
  20. It's a Dog's Life
  21. The Munchkin Robin Hood
  22. The Wizard's Tailfins
  23. The Fallen Star
  24. Friends of a Feather
  25. Monkey Air Lift
  26. Guaranteed for Life

Season 4 (1964)

  1. The Skills of Bravery
  2. The Coat of Arms
  3. Roar, Lion, Roar
  4. The Inferior Decorator
  5. The Salesman
  6. The Cat's Meow
  7. The Yellow Brick Road
  8. Rusty Rusty
  9. The Scarecrow
  10. The Invisible Man
  11. Free Trade
  12. The Bull Fighter
  13. The Golden Touch
  14. The Long Hair
  15. Roll the Presses
  16. The Big Brother
  17. The Cool Lion
  18. Gabe the Gobbler
  19. The Strawman Twist
  20. The Dinner Party
  21. The Fire Chief
  22. The Green Tomato
  23. The Poet
  24. The Three Musketeers
  25. Get Out the Vote
  26. The Mail Man

Season 5 (1965)

  1. The Pony Express
  2. Chowy Mein
  3. The Super Duper Market

See also

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