The Wizard of Oz (1982 film)

The Wizard of Oz (オズの魔法使い, Ozu no Mahōtsukai) is a 1982 anime feature film directed by Fumihiko Takayama, from a screenplay by Yoshimitsu Banno and Akira Miyazaki, which is based on the 1900 children's novel by L. Frank Baum, produced by Yoshimitsu Banno and Katsumi Ueno for Toho.

The Wizard of Oz
Screenshot of The Wizard of Oz anime, featuring the four main characters
Directed byFumihiko Takayama
Written byAkira Miyazaki
Produced byYoshimitsu Banno
Katsumi Ueno
StarringMari Okamoto
Kazuo Kumakura
Edited byNobuo Ogawa
Music byJoe Hisaishi
Yuichiro Oda
Distributed byToho
Release date
July 1, 1982[1]
Running time
78 minutes

In the 1980s, a re-edited version of the film was released in Czechoslovakia. The film was dubbed into the Slovak language except for the songs, which were performed by Japanese singers (from the original Japanese music version). Some other foreign dubs, such as the Italian and Greek versions, had this premise edit as well.


Character Japanese English
Dorothy Gale[2] Mari Okamoto Aileen Quinn
The Wizard Kazuo Kumakura
Seri Machika (as the Beautiful-Winged Lady)
Lorne Greene
Scarecrow Kotobuki Hizuru Billy Van
Tin Woodman Jōji Yanami John Stocker
Cowardly Lion Masashi Amenomori Thick Wilson
Omby Amby Unknown
The Good Witch of the North Miyoko Asō Elizabeth Hanna
Jellia Jamb Unknown
The Wicked Witch of the West Kaori Kishi
Glinda, the Good Witch of the South Kumiko Takizawa Wendy Thatcher
Aunt Em Taeko Nakanishi Unknown
Uncle Henry Naoki Tatsuta
Toto Shohei Matsubara
Soldier Motomu Kiyokawa
Monkey King Toshiyuki Yamamoto

Release and home mediaEdit

The film was first released in Japan straight to VHS, Betamax and on satellite television (CS)[2][3] on July 1, 1982.[1] It was also broadcast on AT-X as early as December 19, 2002.[4] The English version of this film, edited by Johann Lowenberg and produced by John Danylkiw, appeared on television in the United States in 1983.[5][6] Alan L. Gleitsman was the executive producer of Alan Enterprises, which did the English dub for the North American release. New Hope Entertainment was also involved in producing the English-dubbed version. It was distributed in English-speaking countries and territories, including the United States and Canada, by Alan Enterprises. Paramount Home Video released the English dubbed version on VHS, Betamax, Laserdisc, and CED in the 1980s and on VHS in 1991.

Except for a Polish Japanese-language DVD[7] the movie never got an official DVD release in any other country.

Relation to other worksEdit

The novelEdit

The film is known for staying particularly close to the novel, its primary elimination being the journey to Glinda, which is only now slightly less of a deus ex machina than in the MGM version. Also borrowed from that version are the red "magic shoes" rather than the silver shoes of Baum's text. Some familiarity with the later books is clear, as the houses are the same two-chimneyed domes found in the artwork of John R. Neill, who never illustrated the first Oz book. It is one of the rare films to depict the various forms the Wizard appears to each of the travelers, such as the Beautiful-Winged Lady (shown to be a puppet rather than the Wizard in a costume, as in the book), the Terrible Beast (looking like an ordinary rhinoceros) and the Ball of Fire.

Television animeEdit

This film's writer, Akira Miyazaki, also wrote for the 1986 anime television series of the same name.


The music was written by Jō Hisaishi and Yuichiro Oda and performed by Columbia Orchestra.[3] The Lyrics were written by Keisuke Yamakawa. The single containing the songs was released in April 1981 (Catalog# CK-584[8]), over a year prior the movie release; thus, it is possible that it was decided only later to use it as a soundtrack.

  1. "Someone is waiting for me" (だれか私を待っている, Dare ka watashi wo matte iru) (Main theme) (Singer: Mitsuko Horie)
  2. "What is 1+1?" (1+1は何?, Ichi tasu ichi wa nani) (Insert song) (Singers: Mitsuko Horie and Koorogi '73)

The English dubbed version featured new different lyrics by Sammy Cahn and Allen Byrns, all sung by Aileen Quinn.

  1. "It's Strictly Up to You" (Main theme)
  2. "I Dream of Home"
  3. "A Wizard of a Day"

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "U.S. Copyright Office entry (Ozu no mahotsukai.)". Retrieved June 21, 2021.
  2. ^ a b "東宝版アニメ「オズの魔法使い」". Archived from the original on May 21, 2013. Retrieved April 24, 2013.
  3. ^ a b ふらいすとーん. "Disc. 久石譲 『オズの魔法使い』 *Unreleased". 久石譲ファンサイト 響きはじめの部屋 (in Japanese). Retrieved July 2, 2022.
  4. ^ "オズの魔法使い". AT-X. Archived from the original on December 22, 2002. Retrieved June 21, 2021.
  5. ^ "U.S. Copyright Office entry (The Wizard of Oz)". Retrieved June 21, 2021.
  6. ^ "The Wizard of Oz – 1982 – Web Wizard Of Oz". 2007. Retrieved May 4, 2013.
  7. ^ "«Czarnoksiężnik z Krainy Oz» (1982) [DVD] Reżyser: Fumihiko Takayama •". Retrieved May 9, 2022.
  8. ^ 堀江美都子 - だれかが私を待っている (in Italian), retrieved October 3, 2022

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