Do you remember where you were when you first saw The Wizard of Oz? I was in my grandma’s living room and I remember thinking it was the most magical thing I’d ever seen. Cut to many decades later and my daughter had that same experience when she watched it for the first time. And now thanks to Amazon Kids, she can watch a reimagined version of this tale set in a modern day.
Lost in Oz is inspired by the Oz book series by L. Frank Baum. The story follows twelve-year-old Dorothy Gale and her trusty dog Toto as they search for Glinda the Good in the hope that she can send them home to Kansas.
Chan and I were invited by Amazon Kids to watch the first two episodes at a special event in LA. She was glued to the screen as the world of Dorothy and Toto opened up before our eyes.
Parents will no doubt recognize the characters and storyline but this is nothing like the story you grew up on. The way Dorothy gets to Oz has a twist (pun intended!) and Oz itself is more like a budding metropolis than a jaunt through a corn field.
When we were done watching the show, the entire theater was transformed into Oz!
There was a bubble making station, games, photo spots and a place to make Ozonium, the magical substance needed to help Dorothy and Toto get back to Kansas. Add some fun snacks and silly drinks and you’ve got yourself a party in Oz.
Dorothy is voiced by Ashley Boettcher (Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street), and Ojo, her munchkin friend, is voiced by Jorge Diaz (Elena of Avalor). We haven’t seen the Wicked Witch of the West so far in the show, but we do meet her daughter, West, voiced by Nika Futterman (The Loud House).
This show is a lot of fun and a unique take on this classic tale. Those who remember the original Oz will love watching this updated version that has the heart of the original story.
Lost is Oz is available for streaming on Amazon Kids on August 4th.