Adam Savage visits The Prop Store in LA to check out the original, working Tik-Tok costume from Disney’s Return to Oz.
1939’s The Wizard of Oz is still considered a masterpiece today. There is hardly a person alive that doesn’t know about the ruby slippers or hasn’t heard the song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” But what about the sequel that Disney released in the 1980s? How many of you have seen, or even heard of, the movie, Return to Oz? None of you? That’s a shame, but expected.
When Disney released Return to Oz in 1985, audiences expected a follow-up to the beloved technicolor Judy Garland musical that they grew up with. Unfortunately, Return to Oz was not that. Yet, my sister and I loved it and still talk about it to this day. It felt more like a Jim Henson dark fantasy movie, ALA The Dark Crystal, rather than what we’d consider a classic Disney flick, but as far as my sister and I were concerned, it was always ahead of its time. The movie follows two of L Frank Baum’s books The Marvelous Land of Oz and Ozma of Oz, and is more faithful to the source material than The Wizard of Oz ever was.
Return to Oz follows Dorothy Gale (Fairuza Balk) as she escapes an institution (see, I told you it’s dark!) and wakes up with her talking chicken in Oz, but it’s nothing like she remembers. Dorothy must work with her new friends, and face down creepy villains in order to restore Oz to its former glory. Among those friends is Tik-Tok the Mechanical Man, one of the first working robot-like costumes to ever appear onscreen. Adam Savage, formerly of MythBusters, is also a massive fan of the movie and character, and couldn’t wait to see the restored costume in person. Check it out!