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FEATURE NARRATIVE 88 Minutes World Premiere

Lions and tigers…and Muppets? In this fun, contemporary take on a family classic, Dorothy Gale is a teenager with dreams of showbiz that seem far from coming true in the Kansas trailer park where she lives. When she's transported to the magical land of Oz, she and her sidekick, Pepe the King Prawn as Toto, join the Scarecrow, the Tin Thing, and the Lion to fight the Wicked Witch of the West and find the Wizard who might make her a star. This madcap adventure movie, based on the book The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, stars the Muppets, with Kermit as the Scarecrow, Fozzie as the Lion, Gonzo as the Tin Thing, and Miss Piggy as all four witches. The movie also stars a talented cast that includes Grammy® winner Ashanti as Dorothy, Oscar® nominee Queen Latifah as Aunt Em, Oscar® winner Quentin Tarantino as himself, Emmy® nominee Jeffrey Tambor as the Wizard, and David Alan Grier as Uncle Henry.

About the Director(s)

At age 18, Kirk Thatcher began his career by working at George Lucas's Industrial Light and Magic. In a span of three years Thatcher designed, built, painted, and puppeteered creatures for numerous films including Return of the Jedi, Star Trek II, Star Trek III, E.T., Poltergeist, and Gremlins. After starting a production company for director David Fincher, Thatcher became a concept artist and designer on a number of rock videos, and later served as an associate producer on Star Trek IV. But his longest professional association has been with The Jim Henson Company, where Thatcher has worked as a writer, designer, producer, and director for the past 19 years. His first Henson production was The Jim Henson Hour (1988), which was followed by the television series Dinosaurs (1991), a show in which he created, developed, produced, and voiced characters. An Emmy® winner for his work on ABC's Muppets Tonight, Thatcher also directed the first ever made-for-television Muppet movie, It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas, for NBC Studios. The Muppets' Wizard of Oz is scheduled to air on ABC in May 2005.

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