Journey Back To Oz Poster Rare Original Daybill 1972 Liza Minnelli
Rare Daybill Poster. Journey Back To Oz is a 1972 American animated adventure musical fantasy film produced by Filmation. It is loosely based on L. Frank Baum's second Oz novel The Marvelous Land of Oz (1904), although Baum received no screen credit. The film was not a hit in theatres, but did well on television, premiering on ABC on December 5, 1976. Production of Journey Back to Oz began in 1962 but ran out of money and the unfinished film was shelved for nearly eight years. It was only after the Filmation studio had made profits on their numerous television series that it was finally able to complete the project, copyrighted 1971, released in 1972 in the UK and 1974 in the U.S. The film features Liza Minnelli as the voice of Dorothy (played in the 1939 film by her mother Judy Garland, and in what would have been her first major role had the film been released as originally intended). Other voices were by Mickey Rooney (a former co-star and lifelong friend of Garland's), Milton Berle, Ethel Merman, Paul Lynde, Herschel Bernardi, Paul Ford, Danny Thomas, Margaret Hamilton (also from the 1939 film, but now playing Aunt Em rather than the Wicked Witch of the West), and Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Risë Stevens as Glinda the Good Witch.