Dee & Friends in Oz

Dee & Friends in Oz

A sweet use of Wizard of Oz characters that doesn't do enough with its concept

5.9

TV Show

Canada, Ireland
English
Animation, Kids, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
2024
Judah Edwards, Layla Capers, Sevien Desuyo
26 min

TLDR

Why am I still terrified of seeing flying monkeys in this?

What it's about

Together with her new magical friends, a little girl called Dee goes on adventures through the land of Oz, where she learns about self-acceptance.

The take

There's a strong moral focus to Dee & Friends in Oz that helps keep it from being just a distraction for young children. The series logically continues the theme of outsiders learning to overcome their insecurities and courses this lesson through "Dorothy" herself—with much less peril and wicked witches involved, of course. But the show also finds itself stuck in the ways it expresses itself; the world of Oz here is both colorful and too ordinary, and its storytelling is both sincere and too rigid in its structure. For example, when Dee comes back home to the real world at the end of each episode, it's meant to feel as if she's applying the moral lessons to her daily life, but the connection is just too flimsy and makes these scenes feel more like unrelated epilogues.

What stands out

It's not the most polished children's animated series in the world, but when Dee & Friends in Oz lets itself be a little weirder, its art direction shines. Talking trees, for one, are still just about as eerie as they're meant to be, though not necessarily in a way that would psychologically scar your kids. It's good to see the show take risks, even if they're few and far between.

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