Genre: Fantasy Adventure
Runtime: 127 minutes
Starring: James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams, Zach Braff
Director: Sam Raimi
Release Date: March 8, 2013
Oz The Great and Powerful - Official Synopsis
Disney’s fantastical adventure Oz The Great and Powerful, directed by Sam Raimi, imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved character, the Wizard of Oz. When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot—fame and fortune are his for the taking—that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity—and even a bit of wizardry—Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz but into a better man as well.
*Read our Oz The Great and Powerful review for parents for info on the content in the movie.
Oz The Great and Powerful - Fun for Families
- Read about The Wizard of Oz on Blu-ray
- Find out more about L. Fran Baum and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
- Read about the available editions of The Wizard of Oz books
- Find fun crafts and activities related to The Wizard of Oz books and movies
The Oz book series contains 14 full-length novels, so if you want to read them all before you watch this new take on the series, you'd better get started. The books are great reads for kids about ages 7-8 and up, depending on reading level, and they are also perfect for reading aloud as a family. The books are ridiculously cheap to download onto e-readers, and you can even read some of them for free online at Literature.org and other sites.