“Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz” to Be Aired on TV; “Wacky Races” to Return

I’m still on a Wicked high after seeing the musical twice in Manila. I’m listening to the soundtrack nonstop, and I can’t wait to finish the book I’m currently reading so I can get started on Gregory Maguire’s Wicked, the novel where the musical is based from. To complete the experience, I’m also excited to watch Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz, an animated series that’s about to hit TV screens soon!

Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz is set after Dorothy and her friends defeat Elphaba, popularly known as the Wicked Witch of the West. The young Dorothy becomes the princess of Emerald City, where she has to make sure the witches, wizards, Munchkins, and flying monkeys are living in peace.

For those not familiar with the story, both Wicked and the series are based on Frank L. Baum’s 1900 novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. In the novel, Dorothy and her pet dog Toto arrive in the Land of Oz after a cyclone uproots their house in Kansas City. To go home, she must seek the help of the Wizard of Oz in the Emerald City. When she arrives, he instructs her to kill the witch.

Wicked, on the other hand, is a prequel of sorts to the timeless classic, and tells the story of Elphaba in her formative years and her decision to go wicked. In 2003, it was adapted into a successful musical, which was staged in 100 cities in 14 countries, the Philippines included.

Another series I’m excited to watch is the reboot of Wacky Races, the animated series from the ’60s. I was left #shookt while writing this story because I didn’t know the show aired from 1968 to 1969. I remember being a fan of the show as a kid (in the ’90s), when it was aired on Cartoon Network. You’re probably thinking Penelope Pitstop was my favorite character, but it was actually Muttley, the snickering dog.

The show follows 11 racecar drivers as they try to win the title of World’s Wackiest Racer. Each racer has his or her own specialty, like Pitstop’s Compact Pussycat, which has personal grooming features that double as weapons, and Dick Dastardly’s Mean Machine, a rocket-powered car with plenty of gadgets under the hood.

Wacky Races is being rebooted with the same cast but with the addition of new characters, as well as new cars and locations. I just hope they keep the elements that made the original series fun!

Both Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz and Wacky Races will be aired on Turner’s animation channel, Boomerang, starting June this year. Boomerang is available on SKYcable Channel 118 and Cignal Channel 39.

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