this film is disturbed, perilous and genuinely frightening, and it shouldn't ever be watched by children. i actually know adults who refuse to watch this because of the childhood fear it recollects. return to oz is darker than its predecessor, but it well retains the universe created in the original 1939 film, albeit with a much younger dorothy. i love the character design of this film, especially the wheelers.. but i guess good production design is expected from the guy that designed star wars. i must read the books some day.