“The Wonderful Wizard of Ha’s”, review

June 17, 2011 in Creative Adventures, God - Faith - Hope - Love

The Wonderful Wizard of Ha’s DVD review: a great Father’s Day sing along song movie for the whole family

I watched the veggietale movie, “The Wonderful Wizard of Ha’s” again the other day, what a fun frolic on the way to see the whimsical Wizard of Ha’s. This movie is full of fun sing along songs for kids and the whole family. A great Father’s Day movie, you’ll see why at the end.

Darby is the disenchanted broccoli boy who takes the place of Dorothy in the original “Wizard of Oz” and Tutu a pink doggy/pig takes the place of, yes you guessed it, Todo, Dorothy’s little dog.

He is tired of his father’s floss farm; you can see why this would interest me since I encourage kids to brush and floss, what a funny odd place to be from.

They are told to follow the yellow McToad (a very slow moving toad) to get to the land of Ha’s.

They meet the scarecrow and the tin man while the movie takes twist and turns, full of creative remakes and alterations to the original Wizard of Oz story and songs.

Darby, the tin man, and scarecrow sing Ohioans and fifers and mares as they skip through the forest and meet Lion.

All the characters seem to share the same boredom with their lot in life and are yearning for the new thrills of fun and games, and food galore that the land of Ha’s has promised.

The Wizard of Ha’s is a shrewd business man who is very eager to receive all of Darby’s money from his piggy bank for the trio to enter.  Each door in Ha’s represents new adventures.

The characters one by one finally decide to go home to family and their own backyards.

Darby remembers the words of his dad who said, that his piggy bank savings was for his future. He is sorry for not listening and trusting his father.

Darby decides to return home to his father’s floss farm where even his farm hands have a good life. Sound familiar yet?

Darby’s friends help him escape the wizard of Ha’s dungeon. And the very round fairy catapults his mini trailer back home to Kansas.

Darby rehearses his words as he makes his final steps back to his father’s floss farm.  His dad meets him on the road where they have a true prodigal son reunion.

The Wonderful Wizard of Ha’s was a delightful animation and creatively done. Kids, parents and grandparents alike will enjoy the retelling of the Prodigal son using the Wizard of Oz template. Like so many kids movies, the adults will truly be the ones to be awed by all the parallels in the two stories. Check it out; you’ll start grinning like I did.

Ms. Dawn, The Singing Nurse

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