LOST IN OZ, an Amazon Kids Original Series
Yesterday, my daughter and I attended a special sneak preview screening and after party for Amazon Kids’ LOST IN OZ animated series. Our friends from twolittlenomnoms.com joined us, and it was fun seeing some other blogger friends there as well!
About Lost in Oz
Lost in Oz, inspired by the classic “Oz” book series by L. Frank Baum, is the new animated series follows 12-year-old Dorothy Gale and her trusty dog Toto as they search for Glinda the Good in hopes she can send them back home to Kansas. Lost in Oz invites audiences, young and old, to immerse themselves in the land of Oz – and now you’re invited to join the magical adventure!
In the first season of Lost in Oz, twelve-year-old Dorothy Gale and her trusty dog Toto search for Glinda the Good, in the hope that she can give them the magic they need to send them home to Kansas. Along the way they’ll make surprising new friends and share a magical adventure they never could have imagined.
Lost in Oz review
We screened the first two episodes of season one at Neue House in Hollywood. It was interesting to see the modern style and magical take on the world of Oz. Animated characters use smart phones to communicate in the “real” world, and Dorothy gets transported to Emerald City via tornado after opening a magical book, where nothing is as it seems.
Magic plays a big role in this show, which means anything is possible. However, in this world of mysticism, what brings it to “normality” is the social hierarchy of characters – children still have parents, go to school, people have jobs, and there is a semblance of government.
One by one, we are introduced to Dorothy’s “crew,” which reflects a few of the traditional crew, but with the addition of a female character. The world in which Dorothy is trapped contains a hybrid of talking and non-talking animals, giants, creatures, and inanimate objects with human-like qualities, such as a brick-creature that happens to be a government employee (at the Bureau of Magic).
You’d think that the diversity of this world would make evil winged monkeys less menacing, but that is not the case. Even though Lost in Oz ranked 2/5 in the “violence & scariness” category on Common Sense Media, my sensitive four-year old found them terrifying. The show is recommended for ages 6 and up, but I would say if your kid is not used to seeing scary things, it might be a little much.
I will say, there is a lot to follow. The first few episodes of every show are usually an introduction, so I imagine subsequent shows may be more focused. That being said, the 7-year old with us enjoyed it, and everyone had fun at the after party!
Lost in Oz After-Party
The after party was a sight for the senses. The visual centerpiece was giant, real-working gears with the logo of the show in the middle.
We enjoyed kid-friendly and adult drinks (yay), and an array of yummy bites, including: mac and cheese, hummus and veggies, fried chicken and rainbow waffle, sliders, and sandwiches. The kids loved the ice cream bar the best.
Every thing was science-themed, including the activities.
The kids made slime balls, tornado in a mason jar, and played with giant dominoes, ran through “portals,” and were encased in a giant bubble!
We met Ashley Boettcher, the voice of Dorothy:
And Alexander Polinsky, the voice of Fitz, a magician:
The changing color light-up ball giveaway is really cute:
But most of all, I enjoyed the smoke bubble, from Bubble Mania and Company:
Thank you, Amazon Studios, for inviting us to a fun screening and event!
Lost in Oz
Lost in Oz is now available with your Amazon Prime subscription.
Disclaimer: We were invited to attend this event. No monetary compensation was made for this post. This post contains affiliate links. All opinions are 100% my own.