This week, Jamie-Lynn Sigler (“The Sopranos”), Soleil Moon Frye (“Punky Brewster”), Shiri Appleby (“UnReal”) and a handful of other celebrity moms and their kids came out for the premiere of “Lost in Oz,” an original series which launched on Amazon Prime on Friday, August 4th.
Also attending were the voice actors who play the parts of Dorothy and her friends in this animated, modernized version of the “Oz” book series by L. Frank Baum, which follows 12-year-old Dorothy Gale and her dog Toto as they desperately search for a way back home to Kansas.
Playing the part of Ojo (pronounced “Oh-Joe”), an awkwardly giant munchkin and one of Dorothy’s best friends in Oz, is Jorge Diaz (“Jane The Virgin,” “The Long Road Home”). I had a chance to chat with Diaz about why “Lost in Oz” is special.
“What I love about the project besides all the adventure and laughs is that there is so much heart behind it,” Diaz shared. “The creators are such a great, sincere group of guys, and one them, Jared Mark, put it best when he said that the story, at its core, is about finding community and friendship in people that could not be more different than ourselves on the surface, but who ultimately share the same hope and humanity within. It’s about recognizing and helping others with their problems despite having significant problems of our own, it’s about finding a sense of belonging and purpose in a world that can sometimes feel upside down.”
In addition to that, it’s a series with a determined, resourceful and kind young girl as its lead. However, “Lost In Oz” will appeal to both girls and boys, primarily between the ages of 6 and 12—and possibly their parents too (note: preschool-aged children may be a bit young for this one, my three-year-old twins found the flying monkeys and a few other parts slightly frightening!). The world of Oz that the creators and animators have produced is really quite spectacular—incredibly detailed and action-packed. As Diaz said, “I feel the show just gets better and better with every episode, and when you start watching, you’ll see why. The story takes exciting, unexpected turns, and there are some epic places you discover about Oz’s landscape in pretty much every new episode.”
One of those places? Diaz said one of his favorite episodes from this first season is when we meet Ojo’s family and discover the munchkin farm: “There are some really funny moments but also the munchkin world they created is so beautiful to see.”
Diaz, who is driving up to northern California to hang with his family today, encouraged grownups to check out “Lost in Oz” with their kids.
“What’s so great about the show is that the ENTIRE family can watch it. We’ve gotten so much great feedback from parents, grandparents, teenagers, and adults of all ages saying how much they’ve enjoyed it!,” he said. “All my cousins, nieces and nephews are so excited to watch it this weekend. I’m glad I’ll be able to watch it with them!”
Korbi is a former full-time TV blogger, writing for sites such as E! Online and Yahoo!. She is now a full-time mom of twin boys. In her free time, she moonlights as a Marriage, Family & Individual Therapist.
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