Little Dorothy Gale of Kansas, like so many girls her age, dreams frequently of what lies over the rainbow.
One day a twister hits her farm and carries her away. At the end of the rainbow, she finds herself in picturesque Munchkinland; home of the fascinating people, the Munchkins. In this famous land of Oz, Dorothy meets her first fairyland figure: the Good Witch of the North.
The Munchkins fête Dorothy as a heroine, because in landing, her house has accidentally killed the Wicked Witch of the East, who had long tormented the Munchkins. Dorothy wants to return to Kansas, fearing her Aunt Em and Uncle Henry will worry about her. The Good Witch advises Dorothy that only the great Wizard of Oz can help her get back to Kansas.
But Dorothy has an enemy, the Wicked Witch of the West, sister of the dead Wicked Witch of the East, who vows revenge. The witch is frightened away on her first encounter with Dorothy as the Good witch places the powerful ruby slippers previously owned by the Wicked Witch of the East on Dorothy’s feet!
On the way to Emerald City Dorothy meets Scarecrow who joins her. Next they meet the Tin Woodman and finally in a haunted wood they are joined by a Cowardly Lion. The Wicked Witch curses a poppy field on the outskirts of the Emerald City causing the travellers to fall asleep – but they are saved by the Good Witch who causes a fall of snow to awaken them.
In the Emerald City Dorothy introduces herself and her friends to the Guard. He explains that the Wizard of Oz is the most powerful Wizard in the world, but not very friendly! They are granted an audience with the Wizard who sends them on a quest to capture the broom of the wicked witch.
On the way to the Witch’s castle they are attacked by the Witch’s evil Flying Monkeys who kidnap Dorothy. The three remaining friends vow to rescue her but at the castle the Witch attacks the Scarecrow with fire. Dorothy protects Scarecrow by throwing a bucket of water over the Witch. This is the witch’s weakness and she melts immediately at the touch of the water – the Witch is DEAD!
When they return to the Great Oz, the four discover he is an ordinary man, not a powerful wizard. Nevertheless, the Wizard of Oz is able to grant everyone’s wishes. He gives the Lion a medal to represent courage, the Tinman a watch to show his large heartedness, and the Scarecrow a diploma to signify graduation from advanced study. The Great Wizard of Oz escorts Dorothy back to Kansas in his balloon.