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The fairys of Oz have woven a magic cloak that grants one wish to
everyone who is given the cloak, but then they don't know what to do with
it, so they decide to give it to the unhappiest being of all of Oz - who
just happens to be Fluff (Mildred Harris), whose father has just died and
who's presently travelling to Noland with her ill-tempered Aunt Rivette
(Mai Wells), her brother Bud (Violet Macmillan) and her best friend, the
donkey Nickodemus (Fred Woodward) - and all Fluff is wishing for is for
her to be happy again
And wouldn't you know it, once Fluff and company arrive in Noland, Bud
it made the realm's king and he and his sister decide to buy toys from the
kingdom's treasury ...
Meanwhile Nickodemus seems to have been forgotten by everyone, and it
isn't long before he is kidnapped (donkeynapped ?) by robbers. Nickodemus
can escape the robbers soon enough, but they also hold a young girl, Mary,
whom Nickodemus has taken an instant liking to, so he gathers all of the
animals in the forest, and together they manage to free the girl and
return her to her parents (Leontine Dranet, Richard Rosson).
Meanwhile, Zixi the Queen of Ix (Juanita Hansen) has learned about the
magic cloak, and realizes that's exactly what she needs, because you know,
even though Zixi is over 600 years old, she still looks mighty youthful,
but alas, when she looks into a mirror, all she sees is the old hag she
should be (judging from her age). So Zixi goes undercover as Fluff's maid,
and once she has gained Fluff's trust, she bluntly steals the cloak and
hightails it - but when she makes her wish, nothing happens - because the
cloak simply won't work when it's stolen ...
At the same time, the Rolley Rogues have decided to take over Noland,
simplybecause they want soup - the Rolley Rogues think about little else
than soup and they would even go to war for it ... Now Fluff and Bud would
be in desperate need of the cloak, but they find it gone, and Zixi too.
Only eventually can they track her down, but she has already thrown the
cloak away, and it takes the kids quite a while to regather it - and then
they realize it's torn to shreds ...
The Rolley Rogues have meanwhile taken over Noland, but then Nickodemus
arrives to reunite with his friends - but when he sees the city in the
hands of the Rolley Rogues, he calls all the forest animals, and together
they defeat the Rolley Rogues just like they defeated the robbersand free
the city. - and when Fluff and Bud arrive back in town the battle is
already over ...
In the end, the fairies arrive in Noland to recollect the cloak since
the humans seem to not be able to handle it, but Bud insists to have one
last wish - to be the best king of Noland ever ...
Possibly the best of the Oz-adaptations L.Frank Baum produced in the
1910's, the story - despite many subplots - is rather stringent and moves
at a swift pace, it's short enough (less than 40 minutes) not to outstay
its welcome, and its cast of characters is easy to oversee. No masterwork
perhaps, but quite entertaining.