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The Wonderful World of Oz

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The 10 Greatest Movie Projects of Frank OzBy Bryan ReesmanSpecial to MSN MoviesWhile Frank Oz is best known for his voice and puppet work with Yoda, Cookie Monster, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and other Muppets and puppets, he is a man of many talents. He has directed numerous live action films over the years, performed funny cameos in many comedies and done voice work for films like "Monsters Inc." and "Zathura." And he has a snarky sense of humor to boot. "I don't like to get too happy," Oz told MSN Movies. "I like a little subversiveness."Speaking of which, this week sees the Blu-ray/DVD reissue of his 1986 movie version of the off-Broadway musical hit "Little Shop Of Horrors," which was adapted by lyricist/playwright Howard Ashman and composer Alan Menken from the low budget 1960 Roger Corman movie of the same name. But the musical was more over-the-top, so much so that its hilarious monster movie ending, in which the two leads were devoured, after which the giant plant Audrey II spawned a massive army, had to be cut out because two test audiences in California hated the way the movie ended.Now, at long last, director Frank Oz has unleashed the Director's Cut of "Little Shop Of Horrors" on Blu-ray, complete with the excised 20-minute finale that was created by Richard Conway and his effects team. In celebration of this resurrection, MSN Movies chatted up Oz about that gem and his entire movie career, discussing ten great projects from his repertoire. The man always seems to keep working like crazy. "I learned from Jim [Henson] that you work like hell but you have a lot of fun," he declared.For more movie news, follow MSN Movies on Facebook and Twitter. (AP)
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