Ok.. it's not that we don't "see the obvious connections" Trust me, we do. It's more that most of us are doing our best to NOT judge this movie by standards that just aren't there anymore. You're not dealing with the same people, it's really not even the same company anymore. We are all supporting what we've got in hopes that it will one day, once again be allowed to put forth the level of quality we all expect and want to see. It's a pretty good film. If I had seen it in theaters, I'm sure it would have been amazing. To my knowledge it didn't get much play time (if any) where I am. It certainly didn't get much publicity. I don't usually buy dvd's before having seen the film, but Henson products tend to be the exception. I want them to continue producing material, so, even if it's not all stellar, I support it, and hope for 9and ask for) better in the future. It's most likely going to spend most of it's life collecting dust on the shelf unless my step daughters really like it when they see it this summer (my 17 yr old Stepson seems to quite enjoy it) but it's not likely to join my frequent play list, or even my annual play list. Anyway, point being.. yes, we're very much aware of the parallels between the 2 stories.. young girl on cusp of adulthood goes on voyage of self discovery in a fantasy land.. it's actually a fairly common premise.. Alice in Wonderland, Dorothy and the Land of Oz... same thing, really, cept they didn't use Muppets (well, OK.. MS did do an Alice episode.. rather well done, too... and they have done Oz Stuff a time or two as well.....) but that doesn't make each retelling of the story as relevent or interesting as the next.. to the right audience, one story will move while the other is dull... don't be so hard on it.. sit back, watch the show, and enjoy the story.... I rather thought the cat creatures were pretty cool.. cept the whole book eating thing.. but that's the librarian in me... ook!