Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Breath New Life into an Old Post


2009 was the 100th Anniversary of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L.Frank Baum (Author). The Illustrations are by W.W. Denslow. The illustrations show our favorite characters like the Scarecrow and Cowardly Lion. Not only is this the book’s anniversary but it’s the 70th Anniversary of MGM’s “Wizard of Oz”.


Today we take color for granted but in the 1930's color movies were new and only a few of them were in color. 

The first time I saw the Wizard of Oz in the movie theater I upset. At home I had a black and white TV and the beginning of the movie was in black and white. I wanted to see it in color. As the movie continued, as we all know, the color began in Oz. What a colorful wonderful place that all of a sudden turned scary when the Wicked Witch of the East showed up. Ever time I watch the movie I'm scared when I see the witch and especially the flying monkeys. My daughter thinks I'm silly. Kids are so jaded, so they don't get it.

In 1976, during the US Bicentenial, my class went to see the Independence Train that had a moving museum that crossed the country. On the train were items from the Smithsonian Institute with items from movies, history and different American Eras. The highlight for me was to see the Ruby Slippers. I was 14, at the time, but they still meant magic to me.

Wizard of Oz Series 4 Mini Montage Film Cell Description: Own a piece of the movie! Beautifully mounted and framed! A must-have collectible! This amazing film cell features a print and an actual strip of film from the classic movie, Wizard of Oz . Measures 19-inches tall x 20-inches wide, limited to 2,500 pieces! Perfect for displaying in your home or at the office, all the elements are framed in black wood and includes a certificate of authenticity. Limited to just 2,500 pieces! Dorothy lives on a farm in Kansas until a cyclone arrives, and picks her, her house, and her dog up and deposits them in the land of Oz. Things in Oz are strange and beautiful, but Dorothy just wants to get back home. She's helped by the Good Witch of the North, but she's also in trouble with the Wicked Witch of the West, who seeks revenge for the death of the Wicked Witch of the East, for which she blames Dorothy. So Dorthy
on trip to see the great OZ.

NOTE: This is a blog I did a year ago and the merchandise is no longer available. If there is anything you like I can contact Vandor or Film Cells, LTD. to see what the have available today. I'd be more than happy to reorder anything that is being sold. I'd contact these companies and get back to you.


Dot said...

I enjoyed how you captured the feeling of awe and wonder you felt during your first viewing of Wizard of Oz. Especially that magical moment when everything bursts into Technicolor!

Have you seen Tin Man mini-series starring Zooey Deschanel? It's a sci-fi retelling. You can watch the trailer here:

Alana, Author of Domestically Challenged said...

I remember watching this with my mom growing up. Now my daughter loves the movie and listens to the soundtrack almost every night.

Kat from California said...

It will always be a favorite. I kept one of the salt and pepper shakers for myself and gave my sister a set because her dog is part carn terrier (or at least looks like it).

thanks for your comments.