Oldie But Goodie - The Wizard of Oz
The excitement in our house when I was about 6 years old was very high because The Wizard of Oz was coming on television. We had one television in the whole house. It was a black and white television which means it did not show color at all. It was a floor model with 3 channels and no remote control.
My brothers and I could hardly wait. We had not seen it before but my mom and the teenagers in our neighborhood had really hyped it up.
We were not disappointed. We were glued to the television even though the land of oz was not in color on our black and white television.
The songs and music were memorable. For months my brothers and I would sing, "Oh, I'm off to See the Wizard, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" and "Follow the Yellow Brick Road in the different voices of the munchkins."
The Beginning of the Movie
The story begins on a farm in Kansas. The now famous Dorothy, played by Judy Garland, lived with her aunt and uncle on the farm. Toto, her little black furry dog, would go into a neighbors garden and she, the neighbor was fed up with Toto playing in her garden. This neighbor who had a very keen nose and a somewhat shriveled face obtained legal papers allowing her to take Toto away from Dorothy. She took Toto and put him in a basket on the back of the bicycle that she rode. And down the road she went. Without her knowledge, Toto jumped out of the basket and ran home. When Dorothy saw Toto she knew that once her neighbor, Miss Gulch, played by Margaret Hamilton, realized that Toto was gone, she would be back to get him.
Dorothy decided to run away with Toto. A short while, after she left Dorothy met a mysterious but friendly man who claimed to look in crystal ball and see that her family was looking for her. He convinced Dorothy to go back. As she is leaving, a storm is brewing. By the time she gets back the storm which is a twister is very near. Everyone is in the storm cellar and Dorothy is not able to open the cellar. She and Toto go into the house and into her room. The strong winds blow the window out and a piece of it hits her on the head and knocks her out. When she wakes, the house is in the air and she sees peculiar things in the sky. Miss Gulch rides by on her bike in the air and turns in a witch.
Wow. After watching that clip I want to pull my video of The Wizard of Oz out and watch it now.
The house hits the ground with a hard bump. Dorothy gets up and goes to the front door and opens it. What she sees is amazingly mind boggling and in color.
On the other side of the opened door was Munchkinland, a place that would appeal to any child. It was bright and colorful. The munchkins, the occupants of the land, were little people with themed costumes such as the lollipop kids. Not only do the munchkins appeal to children but also to adults.
As Dorothy is introduced to the munchkins and Munchkinland, she meets two more characters, Glenda, the good witch, and a much darker character, the wicked witch of the east.
The wicked witch of the east does not have jurisdiction over Munchkinland and wants to know who dropped their house on her sister, who did have jurisdiction over Munchkinland.
While the wicked witch of the east, played by Margaret Hamilton, is interrogating everyone, Glenda, the good witch, played by Billie Burke, reminds her of the ruby slippers. The witch goes to get them off of her sister's feet and the slippers are transferred to Dorothy's feet.
The wicked witch of the east is furious but is reminded that she has no jurisdiction in Munchkinland and she had better leave. Before leaving she warns Dorothy that she wants those slippers and she will get her.
Dorothy must leave but knows that she cannot return home the same way she came and does not know what to do. Glenda suggest that the great and powerful Wizard of Oz may be able to help her. So, Dorothy starts her journey to find the Wizard of Oz.
On this journey to find the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy meets three friends, The Scarecrow, played by Ray Bolger, the Tin Man, played by Jack Haley, and the Lion, played by Bert Lahr.
Each of her new friends also needed something. The Scarecrow needed a brain, the Tin Man needed a heart, and the Lion needed courage. So they too went along with Dorothy to find the wonderful Wizard of Oz.
The long journey to the land of Oz is filled with many scary moments, victorious moments, painful moments, joyful moments, and much more. Do they find the Wizard of Oz? If so, is he able to help Dorothy return home? Do Dorothy's friends get what they need?
Buy the movie and find out. The Wizard of Oz is a suspenseful movie that is great for the whole family and no matter how many times you watch it, you will always enjoy it.
What Keeps This Classic Alive?
The music is very alive. It is not only "catchy," it is easy to learn and sing. It appeals to the appetites of our inner desires.
The scenes in the movie are vibrant and exilerating. You feel as if you are a part of each scene.
I believe that we all can identify with Dorothy and her dilemma. On her journey to conquer her dilemma, she meets others who have limitations that are hindering them. Together they find their way and defeat the enemies in their way.
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Fantasy, reality, comedy, horror, and a "feel good movie" all contribute to this movie still captivating young and old audiences.