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Wizard Of Oz: 10 Funny Observations and Unanswered Questions For the Wizard Of Oz Fans
I stopped watching the Wizard Of Oz years ago and then started up again with my 8 year old daughter. When I first saw the Wizard of Oz, I was a scared 5 year old kid. Now, I am an impudent adult with a totally different perspective of this movie, its characters, and its plot.
This hub is meant to entertain Wizard of Oz fans, make them laugh, but if you know the answers to some of these questions, please answer them for me in the comments.
Remember, I am just having fun with a classic movie. I hope I don't offend anyone. It's all in fun.
1. Toto was a wimpy little Yorkie!
When I was kid, I thought Toto was cute. Now, I think Toto was just too small to handle the role. When Miss Gulch (Margaret Hamilton's character before the wicked witch) tried to take Toto and put him in the basket, well, that was too easy. Now, imagine Toto as a huge German Shepard or a Rottweiler! Let's see Gulch try to take Toto now!
Oddly enough, Margaret Hamilton became an animal rights activist! Too bad she tried to manhandle that cute (but wimpy) little mutt!
2. Where did the RED brick road lead to? Hmmm?
When Dorothy was in munchkinland, Glinda, the good witch, told Dorothy to follow the yellow brick road. The munchkin kept chanting "Follow the Yellow Brick Road...". Ok, take a close look at the center where the two roads spiral off. The Yellow Brick Road leads to Emerald City where the Wizard is. Come on, People! Even Elton John must have been inspired by this movie since he dedicated an entire album about this route. It would have been cool to see where that red brick road leads to.
Enough with the yellow brick road already!
3. Chickens And Horse and Pigs! Oh My! Shame on you, Auntie Em!
Now, in the distant we see a tornado approaching and it is headed straight for the house. When all of the family members saw the tornado approaching, they went into the tornado shelter and left those poor animals to die. They even locked out poor Dorothy and Toto, so they had to fend for themselves. Thankfully, the tornado missed the house.
4. The mayor of Munchkinland is a great entertainer.
I have never seen a better parade than what the munchkins put on for Dorothy. They had ballarinas, tap dancers, and a lot of good singers. Even the mayor of Munchinland sang. Out of all the New York City parades I have been to, I never one saw Michael Bloomberg sing. Nice job, Mayor!
5. Did they REALLY have cocaine addictions in 1939?
When Dorothy woke up and wandered out of the house, she said "We're not in Kansas anymore total, we must be over the rainbow". What the heck!!! What rainbow has all that beautiful stuff? Was Dorothy on crack? Dorothy probably would have been more annoying if Shirley Temple had accepted the role.
Oh wait, didn't Dorothy fall asleep in a poppy field? Don't tell me that with all those poppies that one doesn't come out NOT being addicted to some kind of drug.
6. Trust me. The scarecrow needed MORE than just a brain!
Did anyone count how many times this buffoon fell down? If I was the scarecrow, I would be asking the wizard for "balance". He really didn't seem dumb at all. He just seemed clumsy. Oh yeah, Mr. Wizard, and while you're at it, please give the scarecrow some singing talent! He REALLY put me to sleep singing that "give me a brain" song.
7. Glinda's Bubble Almost Gets Popped!
Now, there really is something appealing about a pretty witch who travels around in a pink bubble, but take a look closely at the scene when Glinda left Munchkinland. Those munchkins were running after her bubble with metal rods like they were about to smash a pinata. Go ahead, munchkins, pop it! Then let's see if HER sister comes after Dorothy for revenge.
8. The Wicked Witch Gets Burned and Is Rushed to the Hospital. Really!!!
True story: When the Wicked Witch of the West was appearing and disappearing in those noisy puffs of smoke, the actress who portrayed her, Margaret Hamilton actually got burned and had to be rushed to the hospital. They had to stop filming until she returned to the set with second degree burns. It seems that throwing water in her face wasn't the only thing that could have killed her, but you have to admit, it was fun watching her melt. I wonder how dramatic that wicked witch melting scene would have been if Dorothy threw wine in her face. Hmmm, melting AND going down drunk. Now, that would have been a cool scene.
9. Hey Wicked Witch, it looks like the "Pretty" got YOU!
"I'll get you my pretty and your little dog too". I am sorry, but after 40 years, she still scares me. And I always dread when the munchkin sing that really high note and the wicked witch appears in that explosion of smoke!
10. Why was Everything in Emerald City Green Except For The Horses?
I get that emeralds are green and they did a really good job of going out of their way to make everything in emerald city green. I get it. Except for the horses. I saw purple, blue, white, red, and even a yellow horse, but not one green horse. I don't get that at all.