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Wizard Of Oz

August 12, 2010 by Post Team 

Wizard Of Oz, From time to time, Google likes to change their homepage logo to illustrate a point. Often called “Google Doodle”, which is usually done to commemorate a significant anniversary or vacation, and given how big it is Google, which tends to get people talking. Often we find a way to tie in with the theme films (see our article on Pi Day a great example of that). Fortunately, we have to expand the concept throughout the day, as Google celebrates the 71st anniversary of The Wizard of Oz.

MGM The Wizard of Oz was released nationwide on August 25, 1939, but had its premiere in the first place in Wisconsin of all places, on 12 August. The film became an American classic, becoming noted for their great sets and costumes, memorable songs, and the mix of sepia tones and brilliant Technicolor (still relatively new at the time). The story tells of peasants Dorothy, who is not happy in Kansas and monotonous dreams of bigger things. After she hit her head in a severe tornado, wakes to colorful fantasy world of Oz. On the way to see the wizard to return home, he meets a few interesting friends and enemies, and he realizes he misses his “dull” farm and family. The film is based the novel by L. Frank Baum The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, but as with most films, the changes were significant.

Oz won an Oscar for Best Score and Best Musical Song (“Over The Rainbow”) in 1940 from the Academy Awards. He was also nominated for Best Picture, and has received other awards and nominations. AFI has included the film in many of their lists of Top, naming it the best fantasy movie of all time in 2008, the best musical in 2006, third, and sixth overall best picture in 1998. “Over The Rainbow” was honored as the # 1 song in the 2004 film.

The growing popularity of the film during the decades has resulted in many remakes, sequels and spin-offs. My favorite is The Wiz, 1978 Motown’s urban take on the story starring Diana Ross and Michael Jackson. Probably the most tendency to Oz at the moment is the play musical Wicked, which tells the story from the point of view of the Wicked Witch of the West. Two projects in the works now based on the film, directed by Sam Raimi, and another, possibly directed by Drew Barrymore.

What do you think of The Wizard of Oz? I see it as the precursor of creation. Think about it. Dorothy only has the idea to assess your home and family after being in the dream world, which happens to be populated with characters that resemble people she knows. We were wondering at the end if Oz is real or not, but either way he worked the start.

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