Thursday, May 18, 2006

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

The ballet recital that the girls are in is The Wizard of Oz. Hannah and Hazel have never seen the movie, and didn't know the story until they learned it in their class. Since then, we've downloaded the original soundtrack, and played it. Over, and over, and over. Factor in two round-trip drives to Houston, and you might get a sense of how often those songs run through my head these days.

Hannah,especially, wants to know what is happening around the songs, and while I know the bare bones of the story, I can't recall it in enough detail to satisfy her. I'm reluctant to rent the movie, so tonight we went to Half-Priced Books after our dinner at Changos. Here is what we found:

Have you seen this version? It's illustrated by Lisbeth Zwerger, and based on the first two chapters, anyway, her illustrations are true to L. Frank Baum's descriptions. They are lovely, especially those poppies.

Also, did you know the slippers were originally silver? I guess they were made ruby red in the movie to take full advantage of the Technicolor. Lisa, I know you have some esoteric knowledge to offer on the subject - speak up!


Lisa said...

The rumours about drunken munchkins groping Judy Garland have been discredited.
The original tin man was Buddy Ebsen but his skin reacted so violently to the silver makeup (which contained actual silver) that he was hospitalized and could not continue in the role.
And Margaret Hamilton (the wicked witch) was nearly killed and badly burned on her face during a scene in which she seemed to disappear through the ground surrounded by smoke and flames.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is a cautionary tale, fraught with danger and uncertainty. Proceed carefully, and watch out for those damned dangling, I mean flying monkeys.

p.s. the magic world of OZ was named after the alphbetical letters O-Z on the bottom drawer of Baum's filing cabinet.

Daisy said...

Excellent! I knew you would come through. Anyone else?

DragonFly24 said...

According to this trivia test, the slippers are originally silver. :)