Somewhere Over the Rainbow…

The Wizard of Oz turns 75 this year! And, it’s being released in IMAX 3-D this year [Sept 20-26]! Yes, please!

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While researching what I was going to say for this blog, it took me hours to sort through images I wanted to share. I would love to just play the whole movie right here and sit and chat with you about it.

 

This is my #1 all time favorite movie in the history of ever. My Aunt Cindy introduced me to the wonderfulness of it when I was just a wee little tyke. I can quote the entire thing, I LIVED to be the Cowardly Lion, and I was never scared of Margaret Hamilton’s Wicked Witch of the West.

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I know way too much trivia about it:

  • In the book, the slippers are silver. To highlight the effect of the technicolor, the producers decided to make them ruby. The rest is movie history…

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  • Buddy Ebsen (Jed Clampett, etc.) was the first Tinman, but succumbed to a silver dust allergy and almost died in make-up testing.

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  • There were four directors of the movie that made serious mistakes and corrections. The cast had to re-do some scenes months after “final takes.” The movie only won 2 Oscars – both for music.

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  • There is a scene in which the Wicked Witch claims to have sent a “bug ahead of them [the flying monkeys] to take the fight out of them.” She’s talking about the “Jitterbug.” The whole scene and song was cut. You can find it here:

 

 

So my point is…

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I totally want this for Christmas!

About The Author

Tim Green

Tim Green is the co-host of the #QWakeUpCrew and can be heard on QMIX from 9 am to Noon. “I get to listen to music every day at work! How could I NOT love my job?!” His favorite part of the job is visiting various offices for the QMIX Office Party. Register for it now! Wait… read the rest of his bio, first. Then go and register! Tim is a pop culture fanatic, useless knowledge retainer, people-watcher, life-failer in remission that just happens to be borderline obsessed with Hollywood and is also long winded. He is still trying to find a film that lives up to his all-time favorite – “The Wizard of Oz.” You can follow the yellow brick road to him on Twitter : @Timmiejoe27! If Tim wasn't working on QMIX 107.3, his dream job would be a performer on Broadway – “I don’t need a leading role; just the funny side kick will do!”

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