March of the Winkies
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- The Simpsons’ Mr. Burns’ guards sing this song, which is parodied in the filmWreck-it Ralph with the word “Oreo.”
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Winkie Country – Wikipedia
|The Oz serieslocation|
|Official Map of Oz, with Winkie Countryshown in the East due to a reversed image|
|First appearance||The Wonderful Wizard of Oz|
|Created by||L. Frank Baum|
|Locations||Wicked Witch of the West ‘s yellow castle,Oogaboo, Yip Country,Herku,City of Thi,Tin Woodman ‘s tin-palace, Truth Pond|
|Characters||Wicked Witch of the West,Winged Monkeys,Jack Pumpkinhead|
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It was released by the publishing house ReillyBritton (later ReillyLee) as endpapers to the first edition ofTik-Tok of Oz (1914), and it is the only authenticated map (which is shown here) that depicts the entire Land of Oz. For whatever reason that has not been determined, the directions of east and west are reversed on this map. This inaccuracy, as well as the consequent paradoxes, are discussed in detail in the West and Eastsection of the Wikipedia page on theLand of Oz. The International Wizard of Oz Club produced an updated version of the map in which the instructions have been corrected and the map has been reversed.
The west county of Oz is bordered on the northeast by the Gillikin Country, and on the south by the Quadling Country, which are both part of the United Kingdom.
The Emerald City is located in the east, and the Deadly Desert is located in the far east (beyond the Munchkin Country), as well as the west, north, and south (beyond the Quadling Country) of Winkie Country (which completely surrounds the Land of Oz).
A mountain range separates the Kingdom of Oogaboo, where valuable objects grow on trees, from the Winkie Country, which is home to the Winkies.
Gloma, the benevolent witch, is in charge there (The Wishing Horse of Oz). The geography of Oz is flipped in several of Ruth Plumly Thompson’s Oz stories, with the Winkie Country being in the eastern portion of the country and the Munchkin Country located in the western section.
In the Winkie Country, each of the several towns and kingdoms has its own monarch. These rulers, in turn, serve as subjects of the Tin Woodman, Nick Chopper, who himself recognizes Ozma as the supreme ruler of Oz.
Locations and inhabitants
The Winkie Country, like all of the other kingdoms of Oz, is home to a variety of strange sights, animals, and locations. Among them are the following:
- It was here that the Wicked Witch of the West reigned over the Winkies until she was melted by Dorothy that she was known as the Wicked Witch of the West’s Castle. Tin Palace is a palace that is constructed entirely of tin. As a result of the excessive moisture in the Wicked Witch of the West’s castle, the Tin Woodman relocated. Home of Jack Pumpkinhead–Jack Pumpkinhead resides in Winkie Country in a big hollowed-out pumpkin near the Tin Woodman’s palace, where he is known as “Jack Pumpkinhead.” In the Scarecrow’s Home, Jack constructed a five-story, jewel-encrusted mansion in the shape of an ear of corn for the Scarecrow to live in. The Bear Center is a woodland where the stuffed bears may be found. They are controlled by the Lavender Bear, who also serves as their leader, and directed by the mechanical Little Pink Bear. It is difficult to walk through a bewildering location because the rocks, plants, and trees constantly shift position, making it impossible to move through. It was used in the film The Gnome King of Oz. Corabia is a kingdom on the northern edge of Winkie Country, bordered by the Deadly Desert, and located on the boundary of the Deadly Desert. Corabia, in contrast to Samandra, is a fertile country. The Sultan of Samandra once turned its residents into fish, but Speedy and his allies were able to put a stop to his reign. Corumbia is a kingdom located on the northern edge of Winkie Country, bounded by the Deadly Desert, and east of Samandra, bordering on the Deadly Desert. The Sultan of Samandra once transformed its residents into plants and trees, but Speedy and his pals were able to repair the transformation. It is located between the cities of Thi and Herku and is known as the Great Orchard. An unusual master/slave society exists in the city of Herku, which is controlled by Vig. It is a square with gates of burnished copper in each of the city’s four walls, and it is surrounded by a moat. Using a little dosage of Zosozo (a specially-combined chemical made entirely of pure energy), the population on Herku are skeletally thin and tremendously powerful, allowing them to retain a breed of giants as slave labor. Land of the Marshes– A marshy place that is mostly comprised of mud. A tribe of mud-covered people living on stilts call Sticks-in-the-Muds home, and it is here that they call home. Travelers are frequently advised to avoid Marsh Land. Roughly speaking, Merry-Go-Mountains is an assortment of mountains that revolve quickly and are made of rubber. Monday Mountain is a steep mountain in Winkie Country that appears to be more of a hill than a mountain. They are an all-female species of beings known as the Tubbies, who spend their days washing and cleaning as they wait for a man to arrive and marry their ruler, Pearl Borax. A rotating fence surrounds Monday Mountain, and it will only stop if someone says “stop.”
- Oogaboo– Oogaboo is a town in the far northwestern corner of Winkie Country, within a mountain range that separates it from the rest of Winkie Country. It is home to the Winkies, who live in the town of Oogaboo. In the reign of Queen Ann Soforth, who is the daughter and heir to King Jol Jemkiph Soforth, the kingdom has been peaceful since his abdication. Oogaboo is one of the smallest and poorest kingdoms in the Land of Oz, despite the fact that it cultivates trees that provide a wide variety of valuable goods
- It is also one of the most impoverished. Patch is a patchy-little kingdom south of Oogaboo that has a lot of problems. It is inhabited by the Quilties, whose primary means of subsistence is the production of patchwork quilts (The Gnome King of Oz)
- Perhaps City– A city located on the summit of Maybe Mountain. It was included in the film Grandpa in Oz. In Winkie Country, there is a fenced-in area where you may play. Its inhabitants are known as the Pierrettes and Pierots, and they are controlled by King Capers. They are known for their rough and tumble personalities. Winkie Country’s Remote Tableland is a tiny town located in the far southwestern region of the state. It is the home of the Yips, who are similar to the Hyups from Mount Munch in that they have no regular contact with the citizens of Oz below their plateau (as seen in The Lost Princess of Oz)
- Samandra- a dry desert-like kingdom located at the far-northern edge of the Deadly Desert where slavery is practiced
- And Samandra- a kingdom located at the far-northern edge of the Deadly Desert where slavery is practiced. Samandra is controlled by the Sultan of Samandra
- Suds is a kingdom made up of soap and other bath-related items, and Samandra is ruled by the Sultan of Samandra. It is controlled by Sultan Shampoozle, and the residents, who are as large as a toddler, are hostile to strangers
- Thi– A city that is located in an area of Oz that has been relatively undiscovered. There are changing fields surrounding it, sending a tourist in the opposite direction of their destination. Thists are the residents of the city of Thi, who are also known as Thists. Their heads are diamond-shaped, while their bodies are heart-shaped. Their stomachs and throats are coated with gold, allowing them to consume the thistles that grow in the vicinity of their city without becoming ill. In order to draw their chariots, they utilize mechanical dragons
- The Tottenhots– A race of smallsprite-like people that sleep during the day and play at night who dwell in Winkie Country
- Truth Pond– A pond that is located near the Deadly Desert. Everybody can take a bath in it and be cleansed of enchantment, but they must always speak the truth thereafter
- Tune Town is a kingdom encircled by a wall and controlled by Queen Jazzma, who reigns over the country. The wall holds a piano that serves as a gate, and it is necessary to play the piano in order to locate the correct chord to enter Tune Town. The normal activities of chatting and strolling are not permitted unless during intermission. To get out of Tune Town, one must sing out of tune
- Wackajammy– the breadbasket of the West– is where one must sing out of tune. It was included in the film Yankee in Oz. Wish Ways- A dusty road that runs across various sections of Winkie Country and whose dust has the power to grant any wish
The Winkies are most known for their appearance in the 1939 musical film Wicked, in which they march in line and chant incessantly as the regimental army of the Wicked Witch of the West. They are never referred to as Winkies in the film, despite the fact that they wear blue uniforms that are largely modeled on the costumes of the Russianstreltsyof three and a half centuries ago, and had green skin and pointy noses similar to the Wicked Witch herself. As a result, the Winkie Country is only visible at night in the film, and its primary hues are blue, black, and gray.
In other works
The Wicked Witch of the West’s regimental army, marching in line and chanting constantly, is the most iconic image of the Winkies, which appears in the 1939 musical film of the same name. The Winkies in the film bear little or no resemblance to their literary counterparts, dressing in blue uniforms that are loosely based on the uniforms of the Russianstreltsyof three and a half centuries earlier, and having green skin and pointed noses that are eerily similar to the Wicked Witch herself; they are never referred to as Winkies in the movie.
The landscape is extremely desolate and arid, with several mountains and rock formations to be found therein.
What the Winkies are shouting, according to IMDB (clickheretolisten): It has been reported that audiences have heard variations of the “Winkie Chant” performed by the Wicked Witch of the West’s guards during the filming of the film. They contain phrases such as “All we have, we owe her,” “Oh we adore the old one,” and “Oh we despise the old one,” among others. The screenplay clearly demonstrates that the correct lyrics are “O-Ee-Yah!” Eoh-Ah!.” Perhaps. However, I believe the Winkies are chanting: “Yo-ho!” Oh-RE-os are a must!
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Based only on the photographs, I would gladly join that queue in a heartbeat.
The flavor is deep, black, and profoundly chocolatey, almost like a less-sweet version of a French sable in terms of sweetness and intensity.
Homemade Oreos Cookies (recipe below): 1 cup (2 sticks) melted butter, gently chilled after melting 3/4 cup sugar (about) 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, heated and gently chilled before using 1 quail (egg) 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 3/4 cup cocoa powder made using the Dutch technique 1 teaspoon saltcant and 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 cup (1 stick) softened butter for the filling 2 cups confectioners’ sugar (powdered) 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract 1 tbsp.
- whole milk a pinch of sea salt Allow several hours for the cookies to chill in the refrigerator, then allow them to cool completely before filling.
- Whisk in the vanilla and melted chocolate until well integrated, then add the egg and whisk until everything is completely blended.
- Stir the flour mixture into the chocolate mixture with a wooden spoon until well combined.
- The consistency will be similar to that of sandy, soft Play-Doh.
- (Because the melted butter will solidify, it will be simpler to form the dough.) Half of the dough should be transferred to a sheet of parchment or waxed paper that is approximately 15 inches long.
- Roll the log up in the paper, smoothing it out at the end to ensure that your log is beautiful and even and circular in appearance.
- Refrigerate for at least two hours, or until the mixture is firm to the touch.
Thaw frozen dough in the refrigerator overnight before using.
Prepare baking sheets by lining them with parchment paper or Silpats.
The cookies will spread somewhat as they bake.
Bake for 17-20 minutes for the bigger cookies (as specified in the original recipe).
Because the dough is so black, it is necessary to inspect it by hand.
Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheets until they are just warm, then move to cooling racks to cool completely before filling.
Slowly beat the butter in a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment until it is smooth and creamy, about 30 seconds.
Add the milk and salt and continue to beat until the mixture is completely smooth.
The filling can be prepared ahead of time and kept for up to a day at room temperature or for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator before using.
Place a second cookie on top of the first, bottom side down, and gently press the cookies together to spread the filling out toward the edges.
Pour yourself a large glass of milk.
Yo-Ho! To print this recipe, simply click here. Take note that the recipe provides a peanut butter version for the filling, which is as follows: 1/4 cup butter, 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar are combined to make this recipe. OMG.
It’s Not Easy Being Green!
A CASE OF WINKIE SPEAR HAS BEEN CALLED OUT BY THE ROSIE! When The OZ Museum debuted its newest purchase on Saturday morning, October 5th, it was one of many highlights of this month’s OZtoberFest in Wamego, Kansas. One of the world’s most important collections of Oz memorabilia is now home to an authentic “Winkie Guard” spear that was used in the 1939 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film musical version of THE WIZARD OF OZ. The spear is housed in a specially constructed eleven-foot-tall case that is one of the world’s most important collections of Oz memorabilia.
The museum receives an average of forty-thousand visitors every year; it’s exciting to envision the kind of enthusiasm this new treasure will generate in the years to come.
As of now, the latter collection has numerous authentic Munchkin costumes from the Wizard of Oz film, as well as a small rubber winged monkey, which was utilized (along with many others, marionette-style) in the background of the movie’s Witch’s Castle and Haunted Forest sections.
(According to Baum’s book, the Munchkin Country is the eastern quarter of the continent, and the Quadling Country is the southern quadrant – with the Emerald City smack dab in the middle of his incredible geographic invention.) It is not until Baum’s second Oz novel, THE MARVELOUS LAND OF OZ, that the name of the fourth and northernmost region of the country is revealed: the Gillikin Country.) Consequently, the Winkie Country (and its inhabitants, the Winkies) play an important role in the Wizard of Oz novel.
On March 15, 1939, they are also prominently included in a large number of descriptive passages in the OZ “continuity script.” An editor, Blanche Sewell, had created a detailed summary, shot by shot and line by line, of the rough, two-hour initial assembling of the entire picture, which was then shown to the audience.
There is, however, no mention of the name “Winkie” on-screen, not even in the lengthier version of OZ Sewell is notating (which is twenty minutes longer).
A few words about the MGM Winkies’ ad agency:
- 1)Did you notice that they’re all done up – and “colorized”! – to resemble their beak-nosed, green-faced commandant? 2)Can you correctly imitate the “March of the Winkies” song that they sing again and over? It is not the case that “everything we are, we owe her.” It is also not the case that “Oh, we owe The Old One.” Moreover, please do not interpret this as some sort of sly pitch for “Orr-REE- Oh” (Oreo!) biscuits. “O-Ee-Yah!” says the phrase to which they are marching, which is a simple string of meaningless syllables: In the film, Mitchell Lewis plays the central “leader” of the Winkie Guards, who has a dialogue exchange with Dorothy after the Wicked Witch has been melted. Mitchell Lewis was a well-respected and widely-employed Hollywood actor who appeared in more than 170 films between 1914 and 1956, and was a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Off-screen, he was involved in a variety of care and welfare concerns on behalf of his employees, as indicated by his service on the Motion Picture Relief Fund’s founding board of directors as one of the organization’s founding members (still in existence today as the Motion PictureTelevision Fund). d)To further the illusion that Margaret Hamilton is, in fact, “melting” in her dramatic exit from OZ, all of the Winkie soldiers in that scene slowly lower their spears to enhance the visual of her departure
- E)To further the illusion that Margaret Hamilton is, in fact, “melting” in her dramatic exit from OZ, all of the Winkie soldiers in that scene slowly lower their spears to enhance the visual of her departure
- F)To further the illusion that Margaret Hamilton is, in fact, (We may now speculate as to which spear we are looking at is the one in the case in Wamego! )
After they have been rescued from the power and control of the Wicked Witch of the West, the Winkies in THE WIZARD OF OZ film (and all of the Oz novels) are, without a doubt, joyful and beautiful citizens of the world. It is Winkie leader Mitchell Lewis who cheerfully provides her broomstick to Judy Garland when the Kansas girl wants it; in reality, Lewis had a bit longer interaction with the Kansas girl before it was edited by editor Sewell in her attempt to reduce the running time and length of The Wizard of Oz.
- When that scene was eliminated, it became necessary to cut the brief passage that followed Hamilton’s death as well.
- she’s dead!” says the leader of the Winkies.
- You’ve murdered her!
- I swear to you, I didn’t!
- Leader: Dorothy, you’re the best!
- Winkies: Hail, and thank you!
- The Wicked Witch of the West has been defeated!
Leader: I’m overjoyed since she won’t be able to hit us with a broom any more!
Is it okay if we have it?
And don’t forget to take it with you!
We may now return to the Wizard and inform him that the Wicked Witch has been defeated!
the Witch is Dead,” which was then pictorially/cinematically dissipated into a long parade of Emerald Citizens.
However, as previously documented in earlier blogs, all of this footage was removed from OZ during its “test” sneak premieres in June 1939 and was then discarded on Metro’s cutting room floor.
Finally, I’d want to express my heartfelt gratitude to any and all of you who have taken the time to read this.
So, please keep checking back for updates – and, if you find these mini-histories and reflections to be fascinating, educational, or deserving of your time, please feel free to share them with any OZIFIED friends by directing them to The OZ Museum Facebook page.
It was a triumphant and joyful occasion, with several thousand people in attendance; standing-room-only crowds at The Columbian Theatre for the stage presentations of THE WIZARD OF OZ; and eager fans who came to the special programming about Oz, the ruby slippers, and The Wizard of Oz film during the daytime hours of the festival.
I’m eternally grateful to everyone that contributed to my happiness! John Fricke contributed to this article.
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
- Without a doubt, the Winkies in THE WIZARD OF OZ (as well as all of the Oz books) are really joyful and great people – at least until they are released from the rule of the Wicked Witch of the West. It is Winkie leader Mitchell Lewis who cheerfully provides her broomstick to Judy Garland when the Kansas girl wants it
- In reality, Lewis had a bit longer interaction with the Kansas girl before it was removed by editor Sewell in her attempt to reduce the running time and length of The Wizard Of Oz. The wicked spirit was depicted swatting at the guards with her broom in the preceding scene, during which the Witch orders the Winkies to go after DorothyCompany. It became necessary to remove the brief segment following Hamilton’s death as a result of the decision to remove that scene. Although the dialogue between Lewis and Garland was eventually cut from the film, it was initially scripted and photographed in the following manner: “She’s… she’s dead!” cries the Winkie leader. Your actions have resulted in her demise. Dorothy: I had no intention of killing her… I swear to you, I didn’t mean to. It’s just… he was on fire, that’s all. HAIL TO DOROTHY, says the leader The Wicked Witch of the West is no longer alive and well! “Hail, Winkies!” To Dorothy’s credit, The Wicked Witch of the West is no longer alive and well! Do you mean, you’re…all overjoyed about it? Dorothy: WHAT DO YOU MEAN, you’re…all overjoyed about it? Leader: EXTREMELY HAPPY – NOW SHE WON’T BE ABLE TO HIT US WITH A BROOM ANY LONGER!! I want to use the broom, Dorothy. We’d like some of that, please. “Please!” says the leader. And don’t forget to bring it along! Dear Dorothy: Thank you very much for your kind words! We may now go back to the Wizard and inform him that the Wicked Witch has been defeated. Leader: The Wicked Witch of the West has been put to death! After that came a brief repeat of “Ding-Dong! the Witch is Dead,” performed by the Winkies, which was then visually and cinematically melted into a long parade of Emerald Citizenry members. A total of more than three hundred hundred green-clad extras sang and walked Dorothy and her companions (including the Scarecrow, who wielded the Witch’s broomstick) back to the Wizard’s palace. However, as previously mentioned on this site, all of this footage was removed from OZ during its “test” sneak premieres in June 1939 and was then discarded by Metro, who was responsible for the film’s editing. As Humphrey Bogart says in CASABLANCA, “We’ll always have Paris,” to put it another way. A Winkie spear will also remain in Wamego as of right now. Before I close, I’d like to thank each and every one of you who have taken the time to read this. Creating and delivering the video blog episodes over the past six months has been tremendously enjoyable, but it has also been a pleasure for me to transition back to written journalism
- I hope some of you will find the “switch-back” in formats to be enjoyable. So, please keep checking back for updates – and, if you find these mini-histories and comments to be fascinating, educational, or deserving of your time, please don’t hesitate to share them with your OZIFIED friends by directing them to The OZ Museum’s Facebook page. Lastly, a warm thank you to those of you who went to Wamego this month to celebrate Oz in person, whether you were veterans or newbies. It was a triumphant and joyful occasion, with several thousand people in attendance
- Standing-room-only crowds at The Columbian Theatre for the stage presentations of THE WIZARD OF OZ
- And eager fans who came to the special programming about Oz, the ruby slippers, and The Wizard of Oz film during the daytime sessions. To everyone who contributed to my happiness, I am eternally thankful. John Fricke wrote this piece.
29 Things We Learned from the ‘Wizard of Oz’ Commentary
Published on the 7th of March, 2013 by With the release of Sam Raimi’s CGI-heavy fantasy filmOz the Great and Powerful, there has been a surge in interest in CGI-heavy fantasy films. With the debut of one of the most iconic films of all time, The Wizard of Oz, on the horizon this weekend, it seems right to take a trip back in time more than 70 years to its release. The plot was based on L. Frank Baum’s children’s novel “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” and it had already been adapted into a film by the same name (once as a silent film in 1925 and again as a short film in 1933).
On the 2005 DVD release, there was a commentary track, which was also included on the 70th anniversary DVD and Blu-ray disc releases in 2009 and 2010.
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Barbara Freed-Saltzman, Margaret Hamilton, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, John Lahr, Jane Lahr, Hamilton Meserve, Dona Massin, William Tuttle, Buddy Ebsen, Mervyn LeRoy, and Jerry Maren1 participate in archival interviews with John Fricke (historian), as well as Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Jack Haley, Ray Bolger, Jerry Maren1, and Jerry Maren2. The entire film was shot on a soundstage at a studio. In fact, the only images taken on location in the whole film are the pictures of clouds drifting across the screen under the opening credits.
- Despite the fact that Temple was under contract with Fox, who would not release her, the job was deemed to be beneath her abilities by some.
- 3.There are two deleted scenes from the Kansas segment in which Hickory (Jack Haley) is working on a “wind machine,” which he characterizes as “having a true heart” (a nod to his upcoming character of the Tin Man).
- 4.A total of fourteen authors contributed to the writing in varying capacities.
- It was Vidor’s idea to include camera movement into the song “Over the Rainbow,” which the studio attempted to delete from the picture numerous times until producer Arthur Freed insisted on keeping it in the final edit.
- Terri became such a favorite of Judy Garland’s that she desired to retain her once the play was finished.
- The Wizard was originally cast as Ed Wynn, but he declined since the script only had him appear at the conclusion of the film as himself and a doctor in Kansas, which led to his decision to pass on the part.
- Eighth, the jacket worn by Professor Marvel (Frank Morgan) was picked from a rack of wardrobe apparel.
Frank Baum.” Morgan was thrilled.
9.The tornado special effect was so good and popular that more footage was utilized in films such as Cabin in the Waters (1943) and High Barbaree (1947), which both featured tornadoes.
Particularly noteworthy is a deleted scene in which the tornado fully encircles the farmhouse.
11.The events of the original novel take place in actuality, with Oz serving as a genuine location.
124 small individuals with heights that ranged from 2’3″ to 4’8″ were cast as Munchkins, for a total of 124 little people.
Thirteenth, the only Munchkins who had their authentic voices recorded on site were the two who stand by the carriage and express their gratitude to Dorothy for totally defeating the witch.
The glass ball in which Glinda was floating in was really shot independently with a moving camera and composited into the film.
15.The Wicked Witch of the East’s death certificate, which is presented to Dorothy and the Mayor by the Munchkin coroner on May 6, 1938, has the date May 6, 1938 on it.
This adjustment was made because red appeared to pop considerably more vividly in Technicolor than did silver.
In order to make the apple orchard set appear more realistic, a variety of birds from the Los Angeles Park Zoo were brought onto the set to give it the appearance of being outside.
The out-of-focus bird, according to Fricke, was so blurred on broadcast television and early VHS tapes that people have attributed it to a stagehand walking into the shot, as well as the infamous story of an actor (often said to be a Munchkin actor) hanging himself in the background, among other things.
(To be certain, I have acquired a vintage VHS tape of the film online and will examine it to see how the old version appears.) They should be delivered within a couple of weeks.) The original Tin Man, Buddy Ebsen, was well-known, but he was forced to abandon the role due to an allergic reaction to metal powder in the make-up.
- The studio executives believed that Ebsen was faking his response to the make-up in order to protest the loss of the Scarecrow part, and they went so far as to contact the nurse to ensure that he was genuinely too sick to portray the Tin Man.
- As a result of the trimming down of the Wicked Witch’s words, his name is never stated, leading to considerable misunderstanding among spectators over the years over the credit at the conclusion of the picture.
- The likes of this beast may be found in Sam Raimi’sOz the Great and Powerful.
- Originally, the Wicked Witch’s skywriting read: “Surrender Dorothy or Die!
- Hamilton declined to take the photographs because she didn’t want to be around any fires or smoke again, she explained.
- 23.The weapons that Dorothy and her companions are carrying into the woodland are only briefly visible after the film turns to the Witch.
The decision to delete the sequence was made by studio executives because they believed that the popularity of the modern jitterbug dance would date the film.
Her copper-based green paint is well-known for being extremely hazardous, and as a result, she was left with a green tint to her skin for several months after the show was through shooting.
This is what it says, according to the script: “Ee-Yah!
27 And, at the conclusion of the final take, she is said to have passed out.
Firefighters were sent to the set to guarantee that there were no mishaps, which was fortunate because the throne itself caught fire as a result of the special effects.
This should read: “The sum of the squares of the two shortest sides of a right triangle equals the square of its remaining side, called the hypotenuse.” According to Fricke, this is the most significant inside joke in the whole film’s running time.
The Scarecrow had bran mixed with nails and pins poured into his skull, resulting in “bran new brains” that were also sharp, according to legend.
He was handed a bowl of unknown liquid, which the Wizard said would not be bravery until it was absorbed by his body. Instead of a clock, the Tin Man received a stuffed heart.
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- Commentators: John Fricke (historian), with archive interviews with Barbara Freed-Saltzman, Margaret Hamilton, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, John Lahr, Jane Lahr, Hamilton Meserve, Dona Massin, William Tuttle, Buddy Ebsen, Mervyn LeRoy, and Jerry Maren1. Commentators: On a single studio set, the whole film was shot. Interestingly enough, the only images taken on location in the whole film are of clouds sweeping across the screen under the opening credits. In the beginning, the studio wanted Shirley Temple to play Dorothy, but this was a fleeting dream. Some thought the part was beneath Temple’s abilities since she was under contract with Fox, which would not let her go. Later, the picture was centered on Judy Garland, who had only made her feature film debut in 1936, a year before The Wizard of Oz was put into production. 3) In the Kansas section, there are two deleted sequences in which Hickory (Jack Haley) is working on a “wind machine,” which he refers to as “having a true heart” (a nod to his upcoming character of the Tin Man). Afterwards, when the tornado approaches the Gale farm, Henry discovers Hickory working with the wind turbine once more. fourteen authors contributed to the script in a variety of ways After MGM dispatched Fleming to “save”Gone with the Wind, the Kansas sequences were shot at the conclusion of the production schedule under the direction of King Vidor. It was Vidor’s idea to include camera movement into the song “Over the Rainbow,” which the studio attempted to delete from the picture numerous times until producer Arthur Freed insisted on keeping it in the final edit of the film. The role of Toto was performed by Terri, a female Cairn terrier with a cairn terrier name, who, interestingly, had her cinematic debut in the Shirley Temple picture Bright Eyes. Terri became such a favorite of Judy Garland’s that she wanted to retain her when the show was finished. However, Terri’s trainer, Carl Spitz, refused to let her go. The Wizard was originally cast as Ed Wynn, but he declined since the script only had him appear at the conclusion of the film as himself and a doctor in Kansas, which led to his decision to decline the part. Additional parts were created to allow a star actor to shine, such as Professor Marvel at the opening of the film, the Oz gatekeeper, the Carriage Driver, the Guard, and a blackface character who was cut from the Kansas section in order to promote the star. Eighth, the jacket worn by Professor Marvel (Frank Morgan) was selected from a rack of wardrobe apparel. Morgan discovered a label that said “L. Frank Baum” when she opened one of the pockets on set. Later, Baum’s widow verified that the jacket had been constructed for her late husband and that it had somehow ended up on the set of the movie. 9. Because the tornado special effect was so powerful and popular, extra footage was utilized in films such as Cabin in the Waters (1943) and High Barbaree (1947), which both included the tornado. 10.Many shots were chopped down or taken out of the film because they were too intense for families and children to watch at their leisure. An unused scene depicts the tornado totally engulfing the farmhouse, which is quite striking. Later in the picture, numerous views of and words from the Wicked Witch (Margaret Hamilton) were cut because they terrified children in test audiences to the point that some children had to be physically dragged out of the theatre. 11.The events of the original novel take place in real life, with Oz serving as a real-life setting. 12. Due to the fact that MGM studio chiefs believed this vision would be too much for audiences of the time, the Kansas framework was constructed, which included the real-life personalities that corresponded to the individuals that Dorothy dreams about in her daydream. The Munchkins were cast as a total of 124 small individuals, with heights ranging from 2’3″ to 4’8.” Original plans for the set were for a total of 300 miniature people, and in order to make the figures seem more substantial, they utilized eight to ten youngsters in the backdrop, waving from town windows. Thirteenth, the only Munchkins that had their authentic voices recorded on site were the two who stand by the carriage and express their gratitude to Dorothy for entirely eliminating the witch. Everything else, including spoken dialogue and song, was performed by well-known voice actors from the era in which the film was released. The glass ball in which Glinda was floating in was really shot independently with a moving camera and composited into the picture. 15. The glass ball needed two weeks of lighting to achieve the desired effect since Technicolor compositing was so new at the time. It is on May 6, 1938, that the Munchkin coroner brings the Wicked Witch of the East’s death certificate to Dorothy and the Mayor, wherein the Wicked Witch of the East was killed. L. Frank Baum passed away on this day 19 years ago today. The original silver shoes were replaced with ruby slippers, which was another alteration from Baum’s original novel. In this case, the color red was used instead of silver because it appeared more vibrant in Technicolor. In the last days of the filming of the Munchkinland segment, it was decided to include the song “Follow the Yellow Brick Road” as a lead-in to “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” It was decided that a variety of birds from the Los Angeles Park Zoo should be placed onto the apple orchard set in order to make it appear more like an outside environment. 19. At the very conclusion of this image, a big crane can be seen extending its wings. The out-of-focus bird, according to Fricke, was so blurred on broadcast television and early VHS tapes that people have attributed it to a stagehand walking into the shot, as well as the infamous story of an actor (often said to be a Munchkin actor) hanging himself in the background, among other possibilities. Even if many conspiracy theorists and YouTube vloggers allege that the bird has been digitally inserted, it is evident that it is a bird on the Blu-ray, DVD, and remastered VHS tapes. (To be certain, I have acquired a vintage VHS tape of the film online and will examine it to see how the old version seems.) In a couple of weeks, they should be delivered. The original Tin Man, Buddy Ebsen, was well-known, but he was forced to abandon the role due to an allergic reaction to metal powder in the makeup. The Scarecrow character was originally assigned to him, but Ray Bolger campaigned for it and was ultimately successful. In fact, the studio executives were certain that Ebsen was faking his response to the make-up as a means of protesting his loss of the Scarecrow part, and they even called a nurse to ensure that he was genuinely too unwell to portray the Tin Man. Moreover, the flying monkey that is shown accompanying the Wicked Witch as she gazes into her crystal ball was given the name Nikko, and actorPat Walsheis given a credit for his performance in the picture. As a result of the trimming down of the Wicked Witch’s words, his name is never revealed, leading to great uncertainty among spectators over the years over the film’s ending credit. The flying monkeys were performed by a total of around a dozen players, the most of which were Munchkin actors or local L.A. jockeys. 21.Writer Noel Langley originally imagined the Horse of a Different Color to be a talking horse with stripes of red, green, and purple that could communicate with the audience. The likes of this beast may be found in Sam Raimi’s Oz the Great and Powerful. Fortunately, because the ASPCA was keeping a careful check on how the horses were handled, the pigment was a safe vegetable dye or Jell-O powder in the flavors of grape, cherry, and lemon. In the original draft for “The Wicked Witch of the West,” the Wicked Witch’s skywriting read: “Surrender Dorothy or Die – WWW.” Several close-up views of the Witch riding her broom were also included in the sequence. Those photos were declined by Hamilton because she no longer wished to be in the presence of flames or smoke. During the filming of this scenario, the broom really exploded, resulting in Hamilton’s stand-in being sent to the hospital. Upon cutting to the Witch, the weapons Dorothy and her friends were carrying into the woodland are suddenly gone. When the Witch sends an insect ahead of them to charm them into a song and dance routine, they are genuinely lost during the famously deleted “Jitterbug sequence.” The decision to eliminate the sequence was made by studio executives because they believed that the popularity of the modern jitterbug dance would make the picture appear out of touch. Using cut-out film negatives, Hamilton created his own false fingernails. Due to the high toxicity of the copper-based green paint she used, she was left with a green tint to her skin for several months after the show was finished. According to common perception, the chant sung by the guards outside of the Witch’s castle does not have a secret meaning. There’s a line that says, according to the script, “O-Ee-Yah! Eoh!” 26, according to the advertising at the time, Hamilton needed five takes to get the appropriate feeling of dread when she ignites the Scarecrow’s arm. As for her final take, she is said to have collapsed and died in the studio. To shoot Oz’s throne room, so many lights were required that they were borrowed from neighboring studios. Firefighters were dispatched to the site to ensure that no mishaps occurred, which was fortunate because the throne itself caught fire as a result of the special effects. Several aspects of the Scarecrow’s recitation of what seems to be the Pythagorean theorem as he obtains his diploma (“The sum of the square roots of any two sides of an isosceles triangle is equal to the square root of the remaining side”) are erroneous on numerous levels. This should read: “The sum of the squares of the two shortest sides of a right triangle equals the square of its remaining side, called the hypotenuse.”) The film’s biggest internal joke, according to Fricke, is the following one: 29.The Wizard’s presents to Dorothy’s friends were different from those in the original novel. After having bran with nails and pins poured into his skull, the Scarecrow developed “bran new brains” that were both sharp and tenacious. The Cowardly Lion was handed a bowl of unknown liquid, which the Wizard said would not be bravery until it was absorbed into his being. Instead of a clock, the Tin Man was given a soft heart.
The Wizard of Ozis one of my all-time favorite films, and I’m not alone. Even now, the film’s craftsmanship in set design, photography, make-up, and special effects may be compared to that of many contemporary films. We should all be grateful that DVD commentaries were not available when many of the persons involved were still alive and/or younger, since hearing their first-hand experiences would have been incredible to hear. While I have no issue with Fricke, who does provide some wonderful morsels of knowledge throughout the video, he does have a tendency to read prepared notes rather than speaking spontaneously.
The archive interviews are fascinating, but the true heart of the book comes from Fricke’s recollections, which are told in his own words.
But I have to wonder: is there anyone who doesn’t like this movie?
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