The Wizard of Oz (1939) Come to the Dark Side – We Have Munchkins!

by Cesidia on February 18, 2010

thumbnailThe Wizard of Oz, a movie for all ages tells a great story about a girl and her dog trying to find their way back home after a horrible twister sends them over the rainbow. The movie happily ends with the famous quote “There’s no place like home.”

Not many people know this, but if you take the Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon CD and start it when the MGM Lion roars for the 3rd time the lyrics and music of the movie goes right along with the ups and downs of this tale as old as time story.

But anyways, ever since I was little The Wizard of Oz has been my favorite movie. It’s got your basic movie characters. You have Dorothy, whose shoes you really want to own; Glinda, your “fairy godmother” if you will; the witch, your classic antagonist; and then Dorothy’s three companions who carry the comedic lines. And of course you have Toto the dog you always wish you had. This movie was one of the first of its time, having almost the whole movie, except for the beginning (and a bit of the end) in color. In fact the only reason Dorothy’s shoes are ruby is because MGM wanted to show off their Technicolor. In the books, written by L. Frank Baum, the shoes are actually silver.

One of the scenes that I thought was so cool was when Dorothy wakes up and she is in the twister. It was funny to see everything flying around her from the chicken coop to the old woman sitting in her rocking chair. Although clearly fake, it’s a great camera shot because you almost feel like you’re in the room right next to her and Toto. This is also the scene where the Wicked Witch of the East is introduced. You see Mrs. Gulch, riding her bike that suddenly transforms into a broom stick and you hear the recognizable cackle she uses throughout the rest of the movie. At the end of the scene where the house suddenly falls to the ground, it almost feels like you just landed on that couch you are currently sitting on.

Another of my personal favorite scenes in this movie occurs right when the movie switches to color, when Dorothy emerges into Munchkinland. It’s so entertaining to watch them all sing to her. From the mayor, to the Lullaby League and the Lollipop Guild it’s nearly impossible to not have a smile on your face the whole time. In fact I was little I aspired to be in the Lullaby League because I thought the dancing they did was so cool. The dancing and singing invokes so much happiness in you, and when Glinda enters, a sort of awe comes over you as she appears from her glorious pink bubble. And of course the big bad witch had to come and ruin the party with her think red smoke and scare everyone. This is where the plot, like the smoke, suddenly thickens. Dorothy gets the shoes, in which the Wicked Witch of the West is absolutely furious about, and Dorothy begins her long trek down the yellow brick road.

But above all my favorite song from this movie is when the lion sings his song, “If I Was the King of the Forest.” The Lion, the funniest of Dorothy’s three friends, sings this song totally out of his character, proclaiming how he would preside over his kingdom, when in reality he wouldn’t have enough courage to do, state his authority over the other creatures of the woods. Ironically, in the next scene he is extremely frightened by the Wizard and completely faints when the Wizard says, “Well…”

A few weeks ago, while sitting at the dinner table, my family discussed which character would we most likely resemble if we starred in The Wizard of Oz. After a long, silent time of thinking we all said our answer. The majority of the group said they resemble Dorothy, for various reasons. But while listening to everyone speak, I realized that everyone has their own interpretation on how they view each character. For example, one person said that they wouldn’t be the wizard because he was a cheat, and a liar, while another person said that they would be the wizard because he was a kind considerate man, who even though he couldn’t give them exactly what he wanted, he gave them the next best thing. It was really interesting to hear everyone’s thoughts so I’ll leave you with this question: What character would you most like to be?

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nannie leanie July 4, 2011 at 6:07 pm

Great report!!! I would like to be Dorothy, because she’s pretty, could sing , was wise and got what she wanted.

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