Happy Birthday, Wizard of Oz!

12 Aug

Seen today’s Google doodle? It’s pretty awesome:

Courtesy of Google.com

It’s a homage to The Wizard of Oz, as today is the 71st anniversity of the movies theatrical release.  Though not a best picture winner (it was nominated, but lost in 1939 to Gone with the Wind), this is still one of the greatest movies of all time, and one I personally can watch over and over again!

In honor of the day and Google doodle, The Guardian pulled together an awesome list of 71 facts for the film’s birthday.  You can see the full list here, but some of my favorites were:

  • The film won two Oscars for best original score and best original song, and was nominated for best art direction, best cinematography and best effects.
  • The musical Wicked is based on the Witches of Oz. It’s essentially a back story to The Wizard of Oz, and shows the Wicked Witch of the West is a positive light.
  • The tornado was a 35-foot-long muslin stocking, spun around among miniatures of a Kansas farm and fields in a dusty atmosphere.
  • Baum thought up the name for Oz when looking at his filing cabinets, organised A-N and O-Z.
  • Jell-O crystals were stuck over all the horses in the Emerald City palace to lend them their colour. The scenes were shot speedily, before the horses began to lick them off.

Happy Thursday!

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One Response to “Happy Birthday, Wizard of Oz!”

  1. Denise August 12, 2010 at 10:01 am #

    I like the Jell-o fact, how funny. 🙂 In Wicked the Musical Elphaba, the wicked witch, stages her death so she can live with Fiyero, the scarecrow. I loved the musical but the books were a little more political then I thought and I didn’t make it past the half way mark.

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