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Great and Powerful Nitpicks

Since I’m not one to leave well enough alone, I’m following up my review of Oz the Great and Powerful with this list of geeky issues and bits of trivia. Why would Theodora immediately tell Oscar, “You’re in Oz”? Granted, … Continue reading

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An Ozzy Origin

Oz the Great and Terrible Powerful – I finally got around to seeing this one, and while it wasn’t as bad as I feared from some of the reviews, I do have some bones to pick with it. First, though, … Continue reading

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Going Down in Cartoon History

Hollywood Cartoons: American Animation in Its Golden Age, by Michael Barrier – This book looks at the history of animation from its early days up through the sixties, when cartoon studios were focusing more on television than on theatrical releases. … Continue reading

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Staging a Coup

Despite the phenomenal success of the 1939 MGM film version of The Wizard of Oz, adaptations of the other Oz books have never been particularly successful. I’m sure this is partially BECAUSE of the MGM movie’s success, as well as … Continue reading

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The Carrollian Queens

One tendency I’ve noticed is for people to confuse the Queen of Hearts from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with the Red Queen from Through the Looking-Glass. This was the case in Tim Burton’s film; and while I haven’t played it, … Continue reading

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Playing Some Nintend-Oz

In the past, I have occasionally bemoaned the fact that Oz is generally overlooked when it comes to video games. Most of the ones that do come out seem to be: 1) half-hearted, and 2) based pretty much entirely on … Continue reading

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Urban Oz

As I’m sure you know, if only from the MGM movie, the Emerald City is the capital of the Land of Oz. It’s also the only real city in the country. Sure, there are other places with “city” in the … Continue reading

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All Oz Is a Stage

Oz Before the Rainbow: L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz on Stage and Screen to 1939, by Mark Evan Swartz – This is in overview of the earlier and lesser known stage and screen adaptations of Baum’s book, … Continue reading

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Turtle Bay

I’ve seen a lot of consternation going around about how an upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, with Michael Bay as producer, would make the Turtles part of an alien race instead of…well, mutants. Okay, it’s possible to be both … Continue reading

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Witch Family General

As I’ve stated before when writing about the Wicked Witches of Oz, the idea that the Witches of the East and West are sisters comes from the MGM film, there being no hint of it in any of the books … Continue reading

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