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If I Only Had a Game

I’ve long thought Oz had a lot of potential for video games, but it hasn’t had much success in that respect. One game I knew existed but hadn’t played or anything was the 1993 The Wizard of Oz for Super … Continue reading

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Rings and Things

A lot of jewelry appears in the Oz books, but I can only think of a few magic rings. I believe the first one mentioned in the expanded Oz universe, albeit not in an official Oz book, is the one … Continue reading

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A House Full of Ginger

Gingerbread houses are a well-known Christmas tradition, not that I’ve ever seen anyone actually make one. They’re a pretty cool idea, though. The idea of objects made of foodstuffs is an old one in legends throughout the world, especially when … Continue reading

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Coronation Cameos

I first watched Return to Oz around when it came out on video, and while I quite enjoyed it, I wasn’t familiar with the source material at that point. Now, of course, I’m very familiar with it, and one interesting … Continue reading

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Warp Whistling in the Dark

When Super Mario Bros. 3 came out, it was apparently known that there were three magic whistles that allowed you to skip to another world before anybody knew where they were. I have to wonder if anybody ever found one … Continue reading

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The Wizzrobe of Oz

The fact that The Wizard of Oz is often cited as an archetypal fairy tale is a mixed blessing for someone like me. On the one hand, it’s cool that one of my favorite books has become such a widely … Continue reading

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Emerald City MD

Part of following online forums and such related to Oz is that you constantly come across announcements about new television shows and movies being greenlit, the vast majority of them never actually coming out and seeming quite uninteresting anyway. Most … Continue reading

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Having a Ball

Remember the Wicked Witch of the West’s crystal ball from The Wizard of Oz? Like when Dorothy sees Aunt Em in it, only for her to be replaced with the Witch herself? As anyone who’s read the book can tell … Continue reading

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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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‘Twas Mr. Dooley-Ooley-Ooley-Oo

Seeing as how it’s a day to celebrate all things Irish and how I generally tend to have Oz on the brain, I thought of the song “Mister Dooley” from the original 1902 Wizard of Oz stage play. Now, when … Continue reading

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