On August 25, 1939, The Wizard of Oz, which will become one of the best-loved movies in history, opens in theaters around the United States. Based on the 1900 children’s novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by L.
THE WIZARD OF OZ has not been colorized. The film was originally shot in both sepia-toned (which means brownish-tinted) black-and-white and Technicolor. The sequences in Kansas were in black-and-white and the Oz sequences were in Technicolor.
In 1957, the director of Detroit’s libraries banned The Wonderful Wizard of Oz for having “no value” for children of his day, for supporting “negativism”, and for bringing children’s minds to a “cowardly level”.
The Wizard of Oz was a 1902 musical extravaganza based on the 1900 novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. Much of the original music was by Paul Tietjens and has been mostly forgotten, although it was still well-remembered and in discussion at MGM in 1939 when the classic film version of the story was made.
Jack Haley’s Oz Earnings – ‘The Tin Man’ Cast member Haley earned $3,000 a week just the same as Ray Bolger. He and Bolger made six times the amount that Garland made for The Wizard of Oz.
But on August 25, the beloved film The Wizard of Oz marks its 80th anniversary. One of the earliest major Technicolor pictures, the film was a big-budget feat, and one that won two Oscars and catapulted Judy Garland into the limelight. But it certainly didn’t come easy; in fact, some say the production was ” cursed.”
Originally Answered: How old is Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz? Her age is never specified, but most people seem to agree she’s somewhere between 8 and 12. In the books she’s always referred to as a “child” and a “little girl” who is clearly not in her teens yet, so she’s 12 at MOST… probably a little younger.
All the Oz sequences were filmed in three-strip Technicolor. The opening and closing credits, and the Kansas sequences, were filmed in black and white and colored in a sepia-tone process.
The Nation Was Color Blind – The movie famously changes to technicolor when Dorothy leaves Kansas and arrives in Oz. Oz is Not in Black and White – The opening and ending to The Wizard of Oz were not originally filmed in black and white. They were filmed on Sepia Tone film, which gave it more of a brownish tint.
But in both cases, Dorothy is instantly hailed as a conquering heroine, just as the Wizard was when he touched down in Oz. The message is that people will march behind any authority figure who makes a splash, however undeserving they may be.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: Roald Dahl This book was originally banned due to the fact that the depiction of the oompa loompas was seen as racist. Roald Dahl was taken aback by this and changed the description of the oompa loompas in a revised version.
Charlotte’s Web – Shockingly enough, more recently, this seemingly innocent children’s book written by E.B. White was banned in Kansas in 2006 because “talking animals are blasphemous and unnatural;” passages about the spider dying were also criticized as being “inappropriate subject matter for a children’s book.
In short, The Wizard of Oz scene in The Great Movie Ride was pure Disney magic. It wasn’t until 1954 when Walt Disney Productions finally bought the film rights to 11 of Baum’s Oz novels, with the intent to use them in the Disneyland television series.
The last of the Lollipop Guild might have fallen this week with the death of ‘ Wizard of Oz ’ star Jerry Maren — but there are still living Munchkins out there ’cause we talked to one. Jerry passed away over a week ago at a San Diego nursing facility. He was the last living dwarf actor from the movie.