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Ultimate Retro: The Wizard of Oz

Discussion in 'Retro' started by CharlestonNole, Feb 27, 2009.

  1. CharlestonNole

    CharlestonNole Keeper of the Yule Goat MMC Emeritus Member

    The Wizard of Oz

    Have you seen it?

    Does it rank in your all-time favorites? or is the worst movie you've ever seen?

    Trivia, thoughts, etc....let'em fly.....

  2. HolidayHoney

    HolidayHoney MMC Emeritus Member MMC Emeritus Member

    Yep, I like it. When my daughter was 3 she watched it for the first time....she put her little chair directly in front of the TV, put her favorite babydoll in her left arm, her sippy cup in her right hand, and sat there transfixed!! I can see that image so well in my mind.
  3. singingringingtree

    singingringingtree Chestnut Roaster Merry Forums Member

    I loathe this film. Saw it as a child and absolutely terrified me. Can't watch it now as I find it so unsettling. I'm sure its got some sort of weird undertone. My kids always liked it though!
  4. George Broderick, Jr.

    George Broderick, Jr. Guest

    This movie was shown on network TV every Easter when I was growing up, usually "hosted" by Dick Van Dyke... it was "must see TV" for us... and the next day it was "water cooler" talk on the playground during lunch recess... and you just KNEW that other kids across the country, in grade schools from Maine to California, were all discussing the same thing! And if you missed it, you were a playground pariah and had to wait a WHOLE YEAR to see it again..!

    I've long felt that kids today are missing out on that zeitgiest thing with the invention of DvD's and VCR's... they've traded being able to watch Oz whenever they want with that shared communal feeling with a whole nation of second graders... same with Rudolph, Frosty, The Grinch and Charlie Brown Christmas... some still watch the network broadcasts but it's not the same... we shall never see its like again...
  5. Maureen

    Maureen Merry Forums Super Administrator MMC Lifer Santa's Elf Christmas Crew Louann Jeffries Award

    I love this film. I can so identify with WWW!!!!!!! I have a keyring with her on it AND a bobble head. Our local am/dram is putting this on next year and here's a clue - I ain't trying out for no munchkin!!!

    I remember watching this when I was little and just as Dorothy had been seen to the edge of Munchkinland by all the Munchkins and starts skipping her way along the yellow brick road, there was ALWAYS a Singer Sewing Machine commercial!!
  6. Santa's Helper

    Santa's Helper MMC Emeritus Member MMC Emeritus Member

    I remember watching this every year when it would come on tv. We never missed it. It was special when it would come on. We'd do the same thing when the Sound of Music would come on once a year as well. I agree with George on the DVD thing. I always watch stuff when it comes on tv because it makes it more special, even though I have them on dvd. It doesn't matter to me. I know there's a special time of year going on when I see Frosty or Charlie Brown. I can't say that I've watched the Wizard of Oz though in recent years but, I still like it.
    I had a physics teacher in high school who started his own astrology club with his friends and he said that every year when the Wizard of Oz was on they would all get together and watch it and then go and do their astrology stuff as well. They'd take turns hosting each year at a different house. What a bunch of nerds! I loved him though, he was so fun.
  7. Head Elf

    Head Elf Mrs. Claus' Executive Assistant MMC Lifer Christmas Talk Alum

    I always wondered why we saw it around tornado time... when I was little the part that scared me was when the cowardly lion jumped out of the window. I felt so sad for him, could never understand why he did that. But it is one my all time favorite movies. My husbands CB handle used to be Scarecrow, so it means more to me now. I have some collectible things around the house. And now I'm reading the books by McGuire, (Wicked, Son of a Witch and the one about the Cowardly lion).
  8. joyful

    joyful MMC Emeritus Member MMC Emeritus Member

    When I was growing up one of the major networks always showed The Wizard of Oz once a year. It was so special because we only seen it at that time. I remember the monkeys were scary to me. But I love the talent of Judy Garland, Jack Haley, Ray Bolger in the movie.
    They are what made the movie so memorable and a classic.
  9. Wenceslaus

    Wenceslaus MMC Emeritus Member MMC Emeritus Member

    With the Singer Midgets? cheesy
  10. Annette1990

    Annette1990 MMC Emeritus Member MMC Emeritus Member

    My family and I also love this movie. We own the DVD so we watch it often. And watch it again when it's on Television. Ranks right up there with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory......classics!
  11. ILuvChristmas

    ILuvChristmas MMC Emeritus Member MMC Emeritus Member

    Love the movie. I put out Wizard of Oz nutcrackers and yard statues every fall/Halloween.
  12. auntieclaus

    auntieclaus MMC Emeritus Member MMC Emeritus Member

    I adore the Wizard of Oz, although I must admit as a child it did scare me.
  13. George Broderick, Jr.

    George Broderick, Jr. Guest

    When I was a kid, I always thought that the Witch's head of the guards, in that scene where she melts and he says "you, you killed her", looked like Jed Clampett... later I found out that Buddy Ebsen was the ORIGINAL choice for the Tin Man but had to bow out because he had an extreme allergic reaction to the silver paint make-up...
  14. kelly ann

    kelly ann Christmasologist Merry Forums Member

    I didnt mind the original, but I absolutely hated the return to oz!!
  15. ScottCalvin

    ScottCalvin Elf Choir Book Distributor MMC Lifer

    A good family film, but not one to go in my DvD collection....... yet.

    However Mary Poppins I adore
  16. George Broderick, Jr.

    George Broderick, Jr. Guest

    Poppins is okay... I was always more of a Chitty Chitty Bang Bang fan, myself...
  17. yolie8174

    yolie8174 Santa's Sleigh Designer MMC Lifer

  18. George Broderick, Jr.

    George Broderick, Jr. Guest

    Yeh... every Easter... Oz and The Ten Commandments... although I'm sure the latter was scheduled more as a Passover movie.

    Occasionally you got Ben Hur, but that was rare.
  19. Meceka

    Meceka MMC Associate Editor MMC Lifer MMC Donor Santa's Elf Christmas Crew Louann Jeffries Award Kringle Radio DJ

    I love this movie! The last time I watched it I muted the sound and played Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon CD on repeat - really weird how many connections the two have!!
  20. MerryCarey

    MerryCarey A Voice from the North MMC Lifer MMC Donor Santa's Elf Christmas Crew Louann Jeffries Award Kringle Radio DJ

    Definitely a childhood favorite when it was an annual TV event---"Wizard of Oz," Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella," and "Rudolph" were must-see TV. What I don't miss: when the network started to edit out bits, and later to subtly (or not-so-subtly, as the case may be) speed it up to shoehorn in more commercials.

    Several times as a child, I saw it only in black and white (no color set in our house until 1975), and still loved it, especially the music. "Over the Rainbow" was always a highlight for me.

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