The Origins of Oz

The Origins of Oz

DVD - 2013
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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a children's story unlike any other: It has been adapted and re-invented by multiple generations and has inspired the most beloved characters and iconic pair of shoes in pop-culture history. But how did this classic tale come to be? Visit the locations that inspired Baum's Land of Oz, dig into his family's archival collection, and hear interviews with fans and historians.
Publisher: [United States] : Smithsonian Channel, [2013]
Edition: DVD edition Widescreen.
Copyright Date: ©2013
Branch Call Number: 813.4 OR4
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (46 min.) : sound, color & black and white ; 4 3/4 in.

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Bang_On
Sep 14, 2014

Even though this documentary from Smithsonian Channel tended to be on the decidedly dry side, it was still well-worth a view, in the long run.

Through stills, film-clips, and interviews with both family members and historians, the viewer soon learns all there is to know about what initially inspired author Frank Baum to write his classic children's tale, "The Wonderful World Of Oz" in 1900.

Incredible as it may sound, throughout his lifetime (1856-1919) Baum (a very charming and charismatic individual) wrote a whopping 500 novels in his day whose themes were mainly a mix of science and fantasy.

It was Baum's attendance at the Chicago World's Fair in 1893 that inspired his fantastic conception of Oz's Emerald City. When MGM Studios eventually decided to adapt Baum's book to the silver-screen in 1939, they paid his family $40,000 for the film rights.

All-in-all - If you (like myself and many others) are fascinated by the wonder of The Wizard Of Oz, then this short, 46-minute documentary will not disappoint.

So - Just tap your heels together 3 times and repeat after me.... "There is no place like home.... There is no place like home...."

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