Video Sunday - The Wizard of Oz
Last Sunday I thought it might be fun to do a regular piece where I look at online videos of wacky children's literature topics (preferably in the public domain). I was pleased as punch to find all kinds of Alice in Wonderland info, though Monica Edinger of Educating Alice found oh so much more. This Sunday I thought I might go a different route and see what I could find on the Wizard of Oz that's out there.
The answer? Not much. Not much at all. Really, the best thing I could find was the frighteningly low-budget and poorly shot 1971 Turkish Wizard of Oz. How cheap is it? Well when the best you can do Great and Terrible Oz-wise is a skull sitting on a table, you may wish to consider springing for a cardboard head or something. I did agree with the YouTube commentator who said that the Tin Man's axe looked like something that could do serious bodily harm, though.
There was also this series of selections from the 1910 version of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
I'll spare you the various crazed television animated television shows. There was the Japanese anime version (though the French intro is undoubtedly the best), the American 80s one, and an odd little 60s series called Tales of the Wizard of Oz. Tales actually comes off looking the best of the lot. There's also this, which sort of defies explanation.
High-budget commercials have apparently taken great advantage of the movie version over the years. There was this oddly Tinman-free Minolta commercial in the 80s and, more recently, this Fed Ex bit o' weirdness.
No, when it all comes down to it, maybe the best thing I found was this simply charming Shirley Bassey rendition of Somewhere Over the Rainbow.
You will note that with the exception of the 1910 film, none of these take their influence from the books but from the movie. Basically you have to go with what you've got. Ah well.
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