February 6, 2014
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
The Wizard of Oz, possibly one of the greatest American films alongside things like Gone with the Wind, and Of Mice and Men. The question is what makes this 1939 film so successful? With such a great cast such as Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, and so on but with all of these Broadway successors it was bound to be a classic. Although it has a somewhat of a “sequel” (Return of Oz) there is no equal to The Wizard of Oz.
Although the film received largely positive reviews, it was not a box office success on its initial release, earning only $3,017,000 on a $2,000,000 budget however it was nominated for six Academy Awards, including best picture. It lost that award to Gone with the Wind. The film was MGM's most expensive production up to that time. Overall it was a fairly successful movie for children, in the fact of characters. The story supplies a sort of life lesson, like “there’s no place like home.”
The one part of the movie that always blows people away is the plot and the song writing. The main plot is of a young farm girl Dorothy Gale a young girl from Kansas whom is troubled by a bad neighbor who attempts to take her dog Toto. So soon she runs off with her dog and meets a “wizard” whom tells Dorothy that Auntie Em is the one who loves her, and so she heads back to the farm, meanwhile a “twister” is heading toward the farm.
In the mist of a tornado hitting the farm Dorothy takes a trip to Oz a magical and adventurous place, but there’s a problem while her house landed in Oz she managed to kill the Wicked Witch of the East