7 March 7, 2014
The History of “OZ”
“Were off to see the wizard, the wonderful wizard of oz” One of the infamous phrases from one of the most well know classics of all time. The original movie titled The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was made in 1939 by Frank Baum. This film featured stars such as Judy Garland, Jack Hayley and many others. This was not only a movie, it was a fantasy, and a musical storytelling adventure with unusual characters that shook the audience. This was one of the first films to make it to the big screen with color. Because of its success, this film has been remade many times with multiple different spins making it rhetorical. Over the years this film has become one of the best films of all time and is still watched today among all ages
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is more than just a mediated artifact it is breakthrough, said to be one of the most famous films ever made. The film was not a box office success, it only received 3,017,000 on a 2,777,000 dollars budget but it still receive a large amount of positive reviews and remakes (). This is important in terms of the audience it reaches because it was not just a children’s movie, or an adult movie, or a movie for teens, it was a movie for the entire family that targeted no specific audience. The Wizard of Oz has won critical acclaim by being nominated for multiple academy awards such as best picture, best original song and is often ranked one of the top ten movies of all time (). The creator Frank L. Baum is very much significant because this was not his first ball game. He was originally an author of children’s books but wrote many novels, sequels and made many attempts to bring his work to stage and screen (). He had a vision like no other and saw things in a different perspective which explains the unusual features/characters in the film. He accomplished many goals but his best known accomplishment was for writing The Wonderful Wizard of Oz ().
One of the major ideas of the film was that it was unusual. It had a different bread of characters, settings and role playing. Some examples would be The Emerald City and how it was covered in all green. The houses were covered in green sparkling emeralds, the pavement was green, and the windows were green glass (). Baum was going for an unusual feel to give the audience something they had never seen before. Another major concept of the film is that it was a movie and a musical all wrapped in one. No although this had been done before, it has never been done using fictional characters such as a tin men, scare crows, witches and lions.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has symbolism, there is definitely relevance between the movie and social issues that took place around the time that the movie was released. Each character, event or setting could be broken down to represent a specific cast or group type. For an example the scarecrow could...