The characters: Dorothy, The Witches, The Tin Man, The Scarecrow, The Lion, and The Wizard. There is a very large age difference between the Dorothy in the movie and the Dorothy in the book. In the book it describes Dorothy as being no more than ten years old, but in the movie she’s in early adulthood. Even so, Dorothy seems much more helpless in the movie mainly relying on others, and in the book she does what she can and only cries when she needs to, but still keeps a sense of naivety about her which might have been considered overplayed in the movie.
Dorothy’s three companions nearly seem to have been added in the movie for comic relief. They still serve their purposes, but the movie ...view middle of the document...
The book shows the people living there and Dorothy’s frustration in how she had to wait to speak with Oz. In the movie it seems more like a production than an actual city.
The journey to Oz in both cases is on account of a tornado passing over Dorothy’s house, however in the book it shows how Toto ran back in the house and Dorothy went after him. The movie shows how Dorothy wasn’t on the farm when the twister picked up and everyone was already inside the storm cellar by the time Dorothy got there, and while searching for her Aunt inside the house she is knocked unconscious by a breaking window.
Dorothy is shocked when she wakes up in the new land and is met with munchkins and Glinda. In the movie the first scene in Oz is very upbeat, lively, and complete with a musical number. The book’s version lacks the singing but makes up for it in vivid details.
One of the first things Dorothy does before setting out on her journey in the book is to prepare herself by getting water and changing her clothes, the movie rushes this a bit more by immediately having Dorothy set out to find the Wizard after she acquires the slippers of the Wicked Witch that her house had landed on and in the book are describes as sliver and in the movie shown as red.
There are many elements that were taken out of the journey to get to the emerald city. This might be expected in a movie, but a few things probably should have been left unaltered. For example, when the Scarecrow and Dorothy stumble across the Tin Man in the movie Dorothy was the one who was able to make him mobile again because she was the one who could understand his nearly indecipherable instruction to get the oil can. This takes away from the Scarecrow’s character because this was specifically supposed to point out the scarecrows intelligence where he thought he had one. The scene with the poppy field in the movie when Dorothy and the Lion fall asleep in the Glinda shows up nearly unprovoked (except for the Tin Man’s cries) and puts snow over the poppies to kill them. This takes away from the Tin Woodsman’s character where he killed the cat that was chasing the mouse Queen which was similarly put in place to show his compassion. The scene where the Lion fought of the Kalidahs was completely deleted in the movie which has the same affect to the Lion as it did with the Scarecrow and Tin Woodsman.
After Oz takes off in the hot...