The Late Movies: The Wizard of Oz

Miss Cellania

This cute video called The Wizard of Dogz inspired me to find out more about the beloved 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz. What I found were several earlier movies, parodies, alternate versions, and behind-the-scenes footage.

The Wizard of Dogz

Toto is the star of this version.

1910 Version

The first filmed version of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was a silent film partly based on the stage play.

1925 Version

This silent film starred comedians Larry Seman and Oliver Hardy.

1933 Version

The first of many animated versions of the story is told in this 1933 cartoon from Ted Eshbaugh. Notice the color scheme, which was later used in the 1939 movie.

How The Wizard of Oz Should Have Ended

It would have been much shorter. Logic doesn't make a great feature film.

Mad TV

In this version, Dorothy moved to Florida to avoid cyclones.

The Dark Side of the Rainbow

It has long been known that you can sync Pink Floyd's album The Dark Side of the Moon with the the video of The Wizard of Oz and get a creepy and ethereal experience as the audio and video match up in strange ways. Some other segments are on Youtube.

The Wizard on Ice

The Wizard of Oz on Ice was broadcast in 1996. The entire show can be seen on YouTube, in 19 segments.

Casting the Wicked Witch

The story of how Margaret Hamilton became the perfect witch. This is from the documentary "The Wizard of Oz" (The Making of a Classic), which is available on YouTube in six parts beginning with this segment.

Bobby McFerrin

McFerrin performs the condensed version of the movie (mostly) in song.

Disney has plans to make a prequel to the Oz story, which may be in a theater near you in 2012.