The Late Movies: The Wizard of Oz
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.
The first filmed version of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was a silent film partly based on the stage play.
This silent film starred comedians Larry Seman and Oliver Hardy.
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.
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.
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.