Oz in the News 2.4.12

The Quarrelsome Dragons  ‘The Quarrelsome Dragons’is from L. Frank Baum’s ‘The Tin Woodman of Oz.’ Woot, the Green Monkey, uses a magic apron to escape capture by a jaguar only to end up in a cavern filled with a family of argumentative dragons. This is probably the most detailed piece so far in this project. Drawing dragon/lizard scales is a challenge and I was checking out all kinds of reference materials to keep things reasonably plausible.

‘Wicked’ author Gregory Maguire added to Oz-Stravaganza! 2012 lineup  Maguire, an Albany native whose books have sold more than ten million copies, is the author of a number of novels for children (including 2007 New York Times bestseller “What-The-Dickens”), eight adult novels, and several short stories, picture books, essays and reviews. His most famous work, “Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West,” is a sort of prequel to L. Frank Baum’s “The Wizard of Oz.” Adapted into a Tony and Grammy-winning Broadway musical, “Wicked” tells the story of Glinda (The Good Witch) and Elphaba (The Wicked Witch) before Dorothy and Toto came to town.

Group opposes plan to make “Toto” breed Kansas state  People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals wrote a letter Thursday to Kansas state Rep. Ed Trimmer asking him to withdraw a bill designating the Cairn terrier the state’s official dog breed. The “Oz” movie is set, in part, in Kansas. Martin Mersereau, director of cruelty investigations for PETA, said designating the Cairn terrier as state dog would create more puppy mills in a state he said already has too many. “Naming the Cairn terrier — or any breed — Kansas’ state dog would drive up demand for these dogs and entice puppy mills to churn out litter after litter of the breed, meaning fewer dogs would be adopted from your state’s animal shelters,” Mersereau wrote.

Grand Lake prepares for Bliz … er, Wizard of Oz carnival  If you’ve ever been to Grand Lake’s Winter Carnival in the past, you can be sure to see plenty of participation. At the start of this year’s planning two months ago, Maki had the team watch the full movie “The Wizard of Oz” for inspiration. So you can bet you’ll spot every reference from that classic — from flying monkey to Munchkin — during the one-day Carnival. The decorations, the elaborate snow sculptures created by businesses on Grand Avenue, or the costumes royalty contestants and others wear are sure to be quite “oztentatious.”

From Warhorse to the Wizard of Oz, it’s time to give film credit in the classroom  From the selection of thousands of films their member schools have access to for free, Filmclub have selected some films of great stories. These are: Lord of the Flies, Bridge to Terabithia, The Wizard of Oz, Rashomon and The Princess Bride. Each film in the season is accompanied by a synopsis, review starters and discussion points. See the Filmclub website for more information and to register for a free online start-up session to start a club in your school.  You can follow Filmclub on on Twitter: @filmclubuk.

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