Oz in the News 4.16.13

l-frank-baumFollowing The Yellow Brick Road Back To The Origins Of ‘Oz’  “L. Frank Baum later explained that in Tick Tock of Oz, the seventh Oz book, Toto was actually asked why he never talked in Oz,” Hearn says. “And he said he had nothing to say. Of course, Oz is a place where animals talk — the Cowardly Lion has no problem speaking. You know, it’s also possible that Toto was born in America, and dogs in America don’t talk.”

Yip Harburg: the man behind the Munchkins  Harburg was an atheist who believed in taking ones rightful pleasures on earth, and did not give credence to the concept of going to heaven. However, if he were mistaken on that matter, there can be no doubt that he would now be taking some satisfaction at the damage which the laughter of his chorus of munchkins has recently inflicted on that absurd artificial halo, erected by the establishment above the most wicked western witch of our recent history.

Family Guy Turns Classic Wizard of Oz Song Into Vulgar Tune About ‘Canadian Nudie Bars’  It appears that even the most classic kids movie of all time isn’t sacred to Seth MacFarlane and the gang at Fox’s Family Guy. Sunday’s episode began with a fantasy sequence featuring Peter Griffin and his neighbors going to a “Canadian Nudie Bar” with Glenn Quagmire leading them in a vulgar rendition of “The Merry Old Land of Oz” from “The Wizard of Oz”.  “Would they even dye their pubes to match my hair?” sang Griffin. And people wonder why the society is crumbling.

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