Oz in the News 5.20.16

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Former Munchkin autographs DVDs while visiting daughter  A former Munchkin stopped by OSF St. Mary Medical Center Thursday. Ardith Todd, 86, was 9 years old when she played a Munchkin in “The Wizard of Oz,” and signed photos of herself from the 1939 film for a steady stream of fans Thursday afternoon in the hospital’s lobby. Todd still lives in California and was visiting her daughter, Deb Jackson, who works at OSF. While most of the Munchkins were dwarfs, Todd was one of a few children MGM selected from a local dance studio. “Whenever they needed kids for different scenes and stuff, (the dance studio owner) would send a group out, and one of them was for ‘The Wizard of Oz,'” Todd said. “From what I can remember, it was a lot of fun, and it was a lot of work. … It took a while for us to learn the steps and the songs. There was a lot of rehearsing, and then the shooting went well.”  “We only worked on our one set, so we had no idea what the story was until we went to the premiere and saw the picture,” Todd said.

Lions, and Tigers, and Puzzles! Oh, My! Zynga Launches Wizard of Oz: Magic Match Worldwide  Zynga, a leading social game developer, today announced the launch of Wizard of Oz: Magic Match, the company’s latest Match-3 offering. Licensed by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, the free-to-play game is available today on the App Store for iPhone and iPad, Google Play, Facebook and the Amazon Appstore for Kindle devices. “The Wizard of Oz film has captured the hearts of fans across generations through an endearing story of friends working together to solve an imaginative puzzle,” said Mark Turmell, Senior Creative Director at Zynga. “Wizard of Oz: Magic Match keeps the movie magic alive with exciting Match-3 gameplay and fresh new features. Through Wizard of Oz: Magic Match, we’re excited to give fans a whole new way to interact with one of the most beloved films of all time.” With puzzles inspired by scenes from the original film, players venture along THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD™ with DOROTHY™, the SCARECROW™, the TIN MAN™ and the COWARDLY LION™, swapping, swiping, matching and expanding tiles on their journey. Each winding turn of Wizard of Oz: Magic Match introduces cherished movie characters and iconic imagery, including the chance to spin Glinda’s Magic Wheel for in-game advantages and use Dorothy’s RUBY SLIPPERS™, Munchkin Lollipops and the Tin Man’s Axe to complete puzzles.

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