Monthly Archives: March 2018

Oz in the News 3.30.18

Fairy Tales Meet High School Comedy in OZMAFIA!! OZMAFIA!! contains characters from the L. Frank Baum’s Land of Oz stories re-imagined as handsome young men, specifically Caramia as the Cowardly Lion, Axel as the Tin Woodman, and Kyrie as The Scarecrow. OZMAFIA!! also draws inspiration from other works of Western literature, including Heidi by Johanna Spyri, Grimms’ Fairytales by Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm, the writings of Oscar Wilde, and the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen. Crunchyroll currently streams OZMAFIA!! in 246 territories worldwide, including the United States, Canada, Brazil, the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Germany, Italy, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. The series is available in the original Japanese language with subtitles in English, Spanish, Latin American Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian, and German.

“All Things Oz” foundation to launch monthly blog The International L. Frank Baum & All Things Oz Historical Foundation in Chittenango has announced that Wizard of Oz historian John Fricke will write a monthly blog for the foundation, officially launching on the website on March 30. “I’ve been fascinated and captivated by Oz — and its authors, illustrators, films, stage shows, products, and events — for decades,” said Fricke, a Grammy award nominee, best-selling author and two-time Emmy Award winner. “I first saw the famous MGM the Wizard of Oz movie on television when I was five, and it happily changed the course of my life. I discovered ‘The Wizard of Oz’ as a book at age six and as a book series when I was seven. At eight, I began to research L. Frank Baum, who wrote the first 14 Oz books; as a result, I knew how to spell the name of his birthplace — Chittenango! — long before I could even pronounce it.”








Oz in the News 3.28.18

Woodmere’s Charles Santore show is a trove of illustration, from Columbo to Cowardly Lion In one of the more memorable images from “Charles Santore: Fifty Years of Art and Storytelling,” at Woodmere Art Museum through May 13, we see the Cowardly Lion as we’ve never seen him before. First of all, it’s a real lion we’re seeing, not the sort of businessmanish figure created by W.W. Denslow for the original Wizard of Oz book, or the characterization by Burt Lahr in the movie. Santore’s watercolor shows him leaping across a ravine, with a bonneted Dorothy astride his back. He is outlined against a sky that looks blue above and sunny below. He is fierce and strong, but his eyes are closed. That’s how we know he’s afraid. He can ferry his three companions across the chasm, but he can’t stand to look. The picture foreshadows one of the lessons he will eventually learn—that he has all the courage he needs, but he just needs to recognize it.

Oz in the News 3.27.18

A ‘Wizard of Oz’ train ride is headed to Central Florida this summer The Orlando & Northwestern Railway, operator of the Royal Palm Railway Experience in Tavares, announced a new Wizard of Oz Train Ride on select dates throughout June. The two hour ride begins in Munchkinland, and includes live on board entertainment from Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion, along with audio from the movie and a stage production in the Emerald City. Officially licensed from Warner Brothers, the train ride experience is an updated retelling of the classic story with authentic costumes and sets. Royal Palm Railway passenger cars are all vintage mid-century Amtrak cars with air-conditioning and updated restrooms. Glass-enclosed dome coaches offer 360-degree views nearly two stories in the air while other dining cars are used for special events. Tickets for the Wizard of Oz Train Ride are on sale now with many dates expected to sell out. Riders are encouraged to wear The Wizard of Oz themed attire and costumes are permitted.

Oz in the News 3.24.18

Submissions are invited for the 2018 International Wizard of Oz Club Annual Contests Our goals are to encourage new writers and artists, and to explore a large range of Oz expression. Authors, researchers, and artists are invited to submit their work for consideration. Awards will be presented at OzCon International in Pomona, California, on August 11, 2018. There is no entry fee. The three categories that will be judged are Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Art. All work must be related to the world of Oz. This means entries must be about or pertaining to the Land of Oz as originally created by author L. Frank Baum in the book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and its sequels, Oz plays, Oz movies, Magic Land, or any other version or aspect of Oz. All work must be original and not previously published or exhibited in any form, including online and digital publication. To find out more and enter the contest, click here.


Oz in the News 3.20.18

Jim Carrey unveils ‘Wizard of Oz’-inspired artwork of Trump Jim Carrey’s burgeoning career as an artist is proving that when it comes to inspiration, there’s no place like home — or in his case, the White House. “The Truman Show” actor unveiled a “Wizard of Oz”-inspired portrait of President Trump Monday, just one day after debuting an unflattering portrait that looked a whole lot like Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. “If you liked my last cartoon you may also enjoy… ‘THE WICKED WITCH OF THE WEST WING AND PUTIN’S FLYING MONKEYS,'” Carrey wrote on Twitter.

Oz in the News 3.19.18

First Look: Renee Zellweger as Judy Garland in ‘Judy’ Biopic A striking first image from “Judy” shows Renee Zellweger playing show business legend Judy Garland in a biopic from Pathé, BBC Films and Ingenious Media. Principal photography is now underway on the picture, which is being shot in London. The movie is set in the late 1960s as Garland arrives in the British capital for a run of sell-out concerts. As well as Zellweger in the lead role, the cast includes Jessie Buckley (“War and Peace”), Finn Wittrock (“American Horror Story”) and Michael Gambon (“Harry Potter”). Garland’s dates at the Talk of the Town nightclub came toward the end of the icon’s long career and shortly before her death. The movie will recount her performances, with some of her best-known numbers, including “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”

Oz in the News 3.16.18

Oohs and Oz: No places like home for this exhibit The magical musings of “The Wizard of Oz” and its 1978 counterpart, “The Wiz,” have eased on down to the Waynesboro Public Library in the form of a local memorabilia collection. Ramona Gordon, whose collection is featured in the exhibit, and WPL librarian Rebecca Lamb created an exhibit of costumes, tickets, posters, books, toys and more. “I could not believe some of the materials that Ramona pulled out of boxes for the display,” Lamb said. “Some of ‘The Wiz’ items are so rare they are not included in the official guide to Oz collectibles.” “I thought it would be fun to show ‘The Wiz.’ There aren’t as many Wiz collections,” Gordon said. “I just hope people will enjoy it.” The collection will be up at the library through the end of March at the Waynesboro Public Library, 600 S. Wayne Avenue, Waynesboro, VA 22980.

Oz in the News 3.10.18

The Dark Side of the Rainbow It’s unknown who first came up with the idea of playing the two works simultaneously, but it was first brought to the public’s attention by Charles Savage, who penned an article for the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette on Aug. 1, 1995. In it, he noted that if you start the band’s CD as the MGM lion roars for the first time onscreen, the songs and the video sync up in eerie ways during several places. The piece was called “The Dark Side of the Rainbow,” which has since become the common name given to the mashup. Over the years, Savage’s story spread and, two years later, MTV gave it a national audience in a featured news segment. The album’s engineer, Alan Parsons, was asked at the time if all this was intentional. He denied it. “There simply wasn’t mechanics to do it,” he said. “We had no means of playing videotapes in the room at all. I don’t think VHS had come along by ’72, had it?” Parsons is correct. Even though recording television programs via videotape was introduced in 1956, they were originally designed for professional use, and didn’t become available for home users until the mid-’70s. Floyd drummer Nick Mason, however, had a droller denial. “It’s absolute nonsense,” he said. “It has nothing to do with The Wizard of Oz. It was all based on The Sound of Music.”