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Thursday, 29 November 2012

Wonderful Wizard of Oz Storybook (2005) - Star of the month... Angela Lansbury

'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Storybook' is a 2005 short film consisting of an abridged retelling of the L. Frank Baum book, 'The Wizard Of Oz'.

Narrated by Angela Lansbury, with illustrations by W.W. Denslow.

I like how this short film remains faithful to the original book, rather than the 1939 film adaptation:

  • The silver shoes, rather than ruby slippers
  • Tin Man is known as The Tin Woodsman
  • The army of mice rescue Dorothy from the poppy field - in the movie they are rescued by Glinda the Good Witch of the North
  • The Wicked Witch of the West has one eye - in the movie she has two
  • The attack of 40 wolves, 40 crows & 40 bees - this was not shown in the movie
  • Battling through the china pottery people and hammerheads - this was not shown in the movie
  • Glinda is the Good Witch of the South - in the movie she is of the North
  • To return to Kansas, Dorothy chants "Take me home to Aunt Em" instead of "There's no place like home"

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