18 Reasons The Wizard of Oz Is Really A Guy Movie
The Wizard of Oz premiered 74 years ago this week — and upon closer examination, it’s not just a kids’ movie.
By ModernMan Editors
1. The Wicked Witch basically makes Dorothy and the gang trip balls on opium as they travel to the Emerald City.
2. Glinda the Good Witch of the North? Kind of a fox.
3. The special effects were groundbreaking for 1939, and 74 years later they still hold up. Amazingly, the film didn’t win the Oscar that year — that honor went to a film no one has ever heard of called The Rains Came. Luckily, that would mark the first and only time the Academy ever made a ridiculously bad choice at the Oscars.
4. The film employed 124 little people to populate Munchkinland. And no, one of them didn’t commit suicide. As detailed in the video, what you see in the background is a bird spreading its wings, not a munchkin hanging from a tree.
5. Flying monkeys!
6. A nerdy runt (the Wizard) was able to rule an entire land using nothing but technology and word of mouth. Not bad.
7. The movie paved the way for a Return to Oz in 1985 — a weirdly dark sequel that features Dorothy in a looney bin, an Emerald City that looks like Detroit, and a character with a giant pumpkin for a head.
8. The cast was tough as nails: Bert Lahr’s Cowardly Lion costume weighed 90 lbs. Judy Garland (Dorothy Gale), who was only 16 during filming, was literally slapped by the director when she couldn’t get through a take without giggling. Buddy “Tin Man” Ebsen got aluminum dust in his lungs and suffered an allergic reaction. Margaret Hamilton, who played the Wicked Witch of the West, suffered serious burns during her fiery exit from Munchkinland. And just think — Bruce Willis bailed from Expendables 3 because he couldn’t get $1 million per day. Pussy.
9. The Wicked Witch originally wrote “Surrender Dorothy or Die WWW” in the sky with her broom. One, that’s cold. Two, she presaged the web by about 50 years.
10. Although he was square with Dorothy, Professor Marvel absolutely knew how to fleece a mark.
11. The story has a deeper meaning. For religious types, the Yellow Brick Road is the path of enlightenment. Atheists believe the Wizard is God — a mythical figure people created, but doesn’t really exist. Geeky economists think it has something to do with the U.S. economy at the time and how it should remain on the gold standard … or something.
12. It reminds us that even eggheads who have been awarded “Dr. of Thinkology” screw up math formulas.
13. Horses on acid!
14. The Charleston > Scarecrow’s dance moves > Macarena > twerking
15. Crushing someone with a frigging house is pretty badass.
16. The scene where the Lion leaps through a window always produces a chuckle.
17. It still has a much better tornado than Twister.
18. The gang makes a cameo in one of our favorite Christmas movies — A Christmas Story.