Oz, Oz, & More Oz…

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Do you remember the time your Mom introduced you to the wonderful Wizard of Oz? Ever desired a pair of sparkly red Mary Jane shoes or wanted an older sibling or grandma to braid your hair? I believe The Wizard of Oz has been one of the most dreamy movies of our time.

While the original version produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, graced our grandmothers screens in 1939 as a musical comedy-drama fantasy film we have been afforded the opportunity to relive this story adapted to the times in which we live.

If you weren’t aware of the cool adaptations of Oz, feel free to use the month of January to explore and ever evolving imagination from many storytellers. Here is a comprehensive list of pure history:

  1. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1910)
  2. The Land of Oz (1910)
  3. The Patchwork Girl of Oz (1914)
  4. The New Wizard of Oz (1914, uses elements of Baum’s novel The Scarecrow of Oz)
  5. The Wizard of Oz (1925)
  6. The Land of Oz (1932)
  7. The Wizard of Oz (1933 short)
  8. Oz University (1936)
  9. The Wizard of Oz (1938 Short)
  10. The Wizard of Oz (1939 — This is the classic version that everyone knows… the FIFTH attempt at adapting the first Oz novel, and the last time anyone would try to do it directly for a long time…)
  11. The Land of Oz (1960 episode of series Shirley Temple’s Storybook)
  12. Return to Oz (1964 TV movie)
  13. The Wizard of Mars (1965, based on The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Glinda of Oz)
  14. Oz: The Tin Woodman’s Dream (1967)
  15. The Wonderful Land of Oz (1969)
  16. Favorite Children’s Books: The Wizard of Oz (1970)
  17. Journey Back to Oz (1974)
  18. 20th Century Oz (1976)
  19. The Wiz (1978)
  20. Thanksgiving in the Land of Oz (1980)
  21. The Marvelous Land of Oz (1981)
  22. The Wizard of Malta (1981)
  23. The Adventures of a Man in Search of a Heart (1984 — Film about the Tin Woodman)
  24. The Whimsical World of Oz (1985 — Documentary)
  25. Return to Oz (1985 — Disney mashup of the novels The Land of Oz and Ozma of Oz)
  26. The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus (1985 — Not strictly an Oz movie, but a Rankin/Bass film based on the novel by Baum with certain fairy characters and locations that would recur in the Oz books)
  27. The Emerald City of Oz (1987)
  28. The Marvelous Land of Oz (1987)
  29. Ozma of Oz (1987)
  30. Dorothy Meets Ozma of Oz (1987)
  31. Toto’s Rescue (1989)
  32. Trouble in Oz (1989)
  33. The Wonderful Galaxy of Oz (1990 — Japanese sci-fi anime)
  34. The Hollywood Road to Oz (1990 — Documentary)
  35. The Dreamer of Oz (1990 — Biopic of L. Frank Baum starring John Ritter)
  36. Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz (1993)
  37. We’re Off to See the Munchkins (1993 — Documentary)
  38. The Magic Book of Oz (1994)
  39. Christmas in Oz (1996)
  40. The Nome Prince and the Magic Belt (1996 — Uses parts of five different Oz novels)
  41. Toto Lost in New York (1996)
  42. The Return of Mombi (1997)
  43. Underground Advnture (1997, based on Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz)
  44. The Wicked Witch Project (1999)
  45. Twister: A Musical Catastrophe (2000)
  46. Lion of Oz (2000, based on the novel by Baum’s great-grandson, Roger S. Baum)
  47. The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus (2000 — Remake of 1985 Rankin/Bass film)
  48. The Muppets’ Wizard of Oz (2005)
  49. Apocalypse Oz (2006)
  50. Tin Man (2007 Miniseries)
  51. The Patchwork Girl of Oz (2009)
  52. The Tin Woodman of Oz (2009),
  53. Heartless: The Story of the Tinman (2010)
  54. The Witches of Oz (2011 Miniseries)
  55. Tom and Jerry and the Wizard of Oz (2011 — Remakes MGM film with Tom and Jerry having a parallel adventure to that of Dorothy, surprisingly good)
  56. Dorothy and the Witches of Oz (2012 sequel to 2011 miniseries)
  57. Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)

Which Oz story is your favorite?

      

 

      

 

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  • Gwen Humphries

    I love Tik-Tok of Oz

  • Tiffani

    I had no idea there were so many version of Oz. My all time favorite is The Wiz. I love the music – I still remember several of the songs. And as a little girl, I idolized Diana Ross.

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