History Film / TheWizardOfOz

5th Aug '16 5:31:35 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* DarkerAndEdgier: While it doesn't seem like this to the average viewer, some parts are considerably darker than the book. When writing the book, [[WordOfGod Baum explicitly said]] that he wanted to make a story with all the wonder of a classic fairy tale but none of the horror and tragedy. By contrast, the movie features Toto getting sentenced to death, as well as Dorothy and her friends nearly getting killed by the Witch and her minions several times. Instead of the book's comical Witch, the movie's Witch is a genuinely scary villain with obvious sadistic tendencies. And instead of being neutral creatures answering to the Witch's three wishes, the movie's flying monkeys are eerily silent monstrosities who serve the Witch as mindless slaves.

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While it doesn't seem like this to the average viewer, some parts are considerably darker than the book. When writing the book, [[WordOfGod Baum explicitly said]] that he wanted to make a story with all the wonder of a classic fairy tale but none of the horror and tragedy. By contrast, the movie features Toto getting sentenced to death, as well as Dorothy and her friends nearly getting killed by the Witch and her minions several times. Instead of the book's comical Witch, the movie's Witch is a genuinely scary villain with obvious sadistic tendencies. And instead of being neutral creatures answering to the Witch's three wishes, the movie's flying monkeys are eerily silent monstrosities who serve the Witch as mindless slaves.



* JerkassHasAPoint: Toto went into Miss Gulch's yard, chased her cat up a tree, and bit Miss Gulch on the leg. Okay, Miss Gulch should have been kinder and far more lenient, but face it, she's well within her rights to be upset.

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Toto went into Miss Gulch's yard, chased her cat up a tree, and bit Miss Gulch on the leg. Okay, Miss Gulch should have been kinder and far more lenient, but face it, she's well within her rights to be upset.



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* MissingTrailerScene:
** The 1940 trailer includes footage from costume tests.
** The trailers from 1949, 1955, and 1970 briefly show a Cut Song celebrating Dorothy's defeat of the Wicked Witch of the West.


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* MuggedForDisguise: Dorothy's three friends get into the castle after beating up three guards and taking their uniforms. [[PaperThinDisguise It isn't the best disguise]], but it works.
27th Jul '16 5:50:01 AM morenohijazo
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* MonochromeToColor: The film used this to show the splendor of Oz, as well as to show off the Technicolor.
18th Jul '16 8:29:54 PM MasoTey
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18th Jul '16 8:18:42 PM MasoTey
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* TermsOfEndangerment: The Wicked Witch tends to refer to Dorothy as "my pretty."
10th Jul '16 11:02:01 PM snichols1973
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* BigBad: The Wicked Witch of the West.
28th Jun '16 5:11:23 PM RighteousFury
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* TheDragon: Nikko, the leader of the Flying Monkeys.



* SolitarySorceress: The Wicked Witch of the West has a castle all to herself, with a platoon of guards patrolling the approach, and a battalion of flying monkeys nearby. Only one monkey is ever seen in the same room as the Witch; otherwise, her servants seem to steer clear unless summoned.

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* SolitarySorceress: The Wicked Witch of the West has a castle all to herself, with a platoon of guards patrolling the approach, and a battalion of flying monkeys nearby. Only one monkey Nikko, the leader of the latter, is ever seen in the same room as the Witch; otherwise, her servants seem to steer clear unless summoned.


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** Other stage versions have Hickory mention after Dorothy returns that [[OffscreenKarma she was hit in the head by debris from the tornado and ended up having to stay in the hospital]].
20th Jun '16 8:26:41 AM tropower
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* ComeOutComeOutWhereverYouAre: "...and meet the young lady who fell from a star..."



* CompositeCharacter: In the original version, Dorothy was given her mission upon arriving by the Witch of the North, and didn't meet Glinda until the conclusion. In this version, Glinda combines the roles of both the benevolent witches. Glinda also takes on the role of the Snow Queen (a character from one of Baum's stage plays) by rescuing Dorothy from the poppy fields by sending a snowstorm (in the original book, the Scarecrow and Tin-Man carry Dorothy out and the Lion is eventually pulled out by a [[ItMakesSenseInContext huge team of field mice]], on a wooden cart made by the Tin Man).



* CompositeCharacter: In the original version, Dorothy was given her mission upon arriving by the Witch of the North, and didn't meet Glinda until the conclusion. In this version, Glinda combines the roles of both the benevolent witches. Glinda also takes on the role of the Snow Queen (a character from one of Baum's stage plays) by rescuing Dorothy from the poppy fields by sending a snowstorm (in the original book, the Scarecrow and Tin-Man carry Dorothy out and the Lion is eventually pulled out by a [[ItMakesSenseInContext huge team of field mice]], on a wooden cart made by the Tin Man).



31st May '16 11:21:40 AM tropesinreadiness
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* CosmeticAward: The Wizard's gifts to the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Lion "prove" to them that they already have the brains, heart, and courage they've been looking for.
27th May '16 7:22:37 PM CaptEquinox
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* CompositeCharacter: In the original version, Dorothy was given her mission upon arriving by the Witch of the North, and didn't meet Glinda until the conclusion. In this version, Glinda combines the roles of both the benevolent witches. Glinda also takes on the role of the Snow Queen (a character from one of Baum's stage plays) by rescuing Dorothy from the poppy fields by sending a snowstorm (in the original book, the Scarecrow and Tin-Man carry Dorothy out and a few helpful mice simply pull the Lion).

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* CompositeCharacter: In the original version, Dorothy was given her mission upon arriving by the Witch of the North, and didn't meet Glinda until the conclusion. In this version, Glinda combines the roles of both the benevolent witches. Glinda also takes on the role of the Snow Queen (a character from one of Baum's stage plays) by rescuing Dorothy from the poppy fields by sending a snowstorm (in the original book, the Scarecrow and Tin-Man carry Dorothy out and a few helpful mice simply pull the Lion).Lion is eventually pulled out by a [[ItMakesSenseInContext huge team of field mice]], on a wooden cart made by the Tin Man).
27th May '16 10:10:03 AM Morgenthaler
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