Oh, we're off to see the wizard! The Wonderful Wizard of Oz!The 1939 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film adaptation of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz starring Judy Garland. To many people, more familiar than the original book, and — largely thanks to becoming an annual broadcast television staple in The Fifties — one of the most famous movies ever made.The film changed the silver shoes to ruby slippers (depending on this source, this was either to show off the new color technology of the time, or because silver shoes didn't show up well), merged the two good witches, cut out several incidents, including all of Dorothy's (admittedly anticlimactic) journey from the Emerald City to Glinda's palace, and added the All Just a Dream ending—the studio heads thought the audience was too sophisticated to accept a "real" fantasyland.This movie has proven so popular that it has had several stage adaptations written and produced over the years. Professional productions have included a touring ice show in the 1990s, an All-Star Cast concert staging in New York City in 1995, another N.Y.C. production that ran seasonally at Madison Square Garden later in the decade, and a 2011 London production produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber that added several new songs by Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. The 2011 Tom and Jerry Direct-to-Video movie Tom and Jerry and The Wizard of Oz is a Twice Told Tale version.Disney has made two films that effectively serve as (unofficial) bookends to this one. 1985's Return to Oz is a semi-sequel that's substantially Darker and Edgier, but also more faithful to the original Oz novels. 2013's Oz: The Great and Powerful is a spiritual prequel to this film, an origin story following the Wizard (played by James Franco) as he first arrives in Oz, as well as the Start of Darkness of the Wicked Witch of the West (played by Mila Kunis).The Stock Parody Off to See the Wizard is almost invariably derived from this version of the story.
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