Why doesn't Dorothy flip the hourglass to buy herself more time before the witch tries to kill her?
It looks rather cumbersome, and she probably knew it wouldn't make any difference.
Because that's not how time works? The hourglass was just the countdown to when the witch would return to kill her. Flipping it wouldn't have postponed it or turned back time.
Because the hourglass was a reason for the Witch to delay until she could squash all the annoying bugs at once. Give Dorothy some hope, the wring it from her by killing her friends in front of her, since she didn't turn it until Toto ran off to fetch them.
Speaking of which, what's the deal with that hourglass? At first it seems to be just a big hourglass, but when the Witch throws it from a height, it explodes.
Because it's MAGIC. That's why (as noted above) Dorothy's flipping it over wouldn't have worked.
In the movie, Glinda says that only bad witches are ugly, so why did she have to ask Dorothy if she was a good witch or a bad witch?
Dorothy was obviously so young, she might not have had time to grow ugly from practicing bad witchcraft.
Maybe that was Glinda's mean way of saying she thinks Dorothy is plain looking.
But she's a good witch.
Perhaps "ugly" is meant to be metaphorical here? Not just in the physically unnatractive sense, but "ugly" personality traits like meaness, greed, and other negative qualities that go hand in hand with being "evil". Glinda was questioning Dorothy's character.
It makes her beautiful, it doesn't make her have a great fashion sense.
And the whole pink-with-red-hair-is-bad thing is YOUR opinion.
She didn't say that ALL bad witches are ugly, just that no good witch is ugly.
Indeed, Glinda's logic more or less implies that bad witches can be either ugly or beautiful, but that good witches are always beautiful (or at any rate, not ugly). If she had meant that all bad witches are ugly and that all good witches are beautiful, she wouldn't have needed to ask Dorothy whether she was a good or bad witch.
Upon first meeting the wizard, how did the Wizard know what each of them wanted before they told him? We assume it was by magic at first, but he's later revealed to not actually be magic, so he could he have known?
He was disguised as the doorkeeper who sent them away, and let them in after Dorothy's misery reduced him to tears. All of them bemoaned what they were sure they would never be able to have.
In the movie, there's a red brick road originating from the same place as the famous yellow one. If Dorothy decided to go Off the Rails and follow the red road, where would she end up?
It's been suggested it's where the Good Witch Of The North lives as she flies off there after talking to Dorothy (although she flies in from the other direction). In the books, Glinda's world has a red theme.
Into Munchkin Town? Maybe it was a way to differentiate between the local streets and the one road that led out of town into the rest of Oz.
The Sapphire City (based on the color of the road and a guess, as far as I know it doesn't actually exist),
Hell (red road, and there would be the convenient pun of Toto going to hell in a handbasket for bad behavior, East Munchkinland could have just been there for the spiral pattern, and trailed of shortly after leaving the town... square. Circle. whatever)
The Deadly Desert (Most likely after East Munchkinland Town, considering it surrounds the entirety of Oz, at least in the books).
The Land of the Quadlings.
Munchkinland's Red Light District, where some of the most depraved carnal acts that could ever (or only be) executed by beings under three feet tall are commonplace and for sale. WMG, or does this belong under "Fridge Horror"?
How could the coroner examine the body of the wicked witch while she was under Dorothy's house? He couldn't have even felt for her heartbeat, much less "thoroughly examined her". Unless he was talking about examining her feet.
How much of an examination do you exactly need to declare someone that got crushed by a house is dead?
Well, there's a CHANCE it could have been someone else that she crushed...
There are pulse points in the feet and ankles which he could have felt.
Who says the examination process for witches is the same as for humans? The Tin Man proves that not everyone in Oz needs a beating heart to live.
He reassures them that she is "really most sincerely dead", suggesting that his primary goal was to ensure that she was not faking or feigning her death.
Glinda basically sics the Wicked Witch on Dorothy by gluing the ruby slippers to her feet. She's either evil or a troll.
That's a plot hole introduced by the film, in multiple different regards — first off, Glinda doesn't appear until the very end of the story, and it's the unnamed Good Witch of the North that first meets Dorothy. Second, in the book, she chooses to wear the Silver Shoes because her own shoes are too worn for the journey to the Emerald City and silver shoes would not wear out. The most anyone knows at that point is that the Wicked Witch of the East was proud of them, and they had some sort of charm attached to them. No-one knows what they do, exactly, or that anyone else might be after them. Third, the Wicked Witch of the West doesn't figure directly into the story until much later, so merely having the shoes clearly didn't make her a target. Now... as for why this was the case in the film... I have no idea. Can anyone else help out?
Think of it this way, the shoes needed to go on somebody to keep them away from the Witch. Dorothy is an outsider who's only desire is to go home, she has no interest in the shoes or their potential powers so there's little chance of her becoming corrupted by whatever powers they possessed. Also, the one time Dorothy and her friends failed to fix a problem put forth by the witch (the poppies) Glinda intervened and undid it herself. Dorothy was never in any real danger, the Witch even engineered her own death. Everyone wins, nobody was seriously hurt and Dorothy went home like she wanted.
The Wicked Witch of the West already had a beef against Dorothy for the death of her sister (either not believing it was an accident or not caring that it was). However, as long as Dorothy has the Ruby Slippers on her feet, the Witch has to kill her "delicately" if she wants to preserve their enchantment for her own use, giving Dorothy somewhat better chances of survival. Though that raises the question of how the Ruby Slippers' magic was still working after the Wicked Witch of the East died; having a house dropped on you is hardly delicate.
Well, she didn't seem to care at all that her sister was dead and more concerned that Dorothy may be a threat if she was powerful enough to kill her sister. But Glinda called her attention away from that by bringing up the slippers...only to put them on Dorothy, so the Witch has a new reason to go against the girl.
Honestly I think people are too hard on Glinda, when I watch her I don't see a Sadist Teacher. When I watch her guile in action I see someone like Master Yoda, and nobody ever calls him sadistic.
Perhaps if the Witch just outright kills Dorothy, she can't be certain she'll get the shoes. When the Witch of the East died, the shoes went to Dorothy rather than the two powerful Witches with her. The Witch of the West wants them for herself so she needs to make sure she can get the shoes off Dorothy without them going to someone else.
I always assumed she gave Dorothy the slippers for her protection. The witch will be gunning for her anyway for killing her sister and the slippers have some sort of protective enchantment on them, they zap the witch pretty good when she tries to take them even with Dorothy's permission. I assume this is the reason the witch doesn't try any direct magic on Dorothy, the slippers are protecting her.
Who says Glinda gave Dorothy the slippers at all? I've always assumed they wait for the new owner to claim them from the former owner, and if the new owner doesn't after a certain amount of time, transfer automatically.
For the film, I had always assumed the reason was that only someone as innocent as Dorothy could wear the slippers without harm and without making them vulnerable to the Wicked Witch. (I know the reasons in the books involving the Silver Slippers is different.) Years later in college, when a group of us were discussing The Lord of the Rings, I mentioned that Frodo's ability to resist corruption by the One Ring had always reminded me of the movie Dorothy's ability to resist corruption by the Ruby Slippers.
Isn't Ms. Gulch still going to take Toto away?
Presumably after her adventure, Dorothy has gained the brains to outsmart her, the heart to make her see reason, or failing that, the courage to kick her in the shins and run for the hills.
What do you mean "the heart to make her see reason?" It was heart that made her want to protect Toto in the first place.
A cut line says she was killed in the cyclone.
There is also the whole "turned into a witch and a house fell on her" theory, stating she was the Witch of the East...
In the stage play that was adapted from the movie, it's said she fell off her bicycle and twisted her ankle during the tornado. Without a way to get around, it seems that everyone assumes she'll be unable to take Toto. By the time she healed, she probably realized it wasn't worth it.
Dorothy could also say that Toto got lost in the cyclone and just keep him out of sight for a few weeks before saying she got a new dog or something.
Before, Ms. Gulch was going to take away a "mad dog" that had bitten her; now, she would have to take away the faithful animal companion of a local little girl who was almost killed by a tornado and had the entire town worried (notice that no one is surprised that Mr. Marvel had heard about her injury?), a much harder sell on the townspeople regardless of her level of wealth.
Why is it not raining during a tornado? Maybe I'm just ignorant, but I thought tornadoes formed in thunderstorms.
Most of them do. But most tornadoes occur on the southwest side of a rotating thunderstorm, and typically this southwest portion is free of rain. After the tornado, it usually starts pouring.
Not always. There's several ways that a tornado can form. The type known as a "landspout" is created as a storm cloud forms, before the storm itself, and is quite common in Kansas.
Tornadoes form through a variety of ways, such as two wind masses of opposing temperatures collide, and the winds are sufficiently strong to maintain them for a time without collapsing. Storms usually create that strong of a wind, but any wind can reach that strength through other factors.
Possibly the lack of rain is one reason the tornado caught everyone by surprise, leaving no time for anyone to search for Dorothy.
It's not implausible that, being a witch, bullets have no effect on her, or she can at least defend against them. Water may be the Witch's only weakness.
Notice that even Glinda the Good seems a little surprised that anything could kill the witch. Also, despite seeing her body clearly crushed by the house, the munchkins still insist on having a coroner doublecheck that she is "really most sincerely dead" after all.
And there's also the fact that the witch is pretty powerful. They don't know if she can be shot. And if they try it and it doesn't work, then the witch would be all too happy to return the favor considerably.
Maybe the Munchkins want to avoid shooting if they can.
What has the witch got against the Scarecrow? First time she shows up after Munchkinland she immediately attacks the Scarecrow. When the Witches's flying monkeys attack Dorothy and Toto are taken away and The Tin Man and Lion are unharmed... and the Scarecrow's in a million pieces on the ground. When they come to rescue her she chooses the Scarecrow as her first victim after she catches them escaping. And then there's the repeated threats of stuffing a mattress with him. She almost completely ignores the Cowardly Lion, despite being the easiest to scare, and does the same to the Tin Man after the first remark of turning him into a beehive. I mean really, the poor guy doesn't do anything worse than the other two and he gets all the punishment.
He probably makes the easiest target, bring literally made of straw and all that. The Tin Man is effectively armored, and carries an axe. The Lion may be a coward, but he's still a freaking lion. The Scarecrow, however, is basically even less tough than a normal person (though the ability to be reassembled helps him out). The witch is a bully, so naturally she torments someone she sees as weak and vulnerable.
The Witch also guesses he seems to be Dorothy's first and best friend, so of course she'd go after him first.
He's also a little more mouthy in the Witch's presence than the others. More importantly, he's the only one of Dorothy's three companions who's unarmed, having neither ax nor claws: a much better target for the flying monkeys, who are probably afraid of lions and unable to damage a metal body, in any case.
The Wicked Witch in the film is something of a Fire Elementalist: she first appears in a roiling ball of flame, then later she attacks them with a fireball from atop a house, and in the end she is killed by fire's elemental nemesis, water, in much the same way that fire is doused by water, leaving behind only steam and smoke. So it makes sense that she would first attack whoever is most vulnerable to fire.
When the yellow brick road splits into like five roads (when Dorothy meets the Scarecrow), where do the others go? Surely Glinda would know that the road splits and would tell Dorothy? Or do they eventually merge back together somewhere down the way?
I think that's probably the explanation, but maybe she assumed Dorothy would ask the Scarecrow? After all, he seemed to know which way to go. Of course, that begs the question of how he knew which path went where...
The other branches are from other cities in the middle of nowhere meeting at this crossroads, all except the one that heads towards the Emerald City.
For what it's worth, in the (presumably) non-canon crossover with Tom and Jerry, they take one of the other roads, and discover that although they are meant to merge back into the main road, they have fallen into disrepair and are thus extremely dangerous.
The Scarecrow has been hanging there for a VERY long time. Most likely, he's made conversation with other travelers, asking where they were going, where they were coming from, etc.
Would he remember it, though? And if other travelers chatted with him at length before as you suggest, how come no one untied him before Dorothy arrived?
It would be rather unlikely that they would all merge considering that they are footpaths, not automobile roads, so the main purpose of merging them would not exist (even in roads, the vast majority don't merge), that would just cover less ground and therefore less useful for the general purpose of footpaths. If they needed to be connected they would presumably all connect to a separate path going perpendicular.
Still, the other four roads may have merged into two, with ends that suggested an alternate route to the Emerald City, via Glinda's magic, for example. Or one (or more) may have ended up at the Witch's Castle, she and her sister were rather important figures in Oz.
Not everyone who takes a certain road goes all the way to the end. It's plausible that all yellow brick roads lead to the Emerald City, but that there may be additional stops along the way that someone might want to go to.
When The Wicked Witch is troubled by how to kill Dorothy so that she can take the shoes, she says: "This things must be done delicately, or you hurt the spell." What spell is she referring to?
Possibly she has to make sure she gets the shoes after Dorothy is dead. When the Witch of the East died, the shoes went to Dorothy rather than her or Glinda. The Witch is working on trial and error, and has to make sure that the shoes don't go to someone else when Dorothy is dead.
Ok, if the Wicked Witch of the West dissolves in water, how come she hasn't melted already? Unless she's an alien, she's mostly made of water, like most humans.
Actually, the witch isn't made of water at all. The original book clearly states that she was so evil that her body had completely dried up many years ago.
And she isn't a human, she's a witch, which is another species according to both the film and the books.
How does she still function if she doesn't have water?
The same way the Scarecrow does it without a brain? Or the Tin Man without a heart?
How can a Lion talk? How can a man made of straw live? How can a man be made of tin? It's a fantasy world and has fantasy rules. Oz has stranger things than a witch with no bodily fluids. However, other mediums have attempted to explain this. In Wicked, for example, the witch does have bodily fluids, but pure water is what can hurt or kill her. She can eat and drink and touch anything so long as it isn't pure water. So assuming that were the case, the witch would be fine.
That doesn't fit with the original book at all, though. The water that melted her in the book was the lion's tears, collected by Dorothy. Tear water is not pure, but salted.
It wasn't in the original book, the pure water thing was in the Wicked book, and even then her own tears burned against her skin when she cried. In terms of the original book, as was stated, the witch is completely dried out, is more than likely very old and sustained on magic, and being bombarded with a rush of water/liquid just did her in and washed her away. Are we really thinking very hard about a story where monkeys can talk and fly?
Well, 1) This is a movie only issue, as in the original book Glinda did know about the shoes and is the one to tell Dorothy. It was another witch who Dorothy initially meets at the start who doesn't know what powers the shoes have. Anyway, in context of the film, it could be magical logic. Dorothy has to believe in herself and in the power of the magic. When she first arrived, she was still struggling with the fact she wasn't at home anymore, let alone with the fact that witches and magic and a different dimension were real. If Glinda had told Dorothy, it may very well have been useless as Dorothy would simply be performing the action (click heels, think about home) as opposed to truly feeling it with her heart as she more than likely does after her entire ordeal in Oz. As with most fantasy stories, magic is more than saying a few words. In essence, Dorothy had to become more open to the magical world she was in before she could use the magic.
She would only have been running away again if she had known it from the start. Remember, the Dorothy who first entered Oz was a little girl who constantly needed help, and she would have remained that way if she had teleported back home immediately after accidentally killing a witch. However, by the time she realizes she can click her heels, she has rescued the Scarecrow from the pole and helped him realize his own wisdom, rescued the Tin Woodsman from his rusted stasis, helped the Cowardly Lion discover his courage, freed the Winkies from the tyranny of the Wicked Witch, and helped the Wizard acknowledge his humbuggery and motivated him to return to his own home — and it is this stronger, wiser, most heroic Dorothy — a Dorothy who knows better than to run away from her troubles now — who is able to use the magic of the slippers to return to home.
This question is from assuming the movie takes place in the same time period as it was made (late 1930s). If Ms. Gulch owns half the county, that would make her extremely wealthy so why would she choose to ride a bicycle everywhere instead of drive around or be chauffeured in a car? She doesn't appear to be too old to drive a car and even if she was, she could easily be chauffeured around. It can't be because she may have not wanted to get it dirty because wealthy people at the time usually lived in or near a city and if they had to visit a farm for any reason, they would still get there by car, one reason to flaunt their wealth. So why would a wealthy middle-aged woman like Ms. Gulch go around on a bicycle rather than an automobile?
Take a look at those roads we see in the film! A bicycle could go where a car couldn't go, allows her to avoid paying for gasoline (her clothing suggests she is quite thrifty, perhaps even miserly), and provides her exercise at the same time. Dorothy also mentions that Ms. Gulch's home is one that Dorothy passes by every day on the way to school, so it can't be that far away. Even today, it's not uncommon for wealthy people in small rural communities to ride a bicycle (or a horse) when visiting nearby areas with poor road systems.
The book was published in 1900, Return to Oz taking place a year earlier. If that is true, Miss Gulch riding a bicycle is easily justified.
What are a "dingaderry" and a " kizzard"? The Scarecrow uses both these words while singing and nobody even asks him what they mean.
Regarding the short-lived 90's animated sequel series - why is the Wizard the only one who can face off against the resurrected Wicked Witch of the West? From the perspective of the majority of Oz's population, it kind of makes sense - they still believe that he is an all powerful sorcerer, and has merely been visiting a fellow wizard in a distant land, so naturally they see him as the first line of defense against the Witch's attacks. However, Dorothy and company (along with Glinda, very probably) know full well that he is a charlatan who, for all his kindly bluster, won't do a bit of good against the Witch. Yet they constantly state that the Wizard is their only hope to defeat the Wicked Witch. What is convincing them of this? Has the Wizard learned some secret that will help the heroes, or is it merely that they need to learn (again) that they never needed his help? Alas, with the 13 episode run having ended well over 20 years ago, we shall never know.