Follow TV Tropes

Following

Funny / The Wizard of Oz

Go To

  • Pretty much any scene with the farmhands.
    Hickory: One day they're going to erect a statue to me in this town!
    Aunt Em: ...And don't start posing for it now.
    Hunk: (laughs unashamedly)
  • Aunt Em's speech to Miss Almira Gulch, of course that particular scene borders onto Moment of Awesome territory.
    • Though the look Uncle Henry gives her counts.
    • Dorothy's also awesome threat to Miss Gulch is to get out "or I'll bite you myself!"
  • Uncle Henry and Miss Gulch's first meeting.
    Miss Gulch: No, her dog.
    Uncle Henry: Ohh...she bit her dog, eh? (''accidentally'' lets the fence door hit Miss Gulch on the butt)
    Miss Gulch: No!
  • Advertisement:
  • This line...
    Dorothy: Professor Marvel, why can't we go with you and see all the crowned heads of Europe?
    Professor Marvel: Do you know any?! .... Oh, you mean the things note ...
  • This exchange:
    Dorothy: Weren't you frightened?
    Wizard of Oz: Frightened? Child, you're talking to a man who's laughed in the face of death, sneered at doom, and chuckled at catastrophe...I was petrified.
  • The little "Oh!" that Dorothy gives when the house lands, considering she was just in the middle of a freaking tornado.
    • Dorothy kills witches without even trying and slaps rampaging lions in the face. Of course she no-sells Mother Nature.
    • Most of the tornado scene is this (Well; when it hits the house. Everything before that is serious.), considering Dorothy passes two guys in a rowboat and an old lady knitting, neither of them appearing to care about the disaster occurring around them.
    • Advertisement:
    • What's both funny and adorable is Dorothy waving to the men in the boat.
  • The Wicked Witch establishes herself as evil by learning that her sister is dead...and getting excited that now she can take her powerful magic shoes.
  • When Glinda tells the Wicked Witch to "Begone! Before someone drops a house on you!" the Witch actually looks up in alarm. Complete with Musical Sting.
  • Dorothy lampshades how easily the witches transport themselves.
    "People come and go so quickly here."
  • Despite not having any brains, the Scarecrow makes a very good point.
    "I don't know why I can talk without a brain. But some people without brains do an awful lot of talking, don't they?"
  • Despite being an almost indestructible man of metal carrying a weapon no less, and an easily re-constructible man. Both Tin Man and the Scarecrow are too wimpy to stand up to the Cowardly Lion.
    Tin Man: Yes, get up and teach him a lesson.
    Scarecrow: What's wrong with you teaching him?
    Tin Man: Well I hardly know him.
  • The Lion had some great one liners.
      Advertisement:
    • "How long can ya stay fresh in that can?" (to the Tin Man)
    • "Trapped! Trapped like mice – er – rats!"
    • "...Shucks, folks, I'm speechless!"
    • Of his best moments is the one where he says nothing at all. "Ehhhhh... and YOU, Lion!" Lion is of course too frightened to speak. "WELL?!" The Lion promptly faints.
      • The face he made just before he fainted is comedy gold.
    • Lion wakes up after Glinda destroys the poppy fields: "Unusual weather we're having, ain't it?"
    • "I do believe in spooks. I do believe in spooks. I do, I do, I do. I do believe in spooks. I do believe in spooks. I do, I do, I do, I do!"
    • Lion is playing with his tail in stress. He looks behind, terrified, as they walk down the hall to see the Wizard. When his friends ask what happened, he sobs, "Somebody pulled my tail!" Scarecrow says, "You did it yourself." and Lion looks at his tail in his own hands and goes, "I... oh."
    • Let's face it; The Cowardly Lion is CMoF personified!
    • And what we get in the film is apparently the toned down version, as Bert Lahr did a lot of improvising that unfortunately had to be cut as he had the other actors laughing their heads off.
  • As Dorothy and her friends head out of the poppy field and towards the gate to the Emerald City, they get startled by a disembodied chorus singing.
  • Another gem from the lion:
    Lion: What do they got that I ain't got?
    Scarecrow, Tinman and Dorothy: Courage!
    Lion: You can say that again.
    • And this:
    Lion: (after vowing to save Dorothy?) There's just one thing I want you to do!
    Tinman and Scarecrow: What's that?
    Lion: Talk me out of it! (he starts to back up as Tinman and Scarecrow give him glares before grabbing him)
    Tinman and Scarecrow: Oh, no...No, you don't...
  • Lion reading the sign at the entrance to the Witch's Forest: "I'd turn back if I were you." He nods and does an about-face, with Tin Man and Scarecrow promptly grabbing him and lifting him into the air. Lion even kicks his feet in the air in protest!
    • This also counts as Mood Whiplash; after a frightening scene where the quartet meet the Wizard of Oz, the Cowardly Lion runs back down the hallway and dives out a window.
    • Not to mention accidentally knocking the Scarecrow on his ass in the process.
  • When climbing the mountain to the Witch's castle.
    Lion: "I hope my strength holds out."
    Tin Man: "I hope your tail holds out!"
  • "The Great Oz has spoken! Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!"
    • I AM THE GREAT AND POWERFUL ... (meekly) Wizard of Oz.
    • The Wizard turning out to be every bit the con artist that Professor Marvel is. He couldn't even stop the balloon because he didn't know how it worked. (Sounds like Dorothy dodged a bullet by disembarking early).
  • A winged monkey attack and Dorothy in potential danger won't stop the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion from cracking a couple of jokes at the Scarecrow's expense.
    Tin Man: What happened to you?
    Scarecrow: Well they tore my legs off and they threw them over there, and then they took my chest out and they threw it over there.
    Tin Man: Well, that's you all over.
    Cowardly Lion: They sure knocked the stuffings out of you, didn't they?
  • The entirety of 'If I Were King of the Forest,' but especially when the Tin Man breaks a pot of flowers for the Lion to use as a crown.
  • During the Tin Man's 'If I Only Had a Heart' dance, he starts falling back and forth, with Dorothy and the Scarecrow running back and forth to catch him, until finally, while Dorothy runs to the other side, the Scarecrow, fed up, just stands straight and puts his hands on his hips.
  • When everyone is trying to find an alternative for what to do with Toto without having him be euthanized, Aunt Em manages to throw a little shade at Miss Gulch.
    Aunt Em: How about if [Dorothy] keeps him tied up? He's really very gentle... well... with gentle people, that is.

Top

Example of:

/
/

Feedback