Monday, September 10, 2012

Dorothy Of Oz official trailer

The first full-length trailer for the upcoming Dorothy Of Oz animated movie has been postd.

Oz Mythbusters: Sister Act

Alot of people are under the impression that both the Wicked Witches were actually sisters, but the fact of it was in the original Oz books, L. Frank Baum didn't have them being related at all. Both the East and West witches were in cohoots together, but they weren't sisters.

The Wizard Of Oz movie from 1939 was the first to tie in both of the characters as being sisters, possibly to give the Wicked Witch of the West a little more motivation and so that she'd show up in the story earlier than when Dorothy goes to her castle. From this, alot of other adaptaions of Oz included this as being official canon. Journey Back To Oz mentiones that the witches were sisters, as well as Mombi being their sister. The Oz comic book series from Caliber Press had the witches as sisters, who were later combined into a single entity called The Wickedest Witch. Oz: The Manga from Antarctic Press also featured them as sisters, as well as the OZF5: Gale Force one-shot.

But one of the most "popular" adaptations of this are from the Wicked book series by Gregory Macguire, and the Wicked musical where the West Witch was Elphaba, a child who was born unnaturally green, and her sister Nessarose. Nessa, was born with no arms in the original books, but in the musical was instead born with legs that wouldn't move, at least not without the help of some special slippers. Elphaba and Nessa had an on-and-off relationship, although they went on to lead very seperate lives throughout the course of the story, in both the books and musical.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Oz Video Of The Month: Return To Oz documentary

This was the first part of a full-length documentary of Return To Oz that came out about 5 years ago.

Oz in Fable Quest

Clockstop Entertainment recently released the first volume of their hardcover graphic novel series, Fairy Quest, by Humberto Ramos and Paul Jenkins. This is apparently connected to a previous comics anthology titled Fablewood where fairytale characters live in a single world controlled by the tyrannical Mr. Grimm. He causes the people to relive their stories the same way everyday, and if they don't he uses the Mind Eraser to redo their memories. Red Riding Hood is breaking the standard by actually befriending her the Big Bad Wolf. They run off while being chased by Grimm's Think Police, and seek help from Peter Pan in Neverland. After getting some information from the captured Capt. Hook, Red and Wolf seek a map maker to find their way to the mythical land of "Realworld". The first volume ends with them about to enter the area known as the Dark Forest.

Future editions are planning on having more of the characters from Oz in it, including a more heartful version of the Wicked Witch, plus Dorothy and her regular running crew. Volume #1 did have a character in the background who might have been Jack Pumpkinhead, but nothing confirms that or any other Oz locals.