The Wizard Of Oz Is True Classic
The great American classic, The Wizard of Oz, is a perfect family movie that can be watched by grandmother and grand-daughter alike. Dorothy Gale is a young country girl who loves her family and her dog Toto. When Toto is blamed for terrorizing the next door neighbor and is taken away, Dorothy runs away from her home in search of a safe place for herself and her dog. After a cyclone captures Dorothy and transports her to a magical land, she has to navigate this different world of witches and wizards to find a way home.
Other than getting home she has another problem: her house landed on the Wicked Witch of the East and killed her to the delight of the Munchkin Landers. The witch’s sister, the Wicked Witch of the West is not at all happy her sister is murdered and robbed of her magical ruby slippers given to Dorothy by Glenda the Good Witch. Dorothy embarks on a mission to reach The Wizard of Oz, who may be the only one who can help her get home. Following the Yellow Brick Road, Dorothy meets a scarecrow, a tin man, and a lion that are all in need of something from the Wizard. As they continue the journey together, Dorothy is plagued by the Wicked Witch of the West who will do anything to stop her and take the ruby slippers and their power.
This full movie was released in 1939, some of the very early days of motion pictures and was considered the Avatar of it’s time. It is based on L. Frank Baum’s stories of the same name, although some details do differ from the book. One such detail is the ruby slippers which were originally silver in the books. Movies in color were a novelty and to spice up the palette, the shoes’ color was changed. The use of color in this film is clever and breathtaking. It is hard to imagine what it would have been like to watch The Wizard of Oz in the theaters when it was originally released. The drab hues of grey are exchanged for eye-popping color with elements like the ruby slippers, The Yellow Brick Road, and the Emerald City.
The characters of this whimsical tale are also wonderfully exaggerated and boisterous. Judy Garland was practically unknown when the picture is made and she gives an outstanding performance that would later become the norm for her career. There is no other female who can sing like Judy Garland and her wholesome voice. The songs in this musical are catchy and familiar to just about everyone and add an extra kind of feeling to the emotions of the characters. Any fan should watch The Wizard of Oz online for free at least once to start to have an appreciation of how great this film is and how far the motion picture industry has come.
There is a reason this movie is considered a classic and not just because it was one of the first big budget productions ever, but because it touches the heart and soul of every person. The songs call to the child in everyone and the story finds a special place in the hearts of all who watch it online.