I’ve watched this classic with mom twice now. The first time that I watched it, it was so intriguing with the flashy lights, the singing and the little dog Toto. I could just picture myself being Toto. Don’t you think it would have been a different movie with me, a mere pig, playing Toto’s part?
The second time that I watched it, I gave it more thought as only I can do 🙂 . So below I wanted to give you my perspective of the classic The Wizard of Oz.
The movie was based on a novel written by L. Frank Baum in 1900 – way before our time. The movie was made in 1939 and thus history was made on this classic. It is 101 minutes of fun, laughter and scary moments. It starts off in black and white, then goes color with the ending back to black and white. Visually, it was a good movie and I really enjoyed that change to show current time to fantasy time.
Judy Garland playing Dorothy Gale singing “Over the Rainbow” absolutely left me breathless! And that’s hard to do to this piggy! Sometimes mom *tries* to sing that to me at night when she tucks me in. No offense mom but you are not Judy Garland – snort.
So Dorothy lives on a farm with her Auntie Em and Uncle Henry. They have farm hands that help them out by the names of Hunk, Zeke and Hickory – I LOVE these names. Have you ever met anyone in real life with those interesting names? Priceless, I’m telling you, priceless.
Of course Toto has gotten into trouble and that one neighbor that is always in everyone elses business comes a calling. Miss Almira Gulch is that unhappy neighbor. She wants to take Toto away for allegedly biting her. I have to say allegedly because they didn’t show a bite. In my world, no proof equals didn’t happen. Agree? Of course Auntie Em is too much of a lady to stand up to Miss Gulch so Uncle Henry does the deed and gives her Toto.
Miss Gulch takes Toto away in the evil basket but wait a minute – Toto escapes and goes back to the farm to a crying Dorothy. At last, all is right in the world again… at least for a few minutes until Dorothy decides the best action is to run away. Of course, why didn’t I think about that? – run away from your problems! The entire movie could have been solved right here. Think about it. Auntie Em just needed to go off on Miss Gulch and put her in her place. Now that would have been something to watch, right? A good old christian lady telling Miss Gulch to mind her own business in such delicate words. Snort – HA
So Dorothy runs away and comes across Professor Marvel who claims he can see things in his crystal ball. This is the beginnings of fake psychics my friends. Before Miss Cleo, there was Professor Marvel out there giving real psychics a bad name. The nerve! He claims that Auntie Em is sick so Dorothy runs home in the storm. But unbeknownst to Dorothy, everyone is already hiding in the cellar when the core of the cyclone comes over the house. Dorothy gets knocked in the head by the window frame and here we go with the color scenes my friends.
Dorothy and Toto travel in their house through time in the cyclone and land in Munchkinland. But oh no! The house lands on the Witch of the East killing her. Her sister, the Witch of the West, is not too happy about the demise of her wicked partner in crime. Before she can take over her powers in the form of those glorious ruby slippers, Glinda the Witch of the North has them mysteriouly appear on Dorothy’s feet.
So let me get this straight and reiterate. Dorothy has been in Munchkinland for no more than what 20 minutes and she’s (A) already killed someone and now (B) committed a theft of shoes? Interesting girl that Dorothy – snort LOL.
Glinda the Witch of the North puts the idea in Dorothy’s mind to travel the ‘yellow brick road’ and go to the Emerald City to find Oz in an attempt to get back home to Kansas. The Witch of the West (which is really Miss Gulch) vows to get even with Dorothy and Toto along the way. The adventure now deepens. As if it wasn’t enough to be entertained by the singing Munchkins and the Lollipop Kids, you can only imagine what kind of characters Dorothy is going to run into on the way to the Emerald City.
So a 12 year old girl and a little itty bitty dog start walking the ‘yellow brick road’ heading towards Oz all by themselves. That’s brave. Only in Oz can this happen. I love this part! Dorothy meets the Scarecrow (which is really Hunk), the Tin Man (which is really Hickory) and the Cowardly Lion (which is really Zeke). All of them decide to go to Emerald City to meet Oz and ask for certain things. The Scarecrow wants a brain, the Tin Man wants a heart, the Cowardly Lion wants courage and of course poor little Dorothy and Toto just want to go home.
Before they can get to the Witch’s castle, the flying monkeys (shivers!) ambush them and kidnap Dorothy and Toto. The evil Witch of the West threatens to drown poor Toto if Dorothy doesn’t give her the fabulous ruby slippers. Dorothy loves her Toto too much and gives in but the Witch of the West is still unable to get the shoes because of a shower of sparks. The witch then remembers that the only way to get the shoes is if Dorothy dies so the hourglass is turned ticking down the time.
What the Wicked Witch of the West doesn’t realize is that the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion have overpowered three of the Winkie guards and taken their outfits to ‘fit in’. Toto has escaped from the room that Dorothy is being kept in, has found the trio and is trying to get them to Dorothy to save her. This is the part that you sit on the edge of your seats. Those Winkie guards were scary! They get Dorothy out of her room and they are running away but are being chased by the guards and the witch. They get cornered and it is not going well at all. The witch is mad to say the least.
The Wicked Witch of the West decides to burn the Scarecrow in front of Dorothy to make a point. Dorothy, that little soldier, sees a bucket of water behind her, picks it up and throws it at the Scarecrow to put the flames out. The witch happens to be standing behind the Scarecrow and gets splashed as well. WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT IT! The witch melts and she has now killed two people in her adventure. WOW – I mean WOW – what a climax.
The Winkies are so thrilled that the witch is gone and they are now free. They give Dorothy her broom and they return back to Emerald City knowing they will get everything now that their mission is accomplished.
But no, that Oz refuses to grant them anything so Toto takes action. He goes behind the curtain and everyone learns that the great Oz is only a man (which is really Professor Marvel). He has no powers – didn’t we already know that? Snort – LOL
He tries to make things right with the group. He gives the Scarecrow a diploma and suddenly the Scarecrow knows everything – it’s a miracle! He gives the Lion a medal and suddenly he is the bravest thing in the world – it’s a miracle! He then gives the Tin Man a heart clock and suddenly you can hear it ticking – it’s a miracle! Three miracles in one movie!!
Oz tells Dorothy that he has a hot air balloon that he will use to take her to this far away land called Kansas. They get ready to go, good byes are done and the cord is cut. But not so quickly. Toto sees a purr thing – I knew they were bad – and jumps out at it from the basket with Dorothy short behind. The hot air balloon leaves and Dorothy is again stuck in the Emerald City. But who appears but that trouble maker Glinda the Good Witch that started this little misadventure.
Glinda tells Dorothy that she’s had the ability all along and the ruby slippers will get her home. Well, is it just me? Thanks Glinda, you could have told me that like in the beginning. You know before the poppy field, before the Haunted Forest, before the Flying Monkeys, before the Winkie Guards, before the Wicked Witch, before seeing the Munchkins, you know – in the beginning. Rolls piggy eyes.
Dorothy clicks her heels together three times repeating, “There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home, there’s no place like home”. She wakes up in her own bed in Kansas – and the film returns back to black and white. She is safe back in her room in Kansas with Auntie Em and Uncle Henry. And of course Hunk, Zeke and Hickory are all there checking on Dorothy.
The entire basis of the movie is now turned into the fact that it was all just a dream. Thank goodness! Because you know those two murders and theft charges will hang with you for a while. I mean think about it. The entire movie was really about a chick fighting for a nice pair of pumps. Mom said she didn’t blame her. I’ve seen mom’s pumps, they are probably worth fighting over as well.
So there you go. The Wizard of Oz from my little piggy point of view. Hope you enjoyed it and got a couple of chuckles from it.
Hogs and Kisses – Bacon
02/01/2018 at 1:27 am
we love the story and we often feel like her when we have a storm…but if our crib will fly away once it please should land next to you so we can be neighbors… and because it is a little bigger than dorothys crib it maybe can smash not only one witch… we have a whole list of candy-dates…
02/01/2018 at 9:33 am
Oh brother. The Hotel Thompson is in a little gully. When it storms, our little house shakes. It would be awesome if we both landed next to each other. What a fun outcome that would be!! XOXO – Bacon
02/01/2018 at 4:17 am
One thing I never really thought of until I read this…. if the nasty Ms. Gulch considered Toto a threat because he bit her, then why was SHE the one to pick him up and put him in her basket? Then ride her bike with said vicious dog in said basket just inches away from her? That woman had issues…
02/01/2018 at 9:34 am
Oh my evil friend. It never happened. That has to be the outcome of said story. No way would that cute little Toto bite that witch…. he would get germs. Snorts with piggy laughter. XOXO – Bacon
02/01/2018 at 4:59 am
Those flying monkeys… When I was a little kid, my sister had to take me out of the theatre when they appeared, I was so frightened! LOL! (Maybe with wet pants, too. I don’t recall. I was really little then. less than four-years-old!)
02/01/2018 at 8:48 am
Lexi was also terrified of them, which made for a very realistic “running away from them” scene on stage!
02/02/2018 at 7:11 am
LOL! They were terrible creatures! Of course, I was bitten twice by rhesus monkeys in the little zoo in the city park when I was a toddler. That may be part of why they were terribly frightening to me and why I hate monkeys to this day.
02/02/2018 at 11:41 am
02/03/2018 at 5:19 am
Animals that have bitten me: horse, cat. dog. monkey. brown bear, parakeet, bunny, rattlesnake (heel of my boot, fortunately) various insects. I’ve always been a bit oblivious to the dangers of animals biting, and most of these situations were because I tried to pet the animal concerned! (I’m much better about this than I was as a child.)
02/03/2018 at 12:34 pm
Brown bear??? Bunny???????
02/04/2018 at 5:13 am
I had three rabbits in a row when I was a kid. The brown bear was in a small zoo in the city park. I was a little guy (couldn’t read the sign at that age warning to stay back from the cage…) I still have a small scar between the ring finger and middle finger on my right hand from that encounter. It helped that my hand was very small. I remember an instance where an older kid got bit by a bear. They sewed his hand inside his abdomen (!) to help it heal. I’m not certain how that helped.
02/05/2018 at 9:38 am
Oh my piggy heavens. Sewed his hand to his abdomen for healing? Shaking my head. Remind me not to go for a walk with you. Snorts with piggy laughter. XOXO – Bacon
02/06/2018 at 4:05 am
It’s unreal. I’d never heard of such a thing and still don’t get the benefit.
02/05/2018 at 4:42 pm
OK, I’m not going to faint….
02/06/2018 at 3:42 am
The little zoo was a wonderful source of income for doctors in its day.
02/06/2018 at 8:19 am
I am so sure!! I’m glad you made your way through it in one piece – hopefully. Snorts and rolls with piggy laughter. XOXO – Bacon
02/07/2018 at 12:27 am
I never learned better, but I do have all my parts still attached!
02/06/2018 at 1:15 pm
Ha, ha, ha, ha ha!
02/07/2018 at 12:17 am
And a liability to the city! They eventually learned that. My father was chief of police here when I was growing up and he said at least once a year they had to catch an escaped Rhesus monkey. He hated the damn things, too!
02/07/2018 at 12:12 pm
Now I’m sure your father had some really good tales in his line of work. Please tell him thank you for his services. XOXO Bacon
02/08/2018 at 4:54 am
Actually, he rarely talked about his work, and only in extreme instances. His attitude was he didn’t want to have details about police work coming back to him through people who heard about it from his family members.
02/08/2018 at 8:01 am
This is true. No one wants that. Mom talks to daddy about some things but not everything. Some things he would freak out if he knew – snorts with piggy laughter! XOXO – Bacon
02/08/2018 at 9:05 pm
02/07/2018 at 5:26 pm
Nowadays they would be sued.
02/08/2018 at 4:51 am
02/05/2018 at 9:30 am
Oh my goodness my friend!! I’m sure there are some good stories behind these anipals. Shaking my head. XOXO – Bacon
02/06/2018 at 4:06 am
Mostly one of a child loving animals but not understanding their potential to hurt me.
02/01/2018 at 9:35 am
Oh my!! My mom said those flying monkeys scared her too. And I’m big enough to admit it. They scare me too! XOXO – Bacon
02/02/2018 at 7:10 am
I wasn’t much better latter when Dorothy splashed water on the wicked witch and she dissolved. I believe that was the second time I tried to watch it as a slightly older kid. I probably was a teenager before I saw the movie all the way through.
02/02/2018 at 9:47 am
Oh my gosh!! That scene was scary too. The entire movie was set way beyond it’s time. Nowadays, when we see it on television, we love to watch it. XOXO – Bacon
02/03/2018 at 5:28 am
It is a timeless classic for sure! I always try to watch it when it is televised.
02/01/2018 at 5:00 am
p.s. that is an excellent telling of the plot, my favorite piggy!
02/01/2018 at 9:35 am
aaww shuffles hooves. Thanks my friend! XOXO – Bacon
02/01/2018 at 8:50 am
Ha, ha, that’s great about the shoes, Bacon. However, if Lexi were around, she would be quick to point out that the entire movie was really about HER, Lexi-Toto! (She had no low ego problems.)
02/01/2018 at 9:35 am
Snorts and rolls with piggy laughter! XOXO – Bacon
02/01/2018 at 8:53 am
Will not tell you how many times I’ve seen this classic but yeah! If she had the ability to go home all along why didn’t she just say so!!!!
02/01/2018 at 9:36 am
Exactly! We love this movie and watch it all of the time as well. It’s just fun for sure. XOXO – Bacon
Tails Around the Ranch
02/04/2018 at 12:36 pm
O-Ee-Yah! Eoh-Ah! You pretty much nailed it Bacon. But always a fun classic to watch-like every time it comes on. 📺
02/05/2018 at 9:39 am
It really is. We never miss a showing. It’s always fun to watch. XOXO – Bacon
Dennis the Vizsla
02/04/2018 at 8:16 pm
hello bacon its dennis the vizsla dog oh hay wow this is sum kind of krazy dokyoomentry for shoor!!! of korse it is up to the dog to git evrything sortid owt at the end!!! of korse wen i wuz in oz it ternd owt to be trouble the kitty beehind the curtin running the show but i suppoze she mite just hav ben kovering for the wizard wile he wuz on brayk or sumthing!!! ok bye
02/05/2018 at 9:51 am
So true buddy. This movie is so funny. Just boils down to one thing. Women and their shoes. Shaking my piggy head. XOXO – Bacon