Welcome to Fun Fact Friday! Today we draw from the Top 10 Fantasy Movies to date. I'm sure down the road Avatar will make the list, but I sure hope it doesn't knock Oz of the map.
Top Ten Fantasy Movies
1 WIZARD OF OZ, THE (1939)
2 LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING (2001)
3 IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1947)
4 KING KONG (1933)
5 MIRACLE ON 34th STREET (1947)
6 FIELD OF DREAMS (1989)
7 HARVEY (1950)
8 GROUNDHOG DAY (1993)
9 THIEF OF BAGDAD, THE (1924)
10 BIG (1988)
Trivia on the Wizard of Oz:
- The horses in Emerald City palace were colored with Jell-O crystals. The relevant scenes had to be shot quickly, before the horses started to lick it off.
- Judy Garland's portrayal of Dorothy was the main inspiration for the character of Mary Ann on "Gilligan's Island" (1964).
- In the song "If I Only Had A Heart", the girl who says, "Wherefore art thou, Romeo?" is Adriana Caselotti, the voice of Snow White in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937).
- When The Witch tries to get off the Ruby Slippers, fire strikes her hands. This "fire" was actually dark apple juice spewing out of the shoes. The film was sped up to make it look like fire.
- When the wardrobe department was looking for a coat for Frank Morgan (Professor Marvel / The Wizard), they decided they wanted one that looked like it had once been elegant but had since "gone to seed". They visited a second-hand store and purchased an entire rack of coats, from which Morgan, the head of the wardrobe department, and director Victor Fleming chose one they felt gave off the perfect appearance of "shabby gentility". One day, while he was on set in the coat, Morgan idly turned out one of the pockets and discovered a label indicating that the coat had been made for L. Frank Baum. Mary Mayer, a unit publicist for the film, contacted the tailor and Baum's widow, who both verified that the coat had at one time been owned by the author of the original "Wizard of Oz" books. After the filming was completed, the coat was presented to Mrs. Baum.
- I saw Wicked, the Broadway play, recently and enjoyed the story from the Wicked Witch of the West's point of view. Very well done. I also read the book. My commentary: Ick. See the play, skip the book. (By the way, the author of the book, Gregory Maguire, realized that the witch was never given a name. So he made one up: Elfaba, which pays tribute to the original author of the beloved children's books, L. Frank Baum.) I have also viewed the film a hundred-eleventy times. Besides seeing it every year on my own television set growing up, it's my granddaughter's favorite movie. 'Nuf said.
Craft Lesson - Subtle Character Attributes
In the following You Tube offering, Harold Ramis mentions the gifts that the Wizard gave to Dorothy's three companions. How they also apply to Dorothy shows the creative process when developing a character.