August 25, 2010

A horse of a different color

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Today is the 71st anniversary of the nationwide release of one of my all-time favorite movies. I have loved The Wizard of Oz since the very first time I saw it way back when I was just a tiny tot. I’ll never forget being swept up in the ‘magic’ of cinema when Dorothy stepped out of her house into pure Technicolor fantasy land. I still get that feeling a little when I watch the movie.

I got a great book from the library called 100 Years of Oz and it has some fabulous images in it, pertaining to the whole franchise.

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My mom likes to tell the story about how she and her siblings would beg to skip church on the one Sunday night per year that the film was broadcast on television, and then stay up late watching it. I can’t imagine not being able to watch my favorite movies and shows anytime I please, but in a way this would make it much more special. It’s always interesting to revisit beloved childhood films and books to see how our adult selves process them. I’m a weepy-eyed mess by the time Dorothy is saying her good-byes…and Charlotte’s Web? Can’t even go there unless I have a huge value pack of kleenex.

Is this one of your childhood faves? If not, what movie did you love in childhood and continue to watch? Maybe you’ve shared it with your kiddos. Do share!

21 comments:

  1. I was never really a Wizard of Oz fan, we just didn't really watch it so I was pretty neutral. Then in high school we can to do a project on who all the characters symbolized as an allegory for politics of the 1900's. Killed it. Can't watch it now.

    I'm totally with you on Charlotte's Web though. I love it and my sister and I do a super cheesy "Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye" in high pitched baby spider voices occasionally. We're cool. ;0)

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  2. Oh I love The Wizard of Oz, too! I did a post about it a week or two ago, the day I thought was the release date. I guess that's what I get for researching stuff like that online :) I think there are soooo many people who love this movie just as much!

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  3. I was just like your mom! My sister and I anxiously awaited the yearly broadcast of the movie. I think having to wait a whole year to see it made it that much more special.

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  4. Honestly, I never cared much for The Wizard of Oz as a child, but in high school one year, it was one of our musical productions and I played in the orchestra. Then I really started enjoying it a lot more. I love the story about your mom watching it every year. So cool!

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  5. Ok, don't laugh at me, but the flying monkeys always freaked me out. I'm serious.. like nightmares for days kind of freaked out. But I do realize it is sheer genius and hope my kids love it.

    My favorite has always been The Sound of Music. I loved it as a kid and still do.

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  6. Am a HUGE fan of W.O.O.! In fact L.Frank Baum wrote some of the books right at the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego. When my family and I would go there we would go to brunch in the Crown Room where he designed the crown shaped chandeliers that look like they are right out of Oz. On an embarassing note, I tend to watch it alone as I am prone to singing and dancing with it like a HORRIBLE American Idol audition ;)

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  7. I absolutely love this movie - one of my all-time favorites. I used to own a copy on VHS, but when we switched to a DVD player it took me awhile to get the DVD. Once I bought it, I think I watched it once a week for the next 3 weeks, ha! My husband was sick of it!

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  8. I like The Wizard of Oz and it has been a while since I have seen it.
    The movie from childhood that always makes me happy is Pollyanna.

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  9. I used to love watching this movie as a child. During my years of piano lessons I learned to play, "Over the Rainbow". One of my favorite songs.

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  10. my favorite movie growing up was the first star wars movie.

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  11. It's definitely one of my faves!

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  12. I LOVE the Wizard of Oz and am definitely of the camp that anxiously awaited the one time per year we could watch it. It was an EVENT, let me tell you. There were four movies (plus a few Christmas specials) that got complete star treatment. WOO, Willy Wonka, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and THe Sound of Music. We would plan our whole week around these annual screenings...no telephone calls, homemade popcorn that would pop the lid right off of the skillet (no such thing as a microwave!) and all four of us kids would run to the bathroom, kitchen or wherever during commercial breaks because there were no "pause" buttons. Very special and kids today miss out on that beauty because of being able to view movies anytime they choose.

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  13. Definitely one of my all time faves! I even remember when it would be on TV sometime around Thanksgiving and watching it. I own it and STILL do that!

    I've also always wanted a pair of ruby slippers. Shhhhh!

    Don't you just love old movies? They're so thoughtful.
    Happy Thursday!

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  14. isn't it funny how something like a few hours worth of film can make such an impact! i'm so glad this struck a chord with you all, and you definitely mentioned some other greats (sound of music, chitty chitty, star wars, etc.). although i'm sad for miss peachy that politics got in the way of the cinematic magic! i can't tell you folks how much i love seeing what you have to say! i feel so blessed! xoxo

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  15. I love the image of her leaning against the hay- I loved this movie as a child- it's funny, we didn't get to watch a lot of tv as kids but we did get to watch this. I recently went to New York and saw Wicked on Broadway, a fascinating story that leads up to this one- have you read the book or seen the play?

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  16. @amelia....i haven't seen wicked, but i am the hugest kristin chenoweth fan ever! i love the soundtrack, but i decided if i couldn't see kristy as galinda, it just wasn't the same! i had the book, but alas...it was bumped down the "to-read" list so many times, i ultimately donated it. i'd still like to revisit it though. thank goodness for the library!

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  17. Oh I LOVED Wizard of Oz too!!!!! OMG! You would love this place in the mountains near me. It has a house that is sideways because the witch is under it...it has a real yellow brick road and a cabin that is full of wizard of oz memorabilia that you can stay in for the weekend. We stayed there when I was younger and I thought it was just the coolest place ever!!!

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  18. love love love this post!! i'm a huge wizard of oz fan, as is mama can't be wrong. thank you for your post, it's too cute!

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  19. I saw The Wizard of Oz this summer as a play, and it was so good! This was such a cute post!

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  20. I love the Wizard of Oz! And I'm so glad Wicked is now around so we can know "the rest of the story!" :)

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  21. all. time. favorite. movie.

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