Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Wizard of Oz from Different Perspectives

Time for a theme...

I thought, why not take a subject and look at it from several angles with several different posts. The Wizard of Oz is my theme this time around and I'm going to share with you several crazy posts over the next couple of days. You'll get a different way to look at the movie today, and a disturbing news development from Oz later, and finally I'll actually take a trip to Oz myself and give you the skinny. Sit back, grab the stale overpriced popcorn and watered down soda and enjoy.

On to the post...

Remember seeing the Wizard of Oz as a kid? Boy, some scenes seemed so scary back then. Funny how at different times and ages, you see different things in a movie. Let's explore:

Scene: Aunt Em’s house flies up into the tornado heading for Oz

5 Year Old Child:
It was scary; the house was spinning and I was afraid for Dorothy

17 Year Old Teenager: What lame special effects. They should have had like some cool CGI and a kick ass soundtrack

35 Year Old Adult: Wow, is that vintage crown molding on that? Check out the inlays; that kind of craftwork costs a fortune now.

42 Year Old Adult: Man; they should have sold that farm when the market was up. I don’t even want THINK about the repairs. What will HOA say about this…

77 Year Old Adult: I hope she doesn’t break a hip when that thing lands. I broke mine and boy, let me tell you all about the pain I’ve been in ever since. And the medication. Why that doctor….

Scene: Dorothy meets all the Munchkins in Munchkin land

5 Year Old Child: Wow, look at those funny Munchkins. I wish I could live there with them.

17 Year Old Teenager: Hey, they’re all little midget people. Dorothy should try some Munchkin bowling; I played elf bowling and it was hilarious.

35 Year Old Adult: OMG; they must have hired every little person available to make this movie. I wonder if they get paid half the salary of the others? Is it non PC to call them midgets? Munchkins?

42 Year Old Adult: Which country is dwarf juggling legal? Or was that cat juggling. Hey, maybe it was dwarf tossing. My co-workers sent me an email joke on it, I just can’t seem to remember now.

77 Year Old Adult: Why when I was a kid, everyone was small. It’s all these damn chemicals and genetics that are making everyone too damn tall if you ask me.

Scene: Dorothy, Toto, Scarecrow and Tin Man are walking through the forest

5 Year Old Child: It’s so scary. What if they meet a lion or tiger or bear!

17 Year Old Teenager: Man, a game of paint ball would be so sweet there. Look at all the place you could hide. And the cops couldn’t even get in there; there’s no auto access at all; only the yellow brick road. Awesome.

35 Year Old Adult: Who cleans the yellow brick road? I mean, there’s no litter or debris on it ever. They really ought to expand the road into a full double lane going each way though. This will never support long term growth.

42 Year Old Adult: Wasn’t that the same kind of wood we had our deck done in last year? Man, those trees are worth a fortune. Think of how many homes I could develop and build with that property!

77 Year Old Adult: Yep, that looked just like the outskirts of the city just before they built all those trailer courts and sub-developments. Boy those were the days…

Scene: All of them are either sleeping or crying in the Poppy field

5 Year Old Child
: Run, don’t cry. Hurry or that witch is gonna come back.

17 Year Old Teenager: Cool, poppies. Don’t they make heroin from poppies?

35 Year Old Adult: OMG, my allergies would go going into overdrive. I’d probably seize up and start convulsing.

42 Year Old Adult: Man, I could use a good nap too and laying on those poppies looks quite inviting.

77 Year Old Adult: Zzzzzzzzzzzz

Scene: Flying monkeys descend upon them and take Dorothy and Toto away

5 Year Old Child: They’re so scary. Run Dorothy, run.

17 Year Old Teenager: I wonder if those are anal butt dwelling monkeys?

35 Year Old Adult: Gad I bet they’re awful pets. I wouldn’t want to be cleaning monkey crap all day.

42 Year Old Adult: You know I swear scarecrow has more hay stuffed in him now then he did before they tore him apart. How can that be?

77 Year Old Adult: Remember that monkey that Ronal Reagan starred with, what was that damn monkeys name? I want nothing to do with monkeys, they’re a damn nuisance.

Scene: Dorothy is trapped with the hourglass and running out of sand

5 Year Old Child: Oh no, I can’t watch. That wicked witch. Poor Dorothy…

17 Year Old Teenager: I wonder how she’s going to kill her? Do you think they’re be blood? Maybe Dorothy will come back from the Dead to haunt her or something. Cool…

35 Year Old Adult: You know, an hourglass really isn’t a very accurate method of measuring time. She should synch up with the latest in nuclear time measurement methods.

42 Year Old Adult: Yep, that’s the trouble; always accountable and a slave to time. And then you die! How fitting is that!

77 Year Old Adult: God I used to love that soap opera…”Like sand through the hourglass, so are the days of our life…”

Scene: Dorothy only has to click her heels 3 times and say “There’s no place like home” to get back to Kansas

5 Year Old Child: I luv her Ruby slippers. I am so sad she has to say goodbye to all her friends.

17 Year Old Teenager: What, no Star Trek transporter? No warp in the space-time continuum? Oh how bogus; clicking your heels…

35 Year Old Adult: Why would she WANT to go back to Kansas? Have you seen the humidity there? And it’s as flat as a pancake. And there’s nothing to do there but farm!

42 Year Old Adult: Why would she want to go home? Travel! Escape! All that is waiting back in Kansas is a boring career and a bunch of bills.

77 Year Old Adult: Yeah, there’s no place like a home alright. They yank you right out of your place and throw you in one and then come visit you once a month. Meanwhile you gotta eat cafeteria food for the rest of your life with a bunch of other old people who don’t know who they are much less me.


43 comments:

Kanrei said...

Busy week again. This is one of those posts that is not so much funny because it is 100% spot on the money. I did think those things at 5, 17, and 35. I will have to let you know about the 42 and so on, but damn, get out of my head!

VE said...

kan - Welcome back! I wondered what happened to you. You've been spending too much time on that new patio, haven't you? Ha ha, that's funny we hit the same thoughts on this...or not

Bee said...

I think there’s something wrong with me! I’m 35 but kept agreeing with the 17 year old!

VE said...

bee - Hah! Well of course that means you never grew up! Peter Pan had the same problem...

Sunshine said...

AN in depth analysis of my favorite movie. I wanted to live in Munchkinland, for sure!

I have more than 2 comments, I want a recount!! WAH!!!

VE said...

sunshine - You do have more comments, remember, I lag behind on updating. The date is always on when the count is based on. I had planned to update that today so look for your blog link to move up if you've been commenting!

Marie said...

Wait, the scarecrow DIES???

Brad said...

This reminds me of a post I did on September 9...

...oh nevermind, I can't fake it. Funny, funny stuff.

Matt-Man said...

5, 17, 35, and now at 43, doesn't matter...I want to bang Glenda the Good Witch.

Funny Stuff VE. Cheers!!

Anette said...

I'm sure the 35 year old and the 42 year old is a married couple..

I would have liked to stroll down the yellow brick road!

VE said...

marie - Hay (no pun intended), I never actually said that....

brad - Good one! You got me there. But your last few posts have been very original and damn funny. I guess I'll have to steal them...

matt-man - That is so you! Wait, come to think of it...that thought crossed my mind too.

anette - Sure sounds like a married couple, don't they? I always wanted to take the other fork in the yellow brick road and see where that went

cathouse teri said...

I'll look at this later. No! Don't ask me to look now! I can't! I have stuff to do!

See you soon. :)

Nessa said...

Great idea.

We were just watching The Wizard of Oz the other day. My husband loves the Lollypop Guild. I'm still afraid of the monkeys and I keep trying to see the person hanging behind the melting witch.

I read the book "Wicked" and some of the others in Gregory Macguire's collection and couldn't see the fuss.

Kurt said...

I watched TWOO many times as a child, then, when I was in college, I was watching it with some friends, and her house got caught in the tornado, and suddenly the THE FILM WAS IN COLOR!

VE said...

teri - Oh sure, you live in the land of later. I'm going to have to make a pilgrimage to that place too. But later...

nessa - Where you been? Neptune? It's been awhile. Yes, we'll be exploring many aspects of Oz this week. Enjoy.

VE said...

kurt - Glad you caught on to that one finally. Don't worry, when I was a kid, I thought Toto was played by a child actor. Ok, it was a VERY small child. Don't even get me started...

Serena Joy said...

Oooh, I love the Wizard of Oz. I've met the Wiz (and yanked his curtain). A couple of times lately I've realized I'm not in Kansas any more, but it's okay when my own little Toto is by my side. I, too, have been terrorized by the Wicked Witch of the West (Los Angeles) ('til I dropped a house on her). The bitch didn't melt, but she's limping. I HAVE ruby slippers, and I expect my next acquisition to be a troop of flying monkeys. Oh, yeah, and I pay more attention to tornado warnings now.:-)

Anette said...

Exactly ve! thats what I was thinking of too!

VE said...

sj - Wow, you've really been busy with Oz doings. LOL

anette - Scares you that I would be thinking like you too, huh? ;)

Anette said...

No its really nice to know I'm not the only one who sat wondering about that.

and for your post about the number 222.. when I go to bed and see that my clock radio shows 23.23, then I like it, just cause its a nice number...
yours sincerely
Weird but proud

Jeff said...

Nicely done my friend. You really know how to think like both a 5 year old and an old guy.

NYD said...

5 Year Old Child: This was fun. Can I have some milk and cookies now

17 Year Old Teenager: This was Da Bomb! You should like, do this for a living or something.

35 Year Old Adult:Aren't you worried about copyright infringement? The writers are still out on strike aren't they?

42 Year Old Adult: Man, where do find the time to write this stuff. I never seem to have a minute of free time to myself.

77 Year Old Adult: Is this the place where I can get my Viagra prescrition filled online?

Beth said...

Great post! Had me laughing all the way through - although it got a little iffy there with the Munchkins. I was afraid of them as a kid. Still am.

VE said...

anette - I'm in the weird but proud team too

jeff - True, and thanks for point it out...

nyd - You win the creative comment award my friend. Touche!

beth - The muchkins are come to take you away ah ha... Wow, I guess I never thought they were scary...just irritating.

RED MOJO said...

I never wanted to live with those munchkins! I could barely understand what they were saying, and they freak me out a little bit!
The crown molding one was so perfect!

VE said...

red - Yes, I'm sensing a split in opinion on the munchkins with many readers creeped out by them

leelee said...

Funny...I've never looked at that film any way but the 5 year old viewpoint...isn't THAT special?


Brilliant VE...you hit it all spot on..

HUGS!!

(I luv her ruby red slippers)

Yes, my name is Arizona said...

My favorite scene is when Dorothy picks and apple off the tree and it slaps her hand and says, "How would you like it if someone did that to you!!??" I can't remember the first time I saw The Wizard of Oz, but I've looked at trees differently since then....

VE said...

leelee - That's funny. Guess for that movie you'll always be 5!

arizona - Yeah, wouldn't that freak you out if it happened in real life. Kind of makes you wonder what those trees are thinking...

leelee said...

always!

Jacki said...

Oh this is actually one of my favorite movies! I am somewhere between the 17 and 35 year olds. So I guess I am doing okay.

Have you seen the videos where people put the Wizard of Oz to Pink Floyds Dark Side of the Moon?

VE said...

leelee - That's ok, I'm 5 for everything else.

jacki - Yeah, I love that synch up. Freaky...

Alex L said...

I have an overpowering hatred for all musicals... Though if they did a remake and mixed in a bit of 'Outbreak' so the flying monkeys were diseased I'd probably watch it...

ChristineEldin said...

HAHAHAHAA! This is quite hysterical! One of your best.
I love the one about the poppies. Very funny.

VE said...

alex l - Yes, I understand about musicals. I did a post awhile back on that very topic. I find it odd that people accept that suddenly everyone breaks out in song and dance. I'd be weirded out.

christine - Careful with those poppies...

SuburbanCorrespondent said...

Yup, that "42-year-old adult" has me pegged. Scary...

Thanks for stopping by my place. I do like the reality show idea...

Carla said...

Oh, I'd love a pair of those ruby slippers. Could you imagine the fun one could have with those. And those flying monkeys still freak me out.

VE said...

carla - Nobody ever trusts flying monkeys. They'll always be creepy. Like clowns.

heartinsanfrancisco said...

Very insightful and funny stuff here!

Thanks for the laughs, although I woke up my cat and it's all your fault.

VE said...

heartinsf - Thanks. Sorry about the cat; they tend to fall right back asleep quickly though.

teeni said...

Wow - great read! I'm gonna stumble 'er. It should be shared.

VE said...

teeni - You know...a lot of people access this via Google. I have no idea how they find it. Thanks though...and don't hurt yourself stumbling...

Siobhan said...

I just happened to stumble across this, its very interesting! Good job!