The Wizard of Oz is 70 and Reminds Us Happiness is in Our Back Yard

The Cowradly Lion, The Scarecrow, Dorothy, and the Tin Man of the Wizard of Oz

The Cowradly Lion, The Scarecrow, Dorothy, and the Tin Man of the Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz is 70 years old and is being released in Blue Ray DVD where you can now see the freckles on Dorothy ( Judy Garland) and the rivets on the Tin Man’s suit ( Jack Haley).  More importantly, this timeless classic from 1939 still captures the imagination of  each successive generation with its theme of a little girl lost who simply wants to get home.

All of us can relate to wonder of the land of Oz and its delightful munchkins, the yellow brick road, the friendly scarecrow and the cowardly lion.  We all rise to find our courage against the persona of the wicked witch and find that we can melt her way from our lives by simply throwing water on her.  Even her evil flying monkeys can’t stop us.

The Wicked Witch of the West

The Wicked Witch of the West

We find through this delightful tale that all the glitz of Emerald City was really a fraud and that the Wizard was really not one.  We find that the the real power always laid within ourselves.

Like Dorothy, we learn that running away from our problems is never the answer and finding happiness is not a place, it is all within us and with the people we love.  It is most likely found in our back yard and in our proverbial Kansas.

Happy anniversary, Wizard of Oz!

3 thoughts on “The Wizard of Oz is 70 and Reminds Us Happiness is in Our Back Yard

  1. I may be only ten years old, but with in these ten years of my life this movie has been an insperation too all people and I just bought a Wizard of Oz poster and I love it dear. I bought it for the 70th aniversery of that wonderful movie! Many stars love this movie I read alot of differnt versions of Wizard of Oz the Ruby Slippers are the Silver Slippers!

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    Jade V. M.

  2. Scarecrow: Did ya hear that? I’ve as good as got my brain.

    Tin Man: I can fairly hear my heart beating.

    Dorothy: I’ll be home in time for supper.

    Cowardly Lion: In another hour, I’ll be king of the forest long live the king! [singing] If I were king of the forest, not queen, not duke, not prince. My regal robes of the forest would be satin, not cotton, not chintz. I’d command each thing be it fish or fowl, with a woof and a woof, and a royal growl. As I click my heel, all the trees would kneel and the mountains bow, and the bulls kowtow. And the sparrows would take wing if I, if I were king. Each rabbit would show respect to me, the chipmunks genuflect to me, though my tail would lash, I would show compash for every underling if I, if I were king, just king.

    Tin Man: [breaks a flower pot and turns it into a crown]

    Cowardly Lion: [singing] Monarch of all I survey! Monarch, of all I survey!

    Narrator: The gatekeeper comes back.

    Gatekeeper: The wizard says go away! [goes back inside]

    Dorothy, Scarecrow, & Tin Man, & the Cowardly Lion: Go away?

    Scarecrow: Looks like we came a long way for nothing.

    Dorothy: [crying] And I was so happy, I thought I was on my way home.

    Tin Man: Don’t cry, Dorothy. We’re gonna get you to the wizard.

    Scarecrow: We certainly are.

    Dorothy: [crying] Auntie Em was so good to me and I never appreciated it, running away and hurting her feelings. Professor Marvel said she was sick. She may be dying and it’s all my fault. Oh, I’ll never forgive myself, never, never, never.

    Narrator: They finally get to see the wizard.

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