In the 1930’s, The Great Depression effected the economy. Probition of banning alcohol was lifted. The Dust Bowl severely damaged vegetation including crops. The F.B.I. was founded by J. Edgar Hoover. Outlaws like John Dillenger, Bonnie & Clyde were glorified as folklore heroes. Hitler rises to power prior to WWII.
Outside of the real world issues at the time, the people who suffered from the effects of The Great Depression, felt like they wanted to escape reality, the word I’m looking for is “entertainment.”
Hollywood was at its prime, radio dominated the airwaves, jazz music was a popular fad, Snow White became the first animated film in history, besides the entertainment industry, one film in particular became a beloved classic, the movie I’m referring to is The Wizard Of Oz.
After Snow White was released in 1937, movie studio M.G.M. decided to purchase the film rights of the book for $75,000 ($1,200,000 adjusted for inflation) so they can attempt to replicate the same critical & financial success that earned Disney himself multiple awards including an Oscar.
After a year long process of writing the script, looking for actors/actresses to play the beloved iconic characters we know in love, an experienced director, etc. It was time to begin filming the picture.
During the making of the film, several cast members suffered a bunch of really big boo boos including Judy Garland (was 16 years old at the time) who was forced to wear a painful corset around her torso to make it look like a 12-13 year old girl.
Margert Hamilton, The Wicked Witch Of The West herself, suffered a severe accident of her during a scene when her character teleports from a red smoke of fire due to the green makeup applied to her face but she miraculously recovered.
After finishing the final product, the movie came out in August 25, 1939, a week before WWII began.
Although the film became a critical success, the film was actually a box office bomb because it didn’t earn enough revenue. It went on to win best original song for the infamous song “Somewhere Over The Rainbow,” & earned Judy Garland her first Acadmey Award.
Fun Fact: The Wizard Of Oz came out in 1939, the same year Gone With The Wind was released along with Batman’s very first comic book appearance.
Enough of the history lesson let’s get down to the pros n cons.
Pros: It’s a timeless classic which still holds up to this day. It’ll be remembered, if robots from the future are around, they need to watch this.
The parrell between Kansas and Oz were connected perfectly to set up the ones that are linked to them.
Each of the four main leads motivations were character driven and a payed off pretty well at the end.
Acting/Singing were balanced carefully from the cast.
The songs are very memorable.
Its one of the most quotable movies of all time.
The set pieces were made manually. Now that’s a lot of hard work.
Scarecrow delivered a sneaky line kids won’t get. It’s the part when Dorothy first meets him. As an adult, I burst out laughing.
The costume designs look great.
Cons: The Special Effects however don’t hold up pretty well. I’m gonna give this one a pass because they didn’t have C.G.I. back then.
Final Verdict: Perfect A as an Apex. It’s the highest rank for a film.
If you have little kids who haven’t seen this, it’s a must see for the entire family.