When I was a little squirrel I must have watched The Wiz a million times. That was back when it was on VHS. Does anybody still have those? I can't find it anywhere now. *le sigh* Still it remains in my top 25 movies of all time. I've yet to read the book but one day I'd like to. It's so fun to watch and remember all your childhood movies and then look up trivias and little known facts about then once you're older. I was browsing Though Cataloge this morning and stumbled upon this little gem: 23 Surprising Facts About ‘The Wizard of Oz’ That Will Blow Your Mind. A couple facts I found hilarious:
9. The Emerald City wasn’t exactly emerald in the novel. In the original text, the characters are required to wear glasses that make everything appear green even though the city is “no more green than any other city.” The green is a deception, like the wizard’s many other tricks, referred to as “humbugs” in the novel. The city’s conception is said to be inspired by the famous White City at the Chicago World’s Fair.
12. The Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion and Tin Man, like the Wicked Witch, also had a problem of scaring people with their costumes. Their getups were considered so frightening that Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr and Jack Haley were banned from the MGM lunch room, not allowed to eat with the rest of the cast. They were forced to lunch in their dressing rooms, in case they alarmed other MGM workers.