The GIFtastic Confessions Of A “Wizard of Oz” Fangirl

This coming year marks the 75th Anniversary of The Wizard of Oz! To celebrate this exciting occasion, Warner Brothers re-mastered The Wizard of Oz for IMAX/3D and is re-releasing it back into theaters for one week only beginning September 20, 2013! Yes, you will finally get to see the Yellow Brick Road, Dorothy’s glamorous ruby red slippers and the lush green glow of the Emerald City on the big screen! Not to mention, you will also be able to hear Judy Garland’s beautiful, iconic voice at IMAX-level volume! Thankfully, the high volume allowed me to quietly sing-along to the movie without bothering the person sitting beside me. Apart from the obvious upgrade in sound and crisp picture, this re-release proves that even with all of today’s best special effects and CGI bells and whistles, this masterpiece of a film has not lost its imagination and magic.

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It’s basically impossible for me to put my feelings about The Wizard of Oz into words. As my parents can attest, I watched (and of course sang-along) to this movie every single day as a kid. I literally was in front of the television each day reenacting the film as it played, rocking my makeshift Dorothy costume (with my ruby red slippers– aka my mom’s six sizes too big red heels– and authentic Toto stuffed animal of course)! My parents always knew that they could get work done around the house as long as Dorothy and company were entertaining me on-screen.

Not only is The Wizard of Oz one of my favorite (and in my opinion, one of the best) movies of all time, but is also one of the main films that got me obsessed with the whole Hollywood/film-making process. As a kid, I couldn’t imagine how it must have felt to make a movie with such splendor and creativity as this.

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As a hardcore fan, I have seen The Wizard of Oz on basically every platform you can imagine: on T.V.; on VHS taped off of the T.V.; on legitimate VHS, DVD, and Blu-Ray; at an art-house movie theater sing-a-long (are there any I am missing?).  However, as you can imagine, this re-release blows every other format out of the water. Thanks to the time and care Warner Brothers took to re-master/enhance the film, I was able to focus-in on many aspects of the film I hadn’t noticed before. For example, I never realized the Scarecrow had an actual burlap bag pattern on his face. I also noticed Glinda’s (played by DC native Billie Burke) wand had different colored jewels on it. Though these aren’t game-changing differences, I was able to appreciate the film in a way I never did before.

To further illustrate my love of The Wizard of Oz, here are the twelve major observations/confessions I had while watching the re-release… in GIF form of course:

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1) :ahem: Dorothy has RED HAIR, everyone.

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2) When the movie transitions from sepia tone to color, I will always have to contain my fangirl freakout moment.

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3) The Wicked Witch of the West and the winged monkeys still creep me out.

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4) There are so many jokes that went over my head as a child.

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5) Toto (played by a Cairn Terrier named Terry) is the best/most patient animal actor I’ve ever seen.

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6) Whenever I am with my group of friends after a night out at bars, there’s a good chance I will try to make them recreate this scene…

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7) The Wicked Witch’s final lines of “What A World” are less scary and more hilarious to me now.

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8) The makeup job back then was phenomenal and still holds up pretty well today!

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9) Whenever I get new heels, I will inevitably click my heels like Dorothy.

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10) I will always want to be a member of the Lollipop Guild.

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11) Naturally, I still know the words to every amazing song. It was hard for me to refrain from turning the screening into a hardcore sing-a-long.

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12) To this day, seventy-five years after it first reached audiences, The Wizard of Oz will last forever as an iconic, timeless classic that demonstrates how easily audiences can get lost in movie magic.

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