Friday, April 18, 2008

Friday Movie Review - The Wizard of Oz

This week's movie review is on a true classic . . . "The Wizard of Oz." This movie is spring-like for many reasons. Not only is it bright and colorful and involves flowers in a pivotal part of the plot(poppies), but it also is traditionally shown on television every year around Easter. When you see "The Wizard of Oz" being played on TV, you truly know spring is here!
Directed By: Victor Fleming
Written By: Noel Langley (Screenplay)
Florence Ryerson (Screenplay)
Edgar Allan Woolf (Screenplay)
When you first start watching the movie, you aren't all that impressed. Everything is dull and dreary and black and white . . . it doesn't really keep a kitty's attention. Things get a little better when Dorothy starts singing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," but only just a bit . . . where's the color? Where's the action? Why is it so depressing? Kitties . . . the beginning of this movie makes you think that Kansas is a boring and depressing place, good for nothing but evil dog-hating neighbor ladies and tornadoes. You can see by the picture below that Dorothy is wistful and really wishes she had more excitement and color in her life.
BUT THEN! Suddenly Dorothy is caught in a tornado and dropped into a world full of COLOR and MOVEMENT and SONG! Just look!
This is when a kitty will start understanding why their mommy is making them watch this movie. Now the film starts getting really good. This is where all the action begins, and you won't be yawning anymore. Don't get me wrong, there are some flaws in the movie. While you can tell Dorothy is a nice girl because she loves her dog Toto so much . . . still, the movie would have been FAR more interesting had Dorothy's beloved pet been a cat. No offense to doggies . . . but as a kitty, I would have preferred to have seen a cat in the role. Perhaps a fluffy Himalayan. Can't you just see Zoey in Dorothy's basket? Skipping along the Yellow Brick Road? I know I can!

But don't despair! We felines are represented as well. However, this is where kitties may be offended. Dorothy befriends a lion . . . known as the Cowardly Lion. Yes, he's big and fierce-looking with an awesome curly mane. But he's all bluff. He's afraid of everything! EVEN TOTO! Can you imagine? He is afraid of Dorothy's tiny doggie. And in comparison, Toto is made to look that much braver than the lion. I must tell you, I was a little bit upset by this. If I had been the Cowardly Lion, I would have put Toto in his place with one well-placed whap. I think the Lion could have benefited from our weekly Whapping Lessons with Sammy.

The meanie in this film is the Wicked Witch of the West. She's pretty cool. She's green and wears all black and flies on a broom. She also has flying monkeys! I think the Witch is probably Holly's hero. I bet Holly dreams of the day when mommy rides on a broom and has flying monkeys to sic on people. (Come to think of it, mommy probably dreams of that day, too.)

Even though this film starts out all dreary, and doesn't represent kitties well or accurately, I still give this film two paws up. Once you get past the icky beginning with Dorothy pining away in dusty Kansas, there is color and movement and song . . . and flying monkeys!

I also want to let you kitties know that this summer starting in June I will be doing "Reader's Request" for my movie reviews. I know several of you have left suggestions for reviews in the past, so now is your chance to shine! From June through August (if I get enough requests) I will be reviewing movies that YOU, the reader, have requested. If you have a movie you would like to see reviewed by me, please either leave your request in my comments or email me!

23 meows:

TT said...

Mom Bean, the littlest bean girl and Grandmama used to watch it on tv all's the time. It's a favorite movie, with pop corn, ice cream and catnip (heh, I threws that one in!).

Captain Jack and Sir Dante said...

One of Mommy's favorite insult quotes is from this movie - "Be gone, before someone drops a hosue on you too!" And she also says that the witch used to scare her to death as a child and kinda scares her now too!!

Kelly Cat said...

Bravo for a well-written and well-thought-out review. It's perceptive of you to point out the dog-centric aspect of the film, and how it demeans felines in the form of the Lion. A "cowardly coyote" would have been much better.

Dragonheart & Merlin said...

Excellent review, Tybalt. It is sad that the only cat in the movie is a coward. Otherwise, it's a pretty good movie.

Gandalf & Grayson said...

Tybalt, Mom loves this moveie! She wore out several videos until she finally got the DVD. She watches it several times a year, while we snuggle with her! So we love it, too!

We think the lion was cowardly much like a feral kitten is scairty of people at first. He finds his bravery when he realizes that he is loved and valued.

DEBRA said...

Great review Tybalt.
This is one of Momma's favorites, although she said it seems more scary now as an adult than it did as a child.


Samantha & Tigger said...

We love this movie, Tybalt. We watch it every time it comes on and Mom knows all the songs by heart. You did a great job of reviewing it. :whispers: Mom use to hide behind the couch when she was little whenever the Wicked Witch would come on. She was scared of her.
We'll have to put our thinking caps on and figure which movie we would like you to review. Maybe you could make up a list of all you have already reviewed so we don't pick one of those.
Wanna come over and play with our new squiggles?
Smoochie kisses,

Artsy Catsy said...

Tybalt, can you send me off to the Land of Oz? My whole staff is freaked out with the aftershocks from this morning's earthquakes, and we're ready to leave already!


Name: Mr. Hendrix said...

We love this movie! I think the Lion is the best cause in the end he is the bravest one. Mommy and I find the monkeys creepy (she doesn't like monkeys at all).

I think it is slanted to dogs, no offense to woofies, but I choose to believe it would be a dog and cat if the movie was made now.

The Cat Realm said...

A true classic! This is one to own!
Thank you for the wonderful review, Tybalt!

Daisy said...

We LOVE The Wizard of Oz! Even though I am very scairt of the wicked witch and the flying monkeys.

Icon Baxter Bentley said...

That is a great movie - I would have loved to see a kitty play the role of todo, too.

Princess said...

I do like that cowardly lion... even though he is a scardy.

Mickey said...

Yup,Mom says that's a great movie! I also think the Lion should have gone to see Sammy first!! Heehee
Purrs Mickey

Skeeter, LC, and Ayla said...

We dont watch movies. But The Big Thing does. He admires this one cause he says they did so many new things init. But he likes "The Wiz" as mebbe the best remake of a great movie.

That is, until he saw the "new" King Kong a coupla days ago... The "apadasaurus" stampede was stunning.

Cecil the Cougar: said...

Ohhh ohhh The Wizard of Oz!! What a classic. It was made way before I was born but I still knows about it. I hope someday I can follow a yellow brick toad!

Sabrina, Sam and Simon said...

Our momma loves that movie Tybalt! And she has a goofy habit of singing "If I Only Had A Brain" when she does something silly at work ... hee hee!
Purrs and headbutts,
Sabrina, Sam and Simon

Adan*Michico said...

This is one just very classic~!!
Wonderful review, thank you!!
I was enjoy it as child, I think I could see it again!!

Michico in Moscow!

Parker said...

Mommy use to work in Kansas a lot. It's funny how everywhere you go there, there are W.O.O. things to buy...

Chairman Mao said...

We Ballicai love the Wizzard of Oz, too, and hehehe, we think the Cowardly Lion oughta go see Brainball fur Alpha Cat Training Lessons!

A superduper review as always, Tybalt!

Kittyhugs and purrs from MaoMao!

Marilyn MonREOW said...

Oh, the Wizard of Oz is a great movie! And we Ballicai enjoy your reviews so much.

Purrs and snuggles from Marilyn!

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Camie's Kitties said...

We do like to watch this movie, and we agree with you about how the cowardly lion is portrayed. We know we could take on Toto and win, and we are not nearly as big as the lion is.

Tiki, Tavi, Cody and Camie

Hi Holly and Ivy,