Prison of Oz: Staying Human in an Ohio Prison Dorothy, something of a diva, let the laughter subside. Then she started to sing with a voice of resounding beauty about a land she once heard of in a lullaby, about chimney tops and lemon drops and wanting to fly away. "Why oh, why, can't I?" [more inside]
Most people visit the city of Burlington, Vermont, for the pleasant waterfront of Lake Champlain, the quirky shops and restaurants on Church Street, and the various cultural benefits that come with being a university town. Those are all the right reasons. I, on the other hand, went to Burlington for the flying monkeys... [more inside]
Oz and Ends
is a blog about fantasy literature for kids. My favourite part of the site is the "Weekly Robin
" feature, which muses on the well-known kid sidekick(s), from storytelling props
and costume design
and possible futures
Australian comic Jim Jefferies tells a story: Last Wish for a Friend [more inside]
Weekend At Kermie's: The Muppets' Strange Life After Death.
Elizabeth Stevens asks:
What if, in 1990, instead of recasting Kermit—something that had been done to Mickey and Bugs Bunny before him—the Muppets had continued on Kermit-less, as "The Simpsons" did after Phil Hartman died. Recall Susan’s words on "Seasame Street" about Mr. Hooper in 1982: “Big Bird, when people die, they don’t come back.” Let’s say Robin showed up saying his uncle Kermit had passed away? Or, if that was too dark for Disney, what if Kermit had left show business to go off to start a family with Piggy? Someone else could lead the gang of weirdoes.
It would’ve made more artistic sense than what happened
The Mellow Brick Road. The Wizard of Oz
condensed into 4 minutes, with soundtrack by Pogo
Return To Oz: The Joy That Got Away
A documentary about the making of the unofficial 1985 sequel to the iconic movie version of The Wizard of Oz. [more inside]
Something of a rarity on film, Jim Henson and Frank Oz get a chance to "ham" it up without a script, when The Muppet Movie
director James Frawley requests some camera tests
to see how the puppets look when filmed on location. The hilarious result: Part One
| Part Two
The complete archive of International Times
, which launched a revolution in underground publishing in the UK
and paved the way for Oz
the School Kids special
) and a whole string of british underground
zines, a heritage that Alan Moores new zine Dodgem Logic
very much calls upon.
There’s a new Corey
in town and he’s getting rich
because of a party
he threw in which 500 kids, the police dog squad and helicopters
showed up. The “journalist's” voice, intonation and overall attitude is more grating
than Corey. His parents are pleading
for him to come home, fans have started sites
dedicated to him, and DJ Loc-a-Doc? has already remixed
the interviews. Show your support
or have him add
you so you can get his next invite.
Of Muppets and Men
. [1 2 3 4 5 6]
Excellent behind-the-scenes documentary showing the mental, verbal and physical athleticism of putting together The Muppet Show
. Also, a TMBG video mashup with excerpts from the doc. [All YouTube, Previously]
were, in the 1930s, trialling new ideas for their children's range. An employee suggested that as "women and children were afraid of mice," rather than a chocolate mouse, a chocolate frog
would be more popular with children. Three days later, what would become Australia's most popular children's confectionery, the Freddo Frog
, was born. Its supposed creator, Harry Melbourne, died last week
, having never received a cent in royalties. However, to this day there remains confusion as to whether he, or rather the inventor of the Cherry Ripe
, Lesley Atkison, was in fact responsible
. Those that only know him in chocolate form may be surprised to find out that Freddo was also the star of Australia's first cartoon
The Oz Library:
a (almost) complete readable online library of OZ magazines
' is a somewhat bizarre scene from the original The Wizard of Oz
movie that cost $80,000 to produce and took five weeks to rehearse but was ultimately cut from the final film because, according to the studio, it would "date the film
." However some say the scene represents Dorothy's loss of innocence and that this is the reason why it was cut. What makes it even more freaky is that the scene was shot by producer Harold Arlen on a home movie camera, making the whole thing look grainy and which casts the whole scene in a sort of pink-purple hue. Check out the scene for yourself over at Youtube.
The Warriors of Oz
"The Heroes of Oz as You've Never Seen Them!" You got that right. Three words: "Warrior Maiden Dorothy". Not Safe For Wizard Fans The picture on the site doesn't do justice to all the excruciatingly awful detail, but if you get a Sunday dead tree newspaper, there's an ad in most coupon sections.
We all know the story: little Elli, a girl living in the steppes of Kanzas with her dog Totoshka, is blown by a hurricane (stirred up by the wicked witch Gingema) all the way to Magic Land, where she meets the Cowardly Lion, the Iron Woodman, and the scarecrow Strashila and has to make her way to the Emerald City to find the magician Gudvin so she can get back home... What, you don't remember it that way? Didn't you read The Wizard of the Emerald City
and its much-loved sequels Urfin Jus and his Wooden Soldiers, The Seven Underground Kings, The Fiery God of the Marrans, The Yellow Fog,
and The Mystery of the Deserted Castle?
Ah, you're not Russian! Listen
] to a five-minute description (on Studio 360
) of Alexander Volkov
's Russified versions of Baum (with illustrations by Leonid Vladimirsky
) and how they captivated children and adults in the Soviet Union (you even get a bit of the famous song Мы в город Изумрудный/ Идем дорогой трудной ["We're going to the Emerald City by a difficult road..."]); visit the Emerald City website (Russian version, where all the links work)
; and see the wonderful illustrations at this site
, which links to the texts of all six novels (click on Читать...)—in Russian, but the images need no explanation. (Fun fact: the word "Oz" doesn't occur anywhere in the Russian versions.) And if you're interested in other alternate versions, go to Oz Outside the Famous Forty
. (Via P. Kerim Friedman.)
Germaine Greer Doesn't Live In Australia Because She Loves It Too Much:
What is it about ex-pats - and particularly Australian
ex-pats, when they're as intelligent, witty and vocal as Greer, Robert Hughes, Clive James et al. - that makes their justifications for exile ring so hollow? [More inside.
Hippie Atrocities and Beautiful Freaks -- Oz Magazine
was, for a ten year run during the Sixties and Seventies, Australia's, and later England's, premier underground satire 'zine. Featuring contributions from (among others) Lenny Bruce and Germain Greere, and subject to two obscenity trials--one in Australia and another, more famous one following the editors' exile to England
--it evolved, in its English incarnation, a wicked
and of course, thouroughly psychedelic
design aesthetic. There are galleries of cover art here
and a Shockwave adaptation of the infamous School Kids issue here.
[warning: some images NSFW.]
Behind The Typeface Presents: Cooper Black.
The gripping saga of one typeface's trials and tribulations, following its path from the dizzying heights of stardom to the brink of self-destruction and back again. (Flash 5, approx. 3MB.)