Saturday, June 26, 2010
25 Years of RETURN TO OZ
Many Oz fans have a sort of love/hate relationship to the film. The truly wonderful elements, Tik-Tok, Jack Pumpkinhead, and Fairuza Balk, are overshadowed by so many bad choices: electro-shock therapy for Dorothy, a Nome King in Ruby Slippers, and the film's murky ending. Is Oz just a delusion of Dorothy's or is Oz real and Ozma's aim with the Ruby Slippers really so bad as to send Dorothy home to find herself face down in the mud? The movie is such a disaster in so many ways! Yet the middle section of the film, from when Dorothy meets Tik-Tok until the Gump takes flight, is really terrific.
Presented here is a production design drawing of the Scarecrow from the film. It was drawn by comic book artist Michael Ploog who also drew the graphic novel version of L. Frank Baum's Life and Adventures of Santa Claus (1992).
There were several Return to Oz drawings I could choose from when I bought this one. But this one won out as it showed the Scarecrow in a different costume than he wears in the film. I especially like the purple tailcoat and Oz medal around his neck.
So happy Twenty-Fifth Birthday to Return to Oz!