At this very moment, there are nine Wizard of Oz projects (mostly films) “in the works,” and that is crazy. Let alone the fact that there have already been so many Wizard of Oz projects in the past, that is just a crazy number to have going on all at once right now in 2011. Nine! Nine things at one time based on one thing from forever ago that is already iconic and perfect and should maybe just be left alone now because can we please move on. But, you know, here we are.

The most anticipated of these many projects is Oz: The Great and Powerful, the 3D Disney feature that will be directed by Sam Raimi and star James Franco. And everything was perfect with that (obviously) (actually I am sounding negative through all of this but definitely I will be excited for that movie, boo, so SUE ME), until a ruling was handed down on Tuesday by the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals — who figure out what is copyrighted and what is in the public domain — stating that Warner Bros. holds the rights to the character traits of the main characters. This means that maybe Sam Raimi won’t be able to portray any of the characters the way that everyone in the world pictures them, when they think of those characters. Which would be kind of a bummer! But it also DOES mean that obviously we (we specifically) have to think of some new ways to portray those characters! I will, of course, go first.

As you can see I’ve updated Dorothy’s look (on a model originally wearing a Dorothy costume), replacing her picnic basket with a hobo bag, her checkered blue dress thing with a bat shirt (one of those shirts with the bat sleeves?) and checkered blue pants as a nod to the original, her dog with a Kleen Kanteen, and her classic ruby slippers with red wedges, probably like espadrilles or something. Oh and I made her hair curly and red. Interesting choice!

Now it is your turn to do this incredibly meaningful and very-good-use-of-time activity. You can do any character you’d like and you can come up with their new look in any way you’d like, like MS Paint or just by pasting together images or if you have one of those whatever computer drawing pads with the fake pen? Really however you want. Just any normal Hollywood way of reimagining an iconic character. It’s a VERY creative activity with lots of freedom, so just have fun and be safe!

Comments (36)
  1. Why would we bother doing this when the Halloween costume industry has already provided new looks? I, for one, can’t wait to see the Sexy Cowardly Lion in 3D.

  2. I think the obvious choice for Toto is:


  3. I think Kelly broke Videogum again, so it is impossible to tell who had the #birdie4toto idea first, you or me. Let’s call it a tie and go get some ice cream!

  4. This made a lot more sense when it was a reply to Thisismynightmare’s comment, which doesn’t even exist in this timeline.


  6. Everything Facetaco of the other timeline says is true.

  7. Everything Facetaco of the other timeline says is a lie.

  8. You know what’s crazy about Wizard of Oz sequels? They shouldn’t exist, that’s what. The end of the original movie (and I think book) has Dorothy waking up and everything was a dream. That means that’s the end of the story. Unless, she falls asleep AGAIN and her dream is a continuation of the story of Oz.

    • I don’t remember how the book ended, but I do know that he went on to write a ridiculous number of oz books, some of which definitly included dorothy.

      • He actually only wrote a few of those books, most were written by his estate. Meaning his greedy asshole descendants.

        • Ah man, I get schooled again in children’s literature by professor facetaco! I look forward to this afternoon’s corrections on the Chronicles of Narnia :)

          • Aslan represented Bruce Willis, and the children were dead the whole time.

          • He wrote 13 Wizard of Oz books and not by his descendents. Baum basically wrote a new one every time he needed some fast cash. See, he was the Wizard of Oz character! A swindler! Man, Children’s Lit was totally a good use of my University time. Thanks, VG.

          • Yes, but then many, MANY more were written by other authors, but keeping his name on the cover. Although I was wrong, they weren’t his relatives.

    • The whole it-was-all-a-dream thing was created for the movie since Hollywood needs to over-explain everything.

      In the books Oz is actually a real place.

  9. Justin Man Bieber

  10. Hey, guess what, Hollywood! We already had a Wizard Of Oz sequel, and it was FUCKING TERRIFYING:

  11. Well, the Scarecrow is an easy one!

  12. Can we turn the flying monkeys into hover monkeys?

  13. The New Tin Man:

  14. Ok well. Dorothy (Ellen Page) will be a street-smart teen who is a fish out of water in the Land of Oz. Scarecrow (Zac Efron) will be rewritten as her love-interest and will turn into a real boy at the end. Tin Man will be some sort of Transforming robotoid. The Lion will fart all the time. Flying Monkeys will now be CGI 3D Break-dancing Monkeys who will make their debut to a new $ingle written for the movie by Ke$ha, titled “3m3rald City Style (Do me like a Munchkin)”.

    Good witch will be Sarah Jessica Parker with heavy filter and bad witch will be her with no filter.

    Oz 3D
    It’s always Green on this side.

  15. I posted this picture the last time modernizing Wizard of Oz was discussed, but it seems relevant again:

  16. There’s a lot of copyright law stuff that goes on that I’m not too thrilled about. In the case of The WIzard of Oz, it is understandable that Baum’s books are now public domain but the 1939 movie is not, it being an adaptation of those books and not nearly as old by like, 40 years. And it’s true that Warner Bros owns the copyright to those versions of the public domain characters, just like Disney owns the versions of all the Brothers Grimm public domain characters they have personalized in their movies.

    So really, if there are Oz films to be made, then I say it’s about time they jump back to the books and do something new and creative with them, back when the Wicked Witch only had one eye and the slippers were silver, not ruby.

    Also, where does the musical ‘Wicked’ fit into all this, seeing as that version of the Wicked Witch is clearly the same version as the one in the film?

    • I think there’s a little more leeway with the wicked witch as there is with Dorothy. Warner Bros didn’t invent the idea of a witch who wears a pointy hat and rides a broom, but they did invent the idea of a blue gingham dress being Dorothy’s defining characteristic.

      • Actually, Turner Entertainment, a division of Time Warner, Inc. owns the copyright. But it was MGM that invented the dress and the ruby slippers (and on and on). Time Warner (through Turner) owns the rights to the pre-May 1986 MGM library.

  17. Moby for Glinda the Good, obviously.


    I tide fashion Good-looking, not expensive Free transport

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