The Wizard of Oz (1933) directed by Victor Fleming is a classic family movie based on the book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L Frank Baum. The plot revolves around a girl called Dorothy who is board with her dull (literally) sepia toned life. When a tornado strikes her families farm in
The movie is made with a very cheerful, artificial and dreamlike style. This is true of both the Land of Oz and the “real world” in
. There is no colour in the opening scenes of the film which gives a sense of dullness and the everyday. But when Dorothy is transported to Oz it is full of bright colours and the true whimsical nature of the film is revealed. Kansas
Dorothy in Kansas
Dorothy in The Land of Oz
All of the sets in the movie look very intentionally artificial. It looks almost like Dorothy and co are walking through a hand painted landscape. In fact its like a collection of paintings, the sweet shop like Munchkin Land, the glowing green Emerald City and the dark gothic Dracula (1931) style witches castle all have a distinctive look to them.
The Emerald City
The Witches Castel
The music also adds to the whimsical tone of the movie it’s all very upbeat. The fact that this movie is a musical in combination with the artificial looking sets gives the move a theatrical feel.
The charectures in the movie are all very cartoonish and a littel 2dimentional which makes sence in the context of this movie, because it is very cartoonish in nature.
Overall I enjoyed this movie; it’s a lot of fun.