This little farm girl from Kansas never meets a fortune teller, never is threatened by Mrs. Gultch, her Uncle Henry never laughs, and is never antagonized by the Wicked Witch while in Munchkin Country. She is more driven to get home but overall cares less for others, not very heroic and ends up working for the Wicked Witch as a slave before accidentally executing her. Dorothy doesn't return to Kansas immediately after defeating the Witch of the East but instead must travel through strange lands of attacking trees, hammer-headed armless men, and dainty China (precious material) country before she can see the Good Witch. She loses her 'Silver' shoes in mid-flight and runs to Aunty Em and Uncle Henry after returning back to Kansas rather than waking up in a bed surrounded by farm hands.
Despite that he has no actual brain, Scarecrow both in the movie and in the book solves problems for the gang. Eventually this intellectual, gets trapped in the river holding onto a stick to avoid the waters, gets saved by a stork, snaps the necks of attacking crows, helps hide Dorothy from killer bees by placing straw over her and the Cowardly Lion, and lastly becomes King of the Emerald City after the Wizard flees in his balloon. In the end he doesn't receive a diploma but has his head stuffed with nails.
The Tin Man was originally a wood-chopper who ended up chopping off his limbs by an enchanted ax. Since one of the local Munchkin girls was jealous of his relationship with another girl from the village, she went to the wicked Witch of the East for magical help. Each time he succeeded in losing a limb, a tin-smith gave him a new body part.
This ax-wielding warrior slays a Kalidah beast, helps create a cart to haul Dorothy and the Cowardly Lion out of the poppy fields with the help of Field Mice pulling string, lobs off the heads of 40 great wolves, and destroys the stingers of killer bees, and ends up becoming Emperor of the Winkies after the death of the Wicked Witch. In the end he doesn't receive a ticking clock but rather an ornamental heart.
Not too much differs with the Cowardly Lion accept that he slays a gigantic spider that intimidates the other animals. After this deed he is declared King of Beasts. Once he is captured by the flying monkeys the Wicked Witch of the West prepares for him to pull her wagon as a steed, but the Lion refused to participate. In the end he doesn't receive a medal of honor from the Wizard, but rather he drinks a bowl of courage.
This wicked lady doesn't have green skin although the book states her wickedness caused her blood to dry and that she has a telescopic one eye in which she can see across all of Winkie Country. When it rains outside she holds an umbrella over herself and is deathly afraid of water. In order to summon the Winged Monkeys she must wear a magical golden cap and perform a silly dance in which can only be performed three times and owns a silver whistle that has the power to summon great wolves, crows, and killer bees. Since she needs her sister's 'Silver' shoes for more magical power and the Good Witch of the North's kiss on the forehead protects Dorothy from her dark magic, she attempts to steal the shoes by tripping Dorothy using an invisible rod placed in the kitchen which leads to her own demise with water.
The Wizard is portrayed as gigantic floating head with altars of fire shooting into the tall ceiling in the film but in the book, as each character visits the Wizard, his appearance goes from a ball of fire, to a giant floating head, to a lovely lady, to a horrible monster. Later in the book he explains to the adventurers exactly how he accomplished these with the art of humbug. This conman forces all of the citizens, both young and old, men and women, to wear green tinted spectacles locked around the place with golden strands in which only the Guardian of the Gates can unlock them upon leaving.
In the film the audience can see a shiny emerald city of high fashion with 'a horse of a different color' but in the book all citizens are required to wear locked green tinted glasses to protect their eyes from the radiance of the city. Also the book mentions that there are no horses or animals of any kind and that each citizen pushes their own little green carts.
If you like tales of adventure and quirky characters then read to your children the Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Loconeal Publishing has a children/family section in our book store that is also filled with fantasy so please check out our selection as well.
by Ryan D. Friend
- Photos of Emerald City from book Wonderful Wizard of Oz
- Photos from the Wonderful Wizard of Oz Anime Series (1986)
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