The Wizard of Oz is a musical fantasy and centers around a young, imaginative girl from Kansas. Dorothy’s hometown is suddenly hit by a raging tornado. Dorothy is knocked unconscious by a loose window while trying to take cover inside her small farm house that she shares with her loving Aunt, Uncle and three helpful farm hands. After being swept away in the tornado, Dorothy lands in a fantasy land called Oz. In order to get back home to Kansas, Dorothy has to make the long journey to Emerald City to see the Wizard of Oz. On the way to see the Wizard, Dorothy finds many friends who gladly go with her to see the Wizard in hopes of being granted a wish as well. Dorothy has an enemy along the way also; The Wicked Witch. The Wicked Witch indignantly interferes with Dorothy and her quest to make it to Emerald City. Dorothy thankfully makes it back home to Kansas and quickly vows to never leave home again. The Wizard of Oz is a fantastic family movie with good, music, a great story line and colorful characters. This movie is a classic and is still enjoyed by many families. The Wizard of Oz can be compared to such movies as Alice in Wonderland and Babes in Toyland because of the similarities of fantasy used in the films. I feel that The Wizard of Oz is the best of the three movies. Although Alice in Wonderland is more popular in my house than Babes in Toyland, The Wizard of Oz is the most watched of the three. The special effects in the newly released version of Alice in Wonderland are the cleverest of all the movies; however, the twister scene in The Wizard of Oz is mightiest twister I have seen in a movie! With The Wizard of Oz being our top pick for family movie night, I have to say it ranks higher on our list of favorites than Alice in Wonderland and Babes in Toyland. It is just an all-round better movie for my family.
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