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What is your favorite character or scene from the “Wizard of Oz”?

Asked at Checkers Food Store, 23rd and Louisiana streets on September 23, 2009

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Photo of Rica Silvey

“My favorite scene is when the witch says to Dorothy, ‘I’ll get you my pretty, and your little dog Toto too.’”

Photo of Marian Cashatt

“I like the Scarecrow and the scene when they are just starting on the yellow brick road.”

Photo of Bill Shilling

“The dog Toto, I like his personality.”

Photo of William Tyler

“The Tin Man, he was looking for something that he already had, a heart.”


Boosh 7 years ago

Flying monkeys are Poo flinging flying monkeys woulda been awesome

geekin_topekan 7 years ago

I like the part where they are all lined up and the transvestite has them all costumed for a floorshow. He unfreezes them and they each sing their individual testimonials to him.

"...what's this? Lets see..I What's come over me? Whooo! Here it comes again!!!"

Daniel Bone 7 years ago

Yeah, those monkeys!!! So creepily captivating!

Daniel Bone 7 years ago

Nuts, there is definitely a deeper story there than we're led to believe. Or maybe it's as simple as that is where he got his best thinking done... a good place to get your "business" done.

Flap Doodle 7 years ago

Gotta be the flying monkeys.

"Ook, ook, look out below!"

ksmax 7 years ago

My favorite part is getting to see my great great aunt who was one of the munchkins! Her name was Anne Rice Leslie. It is always a fond memory of watching the Wizard of Oz with my family!

trinity 7 years ago

i like the evil trees...are you saying my apples aren't what they ought to be??? :)

Amy Heeter 7 years ago

"Why no she just doesn't like little green worms"

Matt Warman 7 years ago

I like it when Dorothy sings her song, a classic. I don't care for the Munchkins at all. Carnies, Nomads you know, smell like cabbage, small hands...

egress 7 years ago

The flying monkeys scared me silly! My favorite part is still when Lion freaks out before getting into the Wizard and runs down the hall & jumps out the window. Cracks me up every time!

Oh, and the King of the Forest song.

Mary Darst 7 years ago

When they go into the poppy meadow. I always thought, how pretty. And, of course when she clicks her and says "There's no place like home."

vwelch 7 years ago

I loved Dorothy and, of course, Judy Garland!

Cait McKnelly 7 years ago

“I'll say it… I never liked that movie. Saw it as a kid and didn't like it. Saw it again a couple years ago and still don't like it.”

Turn off the sound and play Pink Floyd "Dark Side of the Moon".

jehovah_bob 7 years ago

My favorite part is at the end, when it's over.

And everybody knows that the best way to do coke is off of a toilet seat, therefore I submit that Fonzi was a coke dealer and the bathroom stall was the sampling room. I believe he was also a pimp.

jonas_opines 7 years ago

I like the part where they trip out on morphine and pass out as a group.

brujablanco 7 years ago

Glinda the Good Witch, of course.

"You have no power here! Now begone, before somebody drops a house on you!"

Julie Craig 7 years ago

What about the "I'm melting!" scene? Always good for a laugh.

I love the four characters singing, "We're off to see the wizard" together and skipping down the yellow brick road.

Kat Christian 7 years ago

"If I were King of the foressssst, not Duke, not Prince, but Kiiiiinnnnnggg" the Cowardly Lion is my favorite.

jonas_opines 7 years ago

"What about the “I'm melting!” scene? Always good for a laugh."

Futurama parody priceless. "I'm melting! Who would have ever thought that a small amount of liquid would fall on ME?"

somedude20 7 years ago

I liked in the director's cut when one of the flying monkeys has his way with little Dorothy

Chrissy Neibarger 7 years ago

"I declare the wicked witch dead".. but only because I grew up with that munchkin, mickey carroll. He was one of my dad's best friends.

Mel Briscoe 7 years ago

hey willie tyler (isn't that also the name of a famous ventriliquist?), dude, that's the whole point of the story: everyone had what they were looking for the entire time. it wasn't just the tin man! geesh!

Mel Briscoe 7 years ago

jonas, i heart me some futurama. :)

Mel Briscoe 7 years ago

boosh, my boyfriend has done the dark side of the rainbow thing several times at home. its pretty effing freaky, i tell ya.

Mel Briscoe 7 years ago

jonas, i like that poppy scene in the wiz as well.

Shane Garrett 7 years ago

To much lead in the silver paint for the tin man. The snow in the poppy field was pure Chrysotile Asbestos. The tornado Asbestos wrapped around wire, the broom also made with asbestos. The movie was an environmental hazard.

Mel Briscoe 7 years ago

py, i totally agree... i'm glad this was done when it was and not nowadays. i am soooo sick and tired of CGI. its the lazy man's way of creating special effects and animation. i am really pleased to see that the newest disney movie is DRAWN and that it features a black character (gasp!... really?!).

the flying monkeys apparently freaked everyone out as much as they did me.

my mom is from sedan, ks and when they debuted their downtown attraction: the yellowbrick road (which is actually just a sidewalk but hey-- they get an A for effort), they had alot of fanfare surrounding it. they actually had a few of the surviving munchkins attend (mind you, this was the late 80s, early 90s). my mom got her picture taken w/ one of them. the thing about the munchkins, i assume some of those folks were only 15 or 16 when they shot that film (i guess around the age judy garland was), so they outlived the other members... too bad judy liked the sauce so much.

ksmax 7 years ago

Another great memory of the Wizard of Oz is watching my brother try and adjust the color in the beginning of the movie LOL He will NEVER live that down.

mommyoffour 7 years ago

My favorite all time movie! Dorathy of course :)

remember_username 7 years ago

jonas_opines - "I like the part where they trip out on morphine and pass out as a group."

It's interesting to note that summoning snow (a early slang term for cocaine or amphetamines) woke them up from their opium exposure.

My favorite scene was when they switched from sepia tones to technicolor when Dorthy walks out the door into Munchkin Land.

anaughtymouse 7 years ago

The best part is and always will be Judy Garland singing 'Over the Rainbow'. Though the front door opening to all that color is such an iconic moment in film.

jonas_opines 7 years ago

That opening of the door is one of the few parts where Dark Side of the Moon actually seemed to sync to the movie enough to see where that myth came from. It happens right at the start of the bass-line for Money, and is actually really cool.

The other one of note that I remember is that right when the evil lady of the real world (who becomes the witch in Oz) first is seen on her bicycle is when all of those clocks go off in one loud cacophone.

Past that, not much there that I could see.

jonas_opines 7 years ago

Remember-Username: Ha, now that is an interesting point isn't it? I hadn't really thought about that, but it's been a long time since I've seen the movie all of the way through.

SpiritTat 7 years ago

Is it sacriligious to say that I really can't stand the movie? perhaps if I'd first seen it with someone who didn't idolize the 'old movies' and 'the old days' but couldn't be nice on a good day in the present..... but I digress.

sorry ~ can't stand the film but i can appreciate what it means cinematically.

Amy Heeter 7 years ago

Come on Marion the wizard is the only one who didn't know what he was doing.

remember_username 7 years ago

When I was in the service (years ago), and it was learned I was from Kansas, I was always (well 90+%) asked "Oh, do you know Dorothy?". I started to really hate that movie. But then I learned to mimic the wicked witch perfectly and get right in their face with "Oh yes, my pretty, and her little dog too." It's surprising how that creeps people out.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 7 years ago

The part when my mother-in-law melts.

jonas_opines 7 years ago

"Come on Marion the wizard is the only one who didn't know what he was doing."

Haha. The one who thinks he knows what he's doing but in fact doesn't? How perfectly metaphorical it is then!

Amy Heeter 7 years ago

No marion the wizard took advantage of the others by deception. Watch out for carnies. Small hands, smell like cabbage.

Jay_lo 7 years ago

Pywacket (Anonymous) says…

Good one, OldEnuf! ;-)

I'm lucky—if my MIL were someone in the movie, I guess she'd be one of those cheerful ladies in the Emerald City who fixes everybody up—curls the lion's mane, pretties up Dorothy, buffs the Tin Man 'til he shines… The caretaker type..

That should be the topic of another thread: If your MIL were a Wizard of Oz character, which one would she be?

Didn't you see her breaking wind on her bicycle?

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strateup 7 years ago

I have fond memories of the movie as a child. I actually got to play the part of the Scarecrow in my high school musical. Therefore, every time I see the movie it brings back many wonderful memories.

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jonas_opines 7 years ago

"I'm lucky—if my MIL were someone in the movie"

Honestly, I'm pretty sure that My MIL would want to be one of the Winged Monkeys. The most powerful one that's in charge of the others, to be precise.

Jay_lo 7 years ago

any truth to the rumor that one of the munkins was well

hung in the background?

Maddy Griffin 7 years ago

" Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain."

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