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Bleak, stark, survivalistic versus lush, magical, mysterious is the comparison between Kansas and Oz in "The Wizard of Oz."

Specifically, the Kansas sequences take place on the environmentally stressed Great Plains. Life is led in survivalistic mode and organized by practical concerns. In contrast, are the lush landscapes, magical powers and mysterious personages that populate the enchanted lands of Oz on the other side of the rainbow.

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Wicked is all about the explanation of why Glinda is the good witch and why Elphaba is the bad witch in the Wizard of Oz. Wicked is like a pre-quel to the Wizard of Oz.

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  • about the same characters
  • takes place in Oz
  • both are musicals

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  • they are not at the same time (Wicked is what came before Wizard of Oz)
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The first in the Narnia Chronicles is a movie that can be compared to "The Wizard of Oz."

Specifically, "The Wizard of Oz" tells of the young girl Dorothy who returns home a better person from a quest in a magical land. The same is true of the young girl Lucy in "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe." During their unexpected quests, Dorothy and Lucy help those in need and in the process increase their knowledge of themselves, others and life.

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The 1978 film The Wiz was more faithful, albeit in a much updated form, to the plot of the original book The Wizard of Oz than was the book's version in film of 1939. For it quickly led into the heavy, roaring, whirling winds that transported Dorothy Gale into a beautiful, enchanted, magical world. But the 1939 film began with a somewhat lengthy sequence that wasn't in the book, and that set the scene for the whole adventure as a dream. As with the original book, The Wiz had Dorothy meet firstMunchkins and the Good Witch of the North. But the 1939 film made Glinda the Good Witch of the North, not the South of the book, and had her appear along with the Wicked Witch of the West. The Wiz had the Witch have the Scarecrow and the Tin Woodman destroyed, and Dorothy and the Cowardly Lion kept working hard and barely alive. But the 1939 film had the Witch capture just Dorothy and Toto, and leave the Tin Woodman, the Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion unharmed. Then again, the 1939 film version of The Wiz achieved greater critical and financial success than the 1978 film version of The Wiz. For its costs were twice the revenue from movie ticket sales. But the 1939 film cost about $300,000 less than the revenue from sales. Some sources have said that the film initially lost money, because of a costly promotional campaign. But these sources also indicated that the film became profitable with its re-release in 1949, and increasingly so in succeeding years what with revenue from runs on television, and from videocassette and DVD releases. Both films received Academy Award nominations, for best art direction, cinematography, and original music score. But the 1939 film version of The Wizard of Oz also received nominations as best picture, and for best song and best visual effects. And the awards went to its song Over the Rainbow, its music score, and its juvenile performance by Ethel Frances Gumm ka Judy Garland [June 10, 1922-June 22, 1969], who also was being recognized for her skilled acting in Babes in Arms of the same year. Both films also targeted the importance of the dancing skills of the character ka the Scarecrow. In The Wizard of Oz, that role went to Raymond Wallace Bulcao ka Ray Bolger [January 10, 1904-January 15, 1987]. In The Wiz, that role went to Hinton G. Battle [b. November 29, 1956]. And both films saw reassignment of one of the top roles due to an actor going over the heads of those directly iinvolved in the plans and the filming. For the role of the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz originally was assigned to Christian Rudolph ka Buddy Ebsen, Jr. [April 2, 1908-July 6, 2003]. Bolger was assigned the role of the Tin Woodman until he took his dissatisfaction to producer/director Mervyn LeRoy [October 15, 1900-September 13, 1987]. And the role of Dorothy in The Wiz originally was expected to go to Stephanie Mills [b. March 22, 1957], who had played the character in the play version of 1975. But Diane Ernestine ka Diana Ross [b. March 26, 1944] persuaded Robert Cohen [b. March 12, 1949] of Universal Pictures to produce the film and give her the role. And also the originals on which both films were based were most successful. For The Wizard of Oz was based on the book of the same name. The book never went out of print, and had been adapted into numerous, previous versions on stage and screen. The Wiz was based on the play of the same name. It was considered one of the most successful musicals in its time, and received Tony Awards as best musical, and for best original score.

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In both the Odyssey and the Wizard of Oz, the main character is pulled far away from home.

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Not in the slightest.

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