First Trailer for Oz: The Great and Powerful Sheds New Light on a Familiar World
07.13.12 by Mandy
Emerald cities, flying monkeys and yellow brick roads seem to suggest that we're not in Kansas anymore.
The Wizard of Oz was released in 1939, and nearly every child since then has spent some time in the Land of Oz. From what we see in this first trailer for Oz: The Great and Powerful, it looks like audiences will have a sense of familiarity when Disney takes them on a journey over the rainbow next spring. Plenty of people are feeling sequel/reboot fatigue, with the stream of movies based on familiar stories that have been released into theaters in recent years, but it looks like this adaptation of an L. Frank Baum novel could combine just the right mix of nostalgia and originality.
Expected: What’s the best way to get from Kansas to Oz? Via tornado of course! We love how the mode of transport to Oz is similar for both Dorothy Gale and the Wizard, but we also love the tornado’s new look. Suffice it to say that tornado special effects have improved in the past seventy some years.
Unexpected: Apparently the topography of Oz changed greatly between when the Wizard first arrived and when Dorothy came for a visit. A landscape that was made up of mostly gently rolling hills once was apparently composed of many buttes, spires, mesas, cliffs and the occasional waterfall. There must have been a lot of wind and rain in Oz while the Wizard resided there to erode all those geological features.
Love it: The most exciting thing in this trailer is that director Sam Raimi opted to use the classic strategy of using black and white for the scenes in Kansas and full, rich color for the scenes in Oz. Some things just shouldn't be changed.
It’s a’ight: We’re less crazy about the little CGI creatures in the trailer. However, it does make sense that they exist in the Land of Oz, so we should learn to accept them. Beside Baum included more than Munchkins and flying monkeys in his books.