Wednesday, August 25, 2010

the wizard of oz never gets old

Children's television in the 60s and 70s was not even almost the same creature it is today. We had very limited options, and quite frankly, watched whatever was available because we were simply happy that something was on.  Around my house, one of our perennial favorites was The Wizard of Oz.  It came on once a year and it was a really big deal.  (Meaning, my parents let us stay up late to watch it.)  I don't think any of my siblings or I ever considered it an "old movie", but the truth is, it was.  (It shares the same birth year as my father, so there's no way it wasn't old.)  I'd love to say the movie is timeless, but it isn't.  Maybe the story is, but there's no comparing the movie to what we've become accustomed.  (If you don't believe me, watch the tornado/spinning house scene again.) That's okay.  A lot of things from my childhood have gotten old... I think that's part of life.  The movie will always have a place in my heart, no matter how old it or I get.

Though L. Frank Baum's novel was published in 1900 (now, that's old), most of us became acquainted with Dorothy and the Follow the Yellow Brick Road Gang through the motion picture (and it's subsequent television broadcasts starting in the late 50s), which today, celebrates it's 71 birthday.  

The film has seen it's share of the spotlight over the years and has been called "the most watched film in history" by The Library of Congress.  I love all the different movie posters produced to advertise the film and thought sharing them would be a fun way to celebrate the movie's birthday.

(Probably my favorite.)

And I would be remiss not to mention one other important birthday that happens today... My own Pups 4 and 5 turn 15 today.  These are my babies, who too soon will be men.  It's a bittersweet day, but we celebrated with ice cream birthday cake for breakfast, so that's not too shabby!  (Oh and it's the first day of school here too.  Talk about bittersweet... this time for them, not for me!!)

Happy birthday Ethan and Andrew!


  1. Happy birthday to your sons! Do you have 5 children?
    I share your favorite poster, it's so funky '60s. I also like the more stylised one (3 posters down from the '60s one).

  2. Happy birthday to your sons... :)

  3. Thanks for stopping by my blog this morning!

    Happy Birthday to your sons!

  4. Happy Birthday to Ethan and Andrew!! And loved your thoughts on The Wizard of Oz. One of my childhood favorites too.

  5. I read the book first, but then I also watched the movie and loved it, although it's not one of the big classics here in Germany. I have the same feelings about "Mary Poppins", however! I'll always love that movie. :)

    Thanks for stopping by today and HAPPY BIRTHDAY to your boys!

  6. thanks for stopping by today..hope to see you again! Also happy birthday to your sons and the wizard of oz is one of my favs too!

  7. Happy Birthday to your boys! Also, have you had the chance to see "Wicked" yet? I'm in love with that musical.

  8. Happy birthday, boys! You give me hope that my crazy twin girls will grow up one day, too. :)

    I loved looking at all the posters ... it was a favorite movie in our house growing up, too. My favorite poster is the modern looking angular one in the tans, blues, and greens.

  9. I love the WIzard of Oz!!! I can watch it over and over!

    Happy birthday to your boys!!!

  10. Wanted to say thanks for stopping by... and I have to say I too remember when Dorothy and Toto only came on once a year, in the Spring, usually near Easter, and it was a special treat to be able to watch the whole thing! Wowsers!
    Now, the kids think it's corny and the special FX are laughable at best... c'est la vie!

    And also wanted to say I commiserate with you on entering the age of 15 year old young men... my #4 child - TeenBoy- will enter that realm in December... and yes, they are men,it's just takes Moms a little bit longer to see it... then suddenly one day Wham! you'll see it and be very proud of the men that they are.
    At least that's how it was for me with ManChild who is now 21.
    Have a great day from the other side of the Bridge!

  11. I have never seen the entire Wizard of Oz movie -- although I am a huge fan of Wicked (seen it twice).

    Kinda need to see the Wizard of Oz don't I?

    Big Happy Birthday to your boys.


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