(I will update this page when there is news to tell. Any news older than a year is dropped at the next update. If you have news to report, please e-mail me.)
- 1 July 26, 2017: June Foray, 1917-2017
- 2 July 1, 2017: The 2017 Winkie Award
- 3 May 27, 2017: The Baum Bugle, Spring 2017
- 4 April 30, 2017: Lost in Oz: Extended Adventure wins three Emmy Awards
- 5 April 26,2017: Merle "Robin" Olderman, 1944-2017
- 6 March 7, 2017: The Baum Bugle, Winter 2016
- 7 December 28, 2016: Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, RIP
- 8 November 30, 2016: Oziana 2016
- 9 November 25, 2016: The Baum Bugle, Autumn 2016
- 10 August 8, 2016: The Baum Bugle, Spring 2016
- 11 August 6, 2016: The 2016 L. Frank Baum Memorial Award
- 12 Rumor Control
July 26, 2017: June Foray, 1917-2017
Perhaps the greatest and most prolific of voice actors, June Foray passed away today at the age of 99 (only 54 days short of her 100th birthday). Although still working well into her nineties, Foray had been in declining health the last two years, particularly after a 2015 auto accident. Anyone who has ever watch cartoons probably has heard her voice. Among her many, many roles were Lucifer the Cat in Cinderella (her first voiceover job) and Grandmother Fa in Mulan for Disney; Granny, Witch Hazel, and Miss Prissy for Warner Bros.; Splinter and Knothead in the Woody Woodpecker cartoons; Cindy Lou Who in How the Grinch Stole Christmas; and stints in shows ranging from Mr. Magoo to The Simpsons. She was even the voice of Betty Rubble in the original pilot for The Flintstones, and Talky Tina in the "Living Doll" episode of The Twilight Zone (a take-off on her earlier work as the voice of the original Chatty Cathy doll). She will probably be best known, however, for her work with Jay Ward, where she voiced Nell in Dudley Do-Right, Ursula in George of the Jungle, Marigold in Tom Slick, and Rocky the Squirrel and Natasha Fatale in The Bullwinkle Show. Among her credits was the 1967-68 MGM anthology series Off to See the Wizard, in which June was the voice of Dorothy (as seen in the clip below) and the Wicked Witch of the West, alongside fellow voiceover icons Mel Blanc, Daws Butler, and Don Messick.
She was often compared to the equally prolific Mel Blanc, but the legendary cartoon producer Chuck Jones (who was in charge of the animated segments of Off to See the Wizard) said, "June Foray is not the female Mel Blanc. Mel Blanc is the male June Foray."
July 1, 2017: The 2017 Winkie Award
(Photo courtesy Sam Milazzo.)
May 27, 2017: The Baum Bugle, Spring 2017renew (or become a member for the first time) now!
In this issue:
- The wraparound cover presents highlights of the St. Louis Municipal Opera's productions of The Wizard of Oz from 1992 (on the left/back cover), featuring Phyllis Diller as the Wicked Witch of the West, and the 2016 production on the right/front cover.
- New (and returning) interim editor John Fricke talks about his connections to Oz and the Bugle in "From the Editor".
- Outgoing Club president Carrie Hedges gives some final reflections in her final "OZervations" column.
- Short items covered in "Oz and Ends":
- NBC's cancellation of the Emerald City television series.
- The debut of Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz on Boomerang.
- A man in Essex buying a pair of Ruby Slippers for his wife off eBay—a giant pair that had been used in a display outside of Harrod's in 2009!
- The forthcoming publication of Toto: The Dog-Gone Amazing Story of the Wizard of Oz by Michael Morpurgo.
- New Line Cinema has bought a pitch for a Wizard of Oz-themed horror story from Mike Van Waes. (Don't panic, it hasn't even entered pre-production yet, and may never make it to the screen.)
- Rifftrax puts its own unique commentary to the 1969 kiddie matinée movie The Wonderful Land of Oz.
- New Wizard of Oz nesting dolls.
- A $1,000 reward being offered for the missing Oz-themed stepping stones and headstone of a deceased Oz fan in Georgia.
- Judy Garland's original 1939 single version of "Over the Rainbow" and the original 1975 Broadway cast recording of The Wiz were both inducted into the National Recording Registry.
- John R. Neill's original drawing for the chapter head of Chapter 3 of Tik-Tok of Oz recently sold at auction for $3,800
- Sarah Crotzer examines what went wrong with television's latest visit to Oz in "Last Night When We Were Young: An Autopsy of NBC's Emerald City".
- "Entering the New '[https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1481469711/thewonderwizardo/ Ages of Oz': An Interview with Gabriel Gale" looks at the new book series and its creator.
- John Fricke continues his look at the many versions of The Wizard of Oz presented by the St. Louis Municipal Opera in "Magical, Musical Muny (Part Two): How a Blend of Baum and MGM First Came to the Stage…and Endured".
- Five Oz fans reflect on how they discovered Oz and how it's affected their lives in "Adventures in Oz".
- "The MGM Scrapbook" returns, and goes "Back to the Beginning…" examining the history of scholarship and fandom surrounding The Movie, as well as Arthur Freed's notes from a meeting, early in 1938, looking at possible casting and other ideas, and the matte painting of Dorothy and her friends approaching the gates of the Emerald City.
- "The Oz Bookshelf" reviews and lists several recently published books:
- The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum, newly illustrated by Eric Shanower, reviewed by Jane Albright.
- Short by Holly Goldberg Sloan, reviewed by Angelica Carpenter.
- Adult Coloring Book: Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
- After Th'Oz: A Collection of Mostly Fictional Afterthoughts on the Land of Oz by Ron Bexley, Jr.
- The Art of the Hollywood Backdrop by Richard M. Isackes and Karen L. Maness.
- Color the Classics: The Wizard of Oz: A Coloring Book Trip Down the Yellow Brick Road by Jae-Eun Lee.
- Dorothy and the Four Corners of Magic and Dorothy and the City of Green Glass by Red Reyna, the first two thirds of the Topaz Road Trilogy.
- Dorothy Jones: A Jazz Age Trip Through Oz by Claudia Helena Ross.
- Dorothy, Part 1: The Heart and the Demn by Jaime Bice.
- En Otro Oz: Poems by Chantel Acevedo.
- A new edition of Hollywood's Babe: Dancing Through Oz by Caren Marsh-Doll (Judy Garland's stand-in during production of The Movie).
- If I Only Had a Brain: A Modern-Day Journey to "Oz" by Colette A. Finney.
- Lacy Sunshine's Oz Coloring Book by Heather Valentin.
- The Librarian Book 1: Little Boy Lost by Eric Hobbs.
- My Besties of Oz Coloring Book by Sherri Baldy.
- Nomes of Oz by James C. Wallace ii and Amanda D. Wallace.
- Oh, My God! Moving Beyond the Emerald City by Javier J. Farias.
- TheOther Wizard of Oz (Shadow of Oz Volume 3) by Nick Damon.
- Oz Sucks by Becky Pourchot.
- Quoting Matilda: The Words and History of a Forgotten Suffragist by Susan Savion.
- There's No Place Like Home: Hope and Help on Your Journey Toward Heaven by Chris Lohrstorfer.
- Tinker Smith and the Conspiracy of Oz by Solitaire Parke.
- Toto's Tale by Shannon K. Mazurick.
- The Wastelands of Oz (Return to Oz Volume 1) by by Kasey Hill.
- The Wizard of Oz: The 1903 Musical Comedy: Complete Book and Lyrics.
- The Wizard of Oz as a Parable by Steve Adams.
- The Wizard of Oz Big Picture Book' adapted by Anouk Filippini and illustrated by Elodie Coudray.
- The Wizard of Oz Coloring Book by Fabiana Attanasio.
- The Wizard of Oz Coloring Book by Nora Begona.
- Woe Is Oz Adult Coloring Book, Volume 1 by Ethan Tarshish.
- The Wonderful Andrew of Oz: A "Color with Me" Adventure by Keith White, Jr.
- The Wonderful Wizard of Bacon by Anonymous Connoisseur of Bacon.
- The Zombies of Oz by Dan Aitken.
- "The Magic Picture" sees Scott Cummings looking at the "Over the Rainbow: Toys from the Land of Oz" exhibit at The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures (still running, through August 20) in Kansas City, Missouri.
- "In Memoriam" remembers the life of longtime, devoted Oz fan and Oz Club member Robin Olderman.
April 30, 2017: Lost in Oz: Extended Adventure wins three Emmy AwardsExtended Adventure, a compilation of the first three episodes, today won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Animated Program, beating out Milo Murphy's Law, Dragons: Race to the Edge, LEGO Satr Wars: The Freemaker Adventures, and The Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show. If that weren't enough, the day before it also won two awards at the Creative Arts awards, for technical achivements. Lost in Oz: Extended Adventure won the awards for Outstanding Sound Mixing—Animation and Oustanding Sound Editing—Animation. (It had also been nominated for Outstanding Casting for an Animated Series or Special and Outstanding Writing in an Animated Program, but it lost both awards to Trollhunters.)
April 26,2017: Merle "Robin" Olderman, 1944-2017
Merle "Robin" olderman, a longtime member of and contributor to the International Wizard of Oz Club and its conventions, passed away today at the age of 72 in Kansas City, Missouri. A retired Houston English teacher, Robin joined the Inetrnational Wizard of Oz Club in 1969, but was reluctant to attend a convention until talked into it by fellow member Jim Haff in 1974—and she never stopped. Robin was a mainstay at all three of the Club's regional conventions, as well as the National Convention when it started, and helped out with auctions, plays, and anywhere else she could. She also became an active leader within the Club, serving many stints on the board of directors, contributing to The Baum Bugle and other Club publications, editing The Oz Game Book, and serving as editor of the Club's literary magazine, Oziana, for fifteen years. For her many contributions, Olderman received the Club's highest honor, the L. Frank Baum Memorial Award, in 1988. Predeceased by her husband Jeff in 2009, she is survived by her two daughters and their families.
(Image of Robin Olderman with her L. Frank Baum Memorial Award courtesy the International Wizard of Oz Club.)
March 7, 2017: The Baum Bugle, Winter 2016
In this issue:
- The front cover is a painting by [danielhornestudios.com Daniel Horne] which graced the cover of a 1995 edition of Rinkitink in Oz.
- Scott Cummings reflects on Rinkitink in Oz and how its themes still resonate today in "From the Editor".
- Oz Club President Carrie Hedges talks Club business, including this year's edition of Oziana, membership renewal, and this summer's forthcoming Oz conventions in "OZervations".
- In "Oz and Ends", Jared Davis has found all kinds of Oz information and products, including:
- Oz art and costumes going under the gavel at recent auctions.
- The premiere of Dorothy and the Lost Prince of Oz at the Tulsa Ballet.
- A 2017 concert tour for a holographic Judy Garland.
- Cover artist Daniel Horne other works include a Cowardly Lion bust.
- Oz fashion accessories from storiarts.com, and Wizard of Oz enamel pins at mondotees.com.
- A Wizard of Oz coin from Icon Coins, and an Oz stamp issued by the Isle of Man.
- John Fricke looks at the development and evolution of presenations of The Wizard of Oz at the St. Louis Municipal Opera, the country's longest running municipality-owned outdoor theater, in "Magical, Musical Muny (Part One)".
- Peter E. Hanff looks at the development and publication of Baum's unpublished manuscript King Rinkitink as his tenth Oz book, Rinkitink in Oz. (A side bar by Joe Bongiorno looks at the Club's Rinkitink centennial contest, to write a new non-Oz ending for King Rinkitink.)
- "The Oz Illustrator" looks at various interpretations of Rinkitink in Oz and its characters from around the world, and in several media.
- "Oz Under Scrutiny" looks at reviews of Rinkitink in Oz from when it was first published in 1916.
- Examined in "The Magic Picture":
- OzCon International 2016, the fifty-third straight west cast convention, held in Portland, Oregon.
- The National Oz Convention 2016, held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
- Reviewed (or at least mentioned) in "The Oz Bookshelf":
- Yellow Brick War and Dorothy Must Die Stories Vol. 2 by Danielle Paige, reviewed by Dee Michel.
- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and the Marvelous Land of Oz manga adaptation, illustrated by Kriss Sison and reviewed by Sam Milazzo.
- All I Need to Know I Learned from The Wizard of Oz by Peter Guzzardi.
- The Battle for Oz by Jeyna Grace.
- Baum Ass Stories: Twisted Tales of Oz, Volume 1 by Zeb Carter (and Volume 2 is already out, too).
- Choose Your Own Oz by Tommy Jamerson.
- Coloring Books for Grownups: Wizard of Oz.
- Coloring Oz: An Amazing Coloring Adventure with Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz.
- The Thief and The Damage by Amanda Michelle Moon.
- Dorothy Gale: Vampire Hunter, Volume 2: Darkness Falls by Brandon Lee Spittle.
- Emerald Spectacles: The Hidden History of Oz, Volume 3 and The Glinda Letters: The Hidden History of Oz, Volume 4 by Tarl Telford.
- The Evil of Oz by Ryan Fuller.
- Minecraft Steve Adventures, Volume 2: The Wizard of Iz.
- No Wizard Required: Twenty Spiritual Lessons I Learned from The Wizard of Oz by B. A. McCormick.
- Reflections of Yellow Brick by Roxas James.
- Spelled by Betsy Schow.
- Tails of Oz by James C. Wallace II and Amanda D. Wallace.
- Toto's Tale by Michael Gershowitz and Kris Keppeler.
- Toto's Tale and True Chronicles of Oz by Sylvia Patience.
- The Wizard of Oz Gangster Style by Stuart Hampton.
- The Wizard of Oz Guide to Correctional Nursing: This Isn't Kansas Anymore, Toto! by Lorry Schoenly.
- Dramatic productions reviewed in "Oz in the Spotlight":
- The Lost in Oz pilot and Lost in Oz: Extended Adventure from Amazon, reviewed by Sarah Crotzer.
- The Adventures of Tik-Tok, Man of Oz, a nemw play presented in Bangkok, Thailand (a photo from the show features on this issue's back cover).
- Chasing Rainbows: The Road to Oz, a musical about young Judy Garland.
- And finally, Ozmusements asks readers to match quotes by the Nome King with which book he said them in.
Club members are advised that this issue is the final one in their 2016 membership, and are urged to renew their memberships as soon as possible to ensure they keep getting their Bugles.
December 28, 2016: Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, RIPCarrie Fisher, the actress and author best known for her iconic role of Leia Organa in the Star Wars movies, passed away yesterday. Fisher was sixty years old. She had been rushed to a hospital in Los Angeles four days after suffering a medical emergency on a flight from London. Among her other roles was Annie Clark in Under the Rainbow. Her character worked at MGM in 1938 and was responsible for chaperoning several dozen little people who were staying at a hotel in Culver City during production of a new musical movie, The Wizard of Oz.
Per Fisher's wishes, as she wrote in her memoir Wishful Drinking, we are printing a line that she wanted in her obituary, referring to Leia's lack of undergarments in the original Star Wars movie:
"I want it reported that I drowned in moonlight, strangled by my own bra."
November 30, 2016: Oziana 2016lulu.com. This is the biggest issue of Oziana ever, and the entire contents are devoted to celebrating the centennial of Rinkitink in Oz, published in 1916. The book, however, was originally written around 1905 as a non-Oz adventure, King Rinkitink. Baum dusted off the story, added Oz characters in the last few chapters, and turned it into his annual Oz book. The original manuscript has been lost, so the International Wizard of Oz Club sponsored a contest to provide a new ending for King Rinkitink, starting with a new chapter 20. This edition of Oziana publishes all of the entries in the contest.
The entries are:
- "Suggested Ending to Rinkitink in Oz" by Susan Johnson
- "An Epilogue to Rinkitink in Oz" by Aaron Solomon Adelman
- "A New Ending for Rinkitink in Oz" by Dennis Anfuso
- "A New Ending for Rinkitink in Oz" by Jared Davis
- "The Rinkitink Conspiracy in Oz" by Baruch Adelman
- "The Adventures of King Rinkitink" by Andrew Heller (the grand prize winner!)
- "King Rinkitink in Oz, An Ending and a Beginning" by George Van Buren
- "A New Ending for King Rinkitink" by Nicholas M. Campbell
- "Wrapping Up Rinkitink" by Christopher M. Diket
- "The Adventures of King Rinkitink" by Robin Hess
- "Rinkitink" by Karen Diket
- "King Rinkitink Restor'd" by John W. Kennedy and Eleanor M. Kennedy
- "King Rinkitink Conclusion" by Sarah Hadley
- "Ending Chapters of King Rinkitink" by Mariah B'Forre
- "Concluding King Rinkitink" by Maggie Lockett
And the winning entry will soon be published, edited into the original text, as King Rinkitink by L. Frank Baum and Andrew Heller. Watch for that coming to a website near you!
November 25, 2016: The Baum Bugle, Autumn 2016
In this issue:
- To commemorate sixty years of the famous MGM film version of The Wizard of Oz on television, the front cover reproduces the cover of the 1956 album taken directly from The Movie's soundtrack, while the back cover is Norman Rockwell's portrait of Judy Garland, used by Singer for its sponsorship of the 1970 broadcast of The Movie, the first after the death of Judy.
- Former editor Craig Noble pens his official farewell letter, not having the chance to do so earlier, while interim editor Scott Cummings also has some thoughts in the temporarily retitled "From the Editors" column.
- Club President Carrie Hedges urges members to renew—and lists the benefits of doing so, including receiving the 2016 edition of Oziana—in her "OZervations" column.
- In "Oz and Ends":
- The local airing and subsequent streaming of the play The Woodsman.
- A sweded version of The Wizard of Oz at the Virginia Sweded Film Festival.
- Elements of Oz at the 3LD Art and Technology Center in New York.
- The forthcoming NBC series Emerald City.
- The forthcoming exhibit "Over the Rainbow: Toys from the Land of Oz" at the National Museum of Toys and Miniatures in Kansas City.
- An exhibit of banned children's books, including a first edition of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, at the Roesch Library at the University of Dayton.
- A performance of "There's a Lady Bug A-Waitin' For Me" from the failed 1905 musical The Woggle-Bug in a revue in Minnesota this past summer.
- Going up for auction:
- Original illustrations by Anton Loeb for a 1950 abridgement of The Wizard of Oz ($2,125 and $1,875).
- The "Witch Remover" prop wielded by the Cowardly Lion in The Movie ($95,000).
- A prop version of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz used in the movie Inkheart ($100).
- An autographed copy of Baum's 1908 novel The Last Egyptian ($2,125).
- The new video games Oz: Broken Kingdom and The Wizard of Oz: Magic Match.
- Linda Medley, the comic book writer/artist who created the award-winnig Castle Waiting, has art cards with her own interpretations of the Oz characters for sale in her Etsy shop.
- Liztech Jewelry and this year's addition to their Wizard of Oz collection, a Flying Monkey.
- The Oz book reading blog Burzee, at https://burzee.wordpress.com/.
- A library in Kiev, Ukraine, with an avid corps of Oz fans.
- An L. Frank Baum duvet cover, available from Studio6 (and while you're there, check out the other products they have emblazoned with Baum's face).
- Gene Wilder's family reporting that, when he passed away, he was listening to Ella Fitzgerald's version of "Over the Rainbow".
- The Original Melting Witch, a new toy now for sale.
- John Fricke celebrates sixty years of the famous film version of The Wizard of Oz on television in "Timeless Appeal: The Wizard of Oz Comes to Television Sixty Years Ago".
- Scott Cummings delves into history with "The Wonderful Wizard of Menlo: Thomas Edison's Contributions to Oz". The article even reprints a letter Edison wrote to Ruth Plumly Thompson.
- In an article about his writings first printed in 1902, L. Frank Baum tells the world "What Children Want", countered by a 1912 interview headlined, "Lose Taste for Fairy Tales".
- The creator of a new video tribute to Oz sits down for an interview in "The Oz Project: An Interview with Sean Barrett".
- Anne F. Walker reflects on her love of Oz particularly Baum's final book, in the "Adventures in Oz" article "Locating Glinda of Oz".
- Taking advantage of the large number of vintage newspapers now available online, "The Great Book of Records" looks at Oz-themed department store ads in Philadelphia in 1920 and Rochester in 1922.
- Traveling around the country, "The Magic Picture" reports on recent Oz events, including:
- Oz Con South 2016 (Houma, Louisiana), reported by David and Karen Diket.
- Oz-Stravaganza! 2016 (Chittenango, New York), from David Moyer.
- "The Wonderful World of Oz" museum exhibit (Davenport, Iowa), as told by Scott Cummings.
- The roll of the winners of the L. Frank Baum Memorial Award expands by two with the announcement of this year's winners, William Stillman and Jay Scarfone.
- In "Multi-MediOz", Ryan Jay reviews the new movie Ozland.
- Mentioned in "The Oz Bookshelf":
- Images of Modern America: The Land of Oz by Tim Hollis, reviewed by Atticus Gannaway.
- After Ozz by Bart Baker.
- Bad Wizard by James Maxey.
- A new edition of Denslow's Night Before Christmas from Dover Publications.
- The first four volumes of the Steampunk Oz series by Steve DeWinter and S. D. Stuart:
- The Fall of Munchkinland by Christopher Blake, the first volume of the series "The War on Oz".
- Getting to Oz: The Personal Journey Home to Your True Self by Dr. Deborah Khoshaba.
- The Giant Chinchilla of Oz by Andrew J. Heller.
- Hidden Symbols in the Wizard of Oz: Ancient Inspiration for America's Timeless Story by Benjamin Blankenbehler.
- Holka Polka: A Fary Tale Mystery from the Land of Oz by D. M. Larson.
- Images of Oz by S. P. Maldonado.
- The Munchkins of Oz: Legends, Myths, and Realities by Stephen Hoover.
- Murder, Most Sincerely: A Romantic Backstage Mystery by Beverly Nault.
- New Oz by Andrew Jeanjacques.
- Oz: The Final Journey by the Enchanted Hearts.
- The Oz Omnibus of Talking City Tales by Ron Baxley, Jr..
- The Wizard of Oz: Dark Witch Rising series by Mike LaMontagne:
- Realizing Emerald City: Find Your True Power on the Yellow Brick Road by Lydia Scott.
- Revenge of the Dark Witch: The Illustrated Screenplay by Patrick Lemieux.
- The Royal Grandmother (and Granddaughter) of Oz by Richard Fullmer.
- There's No Place Like Home: An Emma Frost Mystery by Willow Rose.
- A new edition of The Wisdom of Oz: Using Personal Accountability to Succeed in Everything You Do by Roger Connors and Tom Smith.
- The Wizard of Oz: Am Over-the-Rainbow Celebration of the World's Favorite Movie, edited by Ben Nussbaum.
- The Wizard of Oz FAQ: All That's Left to Know About Life According to Oz by David J. Hogan.
- The Wogglebug's Book of Manners by Cynthia Hanson.
- The Wonderful Alice of Oz by Ron Glick (volume 3 in the Oz-Wonderland series).
- The Zombies of Oz by James C. Sanders.
- Reviewed in "Oz in the Spotlight":
- Todrick Hall's Straight Out of Oz (review by Dewey Davis-Thompson)
- Glinda of Oz by Youth Theatre Northwest of Mercer Island, Washington (review by Eric Gjovaag)
- Karen Owens remembers Jean Nelson, owner of the Yellow Brick Road gift shop and driving force behind the late, lamented Chesterton Oz Festival in Indiana in "In Memoriam".
- And in "Ozmusements", an Oz word scramble celebrating one hundred years of Rinkitink in Oz.
August 8, 2016: The Baum Bugle, Spring 2016
In this issue:
- Craig Noble apologizes for the lateness of the issue and praises the cover in his "Letter from the Editor". (Alas, the factor that made the issue late, a new job, have now precluded Craig from continuing as Bugle editor, and since this issue's publication, he has announced his resignation. Former editor Scott Cummings has stepped in on a contingency basis.)
- Club President Carrie Hedges encourages members to donate money at higher levels of membership and attend the Club's two conventions this summer (alas, both already past now) in her "OZervations" column.
- In "Oz and Ends":
- The Slippers, a new full-length documentary about The Movie's famous ruby footwear, which made its debut at this year's ŜSW Festival in Austin, Texas.
- A production of The Wiz at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women in New York State.
- A Wizard of Oz-themed train ride in French Lick, Indiana.
- The release of Tom and Jerry: Back to Oz, a sequel to their first mash-up movie Tom and Jerry and the Wizard of Oz.
- Composer Alexis de Ravenswood releases a symphonic retelling of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
- An article about brothers Eugene and Eulie David, who were Munchkins in The Wizard of Oz before settling in the Barnwell, South Carolina region.
- Chairman Ryan Bunch previews this year's national Club convention in "OzCon National 2016 is Coming to Philadelphia!" (alas, the issue went out too late to be of any use for readers).
- Barbara S. Koelle examines the lives of three visitors from the City of Brotherly Love to Oz in "The Boys from Philadelphia".
- Jane Albright looks at the Club's new blog as she and the blog's creator look at previously unknown Oz collectibles in "Blogging for the IWOC: Walter Krueger Unveils Unknown Oz".
- The Oz Club announces a contest to rewrite the end of Rinkitink in Oz as it may have been in its original 1905 non-Oz incarnation, King Rinkitink.
- Ron Baxley, Jr. interviews another artist in "The Oz Illustrator: An Interview with Oz 'Maine-iac' Vincent Myrand". (The back cover features Myrand's watercolor painting "The Flight of the Fugitives".)
- "Oz in the Spotlight" feature's Bill Thompson's review of the second iteration of the recently concluded touring production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Wizard of Oz.
- In "Adventures in Oz", Club member Michael Booth writes about "My Wonderful Life in Oz".
- "The Oz Bookshelf" reviews and mentions a number of new books:
- Polyhrome: A Romantic Fantasy by Ryk E. Spoor, reviewed by Alan Wise.
- The Giant Garden of Oz (new edition) and Worlds of Color: Welcome to Oz Adult Coloring Book, both by Eric Shanower and reviewed by Atticus Gannaway.
- 1899: L. Frank Baum's OZ-Inspiring Macatawa Park by William Bollman.
- 20,000 Leagues Under Oz by Marin Elizabeth Xiques and Chris Dulabone.
- The Case of the Ruby Slippers by Martha Freeman.
- Colorful Corniness in Oz by Marin Elizabeth Xiques and Chris Dulabone.
- Crown of the Dreamer by Tarl Telford.
- Da Yeller Brick Road by Jim Yoakum.
- Dorothy and Mischievous Children in Oz by James Fuller.
- Dorothy of Oz Prequel by Denton J. Tipton.
- Dorothy and the Purple Bull from Oz by James Fuller.
- Dorothy Through the Looking-Glass by Ron Glick
- The Emerald Slippers of Oz.
- Emily Goes to Oz by Pamela Wolf.
- …And Justice for Oz by Lark Vandergrace.
- Lost Lands of Oz: The Rain King Is Missing by Janet Kelly.
- The Magic of Glinda: Why Transformation Is Myth by Scott W. Webb.
- The Making of The Wizard of Oz (75th Anniversary Edition) by Aljean Harmetz.
- The Nutcrackers of Oz by James Fuller.
- The Oz Enigma by Roger S. Baum.
- Queer and Loathing on the Yellow Brick Road by Deb Hoag.
- Rainbow's Emissary by Mike LaMontagne.
- The Red Brick Road by Edwin Page.
- Refugees from the Emerald City by David Alvin.
- The Royal Historian of Oz by Spike Brown.
- Searching for Matilda: Portrait of a Forgotten Feminist by Charlotte M. Shapiro.
- The Royal Historian of Oz by Spike Brown.
- Take Me Back to Oz by Lisa McFauh-Queppe.
- Toto and the Cats of Oz by Robin Hess.
- Toto's Reflection: Leadership Lessons from The Wizard of Oz by Kevin Fickenscher.
- The Wiz Kids of Oz by Robert Bresloff.
- The Wizard of Oz Arranged for Harp by Sylvia Woods.
- The Wizard of Oz Crochet by Kristen Rask.
- The Wizard of Mad Libs.
- The Wizard of Oz, Where Is He Now? by Richard Mickelson.
- The Wizard in Wonderland by Ron Glick.
- The Wogglebug's Fun with Seasons and Holidays by Cynthia Hanson.
- Wonderful Images of Oz, edited by Kevin Meinert and Brandie Colbert.
- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Ron Glick, adapted by STella Gurney.
- Yip Harburg: Legendary Lyricist and Human Rights Activist by Ron Glick.
- And "In Memoriam" notes the passing oftwo long-time Club members and contributors to the saga of Oz, Richard Paul Smyers and Margaret Berg.
August 6, 2016: The 2016 L. Frank Baum Memorial Award
The International Wizard of Oz Club tonight presented its highest award, the L. Frank Baum Memorial Award, to Jay Scarfone and William Stillman. Together, they have written many books, including The Wizard of Oz: The Official 50th Anniversary Pictorial History (with John Fricke), The Wizard of Oz Collector’s Treasury, The Wizardry of Oz: The Artistry and Magic of the 1939 MGM Classic, and The Wizard of Oz: The Official 75th Anniversary Companion. They have also written many articles and curated museum exhibits about The Movie. Stillman was also the editor-in-chief of The Baum Bugle from 1996 to 2000, while Scarfone has served on the Club's board of directors. Both were also active in the Munchkin Convention, chairing it for several years.
(Because of the many questions I am asked about possible forthcoming Oz projects or other bits of pseudo-news, I have added this section to answer some of these inquiries.)
There is now a release date for the movie adaptation of the Broadway musical version of Wicked: December 20, 2019. This is still subject to change, but an announced date is a good sign. Winnie Holzman, who wrote the book of the play, is working on the script, and the composer, Stephan Schwartz, is arranging the music (and probably writing a new song or two). No casting announcements have been made yet.
Reports of Jerry Maren's death on February 29, 2016, are false. The last little person to play a Munchkin in The Movie, he is still alive and kicking and, unlike the reports saying it, does not have cancer.
Okay, yes, word has leaked out that Warner Bros. tried to talk Robert Zemeckis into directing a remake of The Wizard of Oz, using the same screenplay as the famous 1939 Judy Garland version. Zemeckis already rejected the idea. This probably puts the idea on the back burner for a while, and based on the extreme negative reaction the idea got, I suspect it will stay there. Rumors of this have surfaced again, but appear to be the result of someone finding the old story and running it again.
It's getting harder and harder to keep up with all of the currently planned Oz movie and television projects. Bear in mind that at this stage, most of it is speculation and/or not even in pre-production, or possibly even a game of "Telephone". But here are some of the current Oz movies that could be coming to your local theater in the next few years:
- The Road to Oz, a movie biopic about the life of L. Frank Baum and how he created Oz, starring Eddie Redmayne as Frank. (See reports here and here.)
- Dark Oz 3-D, based on the old Caliber comic book.
- A non-musical, faithful adaptation of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz from New Line and Temple Hill.
- The Oz Wars, which would have the witches fighting for control of the Emerald City while the Wizard leads the resistance.
- John Boorman's animated adaptation of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz seems to be on track for release — in France. Once it's released, an English-language release will likely come out soon afterwards. (However, in a recent interview, Boorman admitted that the project has stalled due to lack of funding.)
- Oz: Return to the Emerald City was one of two possible competing projects at Warner Bros. This original sequel may now be shopped around to other studios, or turned into a novel.
- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, a low-budget independent production from Barnyard Studios and Used Productions. This is very much a shoestring production, which is looking for money and actors. But its Kickstarter campaign to raise the last money it needed was a success, so it may be finished soon.
- Legend of Oz, a modern retelling of The Wizard of Oz from Valley Wind Productions in Ottawa.
- Oz, a new telling of The Wizard of Oz.
- A still unnamed horror movie set in the 1920s with Dorothy meeting Alice in Bedlam Asylum.
- Young Santa., based on L. Frank Baum's book The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus and directed by Sean McNamara.
- How the Wizard Came to Oz, based on two books by Donald Abbott.
- Not entirely Oz, strictly speaking, but the Judy Garland biography Get Happy may be made into a movie, featuring Anne Hathaway as Garland.
And it's not limited to movies any more. In development for television:
- Red Brick Road, a television series continuation of The Wizard of Oz in the style of Game of Thrones. The latest word is that this is being developed for the Lifetime channel.
- Dorothy, an Oz-themed medical drama in development at CBS
- Dorothy Must Die, in which Dorothy has returned to Oz and become a dictator, in development at the CW. This would be based on the book series of the same name.
- Warriors of Oz, a post-apocalyptic version in development at Syfy.
- A Wicked television miniseries, based on the original book (not the stage musical). Salma Hayak was attached to this as a producer. When last heard of, it was under development at ABC.
No, Peter Jackson is not producing or directing a billion-dollar all-CGI remake of The Wizard of Oz for Warner Bros. How do stories like this get started? Oh, maybe in stories like this...
In recent years, there have been proposals for other Oz or related projects, none of which now appear that they will get off the ground. Among them:
- Lost in Oz, a series that was to feature Melissa George as a Kansas university student who is whisked to Oz sixty years after the events of The Wizard of Oz (The Movie) and helping to spearhead a rebellion against the new Wicked Witch of the West. Although developed for the WB and a pilot film produced, it was never picked up, nor the pilot shown. (But keep an eye out on auction sites, as a bootleg DVD sometimes shows up…)
- A telelvision miniseries based on Gregory Maguire's novel Wicked, with Demi Moore in the title role. (There are stories that the people developing this version later pushed their involvement into the musical version now playing on Broadway and elsewhere.)
- The O. Z., a hip-hop flavored re-telling of The Wizard of Oz for Fox. Among the rumored Dorothy's at one point were Brandy, Mya, and the late Aaliyah. Justin Timberlake, John Leuizamo, and Little Richard were mentioned for other parts.
- Surrender Dorothy. Drew Barrymore as Dorothy's great-granddaughter coming to Oz, and battling the Wicked Witch of the West's granddaughter. (Rumors of this recently resurfaced, but were quickly squelched. This project is dead.)
- Somewhere starring Elizabeth Taylor as Dorothy, now a grandmother, returning to Oz. The deaths of both Taylor and developer Rod Steiger means this is unlikely to ever happen.
- Pamela West, where the Wicked Witch is the innocent victim and Dorothy (with Toto as a pit bull) is the evil interloper.
- The Land of Oz (not based on the book of the same name), produced by Hallmark for NBC. This eventually became the basis for the Sci Fi Channel miniseries Tin Man.
- The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus from Circa Pictures. It's no longer listed on their website.
- The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus from Hyde Park Entertainment and Toonz Entertainment.
- A Bollywood adaptation of The Wizard of Oz in India.
- A movie version of American McGee's (later cancelled) Oz video game.
- Geoff Ryman's Was.
If progress is made on any of these projects, such as actually going into production or a release date announced, the news will be posted as quickly as possible on this page. But at this stage, any of these going into production is very unlikely. (However, Tin Man was part of this list for some time before its eventual completion and broadcast on the Sci-Fi Channel.)