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18.1. Are there any Wizard of Oz computer programs or CD-ROMs?

Quite a few. Some examples:

  • The Legends of Oz came out in 1993 from Multicom Publishing, and has a number of different elements: The complete text of The Wizard of Oz, animated storybooks of three SillyOZbul picture books by Roger S. Baum, pictures and film clips from The Movie, a matching game, background information, and more. It does not seem to be generally available any more, but searching might turn it up.
  • QVision Publishing put out a number of CD-ROMs based on the Oz books of L. Frank Baum. Each of Baum's fourteen Oz novels was released on its own CD-ROM with the complete text, narration, and illustrations. They were sold individually or as a set, and they still sell a single CD-ROM that holds just the texts of all fourteen novels. For more information, check out QVision's website at http://www.qvision.net.
  • Reading Adventures in Oz, an educational game issued by Davidson and Associates around 1993 (I have yet to locate a copy of this).
  • The Wizard of Oz Audioclips — sounds from The Movie — from Sound Source Unlimited around 1993.
  • In 2000, DK put out Oz: The Magical Adventure, an edutainment game for young children in which the player guides the Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, and Cowardly Lion through various areas of Oz to rescue Dorothy from the Wicked Witch of the West. This was followed up in 2002 with The Oz Interactive Storybook.
  • A CD-ROM of the first edition of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is available from http://www.ebookcdrom.com/Classic/Oz.html. A similar CD-ROM edition of The Woggle-Bug Book is available at http://www.geocities.com/rombooks/store/baumx.htm.

18.2. Have there been any Wizard of Oz video games?

A few. There was an adventure game entitled The Wizard of Oz, which combined elements of the first two books, for the Apple, Commodore 64, PC, and possibly other platforms in 1985. This was issued by the Telarium Corporation as part of their Windham Classics series. More information about the Telarium Corporation and their products can be found online at http://www.lysator.liu.se/adventure/Telarium_Corporation.html, and you can even download the game and instructions at http://www.the-commodore-zone.com/mainf.htm. (You will probably need to find a Commodore emulator program for your computer to successfully run this game, but The Commodore Zone has links to those as well.) The contents of the first of the two disks of the PC version can be found at http://www.the-underdogs.org/game.php?id=1273. Twisted, a graphic adventure game for the Macintosh, is available for download at http://www.semitech.com/marc/ray.html. In 1993, Seta issued a Wizard of Oz game based on The Movie for the Super Nintendo (SNES) system. And Yellow Brick Road (ISBN 1-888158-09-3) is a CD-ROM adventure game, in which you control 3-D animated versions of the Tin Woodman and the Cowardly Lion as you search for the missing Scarecrow. It was released in 1996 from Synergy, Inc. Yellow Brick Road 2 has reportedly been issued, but I have not seen it. Available for download online is Zim Greenleaf's Laboratory, based on a character in the Seven Blue Mountains of Oz trilogy by Melody Grandy (available from Tails of the Cowardly Lion and Friends). It's on the web page http://www.ifarchive.org/indexes/if-archiveXgamesXsourceXagt.html; scroll down to the file zimlab.zip. And see the previous question for information on DK's Oz: The Magical Adventure, an educational program with many game elements. In 2002, an Oz-themed game came out from THQ featuring the Rugrats, called Munchin Land, for Windows systems, but they do not seem to be making it any longer. Finally, a new Oz-themed video game is in the works at Carbon6 Entertainment, the company that developed American McGee's Alice for Electronic Arts. You can find out more about this new project as it develops on Carbon6's website, http://www.carbon6.com/c6-projects.htm. Finally, Dorothy and Ozma productions has a number of these video games, and some original creations based on other Oz and Baum books, on its download page at http://dorothyozma.tripod.com/downloads.htm.

18.3. Where can I find some Wizard of Oz clip art?

A long-term goal of mine for WWOOW is to add an Oz art gallery, including clip art. But I have no idea how soon I'll be able to do this. Until then, take a look at the WWOOW links page (see question 18.6). There is one section set aside for sites with Oz art, and there may be something there that you can copy or download to suit your needs. You might also want to search online image archives or search engines (an example of the latter is http://images.google.com/). If you are interested in just The Movie, and are willing to do a little digging, Corel put out a Wizard of Oz version of its Print House Magic program, for Windows-based systems only, a few years ago. You may be able to find a used copy somewhere.

18.4. Where can I get Wizard of Oz screensavers or desktop accessories?

These are available on the WWW, free for downloading. A whole bunch of different Oz screensavers can be found at http://www.kfu.com/~scarlet/oz_screensavers.htm. The Hungry Tiger Press website has some non-Movie based wallpaper at http://www.hungrytigerpress.com/tigertreats/index.shtml. If you don't find exactly what you are looking for, you may want to think about making your own Oz-themed desktop accessories, which is not as difficult as you might think — but it's also beyond the scope of this FAQ, so if you want to try this, you'll have to look for resources on desktop accessories.

18.5. How can I get in touch with other Oz fans on the Internet?

A mailing list service, the Tik-Tok Talk Mailing List (TMOHH), is available through WWOOW. This is a free service. Members sign up for a subscription, and then may write any Oz messages to the list they choose to. All messages are screened, then sent to everyone on the list. You can reply to messages as well, and the list has produced many interesting discussions. You can elect to receive the messages one at a time, when they are sent out to the list, or in a digest, sent out once a day and containing several messages. For more information and to subscribe, see the Tik-Tok Talk Mailing List page at http://thewizardofoz.info/maillist.html. A similar mailing list is Regalia. For more information or to subscribe, see http://www.pauahtun.org/mailman/listinfo/regalia. Another list, hosted by author Edward Einhorn, is OzFiction at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/OzFiction/. You can also find many Oz fans on message boards. Oz message boards are hosted by IWOC at http://p208.ezboard.com/bozclubforums, and by Beyond the Rainbow at http://www.beyondtherainbow2oz.com/wwwboard/wwwboard.html. Some other Oz sites (see next question) also have message boards, and even chat rooms, so feel free to explore.

18.6. Are there any WWW sites having to do with Oz?

Oh, yes! There are now far too many to list here, and they're being added to and removed from the WWW all the time. A very good place to start looking for Ozzy WWW sites is (TMOHH) WWOOW's links page at http://thewizardofoz.info/links.html. The page lists over three hundred links to other sites, and many of those sites have links to even more sites. Plus, some of those sites, along with WWOOW, are part of Oz webrings, allowing you to connect directly to other sites. So if you're looking for Ozzy websites, break out your browser and take a look. (Note that, while there are many sites on that links page, it is far from complete, and probably never will be. If you're looking for information on a specific Oz topic, you may want to try a search engine — or better yet, several of them — and provide as many keywords as possible.)

18.7. Is there an Oz newsgroup in Usenet?

There is. Check out alt.books.wizard-of-oz and alt.movies.wizard-of-oz. The trouble is, nobody seems to be using these groups — the few times anyone posts to them, it generally is an advertisement for something particularly non-Ozzy. Still, maybe someone will say something substantial in them some time. And there's always rec.arts.books.childrens, which many Oz fans read. If your local Internet service provider doesn't carry these newsgroups, you can access them for free through the Google Groups service at http://groups.google.com/group/alt.books.wizard-of-oz?hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8, http://groups.google.com/group/alt.movies.wizard-of-oz?hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8, and http://groups.google.com/group/rec.arts.books.childrens?hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8. Movie fans might also want to check out alt.movies.wizard-of-oz (http://groups.google.com/group/alt.movies.wizard-of-oz).

18.8. Where can I find the texts of Oz books online?

Most of public domain Oz books, and many non-Oz books by Baum, have been made available to read online. Project Gutenberg is trying to get as many public domain works online as possible, and these include many books by Baum. For a list of what's available, check out the official Project Gutenberg site (http://www.gutenberg.net/) or the Online Public Library (http://digital.library.upenn.edu/books), or any other site you may find by typing "Project Gutenberg" into a search engine. Several other sites have these texts as well, and some sites have other Oz and Oz-related books not published by Project Gutenberg, such as some of those on http://www.emeraldcityofoz.com/library/ and http://dorothyozma.tripod.com/library.htm. Other sites carry some books in other languages. For a list of Oz and Baum works known to be online, check the WWOOW links page (http://thewizardofoz.info/links.html).

18.9. Where can I find Wizard of Oz MIDI or other sound files on the Internet?

I know of no such resource for just Oz-related MIDIs or other sound files. Your best bet might be to use the keywords "Wizard of Oz MIDI" in your favorite search engine. Or try http://www.musicrobot.com for a search engine that specializes in MIDI and other sound files. Those looking for Oz music from the earliest Oz stage shows can find some samples, as either MIDI or MP3 files, at http://www.hungrytigerpress.com/tigertunes/index.shtml. I also have a few sites listed on my links page — see question 18.6.

18.10. Are there any Wizard of Oz ringtones that I can put on my cell phone?

A quick search on Google using "'Wizard of Oz' ringtones" turned up quite a few sites with ringtones from The Movie, of varying quality. Some appear to have been created by people who didn't know the music very well, as the ringtones placed the emphasis in odd places or had notes that were off. But they are out there, if you're willing to take a look. If you have Sprint, you can download ringtones from Wicked at http://www1.sprintpcs.com/explore/ueContent.jsp?scTopic=broadway.