Although the Wizard of Oz has been created and recreated plenty of times for film and theatre, the Land of Oz, it's colourful characters, wicked witches and its Emerald City, is a fantasy region imagined and created by childrens author L Frank Baum, who first introduced the world to his fantastical country and subsequently, his dazzling imagination, when he wrote The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in 1900. So fascinated were readers by this extravagant and illusory country and its inhabitants that Baum revisited Oz in a series of fourteen books, known as the Oz Books, with titles such as The Emerald City of Oz, The Marvelous Land of Oz and the Road to Oz. The final book in the series was titled Glinda of Oz, written in 1920. Since then Oz has remained a land that the entertainment industry has wanted to recreate and audiences have wanted to visit. Although the first ever Oz movie, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, was released in 1910, a silent film with a running time of 13 minutes, the most popular Oz adaptation till recently was the legendary 1939 edition starring Judy Garland. Although the world has been getting their Oz fix for the past ten years from the critically acclaimed Wicked musical, this is the first time in a long time that the land of Oz has made it back to the big screen again.
Baum's Oz is what Pandora land is to James Cameron's Avatar; magical, complex, colourful, out of this world and literally a world of its own. Enjoy some facts about this weird and wonderful 'Fairy Country'!
The Oz Flag
So established was the land of Oz in Baum's mind, that the land had it's very own flag, the green star at the centre of the flag represents the capital city.
The Map of Oz
Notable locations in Oz are the capital of the land, Emerald City, Munchkin Country represented in blue, Gillikin Country represented in purple, Quadling Country represented in red and Winkie Country in yellow.
The Three Witches
The Land of Oz is occupied by three witches, the Wicked Witch of the West, the Wicked Witch of the East and Glinda the good witch of the North.
In Disney's Oz the Great and Powerful Mila Kunis plays the Wicked Witch of the West, ruler of the Winkies.
Rachel Weisz plays the Wicked Witch of the East, ruler of Munchkin Country.
Michelle Williams plays Glinda the good witch of the north and ruler of the Quadling Country.
The Ruler of Oz
The Queen of Oz, occasionally referred to as a Princess, is named Ozma, the supreme ruler of Oz. Being that Queen Ozma will live forever, she will remain the ruler of the Fairy Country forever.
Other Oz Inhabitants
In addition to Winkies, Munchkins, Quadlings and Witches, the people of Oz come in all shapes and sizes; gnomes, the Fairy People (humans with limitless power), talking scarecrows, cowardly lions and of course a wizard.
Although Oz the Great and Powerful travels back in time to the Land of Oz, Oz the Great and Powerful does not retell L Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz novel. The Disney film goes even further back in time to tell the story of what happened when Oscar Diggs arrived in Oz and shows the state the Fairy Country was in before Oscar turned it around.
If you haven't watched Oz the Great and Powerful yet, make it a priority to do so. If you're headed to Disney World in the next few weeks, why not catch it at Downtown Disney's theatre and be sure to head to Epcot's International Flower and Garden Festival, where you can explore Disney's Land of Oz Garden.
Attraction Tickets Direct has a variety of tickets for a Disney World experience that'll grant you access to Downtown Disney and Epcot's annual International Flower and Garden Festival.