Announcing the Wizard of Oz Blogathon!

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This idea might be a wee bit ambitious, because how often do blogathons focus on a single film? Pretty much never. Then again, it’s not often that an iconic film turns eighty, either.

It’s said that more people have seen The Wizard of Oz than any other movie. Baum’s novel has been translated into forty languages, and no doubt the film has been, too. It introduced the world to the literal Song of the Century, “Over the Rainbow” and cemented Judy Garland’s place in film history.

As such, the movie has been examined from all angles. Books, documentaries, tributes, festivals…there’s plenty of ground to cover. Ergo, here are some suggested topics for this Oz-centric blogathon:

  • Pre-production
  • Post-production
  • Costume design
  • Set design
  • Props
  • Special effects
  • Music
  • Casting
  • On-set hijinks
  • Accidents
  • Publicity
  • Merchandising
  • The actors
  • The directors
  • The scripts (changes, writers, drafts, etc.)
  • L. Frank Baum
  • Oz lore
  • Any of the many Oz books out there can be reviewed (Baum novels or books about the film)
  • Favorite moments
  • Deleted scenes
  • Oz‘s legacy
  • Previous versions, later versions, or sequels
  • Stage productions (pre- or post-1939)
  • Wicked

Here’s a little twist: Just so this isn’t one long puff-fest, those who didn’t like the film are welcome to join too, provided they keep things diplomatic and the language G-rated.

Now for the rules:

  1. The blogathon will take place on August 23-25. Entries can be sent to me on or around those days, and preferably no more than three of them. Podcasts and guest posts are welcome, too.
  2. Posts can cover the above suggested topics, or any other ones concerning the film and its surrounding history. New material only, please, and again, if you didn’t like the film, try to be diplomatic about it. Also, try to avoid any Oz-related conspiracy theories, unless you plan on debunking them (The Pink Floyd thing doesn’t count as a conspiracy theory).
  3. Triplicates are allowed. No limit on personal reminisces and commentary, though.
  4. Entries can be sent to me via the comment section, Twitter or Instagram (both at @TakingUpRoom), e-mail (rebeccadeniston@gmail.com), or to my Contact page.
  5. Grab a banner and advertise the blogathon!

The Roster

Taking Up Room: The Ruby Slippers

Poppity Talks Classic Film: Frank Morgan

Phyllis Loves Classic Movies: Phyl’s personal Oz collection

The Demented Fairy: Costuming An Oz Play

In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood: Judy and The Wizard of Oz

The Midnite Drive-In: Personal memories from childhood

Realweegiemidget Reviews: Fame: “Not In Kansas Anymore.” (Season 2, Episode 19)

Wolffian Classic Movies Digest: Reminisces and the timelessness of Oz

Maddy Loves Her Classic Films: An Oz review

18 Cinema Lane: Return To Oz (1985) and the Land of Oz theme park

Caftan Woman: Ken Darby

Revealed In Time: Return To Oz (1985)

Love Letters To Old Hollywood: Personal tribute to the 1939 film

Movies Meet Their Match: A comparison of the 1939 film to Baum’s original book

CrΓ­tica RetrΓ΄: “Over the Rainbow” (song)

The Stop Button: Return To Oz (1985)

The Flapper Dame: The Scarecrow

Wide Screen World: The Wiz (1978)

MovieMovie BlogBlog II: The Optimistic Voices

Up On the Shelf: Covers of Oz songs

A Shroud of Thoughts: Personal reminisces and a friend’s Oz experience

Sean Munger: Personal reminisces

The Banners

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87 thoughts on “Announcing the Wizard of Oz Blogathon!

      1. Hi Rebecca, I’m afraid I’m going to have to drop out 😦 I’ve been traveling for work all summer and I never had a chance to take photos of my collection. Sorry! I look forward to checking out the other entries though!
        Phyl

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  1. Can I get anecdotal? To get more specific would mean giving it away here and then what would be the point of writing it? Put it down as memories from childhood if you need a specific.

    Quiggy @ The Midnite Drive-In

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  2. What do you know? I don’t have a single blogathon lined up for August. I would like to delve into the career of Choral Director Ken Darby. The Wizard of Oz was his first film credit.

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  3. What a great idea for a blogathon! I will definitely be signing up with two posts. The first will be a review of Return to Oz. I’ve never seen this movie, but I’m aware of this film’s reputation as being one of the creepiest children’s/family films ever made. The second is an editorial about why a screening of The Wizard of Oz should take place at Land of Oz. Land of Oz is an abandoned theme park in North Carolina. Despite this, it gets re-opened on rare, special occasions.

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  4. I’m so mad I didn’t think to do such an event myself! Wizard of Oz is my absolute favorite film, so I’d love to do a personal tribute to it. Love the banners, by the way! πŸ™‚

    LoveLettersToOldHollywood.blogspot.com

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  5. I had a hard time choosing among so many ideas that popped in my head, but I finally made up my mind: I want to write about the song Over the Rainbow.
    Kisses!
    Le from Critica Retro

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  6. August is always historically a busy month for me- but sign me up for this- its too important. I want to write about my favorite friend of Dorothy’s the scarecrow!!!

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  7. I know that with days to spare I’m really coming in under the wire. However, I have a story I would like to tell about one night (in 2008) that I watched “The Wizard of Oz” and all of its weird connections to my life. This will be a personal essay but will also clearly focus on the film and its multiple layers of meaning. My blog is at https://seanmunger.com/blog/.

    I also have my own blogathon running in early September. Hope it is OK to mention it! https://seanmunger.com/2019/07/29/some-kind-of-a-man-announcing-the-orson-welles-blogathon/ My reach into the blogosphere was severely truncated when I changed servers in March and lost all my subscribers, so I’m trying to rebuild things from the ashes. Anyway, if you’ll have me, I look forward to participating in the Wizard of Oz Blogathon!

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