he first half-hour of Oz is not only colorless but melodramatic,which was used to show the life in Kansas. Then the tornado delivers Dorothy from her poor, colorless family to a colourful and magical world. After she returns back home,she understands that no matter how colourless her home is "There's no place like home".
"Judy Garland makes a delightful Dorothy as she wanders through Oz until she realizes that all the wonderment in the world can be had in her own back yard ... The Wizard of Oz is an amusing and spectacular film."
- The New York Herald Tribune, 1939
The colourless beginning at the farm in Kansas.
The design and concepts are made well. Basically no special effects. Only powerful and dynamic decoration design and paintings. Although the viewer can see where the yellow brick road ends and sees that the flying pink bubble isn't made with proper quality,the fact is still that the viewer doesn't mind these details cause the mind does it work rendering these "outlines". All the decorations fit the story and the atmosphere. The colourful town of the Munchkins,the flower field before the Castle of Oz,the forest and castle of the Witch. The town of the Munchkins was done as a miniature town,colourful and positive. It was done to show contrast between Kansas,where Dorothy came from,and the new world she got herself in to. The field of flowers were done in colours of red and yellow,to show the power of the green and grand structure of the Castle of Oz on the background. The castle itself is straight forward to understand. It's green with all the people inside of it. The surrounding area of the Witch's castle is done in dark colours with the design of fright and creepy. Same can go for the castle itself. It's design in a medievil style. Dark,black,grey with torches and sharp design,unlike the castle of Oz.
The Wizard of Oz takes on a life in our head that it never quite attains on the screen. Because of the power of imagination, the film transcends the limitations of the techniques used to craft it.
- James Berardineli
The flower field before the castle of Oz.
In conclusion,the title Wizard of Oz has continued to leave its mark through out years until now. A combination of childish imaginations about a magical world where everything is colourful and creativity of the production around this sci-fi and fantasy motion picture have created a film that is left as an unforgettable image in the back of our minds since childhood.
Enjoy it as both a magical fairytale and a delirious camp classic.
- The Sunday Times