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UPDATE!! More Details For John Boorman's WIZARD OF OZ Film!! SEE The Emerald City, The Tin Man & More!!

Merrick again... Re-uploaded Tin Man art that didn't display properly before; it should be viewable now. I really love his design...but I feel I've seen it before? Maybe they're using a book illustration as a template? Maybe it was previously released in some capacity?


Merrick here...
Last week, we got wind of a John Boorman directed CGI adaptation of L. Frank Baum's THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ (details HERE), being realized by Action Synthese (website HERE). It was the first time many of us had heard of the project, although we later learned the film had been in development for (at least) two years - long enough for a significant amount of concept art to be rendered (HERE"). A few days ago, The Wiz sent in a few more details about the project...including more concpet art for the film. To the best of my knowledge, this art isn't availale elsewhere on the net - making this an "exclusive" I suppose.
Here's what The Wiz had to say...
Boorman has collaborated with writers Ron Mita & Jim McClain who did SWAT for Sony (ask Harry about his love of their original draft) and created the story for Fox and Blue Sky's ROBOTS. It appears that Boorman has a jones for the OZ story going back to his childhood and he's been down that road a bit in ZARDOZ (wiZARD OZ). The screenplay is reported to read very dark (by design) and they may even be voice casting. Expect Boorman to use his connections to bring in some strong voices. Look for a return to the book, Including the fact (from the book) that the Tinman is a Munchkin and shorter than Dorothy. Look for Dorothy to be a tomboy...a real Kansas farm girl. There is even some information on Dorothy's parents ( Dorothy's mom is Aunt Emily's sister). The Emerald City was descried as sitting on a plateau over endless waterfalls sending up a witch proof veil of mist. The Wiz

And, here's some artwork illustrating some of his details (a few of the pics can be enlarged by clicking on them).

IMAGES REMOVED PER REQUEST OF THE FILM'S PRODUCTION COMPANY



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  • Nov. 12, 2008, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Looks awesome

    by Ghostwood

    If Boorman does as well with this as he did with Excalibur (one of my favorite flicks of all time), then he has my opening day cash

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 1:32 p.m. CST

    So why is this a better idea than...

    by Pdorwick

    ...any other stupid remake we've been forced to watch over the past 10 years. What's next, a CGI version of Casablanca?

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 1:34 p.m. CST

    Now this might work

    by crankyoldguy

    from the looks of it. The 1939 Oz is such an enduring piece of American cinema that's touched the world over the decades (one of my best friend's mother remembers seeing it in France as a child), it's yeah, kind of sacred. I'm sure some ass here will attempt to bash it, but it's un-bashable. Still, this animated take may turn out to be a charming work, especially since they're not trying to make it a musical at all, which is smart.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 1:34 p.m. CST

    Ok, i am interested...

    by Toby Wan

    Make the damn thing already..I'll go watch it. Just stop showing me shit about it.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 1:36 p.m. CST

    Pdorwick

    by Merrick

    This isn't a "remake". The original film was markedly different than Baum's literary source material. I ***LOVE*** the 1939 musical, but...if anything...this looks to be the first *true* adaptation of the book.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 1:36 p.m. CST

    looks better than it did

    by zom-bot.com

    i like what i'm seeing today as opposed to the souless stuff last time. show me Tin Man!

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 1:36 p.m. CST

    I need to see more

    by Xian042

    I'll pass judgement then

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 1:38 p.m. CST

    Based on these character designs so far,

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

    I think I would like to see this done in traditional cel animation. However, I would also love to see them try to emulate cel style with CGI. Either way, I think this preliminary work is beautiful in a very traditional (Disney, early Bluth) sense and I hope Boorman maintains that style.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 1:39 p.m. CST

    Looks like a really cool concept

    by Slippy

    Kind of Tim Burtonesque.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 1:42 p.m. CST

    Merrick, does that mean..

    by crankyoldguy

    they'll wear green glasses in the emerald city? True, Baum's original book was a metaphor for the industrial revolution, etc. I also agree there's a Tim Burton-ish feel at work in these first designs/art we're seeing.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 1:43 p.m. CST

    Hear hear, Merrick,

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

    the musical was a totally different animal, and could continue to be enjoyed and studied on its own merits--regardless of the source material. <p> If Boorman pulls this off, at worst we would have a wonderful companion piece to the original '39 musical.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 1:44 p.m. CST

    It is strange..

    by eggart

    ..how successful live-action directors have recently been approaching CGI films as if they were live-action projects. The lines blur. I'm not sure that's entirely good.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 1:48 p.m. CST

    I'd love to see a sister film for this one...

    by John Maddening

    ...a non-musical "Wicked". My girlfriend just took me to the musical last week, and while the story was very interesting, the songs were mostly iffy.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 1:48 p.m. CST

    SPOILERS TAG! Just kidding.

    by ricarleite

    So the movie is complete next week, right? I mean, a week ago it was announced as an idea for a project, and now we have all these.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 1:48 p.m. CST

    not the musical

    by oisin5199

    In fact, the freaky Return to OZ, with Fairuza Balk as a child, had more in common with the source material than the '39 musical. After seeing the recent TerminatorSCC episode with Sarah reading passages from the book reminded me of how dark and compelling the original story actually is, and that there are so many ways to relate to the book beyond the whole 'brain, heart, courage, no place like home' thing. I wish for an accurate adaptation, but I wish this cg stuff was more dynamic and scary. CG environments just look like they're made in a computer, not someone's sick brain, like they should. Motion capture is closer (Beowulf not bad but not great either, in terms of drawings). I wish they took a Hellboy II approach to the story with models and practical stuff, to make it interesting and creepy.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 1:50 p.m. CST

    First I have heard of it...

    by CaptainTripsUK

    ..and I love the concept art, I take it this is a CGI movie? They have got to make it a musical. So glad Tim Burton didnt get his grubby little mitts on it. If he has we all know it would of been Helena Bonham Carter as the Wicked Witch and Depp as Scarecrow... looking forward to this.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 1:50 p.m. CST

    433

    by oisin5199

    I totally agree about Wicked. I loved the story, but hated the music. And those guys wrote the music for my favorite musical, Pippin. I guess I have to read that book the musical is based on.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 1:53 p.m. CST

    Thumbs down

    by macheesmo3

    It looks like my little pony The Wizard of Oz edition.... Why does this need to be made?

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 1:54 p.m. CST

    The Tin Woodsman was a Munchkin?

    by superfleish76

    Admittedly, it's been over 20 years since I read any of the books, but I really don't remember that ever being the case. Even in the illustrations he was drawn as being tall with skinny legs and arms. While that wouldn't preclude my enjoyment of the project, I don't think that is accurate. Was it?

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 1:56 p.m. CST

    Neato

    by Wolfman Nards

    I'm into it

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 1:57 p.m. CST

    crankyoldguy

    by m2298

    Oz was *not* about the industrial revolution! Also there have actually been some fairly faithful animated post-MGM versions of the book. Most aren't that great, but there have been some nice looking ones made in the USSR/Russia.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 2:01 p.m. CST

    Some are good, Some are Uninspired

    by jobytack

    I'm a bit conflicted. Dorothy, Scarecrow, Munchkinland... they all look a little too mundane. Very basic and safe. The Emerald City looks pretty good, if a bit Narnia-ish. Now, Tinman and the Witch's castle look downright cool. Hopefully more of the film will turn out that way.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 2:02 p.m. CST

    The Tin Angel

    by Squashua

    I really like that look with the axe-as-wings allusion.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 2:09 p.m. CST

    Tin Man looks generic

    by jimmy_009

    That's why it seems familiar. It looks like every 'cute' robot you've ever seen. Uninspired.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 2:09 p.m. CST

    Looks like...

    by CoursinLarry

    ...you mistakenly put a Hobbiton picture up in place of the Munchkinland picture. Go ahead and fix that.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 2:10 p.m. CST

    Also why does the Tin MAN....

    by jimmy_009

    have the proportions of a Tin BOY?

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 2:13 p.m. CST

    Kind of looks like Boorman is channeling Miyazaki,

    by ExcaliburFfolkes

    which wouldn't be a bad thing at all.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 2:13 p.m. CST

    Wicked book *not* like the Musical

    by chrth

    Vastly different. Vastly, vastly different. The names are the same, but everything else is just freakin' ... well, frankly, I thought the book sucked. Others really liked it, but that tends to be people who read the book before being exposed to the musical.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 2:14 p.m. CST

    One more thing.

    by CoursinLarry

    This is, I guess, nitpicky. But, hasn't much been made of the fact that Dorothy is blond in the book, but none of her on-screen incarnations have been? So, why not go ahead and right all these past wrongs?

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 2:17 p.m. CST

    Allen Parsons is rolling over in his grave

    by SkylineGTR

    As long as I can sync it up with my Dark Side of the Moon album it'll all be good.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 2:18 p.m. CST

    Industrial Revolution?

    by DennisMM

    Probably not. But many think Baum did slip in some joking references to the day's politics. The magic of the silver (not ruby) shoes supposedly represent the power of the silver standard, ie, backing the currency of the United States with silver. The yellow brick road shows that gold is essentially worthless, fit only to be walked upon. The green glasses that "prevent the magnificence of the Emerald City from blinding the quartet" may well represent the false wealth of greenbacks, or paper money - the magnificent green turning out to be, again, a false sort of wealth. Who knows? It's fun to read these things into the story if one doesn't take them too seriously.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 2:18 p.m. CST

    yes, the Tin Woodman was a Munchkin

    by m2298

    Denslow's original illustrations portrayed most of the Oz inhabitants (not only Munchkins) as child sized. In later books, both Baum and illustrator John R. Neill tended to forget about the way Baum first described them in the first book.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 2:22 p.m. CST

    read this:

    by m2298

    From http://www.thewizardofoz.info/faq02.html#16: 2.16. Is it true that The Wizard of Oz was written as a political tract? Nope. Baum was not very active in politics, and none of his other stories could be considered political works. The connection between The Wizard of Oz and the contemporary political landscape was not even raised until 1963, when a summer school teacher named Henry Littlefield, while trying to teach the 1896 Presidential election and the turn-of-the-century Populist movement to bored history students, stumbled upon the idea of using the characters and events of The Wizard of Oz as metaphors to teach the concepts. He and his students made a number of connections — the Scarecrow represented the farmers, the Tin Woodman the factory workers, the Wizard was President Grover Cleveland or Republican presidential candidate William McKinley, the Cowardly Lion was Democratic presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan, the silver shoes were the silver standard, the yellow brick road the gold standard, and so on — and Littlefield eventually wrote an article, "The Wizard of Oz: A Parable on Populism," which was published in the magazine American Quarterly in 1964. You can read this article on the WWW at http://www.amphigory.com/oz.htm. Littlefield's article seems not to have been taken to heart and was generally forgotten, until Gore Vidal, writing about Oz in The New York Review of Books in 1977, mentioned the article, and the idea took off. Unfortunately, a number of other articles later came out that misunderstood or reinterpreted what Littlefield had said or meant, and other writers took the ideas even further, many not even aware of Littlefield's original essay. Some of these interpretations even contradict each other, and others invented political leanings for Baum (his early newspaper columns show a stronger leaning towards the Republicans than the Populists). Some of these interpretations have been embraced by college professors and other academics as the true meaning behind The Wizard of Oz. Littlefield took pains to say, then and later, that he does not believe Baum had a political agenda in writing The Wizard of Oz, and that his observations were allegorical. The Baum family and many Oz and Baum scholars have also proclaimed that it was not Baum's intention to write a deliberate satire. Still, this has not stopped many people from taking a quaint set of metaphors and converting them into "fact." Like almost any great literary work, one can interpret The Wizard of Oz in any number of ways, if one tries hard enough. Other interpretations of the book that have been published include spiritual (Baum did have an interest in Theosophy, but he was not an overtly religious man), mythic, psychological (Freudian, Jungian, and others), feminist, capitalist, and socialist/Communist. However, Baum merely wanted to tell a good story, and not to add any hidden meaning. He wrote in his introduction to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: "Modern education includes morality; therefore the modern child seeks only entertainment [emphasis mine] in its wonder-tales and gladly dispenses with all disagreeable incident. Having this thought in mind, the story of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was written solely to please the children of today [emphasis mine]." Here's another issue to consider: If The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was written as a political work, then it makes sense that Baum would have included politics in some of his other stories. Yet nobody has made this sort of connection with any of his other books. True, Baum does make some sly comments about contemporary events in some of his books (the spoof of the Women's Suffrage movement in The Land of Oz being the most striking example), but nothing to the extent that some have made out to be in The Wizard of Oz.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 2:31 p.m. CST

    Why not a black Dorothy for a change?

    by caltsoudas

    Aside from The Wiz, they always portray her as white. And being a part of the "No black Cap or Wonder Woman" camp myself, this is at least a beloved character that doesn't HAVE to be white all the time. There were--and are--black people living in the Kansas farmlands. And the race of Dorothy or her aunt and uncle are never described in the book.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 2:31 p.m. CST

    Does the TIN MAN look like MARVIN The Paranoid Android? Cute

    by Yotz Von Frelnik

    Seriously, he kind've reminds me of a cross between the movie Marvin and Marvin The Martian.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 2:37 p.m. CST

    Black Dorothy.

    by CoursinLarry

    Check out the Muppet Wizard of Oz. Ashanti played Dorothy in that.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Wow

    by TheHumanBeingAndFish

    While I agree that the Tin Man looks a bit too cute, I think these designs are great.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Yeah but...

    by Kid Z

    ...can you synch the movie up with Pink Floyds Dark Side of the Moon and have the scenes match the music perfectly?

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 2:45 p.m. CST

    so many drugs. SO many drugs.

    by s0nicdeathmonkey

    that is all.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 2:55 p.m. CST

    No one mourns the wicked...

    by PirateEmery

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 2:57 p.m. CST

    Oh yeah. Ashanti.

    by caltsoudas

    But the thing is, Ashanti played it to ghetto, and that movie wasn't classy. Neither was the Wiz. I lked the Wiz, but it was very kitsch blaxploitation. It would just be nice to see a black girl in something that has class and creative merit. But, you know, WITHOUT the voodoo magicians, toothless swamp animals, and uninspired Randy Newman soundtrack.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 2:58 p.m. CST

    Dorothy Will Be Hot

    by Crow3711

    When she CGI grows up.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 3:03 p.m. CST

    Is that the Shire?

    by TheWaqman

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 3:06 p.m. CST

    Too cutesy

    by Dominic-Vobiscum

    Looks like chibi-Oz.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 3:09 p.m. CST

    Muppet Wizard of Oz

    by Dominic-Vobiscum

    Is not only a crappy version of Wizard of Oz it's the worst Muppet related project. David Allen Grier had that line about Kermit being the most famous puppet in the world? The Muppets are not puppets, dammit. They are dogs and frogs and chickens and bears and such.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 3:10 p.m. CST

    caltsoudas

    by m2298

    I don't recall much "ghetto" in the original theatrical version of THE WIZ (which was pretty close to the book, much more so than the mediocre film).

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 3:14 p.m. CST

    Where you goin' Emerald City boy?!

    by Darthkrusty

    I hope they have the scene where the Scarecrow plays Duelling Banjos with a Flying Monkey.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 3:17 p.m. CST

    I'm talking about the film

    by caltsoudas

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 3:26 p.m. CST

    That's Better!

    by FILMFUNK

    much more compelling and other worldly than the last shots!<P>Just watched W. and I can't get it out of my head!!! I actually feel sorry for that dumb son of a b*tch Bush!?

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 3:29 p.m. CST

    Not digging the Tin Man

    by Veraxus

    For the most part, I think the art looks fantastic... however, I am NOT digging the Tin Man, who has some kind of a 5-year-old-Anime-robot thing going on. I'd also make the witches castle just a little bit less wild. Other than those two nits (seriously, make another pass at the Tin Man. He's the Tin MAN not the Tin TODDLER), it looks really awesome.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 3:31 p.m. CST

    awwww Dorothy is so cute

    by Bouncy X

    she looks a little like an older version of Boo from Monsters Inc. though the way she's drawn, she looks 10ish, was that her age in the book?

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 3:32 p.m. CST

    TIN TODDLER...NOT TIN MAN LAME

    by Missing Dink

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 3:45 p.m. CST

    i have an idea

    by Bouncy X

    they can make this one for the masses and kiddies, then make an animated story out of those "twisted fairy tales" wizard of oz characters mcfarlane made.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 3:46 p.m. CST

    Why is Wizzard of Oz getting big right now?

    by Series7

    New movie, new comic book, some new toys a year or two back.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 3:49 p.m. CST

    age

    by m2298

    Dorothy's age isn't given in the book, but she is definitely younger than Judy Garland was.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 3:59 p.m. CST

    This is a CGI movie that I actually want to see

    by lord_zedd

    I hope they'll make the whole series.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 4:08 p.m. CST

    Merrick.. The Tin Man reminds me of...

    by Marillion

    Marvin the robot from the Hitchhiker's Guide movie from a few years ago. At least the body proportions, not the detail...

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 4:09 p.m. CST

    Wicked and this new project...

    by DreadPirateRoberts

    First, on the original topic, I love the new designs. Agreed, the Tin Man is a bit cute, almost rag dollish. But we have not seen him move and it is hard to tell yet without that.<p><p>As to the above posters talking about Wicked, it is true the Book and the Musical have little if anything in common. It is also true that if you liked one first, you will most likely dislike the other. I enjoyed both, but he book is FAR better in my opinion and VERY dark. To be honest, it closely matches tone the the original novel it is made to parallel, but darker considering it's protagonist. THAT would make a great film or mini-series paired up with it's sequel, Son of a Witch.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 4:15 p.m. CST

    No flying monkey concepts

    by KongMonkey

    as long as they look nasty and barbaric and non-childlike as these other characters are, I'm cool with it. Tin man looks like something from the Hello Kitty universe.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 4:29 p.m. CST

    Tinman looks like...

    by ThePorkChopExpress

    Marvin the Martian a little. Cool design!

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 4:32 p.m. CST

    it's very pretty

    by blonde redhead

    i like the way the characters look. a lot.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 4:45 p.m. CST

    they should have got...

    by emeraldboy

    Gilliam.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 4:47 p.m. CST

    I hope...

    by two fathoms deep

    it actually does have the dark tones. I think I'm already planning on seeing this, and I don't want to be walking into a kiddie flick. And stop referring to the Tin Man as a toddler. They just said he's a munchkin. It's not that hard.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 4:47 p.m. CST

    If you wnat to know what connery was like to work with..

    by emeraldboy

    read Boormans autobiography. Tales of suburban boy.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 4:53 p.m. CST

    Most of the art looks fantastic..

    by Ironthorman

    I think Dorothy looks near perfect despite a couple small details. I like the tinman design except for the small stature and Alice Cooper eye star. Munchkinland reminds me of the Briar Rabbit water ride in Magic Kingdom. Lion and Scarecrow are pretty lackluster. Not bad, but not good. Emerald City and the castle though are just beautiful. Hard to imagine them not looking badass in an animated capacity.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 4:55 p.m. CST

    For those clamoring for original stories all the time:

    by JumpinJehosaphat

    Forget it. There are basic story plots that were worn out by the time the Greeks got them. So, with that in mind, think of some movie or book that really made you go, "whoa! That's original!" Odds are, it's only original TO YOU and others not familiar with the archetype upon which it's based. Someone else has heard it all before in some other permutation. Does that make it bad? Hell, no! People keep coming back for more, including Yours Truly.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 4:58 p.m. CST

    Will Dorothy's slippers be silver?

    by MurderMostFowl

    I've never seen these other adaptations. ( other than the original movie of course )

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 5:04 p.m. CST

    my "castle" grows when i'm "angry" too

    by ChildOfMen

    that is all

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 5:12 p.m. CST

    Anyone remember the animated tv series of Wizard Of Oz?

    by Amy Chasing

    It was on for like 10mins every morning for what seemed like years. I think they did all the books (ie. Dorothy meets the good witch of the South to get home the first time, and then comes back to fight the Goblin King who is try to tunnel his way to the Emerald City. I think. Was a long time ago I watched this.)

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 5:20 p.m. CST

    Amy Chasing

    by danthemagnum

    I have the DVD's with the series made into movies. Loved it when I was younger. The Ozma/Pip storyline was always my favorite.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 5:43 p.m. CST

    LOOKS GREAT- XCEPT FOR TIN MAN.

    by alice 13

    too roboty. needs more tin can-ness.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 6:08 p.m. CST

    Just discovered some horrid nazi like views of Baum

    by theycallmemrglass

    This article had me pulling off and dusting my old Oz books just to jog my memory of what wonders in these books captivated me as a child. Each of my book had an introduction from Baum who came across like nice old grandpa ready to tell me a story. Then I thought of looking him up on Wikipedia. To my shock, he wrote some pretty disturbing editorials on Native Americans almost of a Hitler nature (almost, but still disturbing) - here's the link: http://tinyurl.com/6y65zf ... Wizard of Oz movie will always be my in my top 5 films of all time but I might just read one of those books again to see if Baum wrote any racial undertones. Oh, and i still look forward to Boorman's interpretation though he'll never top Excalibur.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 6:34 p.m. CST

    This looks great...BUT

    by B.R.ther's cock

    What ever happened to the HBO cartoon series, that was never released, those were excellent.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 6:39 p.m. CST

    I'm off to see the Wizard..

    by deanbarry

    ...The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 6:39 p.m. CST

    I ment On DVD

    by B.R.ther's cock

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 6:42 p.m. CST

    The Tin Midget

    by yomomma

    I'd have gone more Gundam then Astroboy, but then I likee 'splosions.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 6:44 p.m. CST

    I hear that when it's down you will be able to synch it....

    by Roketopunch

    with Slayer's Album Reign in Blood. I can't wait.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 6:44 p.m. CST

    I hear that when it's down you will be able to synch it....

    by Roketopunch

    with Slayer's Album Reign in Blood. I can't wait.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 6:53 p.m. CST

    Even if it were a remake

    by yomomma

    I think 70 years is sufficient time to consider a relaunch.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 7:06 p.m. CST

    The background art is interesting

    by TimBenzedrine

    but I wish they had kept the character designs closer to the book illustrations. They worked for over a hundred years, why fuck with them?

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 7:09 p.m. CST

    I HATE IT! I HATE IT! I HATE IT!

    by Snake Foreskin

    Might as well make a movie out of Monopoly... oh, wait...

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 7:32 p.m. CST

    yes, my shorthand comment was off, but...

    by crankyoldguy

    despite the extensive post above, I'd always read about Oz as a story full of parables to a modernizing, changing U.S., etc. Perhaps Baum wasn't political, but I still think he was a bit sly.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 7:39 p.m. CST

    Hmmm, okay, this is looking interesting

    by Drath

    Very different from the original movie, and it's animated so it stands a chance of not being "seriously compared" (ie trashed) to the original live action movie. Animation is a great medium and I'm looking forward to this now.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 7:39 p.m. CST

    Looks good to me...

    by Zardoz

    and pay no attention to the man behind the cyrtain!

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 7:41 p.m. CST

    um, ALAN parsons

    by LegoKenobi

    ...isn't dead. just thought i'd point that out. and i agree with those that say the tin man is very reminiscent of marvin from hitchhiker's guide.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 7:42 p.m. CST

    looks like kingdom hearts. i'm in.

    by Warcraft

    dorothy looks like sora. love the design.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 7:47 p.m. CST

    A 70 Year Old Film Has Better Art Direction

    by nexxus7

    You'd think with all the technology, money and probably a huge crew, they'd come up with something better. The original is a masterpiece of art direction. This looks like a typical Saturday morning cartoon release, not a major motion picture release. This is not a step forward but a step back. I would have liked to have seen what Pixar or Tim Burton would have done with this.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 7:47 p.m. CST

    tinman looks awesome btw.

    by Warcraft

    indeed he does.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 7:54 p.m. CST

    Time is irrelevent concerning art.

    by Warcraft

    Art is extremely subjective, and isn't something that can be made better with technology, money, or a huge crew. The quality of Art Direction is purely based upon talent, taste, and opinion. Makes no difference that the musical was made 70 years ago, or 200 years ago.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 8:06 p.m. CST

    fantastic

    by BBSloth

    the lion really is a lion!

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 9:26 p.m. CST

    The "fact" that Tinman was a

    by Bass Ackwards

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 9:32 p.m. CST

    The "fact" that Tinman was a munchkin?

    by Bass Ackwards

    Um...in which book did we get this "fact"? Tinman is a tinMAN, the munchkin angle is just BS to make him a motenpopukar toy. And the books aren't "dark.". They're a wildly imagined, and as you get into them the stakes are definitely raised. But as far as tone, character, story, even design, the 1939 movie is largely similar to the book. Which makes the first movie a hard sell.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 9:40 p.m. CST

    I think it looks great

    by mefrog

    I mean, these are only a few concept pieces but it looks crammed with imagination. If things keep up like this, I am going to pay very, very close attention to this movie.<br> <br> I love the '39 version and I love the book... I'll be watching out for this.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 9:59 p.m. CST

    Amy Chasing

    by watch_the_world_burn

    I remember that cartoon too - seemed like it was closer to the books than the film ever was. I think it was on ABC (the aussie one), there used to be a lot of good tv series on ABC back then. <p> This new film looks good, I like the Kingdom Hearts/Eternal Sonata/FFIX type vibe.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 10:05 p.m. CST

    If this is really the "Book Version"...

    by BurnHollywood

    ...The Wicked Witch will have only one eye and tote an umbrella instead of a broom. The green, two-eyed Witch was entirely an MGM creation.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 10:25 p.m. CST

    it could work

    by goingsomewhere8

    I am content movie wise on the whole wiz story with Return to Oz. It was a great compilation of the characters throughout the book series. But I have to admit the animation impresses me. Hopefully they can capture the bizarre non-sensical logic that oz creatures have in the books, that's what made them so fun.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 10:41 p.m. CST

    The Tin-Man is kind of Wall-E adorable in those pics

    by Spifftacular Squirrel Girl

    I'm always up for a good Oz adaption.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 10:43 p.m. CST

    huh, who would have thought it'd look compelling

    by finky089

    I almost 360'd from my opinion the last time Merrick posted about this project. The art is compelling.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 11:39 p.m. CST

    no poppies???

    by bacci40

    are these people aware that the original wizard opened the eyes of a generation to the wonders of drug use???? GIVE ME THE POPPIES

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 11:39 p.m. CST

    Cool

    by Freakemovie

    Underwhelmed by Munchkinland, a.k.a. The Shire, but the Witch's castle is really, really awesome.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 12:32 a.m. CST

    Tin Man looks emo

    by Boo Cocky

    He could slash his wrists with his axe. If only he could bleed...

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 1:54 a.m. CST

    Did the Wicked Musical ...

    by Mundungus

    .. have any character executed by having a burning tire hung around him? And did it have a bestiality alluded to where a man f'd hard by a tiger? Was the witch of the east horrible deformed? These thing are in the book Wicked. <p> The book had so much promise, however I can't recommend it because it seems that the author had way too much interest in his politics of Oz. If the story were trimmed of one third of its ramblings it would have been much better. <p> The witch of the west, Elphiba?, is very decent throughout most of the book. She is figuratively screwed by the Wizard and fates until she is driven mad by the end. It is pretty sad. <p> The book also suffered from the same syndrome that has affected Stephen King’s later writing. It weaves a hundred webs of mystery and reveals only the four or five secrets you’ve already figured out. Not only that, the author actually taunts the reader about the unanswered questions. Oh, how clever, just like life, get it? <p> Is the musical like that?

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 2:35 a.m. CST

    Who cares when AVATAR is fucking our eyeballs in 2009?

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    nobody

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 2:38 a.m. CST

    Dorothy and Munchkinland need redoing!!

    by BenBraddock

    Come on, this Dorothy is a totally vanilla and dull generic "pretty tomboy" a la 1970s Disney... give her some real character! Same goes for Munchkinland, it looks totally uninspired. Nicely painted but unoriginal. The other designs look fine though, love the witches castle and the Emerald City.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 5:11 a.m. CST

    Tin Cyborg

    by VoldemortWearsPrada

    OK, let's sort this out once and for all: HE WAS NOT A MUNCHKIN. That's only in Wicked. Different story folks. In the original book he started out human but gradually became a tin man after chopping off all his limbs (including his head, you'd presume). Plus his ex girlfriend ran off with a guy who was made of his old limbs. Reckon they'll include that?

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 5:52 a.m. CST

    Marvel's got better looking concepts on the

    by Dingbatty

    horizon: http://tinyurl.com/66nkj9

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 11:05 a.m. CST

    Seeing those concepts I can't help but wishing

    by Lemming

    this was stop-motion rather than full CGI.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 12:23 p.m. CST

    these just do not interest me.

    by THE_ONE_MAN_GANG

    and i dont like the style. why are they redoing this again? if they are going ot remake it, whi not a big budget live action that stays true to the original?

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 2:09 p.m. CST

    intreguing

    by brandon11

    this has some serious potential. i hope it tends to be more of a serious film than a hokey childrens movie... thats the oz i want to see. can i say i wish it was live action though?

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 2:19 p.m. CST

    Dorothy still looks too modern.

    by alienindisguise

    I'm liking the tin man and the witches castle though. I for one am for a new or true take on this story so i don't have to watch the gay cowardly lion and iffeminate tin man in the original.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 4:58 p.m. CST

    Dorothy looks too modern?

    by JumpinJehosaphat

    Where the fuck do you live?

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 2:16 a.m. CST

    Munchkin man

    by Tokyo_Joe

    Well, I just re-read the Tin Man chapter and it introduces him as a 'man' made of tin. Which seems to imply that he's a big man. But then he goes on to tell his tale of his love for a munchkin maiden (foiled after he chopped his limbs off apparently...) so perhaps he is a munchkin. But then again, would a munchkin refer to a munchkin maiden specifically as a 'munchkin' maiden would he not just call her a 'maiden'. Hmmm. Gonna have to read the whole thing again I suppose.

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 8:09 a.m. CST

    theycallmemrglass

    by m2298

    Baum did indeed write two 'genocidical' editorials during the brief time he was an editor in South Dakota. while they cannot be excused one should read http://thewizardofoz.info/faq06.html#6 to see the context.

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 8:18 a.m. CST

    The Tin Woodman WAS a Munchkin:

    by m2298

    Read http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~rgs/wizoz10.html -- Dorothy and the Scarecrow encounter him rusted and immobile. They oil him up and he tells them his story about being a local (MUNCHKIN COUNTRY) woodman who had his ax enchanted so that it dismembered him limb by limb. The missing limbs (and head) were eventually replaced by tin parts.

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