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Quint reports in on the Oz, The Great and Powerful panel at Comic-Con 2012! Find out how The Classic makes it into Oz!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with some tidbits from the Oz, The Great and Powerful panel at Comic-Con 2012.

Moderator Chris Hardwick was beside himself for the chance to meet Sam Raimi. I’ve been there, I know how geeky-nerdy excited you can get and it was great to see him share that with the audience. I have to say, after many years of watching some awkward or downright horrible moderators, Chris was a breath of fresh air.

It also didn’t hurt that he brought a Sam Raimi sizzle reel comprised of the Evil Dead films, Spider-Man, Darkman and all the good stuff. Being in room of 6,000 people cheering for Ash one-liners is kind of why I come to Comic-Con.

Sam Raimi was joined by Michelle Williams and Mila Kunis as they showed some footage. I was going to rundown the footage for you, but Disney has already released the trailer. Click below to watch it and I’ll be back for the Q&A bits!

Go to Oz here!

The big news from the panel’s Q&A was that The Classic (Sam Raimi’s very recognizable car) does indeed make it into Oz… in some form. The Classic’s engine block and cam shaft are part of The Wizard’s machinery.

Raimi was asked about The Shadow and he said that didn’t happen because they could never nail the script and he loves the character too much to go with a weak script.

There won’t be any ruby slippers in this film because they’re tied so closely to the original Wizard of Oz and they don’t have any rights to specific imagery unique to that film.

That doesn’t mean there won’t be any loving nods to the film, but it’s very much more based on L. Frank Baum’s books.

Scarecrow and Tinman are not part of this film because they’re tied closer to Dorothy and this one’s all about James Franco’s Wizard character, who starts out a cad and a womanizer who finds that Oz is really “a land of second chances.” In fact, he’s an adulterer and is being chased out of Kansas in his balloon when the tornado sweeps him to Oz.

Raimi stressed that it’s his story and that it really shows how he becomes ensconced in Emerald City, becomes its protector.

I really dug the imagery involved and Raimi seemed to be in love with what he was doing… and throwing us Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams (who doesn’t speak in Glinda’s twittery cadence, by the way) and Mila Kunis for a couple of hours doesn’t hurt either.

-Eric Vespe
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  • July 12, 2012, 6:20 p.m. CST

    *Glinda’s twittery cadence*

    by lv_426

    So she can only speak in statements of 140 characters or less?

  • July 12, 2012, 6:22 p.m. CST

    Like all Raimi's films...

    by Fah-Cue

    ... it looks like poop. And Kunis' acting is stilted once again.

  • July 12, 2012, 6:26 p.m. CST


    by BetaRayBill07

    Nice dude. Might be the comment of the year thus far. Zing!

  • July 12, 2012, 6:28 p.m. CST

    The Twittered of Oz

    by lv_426

  • July 12, 2012, 6:28 p.m. CST

    The Twittered of Oz

    by lv_426

  • July 12, 2012, 6:34 p.m. CST

    it’s very much more based on L. Frank Baum’s books.

    by Jay

    That just hyped me to 11! That's exactly what I wanted to hear. I don't give a shit what the trailers look like because Disney marketing is the worst out there. Raimi + Oz + inspiration from the Books = seeing in theaters.

  • July 12, 2012, 6:36 p.m. CST

    Totally thought the Classic would be flying around the house

    by Domi'sInnerChild

    Crashing on the witch would be too much.

  • July 12, 2012, 6:38 p.m. CST

    Trailer's decent.

    by A_Banned_Apart

    Franco just feels too 21st century to me as an actor, but I'm willing to give it a shot.

  • July 12, 2012, 6:41 p.m. CST

    lv_426 FTW....

    by conspiracy

  • July 12, 2012, 6:43 p.m. CST

    So Eric...does this mean No Flying Monkeys?

    by conspiracy

    No Munchkins? I'm curious as to where the rights to use the imagery stop and start. I can see an Oz without Ruby Slippers...but without a Green Witch or Munchkins? I dunno...

  • July 12, 2012, 7:15 p.m. CST

    The irony of lv_426's remark...

    by Chowwander that in the Oz books, Glinda owns a humongous book that constantly prints everything going on in the world exactly as it happens. She can read it and see what's going on. In other words, Glinda invented Twitter!

  • Or is that talkback tradition dead?

  • July 12, 2012, 7:22 p.m. CST

    Not Sure LV_426...thats Chops decision, and he isn't around much..

    by conspiracy

    then again...neither am I. Sometimes Life gets in the way of a good time. But I'm always game for some good old fashioned stupidity.

  • July 12, 2012, 7:43 p.m. CST

    Flying Creatures Confirmed in Trailer...

    by conspiracy

    just watched it now that I'm home. Looks pretty interesting actually...I'm in.

  • July 12, 2012, 7:55 p.m. CST

    *Glinda’s twittery cadence*

    by Anthony Torchia

    I would like to crawl up Glinda’s twittery cadence and make a little base camp!

  • July 12, 2012, 7:56 p.m. CST

    no comments about williams or kunis?

    by walt

    geek love is about drool comments?

  • July 12, 2012, 8:03 p.m. CST

    Michelle Williams almost made 'Shame' worth watching

    by Raptor Jesus

    But Christ, that was the worst movie I've ever seen. She looked good in it, though. REAL GOOD.

  • July 12, 2012, 8:29 p.m. CST


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  • July 12, 2012, 8:31 p.m. CST


    by Blarg Barfington

    AICN must get a steady paycheck from them. I've even seen a lacky posting an article with a link to a non-Apple trailer and Harry forced them to replace it with the Apple one.

  • July 12, 2012, 8:45 p.m. CST

    Michelle Williams wasn't in Shame

    by Bass Ackwards

    You're thinking of Carey Mulligan.

  • July 12, 2012, 8:56 p.m. CST

    it looks soooooooooo much like Alice In Wonderland

    by TheSeeker7

    I realize they share a producer (as it even takes pains to point out on the screen) but, wow, it all just looks SO similar, like Oz and Wonderland are neighboring towns in the same county. Not sure if that's a good or bad thing yet...

  • The Wizard was a shyster from Omaha, Nebraska whose balloon did indeed land in Oz. In order to save his own skin, he used his shyster skills on both good witches and bad witches. There were 2 of good and 2 of bad; good in north and south, bad in east and west. The land itself is squarish and divided into 4 countries, Munchkin (everything is blue, flowers, clothes, houses etc.), Quadling (everything red), Gilliken (everything purple) and Winkie (all yellow). The Wizard decided to trick the land's inhabitants as well as its witches that he held true magical power. To that end he also had to fool its residents, and he made the capital Emerald City. WHICH WAS NOT MADE OF EMERALDS. In true Steve Jobs fashion he made the people believe that it really WAS all green, since he required every Emerald City resident to wear green spectacles that were locked on and could not be removed. So he was able to use several colors of gemstones and whatnot in addition to real emeralds, to make the whole place look green. Anyway, obviously Glinda knew he was no true wizard. But--spoiler--eventually he makes his way back to the Land of Oz, and Glinda is willing to teach him true magic. She is the 2nd most powerful magician in Oz (after its ruler, Ozma) and the Wizard becomes 3rd most powerful. Damn I love those 14 original books. So much crazy crap happens in them. Sigh.

  • July 12, 2012, 9:17 p.m. CST

    lv_426 sez:

    by gamerawangi

  • July 12, 2012, 9:20 p.m. CST

    lv_426 sez:

    by gamerawangi

    thanks conspiracy... I look forward to a possible Wizard of Oz themed Fudgepack Friday entry from you when this film is released. Or is that talkback tradition dead?

  • July 12, 2012, 9:31 p.m. CST

    why march and not a december release?

    by walt

    this worries me

  • July 12, 2012, 10:15 p.m. CST

    Looks dreadful

    by Goldmagus

    C'mon geeks - this looks EXACTLY like ALICE IN WONDERLAND - too busy, ugly design, just too overfrantic - just looks god awful

  • July 13, 2012, 12:07 a.m. CST

    GM, I agree

    by MovieManStill

    I am very disappointed in the little that I saw.

  • July 13, 2012, 3:52 a.m. CST

    Ruby slippers...

    by The_Skook

    ...can't be used as they were an invention for the 39 film. In the book they are silver.

  • July 13, 2012, 6:08 a.m. CST

    it's not the IRONY of Iv_426's remark...

    by DukieMichaelNamondRandy's the COINCIDENCE Man, folks don't know SHIT 'bout what irony means anymore!

  • July 13, 2012, 4:47 p.m. CST

    Did they use ruby slippers in the Fairuza Balk version?

    by boogel

    And did I spell her name right. I never seem to spell it the same way twice.

  • July 13, 2012, 4:50 p.m. CST

    Answered my own question.

    by boogel

    I should have looked it up before posting. According to Disney had to pay royalties to use the slippers.

  • I like how they took the black & white/colour gimmick a step further by going from 4:3 to 16:9.