Saturday, February 10, 2018

This Week's Oz Short Story

The first full-blown story in the MGM Movie-themed 1989 issue of Oziana is "Rated 'G' for Glinda" by "Leroy Fleming," which is actually a pseudonym for RobRoy MacVeigh, who also drew the illustrations. This is a simple story of Dorothy visiting Glinda, and in the evening they enjoy some of the versions of the story of Dorothy's first adventure in Oz as told by filmmakers in the Great Outside World. Dorothy wonders why they can't get it right, only to discover that Glinda has been scrambling their brains from the earliest days of film! She did it to help keep Oz a secret. But Dorothy convinces her that now is the time to stop the scrambling and allow a true movie representation of Oz to happen. It's a fun story, and a bit meta in the intersection of Oz and the real world. It's also tinged with a bit of sadness for me, as Rob was a good friend of mine. He had very advanced plans for a big screen animated adaptation of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, but he died only a few years later. I think this story was his way of explaining just how accurate his movie was going to be.

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