Sunday, July 08, 2018

Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz: Lion's Share

The Cowardly Lion is invited to officially become the King of Beasts. Of course, he's afraid of the forest! Dorothy, Scarecrow, and Tin Man go along for moral support, however, and along the way meet Lion's old friend the Hungry Tiger, who acts as a guide. They have trouble crossing the Trick River, and head up Sky High Mountain. Already dealing with his fear of the dark and water, the Lion just can't cope with his fear of heights, until a rak snatches Dorothy and carries her to the top of the mountain. That does it! The Lion overcomes his fear, races to the rak's nest, and saves Dorothy. He's earned his crown!

This was a nice spotlight on the Lion and the true meaning of courage. And for fans of the books, we get the Hungry Tiger, the Trick River, a rak, and I believe the DatWoO debut of the intertwined O-Z logo. (And I will add, I forgot to mention the orks in "Ojo the Unlucky", although they're not a lot like the Ork in The Scarecrow of Oz.)

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