Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz: No-Sleep Sleepover

Dorothy and Ozma are hosting an old-fashioned Kansas-style sleepover, complete with pillows and sleeping bags, snacks, and everything you need for a makeover. The Patchwork Girl even brings new pajamas for everyone. Frank and Lyman are spying on them and report back to Wilhelmina, who is determined to crash their party. Then all this happens:

Dorothy uses the Ruby Slippers in an attempt to get close to the pillow monster, but succeeds too well, and the monster grabs her. Wilhelmina flies by to gloat, and the monster grabs her, too! Leaking stuffing, he marches to Wilhelmina's castle and crashes Frank and Lyman's attempt at a sleepover (how do you play Jenga with bananas?), while Dorothy's friends follow the stuffing trail in a balloon. Patchwork Girl pops a bunch of the monster's stitches while the Tin Woodman flies around him with a trailing rope, both incapacitating and destroying him. Dorothy and Wilhelmina emerge from the pile of pillow stuffing, and Dorothy produces pajamas for Wilhelmina, Frank, and Lyman, and invites them to the sleepover. Everyone is having a great time, except Wilhelmina isn't too pleased with the bunny ears on her new pajamas.

This was just a silly one. I think Dorothy may start having more luck with things if she just includes Wilhelmina in the fun from the start. I'm still not sure Wilhelmina's heart is quite as interested in getting the Ruby Slippers as her aunt wants her to be, and maybe she and Dorothy would be better as friends than enemies. Still, I doubt their relationship is going to change much at all. I was amused at the Lion bringing in the makeover supplies, and ending up with curlers in his mane. This harkens back to some of Bert Lahr's shtick in the Wash and Brush Up Co. in The Movie. The statue garden that the gang hides behind also reminds me of the classic illustration from The Road to Oz where Neill's sophisticated, fashionable Dorothy looks on a statue of her younger self as illustrated by W. W. Denslow in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

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