May 17 in sci-fi History: Ways Back into Oz

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May 17, 2017

On this day in 1900, L. Frank Baum published The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. He would go on to write no less than 13 additional Oz books. Those books would go on to inspire many a film and TV adaptation and feature many a weird-ass creature. Here are three Oz-related works, all of which are super weird.

By the by, before we go into things you should watch our Everything You Need To Know About the Oz Books.

Shirley Temple's Storybook The Land of Oz (1960)

This is an adaptation of the second book in Baum's Oz series, wherein a boy named Tip (here played by Shirley Temple) is revealed to actually be the Princess Ozma. Jonathan Winters and Agnes Moorehead are also in this version.

 

Under the Rainbow (1981)

Disclaimer: This one has some problems (legit, the word "midgets" is outright offensive, and the movie also has that weird way in which the '80s handled race), but it stars Chevy Chase and Carrie Fisher. So that's fun.

 

Return to Oz (1985)

And finally, if it's been any amount of time since you've seen Fairuza Balk in a nightmare dystopian Oz, it's been too long.

 

Tomorrow: Be wary of the museums.