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The world of Oz is about as synonymous with fantasy as Middle Earth, Hogwarts, and Narnia. Created by L. Frank Baum, it’s a place full of magic, whimsy, darkness, and wonder, everything that you need to make a compelling world to draw people in. Over the years, we’ve had many attempts at bringing the world of Oz to life on film, most notably in the 1939 classic, ‘The Wizard of Oz’, starring Judy Garland. But Oz has had a level of difficulty since then on screen, with many of the other tries at bringing the land to life flailing and never taking off. But in Hollywood, it’s not usual that we see things lay dormant too long, so it was only a matter of time until we saw Oz again.
Now it’s Disney’s turn to take a swing at the wonderfully whimsical world, bringing us a prequel story about how the wonderful Wizard known as Oz became the man we see in ‘The Wizard of Oz’, and daring to make a film that’ll leave a lasting effect on audiences of as the Judy Garland classic.
‘Oz The Great and Powerful‘ follows the story of Oscar Diggs (James Franco), who goes by Oz, who is a traveling carnival magician whose life revolves around the art of illusion, always trying to be a step ahead of everyone else, and pulling a veil over their eyes, be it the audiences who come to see his show, or the people in his personal life. But when Oz gets trapped in a tornado, he wakes up to find himself transported to a world that couldn’t be more different from where he came from. He’s found by a young woman named Theodora (Mila Kunis), who’s father was the King of Oz. When she learns the man’s name is Oz, she tells him of a prophecy of a man who was to fall from the sky, with the name of their land, who would save everyone from the Wicked Witch. Oz doesn’t necessarily believe this to be true, he goes along with the charade that he is indeed that man.. Aided by a flying monkey named Finley (voiced by Zach Braff), and a small China Girl (voiced by Joey King), Oz embarks on an adventure that not only will change who he is, but also the land of Oz, forever.
On February 17, 2013, I had the privilege of attending the press junket for ‘Oz The Great and Powerful’ at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena, CA. Hosted by Walt Disney Studios, we were given a chance to talk to the cast, director, and producer of the new film that returns us to the magical land of Oz, and get to ask them questions about the film’s production, hear stories from the set, and so much more. The junket consisted of two different panels, so I felt that the best way to talk about the event was to separate our coverage of the event into two separate posts, to give you the most in depth look at it. The second part will cover the panel with director Sam Raimi, actor Zach Braff, and actresses Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams.
In case you missed the first part you can read it here!
On February 17, 2013, I had the privilege of attending the press junket for ‘Oz The Great and Powerful’ at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena, CA. Hosted by Walt Disney Studios, we were given a chance to talk to the cast, director, and producer of the new film that returns us to the magical land of Oz, and get to ask them questions about the film’s production, hear stories from the set, and so much more. The junket consisted of two different panels, so I felt that the best way to talk about the event was to separate our coverage of the event into two separate posts, to give you the most in depth look at it. This first part will cover the first panel, which featured stars James Franco, Mila Kunis, Joey King, and the film’s producer Joe Roth.
Although the 2013 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival officially opens Wednesday, March 6, one new garden has appeared a little early. The Land of Oz Garden is open now and at almost one third of an acre, it’s the largest garden ever created for the festival. The area is based on the new Disney film, “Oz The Great and Powerful,” which stars James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams and Zach Braff, and opens in theaters March 8.
Guests enter The Land of Oz Garden guided by a yellow-brick road and soon find themselves in an interactive children’s play area that features carnival-style games. From here, guests walk past a garden filled with a combination of lush, real flowers and fantastical art-glass poppies. As kids play in and around a giant custom Oz-themed play structure, parents can enjoy shaded, comfy chairs just a few steps away.
I’m sure quite a few of you are as excited about the new Oz film, ‘Oz: the Great and Powerful’, which will be hitting theaters on March 8, 2013, as I am. Directed by Sam Raimi, the brilliant man behind Sony’s original ‘Spider-Man’ trilogy, as well as the cheeky B-movie horror trilogy of ‘The Evil Dead’, starring Bruce Campbell, the film tells the tell of just how the man known as Oz, played by James Franco, gained his power and reputation in Oz. The film also stars Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams, Zach Braff, and looks to deliver a new and exciting tale set in the Oz universe that we haven’t seen before. With just a little over a month until the release day, Disney’s marketing campaign is hard at work, and they’ve now provided us with a sneak peek at the this Sunday’s Super Bowl spot, as well as some new character posters. Hit the jump to check them out and, and tell us what you think in the comments below, only here at Chip and Company!