Dorothy on the Road

From Marvel’s “The Road to Oz” comic book, artwork by Skottie Young.

It’s time for our second monthly “Icons Week” here at Reel to Reel, friends, and starting Monday we’re going to be focusing on that lovely little girl from Kansas who took us all on a journey over the rainbow. I think I’ve written enough here by now about how much I love The Wizard of Oz and its various interpretations, and this week I’m going to bring you five different looks at the story, including three variants of Dorothy’s original journey and two films that depict future adventures in the land of Oz. Here are the movies and actresses we’ll talk about next week:

  • Dorothy Dwan in The Wizard of Oz (1925)
  • Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz (1939)
  • Liza Minnelli in Journey Back to Oz (1974)
  • Diana Ross in The Wiz (1978)
  • Fairuza Balk in Return to Oz (1985)

Five films, five very different interpretations of the Land of Oz that I’m really looking forward to sharing with you guys. But as we did with Batman, we really need to have a sort of baseline, a way to understand who this character is, so that we can understand what these different versions bring to the table. So in case you don’t know, let’s talk about…

The Character

Dorothy Gale is a little girl from the farmland of Kansas, where she lives with her Uncle Henry and Aunt Em. One day, a tornado rips Dorothy’s house from the ground with her in it, tossing her through the air, crashing her into the magical Land of Oz, and crushing the evil Wicked Witch of the East in the process. Dorothy’s only hope to return home is to visit the Wonderful Wizard of Oz, taking a long trip down a road of Yellow Brick, and encountering new friends and incredible dangers along the way.

There are the basics, friends, that’s who Dorothy is at her core, and that’s who we’ll be talking about in just a few days time. So have a good weekend, spread the word, and I’ll see you back here Monday to discuss the 1925 silent version of this classic tale.


About blakemp

Blake M. Petit. Author. Podcaster. Teacher. Actor. Geek Pundit.

Posted on April 19, 2013, in 4-Icons and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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