Fri 1/18/2013 11:53a
|Al Lutz has a note up on Miceage today. It speaks for itself...|
"Editor's Note - Oz Heads-Up: MuppetVision isn't aging well and TDA knows it. The temporary 3D previews of upcoming Disney productions are proving more popular than the regular Muppet movie in that DCA theater. The next preview to take over that attraction will be for the upcoming Oz: The Great and Powerful for spring. Now they need to figure out a way to use the actual lobby for these seasonal shows, instead of the tacky exit door strategy they've been using."
I loved The Wizard of Oz as a kid, I remember some network (NBC?) used to play it every Easter Sunday. I'm sure the new version will be all hipster CGI infused and generate a complete line of accessories and t-shirts for artsy college girls with black-rimmed glasses (even though they have good vision). But I might have to check out this preview, just for fun.
Fri 1/18/2013 12:17p
|>>I'm sure the new version will be all hipster CGI infused<<|
It seems that everybody and their brother has an Oz project in the works these days, all based on the (public domain) books rather than the (still under copyright) MGM movie.
Fri 1/18/2013 12:33p
|<< I loved The Wizard of Oz as a kid, I remember some network (NBC?) used to play it every Easter Sunday. >>|
Was that when it was? I remember it being played every March on TV or thereabouts when I was kid, but never picked up on the pattern of it always being on Easter Sunday.
Fri 1/18/2013 12:37p
|You are definitely of a certain age if the TV year revolved around annual showings of The Wizard of Oz and Mary Martin's Peter Pan.|
|5||Schmitty Good Vibes|
Fri 1/18/2013 12:40p
|^^^^ : - )|
Don't forget A Charlie Brown Christmas.
Fri 1/18/2013 12:59p
|Hmmm. Charlie Brown and Rudolph are those "new" TV Specials...|
|7||Dr Hans Reinhardt|
Fri 1/18/2013 12:59p
|"It seems that everybody and their brother has an Oz project in the works these days, all based on the (public domain)"|
Hasn't Disney owned the film rights to all the Oz books except The Wizard of Oz since like, forever?
Fri 1/18/2013 1:19p
|Peter Pan broadcast (live) first in 1955, Wizard of Oz in 1956. The "classic" Peter Pan was recorded in 1960.|
Rudolph first aired in 1964 and Charlie Brown was 1965. Frosty the Snowman (1969) doesn't even figure in the nostalgia...
Fri 1/18/2013 1:29p
|>>Hasn't Disney owned the film rights to all the Oz books except The Wizard of Oz since like, forever?<<|
It's tricky. The whole canon of Oz books (with the exception of some very late entries) are in Public Domain. For many years Walt Disney owned rights to the whole series, with the exception of the first one, before they slipped into Public Domain.
What is NOT in Public Domain is MGM's VERSION of The Wizard of Oz. So filmmakers must avoid using anything that is original to the MGM version.
This is also why Disney constantly tags "Disney's" to their "classic" properties: Disney's Aladdin or Disney's The Little Mermaid makes it clear to anyone else that this is NOT a Public Domain property, even though Aladdin and The Little Mermaid are.
Fri 1/18/2013 2:30p
|Actually, the original TV airings of The Wizard of Oz were broadcast on CBS. CBS got the rights as a consolation prize for MGM not giving them Gone With the Wind. The Wizard of Oz really didn't start making money until the CBS broadcasts.|