The Wizard of Oz Anniversary Celebrated By Google Doodle – Perhaps you are puzzled on today’s Google Doodle in Google’s homepage. Apparently, the image points to the 71st anniversary of the Wizard of Oz, the 1939 American musical fantasy film directed primarily by Victor Fleming based on the 1900 novel of the same name “Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum.
Wizard of Oz features Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale, a 12-year old Kansas farmgirl who are ultimately transported to the magical Land of Oz, where she sets out on the yellow brick road to the Emerald City to ask the Wizard of Oz to return her to his original hometown Kansas. In her journey towards the Emerald City, she met her friends Scarecrow, Tin Man, and a Cowardly Lion who joined her to receive the needed change namely a brain, a heart, and courage, respectively.
The Google Doodle below is a scene in the Wizard of Oz where Judy Garland portraying “Dorothy”, together with his friends “Scarecrow”, “Tin Man”, and “Cowardly Lion” first see a glimpse of the capital city of the Land of Oz, Emerald City. The word “Google” is written in the landscape. Notice the difference from the original scene in the Wizard of Oz right after it.
Initially, the Wizard of Oz only made a small profit because of the huge expenses associated in making it. It received several Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture. However, since the film was shown in television, it quickly gathered a huge audience. In fact, the Library of Congress named “The Wizard of Oz” as the most-watched film in history.
It has been seven decades since Wizard of Oz was filmed. However, the reason this movie remains one of the most beloved of all Hollywood films is because of its uniqueness among motion pictures in that it mirrors our longings and imaginations as children. The dreams that Dorothy sings about and the adventure that follows in the Wizard of Oz seem to mirror our yearnings as children. She imagines a bigger place where her problems don’t linger and she is free to explore them. She imagines a place where there isn’t any trouble and people actually listen to what she has to say.
Happy 71st birthday Wizard of Oz! Thanks to Google for commemorating such a great film!