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August 12, 2010 / beautifulscenic

‘The Wizard Of Oz’ Turns 71, Resulting In A Google Facelift And A Bunch Of Fun Facts


article by MTV. see the original here http://moviesblog.mtv.com/2010/08/12/the-wizard-of-oz-turns-71-resulting-in-a-google-facelift-and-a-bunch-of-fun-facts/

“The Wizard of Oz” turns 71 on August 25 so, for whatever reason, Google is celebrating the occasion today with one of their trademark doctored logos (seen above). In response, Guardian UKgathered together a list of 71 factoids about the movie. Some of it you’ll know — is anyone not aware that the long-rumored “hanging Munchkin” was actually just a bird? — but some of it will come as a total surprise. Or at least, it did to me. Hit the jump for a sampling of the gathered trivia and follow the Guardian link for the full list.

3) Judy Garland’s white dress was actually pink as it was easier to shoot in Technicolor.

13) Reports suggest each Munchkin earned $50 per week, while Toto bagged $125 per week.

15) The running time is 101 minutes, but the original cut was 112 minutes – only audiences at test screenings have seen the additional 11 minutes.

37) The head winged monkey is called Nikko – also the name of the Japanese town home to the shrine featuring the Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil monkeys.

57) The early Technicolor process required a huge amount of lighting, which would often heat the set to over 100 degrees.

70) On the Rotten Tomatoes website, 100% of critics give the film positive reviews.

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