The Wizard of Oz
By Rufus Butler Seder (Illustrator)
(Workman Publishing, Hardcover, 9780761163732, 11pp.)
Publication Date: September 2011
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Dorothy, the Tin Man, the Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion, and Toto dancing down the Yellow Brick Road
Dorothy s farmhouse flying upward in a twister
Miss Gulch, on her bicycle in the tornado, transforming into a witch on a broomstick
The Lollipop Kids strutting from side to side
The Scarecrow doing a wacky dance
The Tin Man swaying from side to side; Dorothy and the Scarecrow flanking him as if to catch him
The Wicked Witch of the West waving on a sky full of flying monkeys
The Wicked Witch of the West melting
The Great and Powerful Oz and the man behind the curtain frantically pulling levers
A close-up of Dorothy clicking her ruby slippers
Like "Star Wars" before it, "The Wizard of Oz" is a marriage of phenomenal Scanimation and one of the most beloved movies of all time. It also continues to be a vital icon: Warner s 2009 release of the "70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector s Edition" won DVD critics and numerous other awards; Warner Brothers Kids just launched wizardofozkids.com; and in 2011, Andrew Lloyd Webber is staging "The Wizard of Oz" on Broadway. Now it s found yet new life through Rufus Butler Seder With equal parts love and skill, he s created 10 compelling Scanimations, taking us over the rainbow.
A glittering, ruby-red cover is the final, delectable touch.