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.