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Wizard of Oz, The - The Wizard's Balloon
In the scene when the wizard is going to take Dorothy back to Kansas, look at his balloon. It says "State Fair: Omaha". Before, the wizard said that his balloon went over the rainbow while he was flying it at the Kansas State Fair. Omaha is in Nebraska, not Kansas.
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Picture of Oz's balloon as its ready to depart the Emrald City
Picture of Oz's balloon as its ready to depart the Emrald City
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Contributed By: Egg Angel6 on 12-02-2000 and Reviewed By: Webmaster
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dkildea writes:
Hello? Have you forgotten the whole thing was a dream sequence? And that all the main characters were locals from Dorothy's town? Of course the Wizard was from Kansas!! So was the Tinman, and the Scarecrow, and the Lion....
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oldenuf2no writes:
I believe you are missing a deeper joke. There was intense rivalry between the two states (Nebraska/Kansas) and many daring "gags" occurred at each other's state fairs. On one occasion, a hot air balloon was taken for a joy ride. This is strictly a 1930's joke. You should be more concerned about what happened to that huge troop of flying monkeys that was left to ravage the countryside after their master was liquidated. That is the topic of book, "Emerald City--The Day After".
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RngeCrush writes:
"What are the chances of the Wizard AND Dorothy BOTH being from Kansas!" Just FYI, right after the Wizard gives the Scarecrow his Diploma, the Lion his Medal, and the Tin Man his Testimonial, they all ask, "What about Dorothy?" Then the following dialogue takes place: Dorothy: Oh, I don't think there's anything in that black bag for me. Wizard: Well - you force me into a cataclysmic decision. The only way to get Dorothy back to Kansas is for me to take her there myself! Dorothy: Oh! Oh, will you? Could you? Oh! Oh, but are you a clever enough wizard to manage it? Wizard: Child, you cut me to the quick! I'm an old Kansas man myself! So, just to clear that up, the chances of Dorothy and the Wizard being from Kansas are very good, because, after all, the Wizard admits it.
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tcassidy71 writes:
Wow. OK first of all, the entire color part of the movie is a DREAM. Haven't you ever had a dream that didn't really make total sense? Secondly, let's say for the sake of argument that it does all have to make sense...even if the "wizard" IS an "old Kansas man myself", that doesn't mean he couldn't live elsewhere at one time or another. How many people do you know who aren't currently living where they are originally from? Third, he's not really a wizard at all...remember, "you're right, I am a humbug". And incidentally, the flying monkeys would not go ravage the mountainside...they aren't really bad or mean, hence the chant, "Hail dorothy. The wiocked witch is dead." Bottom line, L. Frank Baum was a fantastic storyteller who captivated children with his tales. If he wrote it, I believe it! :o)
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Spydr writes:
How do you know if the balloon didn't come from the Omaha fair to the Kansas city fair? The wizard probably just forgot to change his banner.
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heatherc writes:
Hey man, if he can get her to Omaha, he can get her to Kansas. He is the wizard after all..
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pappaw writes:
I KNOW the Wizard admits being from Kansas. THAT'S MY POINT! Two people from our world ending up in a fantasy world and they're BOTH from the same place! His admitting it doesn't make it less likely they would both be from Kansas.The world is a big place and for them both to be from Kansas is far less likely than being transported to Oz in the first place.I guess that's why this movie is a Fantasy!
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Paul-T. writes:
What are the chances of the Wizard AND Dorothy BOTH being from Kansas! But you're right.If he can get her to Omaha, Kansas is just a tumbleweed away.
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