oz the great and powerful

Why is there talk of an Oz The Great and Powerful Sequel?

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I was recently asked why if Disney Oz The Great and Powerful isn’t performing up to Disney Studios expectations have they already started working on a sequel? First off, working on a sequel and going into production are two different things. But secondly, Disney does have some amazing expectations for the Oz franchise. Heck Imagineering has already built a model of the Emerald City with expectations of adding it as a whole new land to a certain theme park.

According to BoxOfficeMojo, at $453 million so far, Oz is performing well versus other films released at the same time and versus previous years, but it’s disappointing when compared to the success of Tim Burton’s billion dollar box office hit Alice in Wonderland. Alice’s numbers were the stretch goal (aka best possible scenario) for Oz. I think Disney would have been happy to have reached 70 or 80 percent of Alice, but right now, it’s on trajectory for just over 50 percent.

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Welcome to Oz: The Opening Sequence

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One of my favorite moments in Disney’s Oz the Great and Powerful was the opening sequence (which isn’t a knock on the film). Danny Elfman’s music was perfect as always, and the graphics set the old timey mood nicely for the transition into the wonderful… Read More »Welcome to Oz: The Opening Sequence

Oz is Great and Powerful at the Box Office

Despite a few critical pans, Disney Oz The Great and Powerful met expectations at the box office this weekend conjuring over $80 million. It made some magic overseas as well bringing in another $70 million. That’s 15% of the way to passing a billion dollars… Read More »Oz is Great and Powerful at the Box Office

A Journey into the World of Oz The Great and Powerful

The world of Oz, as created by L. Frank Baum, is rich enough to have spurred dozens of additional works by authors and artists beyond the 14 original books. But none of those works dealt with how the Wizard himself arrived in the land of Oz.

Much like the 1939 film, Disney Oz The Great and Powerful opens in black and white (Well the Wizard of Oz was more Sepia toned). It focuses on the backstory of Oscar Diggs, a traveling carnival magician and con-man, and sets him up as a good man who has just strayed from the path of righteousness while consumed by his search for success. Also like the first movie, we’re introduced to actors who will later reappear in the film in the guise of other characters giving Oz (and the viewers) some touchstones to help stay grounded when the goings get wild.

The version of Oz created for this movie is amazing. We get a look at it when Oz crashes his hot air balloon and again when they’re on the Yellow Brick Road. However, I wish they had spent more time exploring its otherworldly aspects.Read More »A Journey into the World of Oz The Great and Powerful

Disney Oz The Great and Powerful – Two Preview Clips

A few lucky preview audiences have already seen Oz the Great and Powerful. While I’ve been avoiding spoiler reviews, I had read that the production is at least on par with Alice in Wonderland. That should be a good sign for Disney, since Alice did over a billion at the box office.

As the release date of March 8 approaches, Disney’s marketing efforts are reaching a fever pitch. Here are two clips from the film that I think, hope, shows what a great film we can look forward to:

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Oz: The Great and Powerful…The 1st of Many Risks

John Carter is now considered one of the biggest movie blunders of all-time. You would think that Disney would start to stray away from big budget flicks for a little while, then work its way back up. Unfortunately…they went the opposite direction. Oz, coming out… Read More »Oz: The Great and Powerful…The 1st of Many Risks