L. Frank Baum literary body of work, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” children’s novel illustrated by W. W. Denslow received the Hollywood remake treatment as it makes its premier in theaters this month. Originally published by the George M. Hill Company in Chicago on May 17, 1900, it has since been reprinted numerous times, most often under the name The Wizard of Oz, which is the name of both the 1902 stage play and the well-known 1939 film adaptation.
The story chronicles the adventures of a young girl named Dorothy Gale in the Land of Oz, after being swept away from her Kansas farm home in a tornado. The novel is one of the best-known stories in American popular culture and has been widely translated. Its initial success, and the success of the popular 1902 Broadway musical which Baum adapted from his original story, led to Baum’s writing thirteen more Oz books.
This 2013 version of OZ is the pre- story of how the Great and Powerful Oz became who he became along with the witches of OZ. Esthetic wise, this Oz goes beyond the Technicolor wonder of the 1939 MGM film to a full-blown 2013 treatment, with 3-D, computer animation and surround sound.