The 1902 adaptation of The Wizard of Oz looked extremely unsettling

Illustration for article titled The 1902 adaptation of emThe Wizard of Oz/em looked extremely unsettling

When you mention The Wizard of Oz, your average moviegoer's mind turns to such disparate topics as Judy Garland, ruby slippers, and apocryphal hanging munchkins.

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But there were several Oz adaptations that preceded the 1939 film, such as the 1902 musical penned by L. Frank Baum himself. Here are some photographs of the 1902 and 1903 productions. Although Dorothy and the Lion look charming and quirky, the Tin Man and Scarecrow own a time share in the deepest recesses of your nightmares. Take a gander below.

Illustration for article titled The 1902 adaptation of emThe Wizard of Oz/em looked extremely unsettling
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Illustration for article titled The 1902 adaptation of emThe Wizard of Oz/em looked extremely unsettling
Illustration for article titled The 1902 adaptation of emThe Wizard of Oz/em looked extremely unsettling
Illustration for article titled The 1902 adaptation of emThe Wizard of Oz/em looked extremely unsettling

For more retro Oz weirdness, behold the 1910 silent film The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. In this adaptation, Toto the dog is replaced by Imogen the cow and Momba the Witch is the central antagonist.

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Dorothy's livestock friends are absolutely ghastly, in a liquor-stained sports mascot kind of way. Here's the entirety of the film.

[Via Ozian, Reddit, and Oz And Ends]

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alexcranz
Alex Cranz

Why are the Scarecrow and Tin Man sending out engagement photos?

And that Cowardly Lion is absolutely gorgeous. Clearly they costuming budget went into those three characters leaving them with nothing but some satin pillow cases to dress Dorothy in.