The 1902 adaptation of The Wizard of Oz 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.

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.


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.


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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