Oz The Great And Powerful: Five Unexpected Inspirations

By Kristy Puchko 2013-03-08 07:29:00discussion comments
Ever wonder what was happening in Oz before Dorothy Gale and her furry friend Toto crashed into Munchkinland via twister-flung house? That's exactly what Walt Disney Pictures Oz the Great and Powerful reveals. Taking place over 16 years before Dorothy's arrival this 3D fantasy adventure focuses on the charismatic con man who rose to power to become the Wizard of Oz.

Audiences certainly expect to see allusions to Victor Fleming's 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz, and won't be disappointed. But as Oscar "Oz" Diggs made his way through poppy fields and over the yellow brick road, I couldn't help but notice director Sam Raimi was pulling from some unexpected sources of inspiration. Below, I break 'em down! (SPOILERS AHEAD!)

#1: The Bible
It was the bite of an apple that gave Eve understanding and got her declared wicked by God, an offense that booted her from the Garden of Eden. In Oz the Great and Powerful, a food porn shot salivates over a radiant green apple that's given to a a hot-tempered and heartbroken young witch. After taking a bite, she too has a new and deeper understanding of the world around her, and in her case physically transforms to become the ghastly, green Wicked Witch of the West, whose ultimately cast out of Emerald City.
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