Tuesday, October 25, 2011

We're Off to See the Wizard....


Help! It's me, Mamacita, trapped inside the Wicked Witch's crystal ball!  The Witch and her her Flying Monkey will keep me in here forever!


I know the Wizard of Oz is not a Halloween movie but wasn't the part at the Witch's Castle scary?  When Mom was a kid she would hide when that part came on!  For work, a couple of Halloween's ago Mom and her friend Sallie dressed up as a flying monkey and the Wicked Witch respectively.   Mom made a great flying monkey and even had wings altho they don't show up in the pics too well.  Sallie's witch was scary! Pretty cool huh?

Mom on left and Sallie on right.

Now for some Wizard of Oz trivia.....

Did you know that Margaret Hamilton's portrayal of the Wickedest Witch of the West was so frightening that most of her scenes were edited out?  We only see the softer side of her witch!!!  Yikes!!!!



Did you know that the head winged monkey was named Nikko after the Japanese town that is home to the shrine for Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil?

Did you know that the crystal ball in the movie was also used as a prop in the movie The Mask of Fu Manchu and Chandu the Magician.  The 25" diameter ball sold at auction in May 2011 for $126,500!



Did you know that Hamilton's green make-up was copper oxide and was poisonous?  Since it took hours to put on, Hamilton had to be very careful not to ingest it while eating.  She mainly lived on a liquid diet while in make-up.

Did you know what words the castle guards are chanting in the scene with the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion watching from the rocks?  Some people think they say things like "Allwe own, we owe her."  Mom thought they were saying "Or-e-o, oreo."  Actually, she was close.  They say "O-ee-ya! Eoh-ah!"

Here is the scary clip from the movie.  Sit back (or run and hide) and enjoy. (f you can't see it below, click here.)



31 comments:

Sparkle said...

My human is a vintage film buff and she didn't know those Wizard of Oz facts!

Cat said...

Fantastic costumes!!!

Judy Garland said that on breaks Margaret Hamilton liked to serve tea in her dressing room with scones and finger sandwiches. They'd both be in costume and everytime Margaret would have a bite of something it would become covered in green make up :-)

Mariodacat said...

Scary is right. Love those pictures! Let me know if you find the Wizard.

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Mr Puddy said...

MOL..I'm not sure I 'm not hiss my mom if she dress like that..Ha..Ha..Ha..Pretty cool mom !
Luv it !!!

The Island Cats said...

Our mom loves the Wizard of Oz! But those crazy monkeys scare us!!

BeadedTail said...

Great costumes! We didn't know those things about the Wizard of Oz either and our mommy is even from Kansas although she's not in Kansas anymore! Ha roo roo!

Katnip Lounge said...

Mamacita! How did you get in the crystal ball?!? We'll save you, you AND your little dog, too!

Mommy was terrified of the Wicked Witch as a kid; then she grew up to BE one!! heh heh.

Oui Oui said...

Those monkeys scared the pants off the mom when she was little! She watched the movie every year it was on anyway. She didn't know all those facts and she'd love to see the Wicked Witch out takes! What a great idea for Halloween costumes. You both did a great job too!

Prancer Pie said...

That was a great post! Skeery pics! We luffed it! xoxo

Karen Jo said...

The costumes are great. I love The Wizard of Oz and did know some of the trivia, but not all of it. Now lets get Mamacita out of the crystal ball.

d'Artagnan Rumblepurr said...

Oooo do you think the wind will blow you guys all the way over to see us? We wouldn't let you go back!

Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

OMC! We are scared, very scared!

Old Kitty said...

Oh noes!! Lovely Mamacita!! Me and Charlie hope you get rescued from the crystal ball! Yay!!

We love the Wizard of Oz!! Our favourite is the scaredy Lion!! Put em up!! LOL!!

Mum makes a great green flying monkey!! Take care
x

orbit said...

Did that monkey fly out of your butt? I've heard dad use that phrase before, so I wasn't sure if that's really where the flying monkeys come from. Just curious.

Marg said...

We sure didn't know the Wizsrd of Oz facts either. That was really interesting. Love you all dressed up in that costume.What are you going to be this halloween?? Great pictures. Take care.

Hannah and Lucy said...

Mum can remember seeing this film when she was a little girl but she says it wasn't as scary as this one
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

PetMOZ said...

Thanks for stopping by the blog :)

Being from Kansas we LOVE your post and those are some great costumes....

meowmeowmans said...

Wow, those are some really interesting Wizard of Oz facts! We LOVE those costumes. :)

Mamacita, we're heading over now to get you out of that crystal ball!

CCL Wendy said...

We didn't know your Mama had such an evil side to her that she would trap you in a crystal ball, Mamacita! All I can hope is that you have a 'smashing' good time.

Wow! Thanks for all the cool Wizard of Oz facts. Mama sure did make a convincing witch!

Brian said...

Those are darn cool facts, and I am a big fan of Toto!

We love LUNA said...

wow amazing costumes!My mammy loves the costumes and she is envious here!Your mammy is so cool, ready for the Halloween Party!
purrs
Luna

Boo-Bah AKA Iris said...

Mama said those are such interesting facts that she had not known about. But we scared!! We are going into our hidey hole now and come out tomorrow.

catsynth said...

Poor Mamacita trapped in the crystal ball!

Wizard of Oz is a classic - thanks for sharing those facts.

Julia Williams said...

That's awesome Wizard of Oz trivia. But what kind of insane person would agree to wear toxic makeup? I guess if you want the job bad enough you will do anything. Cute pics, great flying monkey!!!

Kjelle Bus said...

Oh my Mamacita I hope we will manege to get you out from there !!
My mom likes The wizard of Oz , she can´t remember if she was scared of the evil witch when she was little.
Great halloweencostumes your mom and her friend was dressed up in !!

ABBY said...

Those were fascinating bits of trivia, Mom did not know at all. she grew up loving watching WOO every year on TV!
purrs
>^,,^<
♥Abby♥Boo♥Ping♥Jinx♥Grace♥

Spitty-the-Kitty said...

That was so much fun! I told the Human she has to rent the whole movie for me now! I especially like the Lion's TAIL!

Fuzzy Tales said...

Your mom and her co-worker had great costumes.

You certainly all seem to enjoy Halloween!

The mom remembers the best part used to be the mini-chocolate bars. Ha.

Madi and Mom said...

What interesting Wizard of Oz trivia. It was and still is a favorite in this house. Our first family pet was a minght mini doxie named Toto. We knew no matter what kind of dog we adopted it would be Toto.
Hugs Madi and Mom

Teri and the cats of Curlz and Swirlz said...

We'd rather see humans dressed up than get dressed up ourselves, so thanks for sharing those spooky pix!

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