The Wizard of Oz was released on August 29, 1939, over 80 years ago. It is an iconic film that has stood the test of time. The story has been adapted and retold in various mediums, but something about this classic remains solid and magical.
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Check out some fun facts about The Wizard of Oz.
- The Wizard of Oz was nominated for six Academy Awards and won two of them, Best Original Song ("Somewhere Over the Rainbow") and Best Original Score.
- Ray Bolger, who played Scarecrow, was originally cast as the Tin Man.
- If you watch closely, you can see Dorothy's pigtails change lengths throughout the movie.
- The studio used JELL-O powder to color the color-changing horses.
- The Lion's costume weighed over 90 pounds and was made with real hair.
- A dancing scene, famously based after the dance the Jitterbug, was eventually cut from the final film.
- The dog who played Toto was a female named Terry.
- The famous ruby red slippers are currently on display at the National Museum of American History.
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