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10 fun facts about 'The Wizard of Oz' and 'Mary Poppins' (10 items)

Ben Tullis, Deseret News

Aug. 25, 2014

This week, two family friendly movies will celebrate milestone anniversaries.

“The Wizard of Oz,” starring Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale, celebrates its 75th anniversary on Aug. 25, and “Mary Poppins,” starring Julie Andrews, celebrates its 50th anniversary on Aug. 27. Following are fun facts about the two movies.

1 of 10. "The Wizard of Oz": 100 Greatest Films of All Time

In "The Wizard of Oz," Dorothy Gale is swept away in a tornado to the magical land of Oz where she meets witches, a scarecrow, a tin man and a cowardly lion during her quest to find the wizard who she hopes can return her to her Kansas home.

The movie made the top 10 in the American Film Institute’s 100 Greatest Films of All Time. It was also named the best fantasy movie and the third greatest musical on other American Film Institute lists.

2 of 10. "The Wizard of Oz": 100 Greatest Movie Songs

Two of the movie’s songs made it on the AFI’s 100 Greatest Movie Songs list.

“Over the Rainbow” was rated the best film song of all time, and “Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead” was ranked 82nd.

3 of 10. "The Wizard of Oz": 100 Greatest Movie Quotes

Three of the movie’s lines of dialogue made it to the AFI’s 100 Greatest Movie Quotes list.

“I’ll get you, my pretty, and your little dog, too!” was 99th, “There’s no place like home” was 23rd and “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore” was 4th.

4 of 10. "The Wizard of Oz": 50 Greatest Villains

The Wicked Witch of the West made the top five on the AFI’s 50 Greatest Villains list.

The Wicked Witch of the West was ranked the fourth greatest villain in the history of movies. According to an article on theguardian.com, many of the witch’s scenes were trimmed or cut altogether because they were deemed too scary.

5 of 10. "The Wizard of Oz": "Over the Rainbow"

The greatest movie song of all time, according to the AFI, almost didn’t make it into the movie, according to BBC News.

MGM felt it made the Kansas scene too long and wouldn’t appeal to children.