10 fun facts about 'The Wizard of Oz' and 'Mary Poppins' (10 items)
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
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
“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
“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 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"
MGM felt it made the Kansas scene too long and wouldn’t appeal to children.