Saturday, April 11, 2015

Shadows of Oz

Margaret Hamilton as The Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz
Oma Linda's Celebrate Oz blog parties are always delightful affairs, but this year's Shadows of Oz theme was just that wee bit extra enticing for the likes of me. 

When I first saw The Wizard of Oz as a child, the most enthralling and frightening portion of the movie  was the tornado scene. A young girl being carried off by a destructive twister was disturbing enough, but the creepy cherry on top was the view Dorothy had from her window as her house was buffeted about in the centre of the whirling winds. The eerie and sinister imagery of nasty Miss Gulch peddling on her bicycle and then transforming into a cackling witch atop a broomstick was very unsettling.


I wanted to include a special quote from the film and I think this one nicely highlights the shadowy nature of the witch. Killing Dorothy was one thing, but threatening to kill her little dog too... well that's truly a 10 on the old wickedness scale!

The fate of the dog  was obviously of paramount importance to me as a kid because I remember also being horrified at the prospect of little Toto perishing in the enchanted poppy field, which brings me nicely to my wee giveaway...

This is Poppy (she can no longer recall her true name), a tiny creature created by the Wicked Witch of the West and then forced to serve her. After managing a daring escape from the witch's castle, Poppy unwittingly leapt from the frying pan into the fire when she found herself in a field of Oz's deadly poppies. Had she been human, she would surely have succumbed to the lethal scent of the scarlet flowers and fallen into an eternal sleep. However, overcome by the intoxicating fumes, she simply slipped into a reverie, and lost any desire to be parted from the blooms. Now she no longer knows where they end and she begins.

If you would like a chance to win Poppy, just let me know in the comments below.  As always, I will assign a number to each comment in the order that they are left and the winner will be chosen via the RANDOM.ORG Random Number Generator. (Please make sure you leave me some way to contact you.) This giveaway is open internationally and the only rule is that you must be a follower of Little Gothic Horrors either here or Facebook or Twitter or Instagram. The giveaway will be open until Friday, April 17, at 11:00 PM Eastern US time. I will announce the winner next weekend.

Now, this is not in the least bit shadowy, but to finish up, I just had to include these adorable pictures of a 1970 reunion of The Wizard of Oz cast members Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, and Margaret Hamilton, from the Doctor Macro site.

Thank you for joining me for my contribution to Shadows of Oz. To mingle with the other party-goers, just head on over to Olde Baggs N Stuffed Shirts, the blog of our wonderful hostess Oma Linda... before I release the Winged Monkeys.


Fly! Fly! Fly! 




This giveaway is now closed! Thank you to everyone who visited me and/or participated in this fun event! The winner will be announced in my next post.

49 comments:

  1. Ooh, perfect! I adore this film. I was scared of the flying monkeys, and I remember Amber being afraid of the owl in the woods, when she was small.

    Another gorgeous creation!

    *Gone to share your post* ♥

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    1. It's like a 'Wizard of Oz' Rorschach test! ;D We've all got our own individual moments that creeped us out the most.

      Thank you so much, Yvonne! And for spreading the word too! ♥

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  2. I really love Poppy's back story! She's adorable. Please enter me in the contest. Thanks!

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  3. How cool that we both thought of Toto's plight :D...and Poppy is just adorable, she would be more than welcome in my garden :D XXX

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    1. People can be dropping like flies in a movie and I'll always be like, "Oh no, don't hurt the doggie!!!"

      Thank you so much, Gina! I think Poppy would love some of the dangerous flowers in your garden. ;D

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  4. There are so many terrifying things about The Wizard of Oz. Dorothy being carried off into the unknown, a bunch of people cheering the sight of a corpse, body robbing, the embracing of polyester by the Wicked Witch of the West...

    I LOVE Poppy, her eyes are perfect! If I win her, I'll certainly try to get her some therapy for her memory loss... perhaps a gas mask, too. ;-D

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    1. "the embracing of polyester by the Wicked Witch of the West... " Ha!

      Yes, the tone can be a tad odd at times. Glinda is way too smug in my opinion!

      Thank you, Magaly! I'm sure Poppy would appreciate both the therapy and the gas mask!! ;D

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  5. I think practically everything scared me about the Wizard of Oz when I first watched it. Either I was really young or else I'm a complete wuss - I can't decide. Probably the second one.

    Haha, love the embracing of polyester comment by Magaly. :)

    I'd adore Poppy in our cottage, but I keep getting constant reminders from the eldest about hoarding. Jeez, you'd think he was expecting me to pop off soon here, wouldn't ya? There's plenty of time to deal with all the stuff I've collected over the years. LOL

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    1. It was definitely the portion of the movie that was not in colour that I found the scariest and most memorable, Insomniac's Attic. It's funny thinking about what we were once terrified of before we became completely desensitized. I can't believe I was scared of Witchiepoo in 'H.R. Pufnstuf' when I was a kid. Haha.

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  6. Oh my stars.....this was delightful. You know I went back and watch the film last week and couldn't find a shadow anywhere and then I recalled your first photo and that is the only shadow I think of in Oz. Oh the delightful darkness of the bicycle scene.
    And Ms. Poppy is perfection. Love your whimsy in your creations. Thank you so very much for being part of Celebrate Oz. I'm thrilled by your contributions. xoxo Oma Linda

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  7. Poppy is adorable and her history is perfect.
    Miss Gulch transforming into the WWotW was indeed one of the really terrifying moments of the movie for me as well!

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    1. Thank you, Lora! ♥

      Yes, the Miss Gulch/witch transformation just had an old-school creepiness to it that I think still works!

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  8. I LOVED that movie!!! I grew up with it, and when I first saw it, we had a black-and-white TV, so I could only imagine how beautiful Oz was. Then a burglar stole our TV, and we got a color one!!! I was SO thrilled to see the real Oz at last! :-)

    And I have to admit, I actually loved the Wicked Witch of the West and her flying monkeys, but my favorite character was the Tin Man (he looked and sounded a lot like my dad).

    EEEEE-heheheheheheeeee!!!!!!!

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    1. I love all the creepy elements of the film best. Who wouldn't want their own squadron of flying monkeys to command?! Mwah haha!

      I'm glad that the misfortune of having your TV stolen had the silver-lining of upgrading to a colour set. Nevertheless, I hope the stinky burglar got what was coming to him.

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  9. Poppy is so sweet, and I do love her back story and I found the transformation of Miss Gulch into the witch is so creepy BUT I still like the Flying Monkeys :)

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    1. Thank you, Kim! :) Yes, I like the flying monkeys too!

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  10. Poppy and her background are both magical. She looks quite content.
    Although I do follow, I fear I have not visited in far too long. I must change that.
    One of my favorite lines is where dorothy tells the witch to be gone or she'll drop a house on her too.

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    1. Thank you so much, Laura! I loved your Oz post!

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  11. I love POPPY! It took me 30 years to figure out the allure of those beautiful red blooms!
    Poppy and I have much to discuss!
    Like you, Toto was a concern, I could never figure out the dislike from the witch, but it could be envy, Toto was smarter than her pet flying monkies!

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    1. Thank you, Debi! ♥ I love the red and black of poppies... my favourite colours! ^_^ Yes, I can see why there have been so many spin-offs from 'The Wizard of Oz'. There are plenty of unanswered questions in that story.

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  12. The whole tornado scene has always been my favorite part. Whenever I was feeling bored, as a kid, i would wish that a tornado would lift my house and take me somewhere cooler. Now, I'm kinda proud I was born and raised in Sleepy Hollow.
    Poppy looks pretty cool. i know a little girl who despite having way too many stuffed pets already, would LOVE to add Poppy to her circle. Count me in.

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    1. You are from Sleepy Hollow, Gabriel?! You lucky thing! I would have wanted the tornado to drop my house in Sleepy Hollow!!! I still do!! :D

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  13. Lovely little Poppy. She would find a lovely home here in the Haute. Just as long as she doesn't mind a little bit of murder... Be sure to visit Magician of Oz and read my contribution to the Shadow of Oz.

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    1. Thank you so much, James! I thoroughly enjoyed reading your contribution to the Shadow of Oz festivities.

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  14. I agree..Miss Gulch flying and cackling and that Music!!! Way too scary! But for me it was the stripey legs curling up under the house that about did me in as a kid.
    Your Poppy is wonderful! I bet she likes Poppy seed bread. She looks like she would enjoy hanging out with some of those button eye folks from "Coraline". I love the black, white, and red.

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    1. Yes, the scene with the legs withering away is really quite disturbing, isn't it? Probably much creepier than they could manage with CGI these days.

      Thank you so much, April! I love 'Coraline', so I'm a big fan of "button eye folks".

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  15. Poppy is PERFECTO & yes please Emma, a number for entry would be be awesome, I may just even break into song if I win ('Over the Rainbow' of course) she is gorgeous & so is the photo you took of her in those Black White & Red fields!! Now Toto was the main character for me, it's like 'Where's the dog' if I couldn't see him in shots, I was terrified for the little bugger!!! Very scary movie for dog lovers around the globe ;)

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    1. Aww... thank you so much, Shelle! ♥ Yes, as long as Toto survived, everything else was just a bonus! ;D

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  16. Mean old Mrs. Gulch! As a kid, I had a hard time understanding how Dorothy's Aunt and Uncle just handed Toto over to her! Love all the pix and Poppy is just too cute. I would love for you to send her to my house!

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    1. "I had a hard time understanding how Dorothy's Aunt and Uncle just handed Toto over to her!"

      Yes! I completely agree, Beverly! And thank you so much! :)

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  17. Emma - what a fabulous post! Poppy is just *gorgeous*! Actually, as I child I was more a reader of Frank Baum's book than a viewer of the film - how I wish I had those ancient library editions now! I now want to read him all over again after seeing your post! The film is epic in every way, the flying monkeys were my particular terror, but Toto's impending fate always had me in tears. I particularly love the photo of the 1970 reunion - it is very touching and Ms. Hamilton looks like a darling! Siobhan xox

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    1. Thank you so much, lovely Siobhan! ♥ Yes, isn't that reunion shot sweet?! And from what I've read of Margaret Hamilton, she was, indeed, a darling in real life. I've got a particular soft spot for her because she played Morticia's mother in the sixties series of 'The Addams Family'. :)

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  18. Great post Emma!! You know, there is a lot of dark scary parts to this film. There really is when you think about it!! Please include me into the giveaway ;o) Hugs ;o)

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  19. Just putting Nina from Facebook here, so she can be part of the giveaway. :D

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  20. Poppy is so lovely! I adore your dolls :) Love this giveaway!
    I love Wizard of oz so much. I've always said that if I could travel to one fictional world that it would be Oz. I love the flying monkeys and the fact that witches can be melted with water. Seriously, How do they bathe? Tin man has always been my favorite companion of Dorothy's. Did you see the Tin Man mini series on SciFi (now SyFy)? It was really good. Such a fun twist on an old tale.

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    1. Thank you, Jessie! ♥ And thank you also for tweeting about this post! ^_^

      Ha! Yes, so many unanswered questions regarding the water-melting condition. I haven't seen the Tin Man series, but I'll put it on my *To Watch* list now.

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  21. Watching the annul showing of the Wizard of Oz when it would come on one of the only three TV networks as a kid was a big treat. I can remember my cousin would cry every year when Margaret Hamilton would ride in on her bicycle, this lasted well past the age he probably should have been afraid! Haven't seen this probably a decade now. Love your new doll design and backstory Emma!

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    1. Hahaha. I hope your cousin doesn't know you're revealing his shameful secret, Mark! ;D And thank you so much!!

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  22. Poppy reminds me a bit of the The Other Mother in Neil Gaiman's 'Coraline'... Do want! ;)

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    1. I love 'Coraline', so I'm more than happy for Poppy to remind you of the Other Mother, Persephone! :D

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  23. Hello dear Lady Emma... enjoyed your OZ post...
    A great weekend to you and yours...

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  24. Just stumbled onto your site by happy coincidence (that you Google!). Love it. I would also very much love to win little Poppy. Please enter me in the competition.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Chris, but I'm afraid this giveaway is nearly a year old and is over.

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