PG | | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
A frustrated circus magician from Kansas is transported to a magical land called Oz, where he will have to fulfill a prophecy to become the king, and release the land from the Wicked Witches using his great (but fake) powers.
During the tornado sequence in the hot air balloon, Raimi follows the point-of-view of one of the posts from the picket fence.
Front Gate Barker:
Hurry, hurry, step this way. Get your tickets now. Don't be shut out, friend. Step this way. See the most wondrous sights imaginable. pulled from the four corners of the Earth. Acts to delight, to thrill and to mystify! Walk through these gates and ...
In the opening scene, Oscar (who is "Oz") is trying to impress his new assistant by offering her a music box owned by his deceased grandmother, "a decorated war hero", a seriously embarrassing English grammatical mistake that no American male would have made when speaking to a female in 1905, for at that time, everyone knew the difference between "hero" and "heroine", and there was no such thing as "political correctness".
The opening credits are seen in a 1930s nickelodeon, with certain credits having their own qualities:
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