Friday, March 12, 2010

F'n son of a gun. . .

So, for those of you who don't know, I am a huuuuuuge Wizard of Oz fan. It was my favorite when I was little and I often like to tell people about how at age four I could say with 100% certainty that I was, in fact, Dorothy and I was going to marry Axl Rose. It's really a pretty sweet life plan for a four-year-old to come up with, if you ask me. And how thoughtful of me to match the color of my shoes to my husband's hair.

Anyway, last night, at a loss for what to do, a few friends and myself decided to sync up The Wizard of Oz with Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon. i had tried this once in high school but we used my dad's vinyl copy of the album and thus had to try to pause the movie and flip the record. As I'm sure you imagined, it didn't turn out too well.

Well, this time around it went great and everyone was having a wonderful time. But then, as the scene just before the Flying Monkeys appear started, I noticed something unusual that I had never seen before. . .


Does anyone else remember this part? I mean, I have seen this movie hundreds of times and I've never noticed that gun before. I didn't know they had guns in Oz. Quite honestly, it really changes my opinion of the place.

But what's even more curious is where does it go? He only has the gun in this one scene. In fact, mere moments later when the Flying Monkeys actually appear, the Scarecrow is once more unarmed. So, what was the point of the gun in the first place?

In any event, I think I feel an embroidery coming on. Someone has to celebrate the OG Scarecrow.


  1. holy shit, i never noticed that either. I'm going to have to re-watch it. I can't wait to see the embroidery of the scarecrow packin heat

  2. haha thats new to me, but now i need to watch it again. Did you hear they're working on a remake of it? But one more closely following the book rather than the movie. I'm curious to see how it turns out, but worried it will be as awful as the new willy wonka...[that rapping oompa-loopa dude ruined it for me].

  3. Seeing that movie a billion times, I do remember this scene and I know why it's edited so funny.
    It's part of a scene that they cut out about the Jitterbugs. They do a song and dance number and all. They have all the equipment with them to catch the Jitterbug. I think it was a supposed task given by the wizard.

    I saw the documentary a million years ago (yep, before the movie came out) and that's the explanation I could be totally wrong....the world may never know....well, the internets might never...

  4. Giggly, I actually know what you're talking about! I have seen bits and pieces of the Jitterbug routine and I knew it was cut from the film but I didn't know that the gun was related. That makes a lot of sense now.

    I also find it pretty hilarious that they needed a gun to kill the Jitterbugs and not the Wicked Witch.