New Images Reveal the Fantastic World of ‘Oz, The Great and Powerful’

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This spring, Sam Raimi’s  Oz, The Great and Powerful will take audiences back down the yellow brick road to tell the story of Oscar Diggs (James Franco), the huckster magician who becomes the powerful Wizard of Oz.

The first trailer for Oz, The Great and Powerful hinted at the film’s vibrant re-imagining of the magical land of Oz. Now a series of new pictures from show more of the film’s fantastical setting, as well as some of its characters.

The images, via USA Today, reveal an Oz that is unlike anything we’ve seen before. As Raimi explains, “There’s not a single leaf that exists that wasn’t designed.”

One of the more interesting photos reveals Diggs talking to China Doll – a character from China Country (which is featured in L. Frank Baum’s original novel, but not in the famous 1939 film). We also see some more of China Country (called Chinatown in the film) in the photo with Finley the Winged Monkey (voiced by Zach Braff).

As Raimi explains, being made of china in a world of angry wicked witches is not ideal.

“They’re realizing that the plaster pieces on the cobblestones are not just of the ceramic structures that the china people use as houses and buildings, but also the china chips on the ground are made of the china people themselves.”

After the destruction of Chinatown, China Doll takes up forces with Diggs on his way to fight the Wicked Witch. Presumably, when the new trailer for Oz, The Great and Powerful hits this Wednesday, this subplot and others will be seen in more detail.

Personally, the first trailer for Oz, The Great and Powerful felt a bit too much like Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, which, though a financial success, was a largely incomprehensible mishmash of zany characters and eye-popping 3D.

At second glance though, Oz does have a lot to offer. In addition to its impressive visuals, the movie boasts a strong cast, led by Franco, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams, and Mila Kunis, and a great director in Raimi.

What do you think? Is Oz, The Great and Powerful one of your must-see movies of 2013?

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Source: USA Today

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  1. Looks Great so far !
    Glad Raimi works on it,now just wish he would make Evil Dead 4 and continue the Ash story line in the distant future !

  2. I hope this Oz prequel is much better than Tim Burton’s awful Alice in Wonderland sequel. But I usually expect good stuff from Sam Raimi.

  3. Completely agree on the comparison to Alice in Wonderland. So far the worlds look almost identical. And, to me, none of it looks unique or stunning. Just weird, messy, and cartoonish, though I suppose that could be what they’re going for.

    • The Tim Burton one left a nasty taste in my mouth. I couldn’t even watch it all the way through. However this one still looks a little “Chocolate box” to me. I’ll have to wait and see.

      • Pfft. I shouldn’t have said “One”. This reminds me of the Burton’s version of Wonderland. Although Oz is just as strange and dark as Wonderland, this still looks unreal. I liked the Oz from “Return to Oz”. That was really dark and freaky.

  4. anyone here read the marvel comics with the cute art style, they really flesh out the land of oz and introduce a ton of cool looking creatures and areas, worth reading for anyone that hasn’t read the original books or has a sucky imagination :P

  5. This looks like a darker take on the classic movie, which is really good because the books (yes, books) grew really dark over time

  6. I’m delighted that Sam Raimi is helming the production while uniting with James Franco and Peter Deming (Director of photography of Evil Dead II & Drag me to Hell). Beyond that, I can’t help but feel removed from this world already as the actors are surrounded by too much CGI just like Alice in Wonderland. Maybe the story and characters will be strong enough to submerge me into world of Oz.

    With a new trailer expected tomorrow, I’ll get a better feel for this film and how it moves with the live action actors.

  7. “Oz the Great and Powerful” is all smoke and no mirrors, no fantasy, just effects without affect. To be honest, more like Oz the Amiable and Un-threatening. The best, funniest Oz thing I’ve read lately is DA YELLER BRICK ROAD, a revisionist telling of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Uncle Remus. The conceit is it was originally by Remus (who didn’t exist) and then “borrowed and cleaned-up” by Baum. Hilarious and charming. All that “Oz the Great and Powerful” is not.

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