Declared “the most-seen film in movie history” by the Library of Congress, The Wizard of Oz is truly apart of America’s cultural history and the story itself is a celebration of community. That is why it’s such a perfect film to bring together our Fox Community in celebration of 90 Years of entertainment!
81 years after the film premiere, and an astonishing 120 years after the publication of the novel, The Wizard of Oz remains a cultural treasure, beloved by millions of fans around the world and celebrated in thousands of live performances every year.
A huge source of the musical’s charm is the allure of Baum’s magical world, a colorful dreamland far from the drudgeries of home. When the film premiered, America was enduring the hardships of the Great Depression, and audiences sought entertainment offering a reprieve from their daily concerns. Baum’s wonderland of witches, wizards, talking animals, flying monkeys and magic slippers fit the bill.
Today, eighty years later, we still seek escape from the fatigue of a wearying news cycle, and what better destination than a twinkling emerald fantasy land?