Five Things You Might Not Know About ‘The Wizard of Oz’

With Halloween only two days away our Wizard of Oz giveaway concludes. Thank you to all who participated in this giveaway and congratulations to our two winners! Now celebrating its 80th anniversary, the ideas expressed in The Wizard of Oz still permeate today’s culture. Of course, today everyone knows “there is no place like home”, but let’s take a look at 5 things you may not know about The Wizard of Oz.

Baum wore many hats

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By the time “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” was published Baum had already tried his hand at several other professions. Early in his life, he was a playwright, actor, and prize-winning poultry breeder. After departing from those occupations, he took up a position as a salesman for an oil lubrication company. It wouldn’t be long before he would move on yet again to become a traveling salesman for a glassware firm. It was then he began writing stories. This was the genesis for his career as a children’s author and “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”. (History Chanel)

The horses in Emerald City were covered in Jell-O powder

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In order to achieve the look they were going for in the Emerald City scenes, the special effects crew covered the horses in Jell-O powder. The horses would try to lick themselves clean so the scenes had to be shot quickly. (Flavor Wire)

The Wiz wore Frank Baum’s Jacket

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The coat worn by Frank Morgan’s character was purchased in a thrift store and originally belonged to Baum. This fact was only discovered later and was confirmed by Baum’s widow and tailor. (Flavor Wire)

“Over the Rainbow” was almost cut

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It’s hard to imagine this film without the “over the rainbow” scene but the now-famous song was almost cut out entirely. Some worried that the song would make the film too long. (Flavor Wire)

Dorothy’s slippers were originally Silver

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Technicolor had recently been introduced to film making and the film creators thought the red slippers would stand out better against the yellow brick road. Only four authentic pairs created during the film’s production exist today, and one pair sold at auction in 2000 for $666,000. (History Chanel)

Now available in 4K Ultra HD, The Wizard of Oz continues to remind us the value of friends and family. For a complete look at our Wizard of Oz collection visit our website here, and for your own copy of The Wizard of Oz in 4K Ultra HD click here. Once again thank you to all who participated in our Wizard of Oz giveaway and have a happy Halloween!

The Spider-Verse Explained

 

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If someone asked you to describe Spider-Man, what would you say? Most would say he wears a blue and red suit, and he uses his proportionate strength and speed of a spider to fight crime. A fitting description for some of those web slinging heroes in the Marvel Universe, but what about the others? That’s right, Peter Parker is not the only Spider-Man to consider, there is a whole multiverse of spider-like heroes out there. Hitting theaters tomorrow, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, plays on this concept of crime fighting collaboration amongst spidey powered heroes from multiple dimensions. To prepare you for tomorrow, here is a quick recap on the history and characters of the Spider-Verse.

The concept of a multiverse is nothing new. There are an infinite number of timelines accounting for an infinite number of realities all vaguely similar to one another. The same rules apply to the Spider-Verse. In some realities Peter Parker is almost identical to the Spider-Man most of us are familiar with. In others Peter Parker might not be the one who was bitten by a radioactive spider at all. In certain circumstances where the bad guys are just too powerful to defeat alone, some of these spider-heroes can break their interdimensional barriers and join forces. Here are some of the main characters of the Spider-Verse that frequently appear when the spidey squad assembles.

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Miles Morales – In Miles’ universe, Peter Parker gave his life in a battle against the Green Goblin. Miles took on the role of Spider-Man in Peter’s place and fights for the same values. Now Miles has joined the traditional Marvel Universe and receives guidance from that world’s Peter Parker.

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Spider-Gwen – On Earth-65, Peter Parker is not a hero at all. In this universe Gwen Stacey is bitten by the spider and Peter Parker is her jealous boyfriend accidentally turned lizard monster. As a high school student and daughter of the police chief, Gwen struggles to balance her civilian life with her hero life.

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Spider-Man Noir – With an infinite number of universes, there are bound to be some pretty dark realities. This is where Spider-Man Noir comes from. In a Great Depression-era world riddled with crime, this version of Peter Parker sticks to the shadows and totes a twin set of pistols.

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Spider-Ham – Peter Porker’s character is simple. He’s just a spidey powered pig from a universe where all the characters we know and love are anthropomorphized versions of themselves.

There are many, many more. Thankfully, Marvel began connecting these characters in 2014 when they brought together hundreds of spider characters to protect the Web of Life and Destiny. Since the genesis of the Spider-Verse, the concept has gained popularity. The potential for spider people to team up became the crux of the animated Ultimate Spider-Man, and various Spider-Man video games have toyed with the same premise. Now the Spider-Verse is hitting the big screen, allowing more people to become familiar with a much larger Marvel world full of possibilities and we can’t wait to see what happens next!

 

Happy Holidays

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Winter officially starts in 22 days bringing cold and snowy weather. For most of us this entails a quicker pace when walking to and from the car, but for those who are homeless winter spells hardship. Warm clothes can be their only defense against the elements and for those who lack warm clothes there is no defense. That is why this winter Rubie’s is teaming up with Long Island Coalition for the Homeless to conduct a coat drive.

Originally founded as the Nassau-Suffolk Partnership for the Homeless in 1985, the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless seeks to eliminate homelessness on Long Island and improve the lives of Long Islanders who are homeless or facing homelessness. Efforts put forth by the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless results in over $10 million in funding each year. While this is a herculean achievement they can still use your support!

Getting involved is simple. At Rubie’s, we have set up a series of collection bins throughout our Melville office adorning the sign you see above. The bins will be in place until December 20th, just in time to be distributed for Christmas. We encourage you to do the same! Get in contact with the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless and see if they can collect your donations. In the meantime start spreading the word that you will be collecting warm clothing for the homeless this December and start encouraging others to follow your lead. Happy holidays.