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Moxie Flix: The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Young Dorothy Gale and her dog are swept away by a tornado from their Kansas farm to the magical Land of Oz, and embark on a quest with three new friends to see the Wizard, who can return her to her home and fulfill the others' wishes.
(PG, 102 min.)


Saturday, April 23, 2022

10:00 AM

These FREE screenings are part of MOXIE FLIX, a monthly series focusing on essential films for kids to see before they turn 13.

Summary: When a tornado rips through Kansas, Dorothy (Judy Garland) and her dog, Toto, are whisked away in their house to the magical land of Oz. They follow the Yellow Brick Road toward the Emerald City to meet the Wizard, and en route they meet a Scarecrow (Ray Bolger) that needs a brain, a Tin Man (Jack Haley) missing a heart, and a Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr) who wants courage. The wizard asks the group to bring him the broom of the Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton) to earn his help. [Rotten Tomatoes]

Starring: Bert Lahr, Billie Burke, Frank Morgan, Jack Haley, Judy Garland, Ray Bolger
Director: George Cukor
Genre(s): Adventure, Fantasy, Comedy, Family, Musical

A thorough, spoiler-filled Parent’s Guide can be found here.

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"The greatest American movie fantasy."

— Michael Sragow, Orange County Register

"It is gorgeous, fantastic, radiant with technicolor."

— Mae Tinee, Chicago Tribune

"Seventy-five years on, it hasn't dated in the slightest."

— Geoffrey Macnab, Independent (UK)

"The blend of old-fashioned, classic storytelling with cutting-edge technology is undeniably enthralling."

— Claudia Puig, USA Today

"The Wizard of Oz will, beyond question, be accorded recognition as a milestone in motion picture history."

— THR Staff, Hollywood Reporter

"The Wizard of Oz is worthy of your best adjectives -- a super-colossal in ever sense of the phrase and one which can not be compared to anything else ever attempted on the screen."

— Katherine Howard, Fort Worth Star-Telegram/

"A work of almost staggering iconographic, mythological, creative and simple emotional meaning, at least for American audiences, this is one vintage film that fully lives up to its classic status."

— Todd McCarthy, Variety

"The Wizard of Oz has been filmed with imagination. It has warmth and understanding of child psychology; it has gentle humor and a sturdy philosophical undercurrent. [It is] a rare and distinguished film that should capture the hearts of all ages."

— Mildred Martin, Philadelphia Inquirer

"Oz simply lays bare primal emotions, exposes our childhood anxieties about abandonment and powerlessness and brings to light the tension between the repressive comforts of home and the liberating terrors of the unknown marking all our adult lives."

— Trevor Johnston, Time Out