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The Wizard of Oz
The Wizard of Oz

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Date: Mar 15 2013

Themes: Pop Culture

Grammar: Simple Present Tense


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The Wizard of Oz is one of the most popular movies of all time. Generations of families have enjoyed watching as Dorothy, the Tin Man, the Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion make their way along the yellow brick road to Oz. Even if you’ve never seen the movie, you might know one of its most popular songs, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”

But have you ever wondered how Oz’s wizard came to be? An upcoming movie, Oz the Great and Powerful, starring James Franco, explores this question. It’s sort of a prequel to the The Wizard of Oz. Find out what Greta and Mason think about the old Oz and the new Oz in this movies English lesson.

《绿野仙踪》(The Wizard of Oz) 是电影史上最受欢迎的电影之一。历代家庭都喜爱观看多萝茜、铁皮人、稻草人和胆小的狮子沿着黄色地砖走在通往奥兹王国的路上。即便你从未看过这部电影,也可能知道该影片最受青睐的歌曲之一《彩虹之上》“Somewhere Over the Rainbow”。

但你是否曾经好奇奥兹女巫是怎么来的吗?一部由詹姆斯·弗兰科 (James Franco) 领衔主演的即将上映的影片《魔境仙踪》(Oz the Great and Powerful) 将解开这个疑问。这部影片是 《绿野仙踪》(The Wizard of Oz) 的前传。在这节电影主题的英语课上,看看格里塔和梅森如何看待新旧两部影片。


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Greta:  Have you seen the previews for the new Oz movie?

Mason:  Here’s what I worry about…So, sometimes I think you need to leave well enough alone. The original Wizard of Oz movie is great. Fantastic. I’m a little bit nervous when I hear that Tim Burton is going to give his modern take on the classic tale.

Greta:  Huh. I can see that. Especially because the Wizard of Oz, the original one, is so family-friendly, and you kind of never know with remakes. Like the Willy Wonka movie was considerably, I think, more disturbing, the remake.

Mason:  Yeah. I have such fond memories of just…I know pretty much all the songs. We’d watch them together as a family and everyone would skip and pretend we were going down the yellow brick road.

Greta:  True. But this is not a remake of the Wizard of Oz.

Mason:  Oh?

Greta:  It is following Oz, I don’t remember the character’s real name, the traveling salesman who becomes the Wizard of Oz. It’s his story. It’s like a prequel. And James Franco is the traveling salesman. And I have to say, I love James Franco, and I love that world. So, I am looking forward to seeing it.

Mason:  By the way, spoiler alert. The Wizard of Oz isn’t a real wizard? What?


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Mason and Greta have heard about the upcoming movie about Oz, and they have different feelings about it. Mason is worried. He loved the original Wizard of Oz so much because he watched it with his family growing up. He would sing the songs from the movie and skip around.

Greta understands that the movie meant something special to Mason when he was young. She also knows that sometimes new versions of movies are less family-friendly than the originals. Still, she’s excited about Oz the Great and Powerful. She’s a fan of James Franco, and she loves the world of Oz so much that she’d be happy to see any movies about it.

What were your favorite movies as a kid? Have you ever seen a remake of a movie you loved? Did you like it, or were you disappointed?



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long ,long time ago  I have seen this epic movie  and i am thinking  to rent  it  to watch again the original version.

02:50 PM Mar 15 2013 |




I watched the preview of this movie and absolutely liked it. Definitely, I will not only have fun watching it, but it will also brings me back to my childhood. We used to play Wizard of Oz, dressing up, pretedning different characters.. :) It was so much fun.


02:37 PM Mar 15 2013 |




hmmm from the coming up i saw , i didn’t really like the special effects, they should have just make it an anime instead !! but well i didn’t watch it yet so it may be quite interresting i duuno yet ^^!

09:01 AM Mar 15 2013 |



Recently I watched in movie.It was great..so interesting..beautiful scenes..special effects.They gave  the old story new life. It`s not a remake or something like that. It`s a new story that make possible to understand the real story of the wizard and that nasty witch.Everything in movie makes you believe that it`s old good Wizard OZ movie,but better because of the all special effects and amusing dialogs(so close to our mowaday life).Of corse it just can`t replace the previous movie(because of all that childhood memories),but it can be a new  “oftentimes-seen-movie-for the-whole-family”.Watch it and you won`t regret or you can bite me=)

Good time for everyone!Watch only decent movies)

08:42 AM Mar 15 2013 |




i have’nt seen like this 

07:55 AM Mar 15 2013 |

Joyce Rose

Joyce Rose


 I am looking forward to seeing  The Wizard of Oz .

06:17 AM Mar 15 2013 |

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i have not see the wizard of OZ before, but i have to say, nowadays lots of the directors alaways like to copy the the classic movies, they follow the tales of original movies, and just change some actor, what i hate the most is they change the tales and make it worse, awful. why not just leave the well enough alone, and make some new and interesting movies?

04:52 AM Mar 15 2013 |

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