The Wizard Of Oz parents guide

The Wizard Of Oz Parent Review

With Dorothy's help each character discovers the characteristics they are seeking have been within them all along. And it's this self-discovery process that gives the endearing movie its heart.

Overall A-

When a tornado sucks up her Kansas home and drops it in the land of Oz, young Dorothy (Judy Garland) begins a quest to meet the Wizard (Frank Morgan) and ask him how she can get home. Along the way she meets the Scarecrow (Ray Bolger), Tin Man (Jack Haley), and Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr) who all have requests for the Wizard too.

Violence B+
Sexual Content A
Profanity A
Substance Use A-

The Wizard Of Oz is rated G

Movie Review

For the handful of people not familiar with this 1939 classic movie, Dorothy (Judy Garland) is a young girl living on a Kansas farm. Life should be a breeze for someone this sweet, but instead it turns into a literal tornado, which sends the pigtailed lass and her dog Toto (along with her aunt's house) into the biggest spin cycle in history.

After a short but dizzying flight, the building lands with a bump right on top of one of the wickedest witches in the Land of Oz. At this point, the black and white film bursts into beautiful color -- Dorothy's first clue that she's not in Kansas any more.

Although hailed as a hero by the resident Munchkins (dwarf-sized people), the confused child's one desire is to return home. But only the Wizard (Frank Morgan) who rules the land can grant such a request, so Dorothy must follow the Yellow Brick Road to which leads to the capital city of Oz. Along the way the girl meets the Scarecrow (Ray Bolger), Tin Man (Jack Haley), and Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr). As each of them has a wish to ask from the great wizard too, they decide to join her quest.

There is little in this film to concern parents. Some children may find the tornado sequence frightening (even though the depiction contains many comic elements, like the old Grandma in the rocking chair who knits while riding the winds of the storm). Other anxious moments in the Land of Oz center around the Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton) as she does her best to regain the coveted (and magic) red shoes Dorothy is wearing.

Meanwhile, as the foursome encounters obstacles and challenges, they are forced to face their greatest fears. With Dorothy's help each discovers the characteristics they are seeking have been within them all along. And it's this self-discovery process that gives the endearing movie its heart.

Starring Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Frank Morgan. Running time: 101 minutes. Theatrical release August 25, 1939. Updated

The Wizard Of Oz Parents Guide

When Dorothy and her friends began their journey to Oz, they were counseled never to leave the Yellow Brick Road. What happened when they forgot that advice? How could this metaphor apply to real life?

What did it take for each of the characters to discover they already possessed the traits they wished they had? What can you learn from their example?

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