A Closer Look at ‘Oz: The Great and Powerful’ at Comic-Con

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A Closer Look at 'Oz: The Great and Powerful' at Comic-Con

If you missed San Diego Comic-Con last week, you didn’t get a chance to see the Walt Disney Studios panel. The panel showed off three of Disney’s newest films, which you can read about here, one of which gave us our first ever look at ‘Oz: The Great and Powerful’, Sam Raimi’s newest film which is a prequel to ‘The Wizard of Oz’.

Oz: The Great and Powerful’, a new prequel to ‘The Wizard of Oz’. We were shown the first footage of the film, and man, does it look incredible. The film will start in a 4:3 style tube TV black and white, and once the film lands in Oz, will become a widescreen and color film. As Sam Raimi himself said, the movie follows “a selfish man who learns to be selfless.” James Franco plays a carnival magician named Oscar who, after too many cons on the people of Kansas, is chased out of town. He leaves by air balloon, only to find himself to be whisked away to a magical land that is in turmoil. Oz will have to learn to put his selfish nature aside and help save the land from evil forces. We weren’t shown too much footage, but what we saw gave me a good idea of what to look forward to and what the movie will be like. Raimi said the movie will feature some nods to the original film, but due to rights reasons, we wouldn’t be seeing the Ruby red slippers. He also said, seeing as the film is a prequel, characters like the Lion and the Tin Man won’t be making appearances. But I find that Raimi’s style really seems to fit the mystical land of Oz, and I’m very much looking forward to seeing more from this movie over the next year. This has a chance to be one of the best films to come out next Spring, so I’m really hoping Raimi pulls it off.

Here’s the first trailer for the film:

I was also able to find a video of Raimi and some of the cast talking about the film during his Q&A, and I thought you guys would like to see it here. Enjoy! Thanks to Inside the Magic for letting us use their footage.


Are you excited for ‘Oz: The Great and Powerful’? Let me know in the comments below!

  • A Closer Look at 'Oz: The Great and Powerful' at Comic-ConSan Diego Comic-Con: Walt Disney Studios Panel(chipandco.com)

  • Oz The Great and Powerful Trailer (chipandco.com)
  • First Poster for ‘Oz the Great and Powerful’ Has Arrived (chipandco.com)
A Closer Look at 'Oz: The Great and Powerful' at Comic-Con

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