Mayor of Seattle Proclaims ‘Oz the Great and Powerful’ Day

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It seems that Oz fever is at an all time high, thanks to Disney’s newest film, ‘Oz the Great and Powerful‘, based on the popular L. Frank Baum stories. The first film to return filmgoers to the land of Oz, some place we haven’t ventured in many years. It seems that the Mayor of Seattle, Washington, really took it to heart, and decided to proclaim that March 7 was ‘Oz the Great and Powerful Day’, in honor of the new Disney film. It makes sense, considering Seattle, is commonly called the “Emerald City”, so this is pretty neat in my opinion. Hit the jump for the full press release, and don’t forget to check out ‘Oz the Great and Powerful’, out in theaters now!

Disney announced that Mayor Michael McGinn has proclaimed today as “Oz The Great and Powerful” Day in the city of Seattle, Wash., in honor of Disney’s fantastical adventure opening in theaters across the U.S. tomorrow, March 8.

Since the 1980s, Seattle, Washington, has often been referred to as the “Emerald City” because of the lush evergreen forests of the area and the more than 6,000 acres of beautiful parklands within the city limits. The name “Emerald City” came into the public’s consciousness through the works of L. Frank Baum, whose 14 books, set in the imaginary Land of Oz, feature the iconic green city. “Oz The Great and Powerful” is a cinematic prequel to Baum’s first book, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.”

The film,  directed by Sam Raimi, imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved wizard character. When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot—fame and fortune are his for the taking—that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity—and even a bit of wizardry—Oscar transforms himself not only into the great wizard but into a better man as well.

“Oz The Great and Powerful” is produced by Joe Roth, with screen story by Mitchell Kapner and screenplay by Mitchell Kapner and David Lindsay-Abaire. Grant Curtis, Palak Patel, Josh Donen and Philip Steuer are serving as executive producers.

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