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10/18/13

Munchkins


This post is part of Patty Wysong's 
 A to Z meme. This week's letter is "L."
A to Z blog hop at Patterings.
As a child (and even now!), one of my very favorite movies was The Wizard of Oz. Now, I have heard of folks who were petrified of the flying monkeys, or some other scene in it, and refuse to watch it (or allow their children to). But, well, folks - that's not me.

Wax Wizard of Oz: Josh Berglund
I watched it every year when it came on TV (you know - in the olden days before TiVo and even VCRs - gasp!!). I could sing just about every song by heart (I'm sure I had the record, or cassette tape, or something). And even though I knew exactly what was coming just about every minute of this classic film, I was dazzled by it each time I watched it. Along with The Sound of Music (which very well may be another post in the future!), this was "must-see-TV" (I'm dating myself, aren't I?).

Follow the yellow brick road! Sam Howzit
I loved The Wizard of Oz so much, in fact, that despite the fact that I was one of the tallest kids in my class from the day I was old enough to be IN a class (up to now - I am 5'10", after all!), I developed the nickname "Munchy" - short for Munchkin (loved those little dudes and dudettes!). It was mostly only family who used it - and one dear family friend. Whenever I see the movie, think about it, or get one of the song stuck in my head (like right now), I think of Stacee Ullman - who I haven't seen in decades. (May have to do a Facebook search - haven't in a bit)

Of course, I now own this movie (and my other favorite of course! :D), so I can watch it any time I want. And even if I don't have time, the songs never fail to run through my head (at the most opportune OR inopportune times!)
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14 comments:

  1. Hi Joanne! Guess what my "M" post is about today? The Wizard of Oz. Great minds think alike!

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    1. Too funny! Can't wait to read it after I get the kids to school :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. LOL. I was just jumping on to say...looks like you and Tom have the same thought today:)

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    1. Hehe - apparently! :)

      Thanks for stopping by, Susan :)

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  3. Joanne, nice post. I've watched Ben Hur 50 times. My favorite scene is not the race scene, but the intense death scene with Messala. It's the perfect portrayal of a hate-filled person who remains evil to his last hissing, death rattled breath. Frightening. I also like most versions of Jane Eyre. I love to watch Midnight in Paris because of the dialogue and the music.

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    1. Thanks, Susan! I believe I can honestly say I have seen NONE of these movies! (Been wanting to see Ben Hur - and WILL eventually) Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Ohhh goodness! I LOVED watching The Wizard of Oz, too! On TV! I do need to get it on DVD though. I loved the munchkins! But my most favorite character from that movie is the Scarecrow. "But some people without brains do an awful lot of talking." I also love his song, too. I'm sure I'll be singing that today now. ♪♫ I would not be just a nuffin'...my head all full of stuffin'...my heart all full of pain...♫♪♫...I would dance and be merry, I could be a ding-a-derry, if I only had a brain! ♪♫

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    1. Love the scarecrow too - not a character in that movie I DON'T like! And I love that even when the songs get stuck in your head, they don't annoy you - cuz they're NOT ANNOYING LOL.

      Thanks for stopping by, Shelley!

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  5. Hmmm...we're not big movie watchers, but I enjoyed Romancing the Stone and the Indiana Jones movies a few times. But, we have watched a few movies with our kids, over and over. Home Alone. Harry and the Hendersons. The Mutant Turtles. Glad those turtle days are over. lol

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    1. Hehe - ah yes, the dreaded kids repeat watching LOL. I know every Wiggles song by heart - and we haven't watched them in five years LOL.

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  6. The Wizard of Oz in my favorite movie! There's the Broadway show going on now and I'd LOVE to go see it! I also love "Airplane!" Even though it is a bit off color in places, I laugh just thinking about it.

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    1. Oh, a Broadway show? Would love it as well!! Airplane IS a riot too. Another fave (though certainly not from my youth lol). Thanks for stopping by, Barb!

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  7. I'm not sure if I've ever watched an entire Wizard of Oz. My kids didn't watch it because when they were small we didn't allow TV. I didn't watch it as a kid because we didn't have a TV for a long time and when we got one it was a 12 inch black and white. As for what my favorite movie is, I think it's probably Yentl or Fried Green Tomatoes.

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    1. Yentl is a fabulous movie - haven't seen it in YEARS. And, of course, I recommend watching the Wizard of Oz some time. :) Thanks for stopping by, Karla!

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