Bizarre late night ramblings on Oz-like things… ….and forced coincidences.
This week Entertainment Weekly featured Natalie Portman and an article on Star Wars. The picture looks so much like the cover of L. Frank Baum’s Ozma of Oz that I am beginning to wonder if Oz was influential to the production designers.
Interestingly enough, an article in the Chicago Reader points out that “the underwater city of Otoh Gunga could probably be traced back to John R. Neill’s illustrations in one of the Oz books,” so others have noticed this similarity too. This pic is from the cover of the 1907 edition of Ozma of Oz, illustrated by John R. Neill. I bought my a volume several years ago for about $100. When I think back about how poorly I took care of my first edition Oz books as a kid, I just twitch.
Now, surely the Melvins got the name for their CD from the Oz books; you can tell by looking at the cover of their album.
Oh, yes! And Frank OZ plays Yoda! Or, at least, the voice of Yoda.
A sketch of John R. Neill’s Ozma and anime Padme prove conclusively that they are one in the same!
Here are some bizarre OZ coincidences, curious factoids, and links that make for fun late night speculation.
L. Frank Baum’s Great Grandaughter, Dr. Dorothy (Gita) Morena, is a Transpersonal Psychologist!
L. Frank Baum was married to Maud Gage, daughter of leading suffrage feminist, Matilda Gage.
Embracing the Child — beautiful website with additional links, picture of L. Frank Baum, etc.
For Donna Haraway and Cyborg fans worldwide, Bruce Mazlish has an interesting article on Tik-Tok of Oz and Baum’s other mechanical creatures in the Stanford Humanities Review, called “The man-machine and artificial intelligence.”