It’s been 75 years since Judy Garland kicked down the Yellow Brick Road, which means that we have all of 2014 to celebrate that glory that is the 1939 film “The Wizard of Oz,” based on the book by L. Frank Baum.
The Flaming Lips offered up a brand-new soundtrack with which to score the film mere hours ago and a fresh retelling drops in book form tomorrow — the nabbing of which are just two ways you can revel in the glory that is that otherworldly tale.
Get more details on the book and album, plus five more ways to remember the flick, below:
1. The Flaming Lips’ Flaming Side Of The Moon
Get ready for myriad layers, kids.
First, folks found that they could sync Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon with “The Wizard of Oz.” Then, the Flaming Lips covered that record with the likes of Stardeath And White Dwarfs, Henry Rollins and Peaches. Now, the Lips have taken things even further — they’ve created a new record, titled Flaming Side of the Moon, meant to be listened to in conjunction with The Dark Side of the Moon OR “The Wizard of Oz.”
I say just listen to everything all at once and wait for the sound tornado to carry you away.
2. “Dorothy Must Die,” by Danielle Paige
For a dark twist on the new tale, make sure to pick up “The Wizard of Oz” retelling “Dorothy Must Die” when it drops on April 1. The book imagines a world in which Dorothy and her crew are actually evil dictators, and a new girl on the Yellow Brick Road, Amy Gumm, has to liberate Somewhere Over The Rainbow.
You can check out three chapters right about here.
3. “Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return”
You’re going to have to wait until May 9 for this new 3D installment in Dorothy’s story starring the voice of Lea Michelle. Still, you could watch the above trailer a few times in anticipation. It features a giant owl, a man made of marshmallows and an evil jester. So that’s whimsical.
4. “Return To Oz”
Speaking of hitting the Yellow Brick Road (again), I highly recommend checking out the 1985 classic, “Return To Oz,” if you’re feeling nostalgic — and just a little dark. Basically, Dorothy ends up in a creepy hospital where she’s set to undergo electro-shock therapy — before she escapes to a creepily decaying Oz, that is.
Watch with the lights on, maybe.
5. “The Wiz”
This iteration of “Wizard of Oz” features Michael Jackson, Diana Ross and Richard Pryor. Why are you not watching this already?
6. “Somewhere Over The Rainbow,” Pink
Let’s travel all the way back to the beginning of the month, when Pink performed “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” at the Oscars, part of a tribute to the classic film. Ahh, and there go all our troubles: melting like lemon drops.
Start working on your costumes now! The Oz-Stravaganza! festival, which runs June 6 to 8 in Chittenango, New York, is hoping to break the Guinness World Record for most costumed characters in a movie gathered in one place. The current record is 446, according to Syracuse.com.
L. Frank Baum, author of the “Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” was born in the New York town, so thousands of people are set to make the pilgrimage this summer — many of which, I’m guessing, will be sporting ruby slippers and chanting, “There’s no place like home.”