The beloved Yellow Brick Road is about to come back to us in a whole new way. The magical mystery of just how the Land of Oz and all of its characters came to be is about to be revealed in the epic movie, Oz The Great and Powerful. In this film we get to go back in time, back before the Wizard was behind the curtain in Emerald City and before the Wicked Witch of the West was wicked. Back when Glinda, the Good Witch, was even better than we know her and the Wizard wasn’t as nice as we thought. Get to know the real Oz and the story that occurred before The Wizard of Oz. The 2013 movie, Oz The Great and Powerful is Disney’s latest fantasy film, directed by Sam Raimi.

James Franco plays the Wizard of Oz (Oscar Riggs) and portrays a magician working at a carnival that leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to social graces and manners. A selfish man that was only out for what was good for him, Riggs was eventually forced to leave Kansas for after doing something very wrong. Riggs boards a hot air balloon, which in true Wizard of Oz fashion, was carried out by a tornado. Where does Riggs land, but none other than Emerald City! But it is not the Emerald City that we are used to, complete with munchkins, Dorothy, the Cowardly Lion, Scarecrow and Tin Man. This is before they all graced the Yellow Brick Road. In this story we learn how the Great and Powerful Oz became who he is, as well as how Glinda got her powers and how the Wicked Witch of the West turned so wicked.

Riggs is ecstatic at the place that he has landed, in his greed he thinks he has found fame and fortune right in front of him. Riggs’ speculations are put to the test, however, when he meets the three witches that have taken the scene. Glinda, Theodora (the future Wicked Witch) and Evanora do not believe that Riggs is the person that they have been waiting for to save them; they are waiting for the real Oz.

Thrown into this world of trouble and mischief, Riggs is forced to use his magic and powerful ways to figure out who is good in this Land of Oz before time is up. Luckily Riggs has magical skills including illusions and wizardry powers that are able to turn him into the Great and Powerful Oz. During this transformation, Riggs ends up turning himself into a nicer person as well.

This is just a sneak preview of what the phenomenon of the ‘Oz: the Great and Powerful’ has in store for us. Stay tuned as more details are released in coming months.

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