OZ Is A Hit

Called “Oz: The Not-So-Great” by critics, Disney’s prequel to the classic is now being called “Oz the Great and the Profitable,” after pulling in over $80 million, making it the first official blockbuster of 2013. In anticipation, Disney has already green lighted a sequel (a sequel to a prequel? When does it merge with the original?)

Official Movie Site: Disney.com/TheWizard

Those looking for tie-ins will not be disappointed (for tie-ins to upcoming movies, check our Upcoming Movies with Tie-ins list):

The first two books in L. Frank Baum’s series have been re-released, featuring “beautifully repainted [cover art] and original Stromberg imagery.”

Wonderful Wizard The Marvelous Land of Oz
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum, intro. by the film’s star, James Franco, Disney Press

The Marvelous Land of Oz, L. Frank Baum, intro. by the film’s screenwriter Mitchell Kapner, Disney Press

Audio: Dreamscape  has released new recordings of the first two Oz books (also on OverDrive).

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz  The Marvelous Land of Oz
The Wonderful Wizard of Ozread by Tara Sands (Jan 22)

The Marvelous Land of Oz read by Tara Sands (Feb 19)

Disney Press offers several tie-ins.

Oz The Great and Powerful, Elizabeth Rudnick — the junior novel adaptation

Oz The Great and Powerful: Land of Oz — Level 2 World of Reading title

Oz The Great and Powerful: Witches of Oz, Scott Peterson– picture book

The Art of Oz The Great and Powerful, Grant Curtis — behind-the-scenes book

Oz The Great and Powerful: The Movie Storybook, Scott Peterson — features movie stills.

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