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The Wizard of Oz
The Wizard of Oz

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Date: Mar 15 2013

Themes: Pop Culture

Grammar: Simple Present Tense


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The Wizard of Oz is one of the most popular movies of all time. Generations of families have enjoyed watching as Dorothy, the Tin Man, the Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion make their way along the yellow brick road to Oz. Even if you’ve never seen the movie, you might know one of its most popular songs, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”

But have you ever wondered how Oz’s wizard came to be? An upcoming movie, Oz the Great and Powerful, starring James Franco, explores this question. It’s sort of a prequel to the The Wizard of Oz. Find out what Greta and Mason think about the old Oz and the new Oz in this movies English lesson.

《绿野仙踪》(The Wizard of Oz) 是电影史上最受欢迎的电影之一。历代家庭都喜爱观看多萝茜、铁皮人、稻草人和胆小的狮子沿着黄色地砖走在通往奥兹王国的路上。即便你从未看过这部电影,也可能知道该影片最受青睐的歌曲之一《彩虹之上》“Somewhere Over the Rainbow”。

但你是否曾经好奇奥兹女巫是怎么来的吗?一部由詹姆斯·弗兰科 (James Franco) 领衔主演的即将上映的影片《魔境仙踪》(Oz the Great and Powerful) 将解开这个疑问。这部影片是 《绿野仙踪》(The Wizard of Oz) 的前传。在这节电影主题的英语课上,看看格里塔和梅森如何看待新旧两部影片。


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Greta:  Have you seen the previews for the new Oz movie?

Mason:  Here’s what I worry about…So, sometimes I think you need to leave well enough alone. The original Wizard of Oz movie is great. Fantastic. I’m a little bit nervous when I hear that Tim Burton is going to give his modern take on the classic tale.

Greta:  Huh. I can see that. Especially because the Wizard of Oz, the original one, is so family-friendly, and you kind of never know with remakes. Like the Willy Wonka movie was considerably, I think, more disturbing, the remake.

Mason:  Yeah. I have such fond memories of just…I know pretty much all the songs. We’d watch them together as a family and everyone would skip and pretend we were going down the yellow brick road.

Greta:  True. But this is not a remake of the Wizard of Oz.

Mason:  Oh?

Greta:  It is following Oz, I don’t remember the character’s real name, the traveling salesman who becomes the Wizard of Oz. It’s his story. It’s like a prequel. And James Franco is the traveling salesman. And I have to say, I love James Franco, and I love that world. So, I am looking forward to seeing it.

Mason:  By the way, spoiler alert. The Wizard of Oz isn’t a real wizard? What?


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Mason and Greta have heard about the upcoming movie about Oz, and they have different feelings about it. Mason is worried. He loved the original Wizard of Oz so much because he watched it with his family growing up. He would sing the songs from the movie and skip around.

Greta understands that the movie meant something special to Mason when he was young. She also knows that sometimes new versions of movies are less family-friendly than the originals. Still, she’s excited about Oz the Great and Powerful. She’s a fan of James Franco, and she loves the world of Oz so much that she’d be happy to see any movies about it.

What were your favorite movies as a kid? Have you ever seen a remake of a movie you loved? Did you like it, or were you disappointed?



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this movie was phenomenon i really enjoyed it…..........

06:46 AM Mar 25 2013 |



my favorite movie is Harry Potter. I wait seen a remark of movie “Vanhelsing” i don’t know i love it but i know i like actor. -

01:38 AM Mar 21 2013 |




10:12 PM Mar 20 2013 |

david yun

South Korea

I have to say, my favorite movie is Harry Potter series since when I was 20 years old. When I saw the first one, I felt excited, and I couldn’t stop thinking of that. I really love it. Definitely, I have watched all of the series and now, try to buy all of the books and DVDs. I’m still saving money for that bacause it costs a lot. Well, by the way, I don’t remember exactly if I have seen a remake of a movie or not.

11:30 PM Mar 18 2013 |




I grew up on movies such as Home alone and Mrs.doubtfire and dumb and dumerand if i prefer the originals or the remarks i think each one gives you something magical, for example, i watched The King Kong the remark and i really like it with the whole high-quality and the super technology in it and i haven’t watched the original but i have seen just short parts of it and even though it was so simple, i think i would love it.

06:25 PM Mar 17 2013 |




The best movie for is the breave heart “william wallas ” story of a hero  irlanda’s man who revenge for his wife who killed by britain ….... 

05:55 PM Mar 17 2013 |



my favorite movie as a child was the Batman movie with Michael Keaton. and to like the new version. it’s fresh. and exciting.

04:11 PM Mar 17 2013 |


South Korea

When I was young, My favorite movies were “Robot Taekwon V”, it was an animation TV drama series that was describing for Robot to fight with aliens for the safety of earth. After 20 years later, one of the artists remade it as the movies. However, I couldn’t get same feeling like original one. I don’t know the reason why I couldn’t get any feeling about a remade one. Actually, I really disappointed at a remake of a movie. Is it related in my knowledge and experiences regarding robot? If it is, my pure heart, robot may protect our future’s threat from aliens, must be spoiled by the information of modern technology and science. 

10:44 AM Mar 17 2013 |

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cool this >ˇ<

02:50 AM Mar 17 2013 |




the beautyful and the best , is my favorite

12:21 AM Mar 17 2013 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

i love :* magic battle* movie when i was a child …

07:33 PM Mar 16 2013 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

it’s an interesting movie.

thank u my dear brazilian friend to come me back here! :)

07:24 PM Mar 16 2013 |



WEll,i enjoyed watching Shark boy and Lavagirl quite a bit,but i think that my favorites were the horror ones,i really like horror andsuspense.

02:29 PM Mar 16 2013 |



The Wizard of Oz well be famous all over the world

12:20 PM Mar 16 2013 |

thewaytoyourhartSuper Member!


I prefer watching sci-fis, so my favourites have always been the Star Wars movies.(great casting, staunts and special effects..).

11:51 AM Mar 16 2013 |



I like this kind of movies,
but I can’t go with my bf, cause he always fall asleep…

09:16 AM Mar 16 2013 |




Speaking frankly I have never liked the remakes of original movies….the first ones are always the best and memorable, I can remember every action or moment of main character and it is hard to recall something from the remake

09:07 AM Mar 16 2013 |



ı will watch it sooner ..

08:13 AM Mar 16 2013 |

marija luiza


My favorite movie was toy story 1. wow, without any word. I love it. It is fantastic. I never seen a remake of this movie. 

I really enjoy watching it. To be honest, I used to watch it more than twice for a day lol, a little bit crazy, but at the same time amazing .

I think that most of us love this movie, Put a like if you like toy story movies :)

04:20 PM Mar 15 2013 |


Dominican Republic

I prefer the old version, because I like family-friendly movies!!!!!

04:03 PM Mar 15 2013 |

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