A recent trailer emerged from this week’s Comic Con’s festivities. It took the audience and viral internet by storm. Oz the Great and Powerful promises to give a new vision to Munchkin Land and Emerald City. In a time full of remakes, reboots and revisions, I’m not surprised that Disney is taking this approach. Going for an origin story to such a classic is a risk to get right but a guaranteed money-maker. Also, Oz the Great and Powerful sets up a potential franchise leading into remaking the 1939 classic. Of course, for purists like myself, I wouldn’t be too fond of the idea but if it can make the studio and distributors more money they wont blink at the chance.
From the looks of the trailer Disney is going for the modern Alice in Wonderland approach of wild, imaginative CGI overthetopness that makes the Land of Oz more mystical than using traditional set pieces. The trailer (and movie, I’m presuming) opens with a old-school 3:4 ratio and black/white print but opens up to widescreen and vibrant colors. This is an artistic choice that properly pays homage to its The Wizard of Oz inspiration.
It is also starring such stand out names like Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz and Zach Braff. Directed by Sam Raimi of the original Spider-Man trilogy.
Take a look and make sure to tell me your thoughts.