This week, two family friendly movies will celebrate milestone anniversaries.
“The Wizard of Oz,” starring Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale, celebrates its 75th anniversary on Aug. 25, and “Mary Poppins,” starring Julie Andrews, celebrates its 50th anniversary on Aug. 27. Following are fun facts about the two movies.
In "The Wizard of Oz," Dorothy Gale is swept away in a tornado to the magical land of Oz where she meets witches, a scarecrow, a tin man and a cowardly lion during her quest to find the wizard who she hopes can return her to her Kansas home.
The movie made the top 10 in the American Film Institute’s 100 Greatest Films of All Time. It was also named the best fantasy movie and the third greatest musical on other American Film Institute lists.
Two of the movie’s songs made it on the AFI’s 100 Greatest Movie Songs list.
“Over the Rainbow” was rated the best film song of all time, and “Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead” was ranked 82nd.
Three of the movie’s lines of dialogue made it to the AFI’s 100 Greatest Movie Quotes list.
“I’ll get you, my pretty, and your little dog, too!” was 99th, “There’s no place like home” was 23rd and “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore” was 4th.
The Wicked Witch of the West made the top five on the AFI’s 50 Greatest Villains list.
The Wicked Witch of the West was ranked the fourth greatest villain in the history of movies. According to an article on theguardian.com, many of the witch’s scenes were trimmed or cut altogether because they were deemed too scary.
The greatest movie song of all time, according to the AFI, almost didn’t make it into the movie, according to BBC News.
MGM felt it made the Kansas scene too long and wouldn’t appeal to children.
In the film "Mary Poppins," a magical nanny comes to help the two children of a workaholic banker father and a suffragette mother.
The movie has one song listed on AFI’s 100 Greatest Movie Songs of All Time list; “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” was listed as the 36th greatest movie song.
According to Disney.com, Walt Disney’s favorite "Marry Poppins" song was “Feed the Birds.”
“Mary Poppins” was ranked sixth on the AFI’s 25 Greatest Movie Musicals of All Time list.
According to classicmoviehub.com, David Tomlinson, who plays Mr. Banks in the movie, was nervous about playing the part because he had never sung professionally before.
According to mouseplanet.com, the filmmakers didn’t tell Karen Dotrice, who played Jane Banks, and Matthew Garber, who played Michael Banks, about some surprises they had planned for the movie.
Jane’s shock when Mary Poppins takes item after item from her carpetbag was genuine, as Dotrice had not been informed beforehand of what she would be pulling out. Similarly, the little scream that Jane cries out when Mary Poppins gives different color medicine was also genuine.
In addition, the children were not told that Dick Van Dyke was playing the role of bank president Mr. Dawes Sr.
According to classicmoviehub.com, the scene where Mr. Dawes Sr. has trouble negotiating a step in the bank’s meeting room came about when Walt Disney caught a glimpse of Dick Van Dyke entertaining crewmembers with comic routines, one of which was Van Dyke’s impression of an old man trying to step off a curb without hurting himself.
This impression convinced Disney to cast Van Dyke as Mr. Dawes Sr., and he requested that crewmembers construct a six-inch riser on the set so “Dick can do that stepping-down routine.”
Julie Andrews played Eliza Doolittle on stage, but executives felt having a big-name star would help the movie more, according to an article on tcm.com.
They cast Audrey Hepburn as the lead role, and Andrews took on the role of Mary Poppins. It was Julie Andrews and “Mary Poppins,” however, that earned more money — along with an Academy Award for Best Actress for Andrews.