D23: The Official Disney Fan Club offered fans a closer look at “Disney’s Adventures in the Land of Oz.” Disney’s work with L. Frank Baum’s work served as one of the major sections for the “Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives” pavilion at the recent D23 Expo 2013.
The “Treasures” on display in connection with Oz included a look the costumes for the main characters of 2013 “Oz The Great and Powerful: Oscar Diggs/Oz (James Franco), Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams). Also on display was China Girl, a useful study in proportion as it was displayed next to Diggs’ costume.
“Oz The Great and Powerful” also had costumes for the Winkie General, Knuck the Munchkin herald, and Master Tinker. Film props on display included a “Mastering Magic” prop book, one of the music boxes Oscar gives to women, the “thingamajig” (a multi-utility knife), Glinda’s wand, and a treasure of gold coins.
But for Disney fans, the real treasures in the “Land of Oz” section of the exhibit were Disney’s earlier work with Baum’s stories. The Walt Disney Archives provide a wealth of materials – including other costumes and characters – that revealed an ongoing interest in Oz.
Among the highlights for Disney’s Adventures in the Land of Oz:
- The patchwork dress from Walt Disney’s original, never-realized Oz project, the proposed live-action “The Rainbow Road to Oz.” The movie was to star some of the Mouseketeers, and preview segments aired on the fourth anniversary show of “Disneyland” in 1957.
- Other items on display for “Rainbow Road” included as correspondence with MGM Studios and original sheet music for “Patches.”
- Concept art from attractions that were never built as well as from Disney Studio productions.
- Props, costumes and models from “Return to Oz,” the 1985 film: Dorothy’s dress and ruby slippers, the mechanical Tik-Tok, the head of Jack Pumpkinhead, the Scarecrow, Tin Woodman and Candy Mountain.
“Disney’s Adventures in the Land of Oz” was one of three major areas for “Treasures.” The other two were a large “Mary Poppins” display, in celebration of the movie’s 50th anniversary in 2014, and a smaller, costume-focused “Once Upon a Time” display as part of the “Storytelling on the Small Screen.”
D23 Expo 2013 also incorporated two other areas that extended the “Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives” pavilion. The first featured the U.S. debut of the Harrods and Disney collaboration, where famous designers made gowns inspired by Disney Princess dresses. The second area showcased the “Mary Poppins” fan art gallery, where Disney fans could creatively pay tribute to the film.
As the National Disney Travel Examiner I attended the D23 Expo on a media pass to provide first-hand coverage. Look for more recap coverage to come, including photos and video, now that the event has concluded.