Anyhow, I had an idea to mess around with the cast of The Wizard of Oz after I first saw RIZ-ZOAWD, but never got around to doing it until last week. And then I didn't get around to finishing it until tonight. Well, let me reintroduce the characters to you here:
I fused these two together, partly because I wasn't particularly fond of Toto's role as the Small Barking Thing. In this version of the story, Dorothy does not survive entry to Oz and exists as an apparition, taking form only when possessing her dog's body. This is why she has dog ears and a dog tail in this picture. And she is also wearing a collar and has fleas (but you cannot see that). She is going to ask the Wizard of Oz for a body.
Scarecrow is kind of bigger than he needs to be, and his limbs are made of bamboo stuffed with straw. His job was to scare the crows, but after catching them all and then eating them, he has lost his purpose in life. He feels kind of dumb about that, so he is going to ask the Wizard of Oz for his brain. I mean, a brain. Scarecrow is not a picky guy.
3) The Tin Woodman
The Tin Woodman is a giant living wood-cutting machine. He has chainsaw arms (or tapeworms, depending on how you look at them) instead of a hatchet, and a furnace in his torso for powering his blades. There are a number of errors with this character, like why does he have holes in his furnace door that lets the heat escape (EDIT: Apparently this is so oxygen can enter and let the fire burn)? And why hasn't the moss around the furnace dried up or burned off? Why is he burning fuel right now, but his arms not chain-sawing? And also he is clearly not made of tin, since he is rusting and that is what iron does. Well regardless, he is going to ask the Wizard of Oz for a heart, because he hears those burn better.
4) The Cowardly Lion
He is understandably afraid after the Tin Woodman separated his head from his body when he first attacked the party with the intent of eating Dorothy. He is a very large lion, and is very magical so his head can talk and float and oh it can survive (that last part is important for a head with no body). He was going to ask the Wizard of Oz for a body, but Dorothy said no, I am going to ask him for that, you have to ask for something else. Now he is not sure what to ask for. Everyone is telling him to ask for Courage but he does not really want that. Maybe he wants people to be afraid of him, even though he is only a head? A head with TEETH. Maybe he doesn't need to ask for anything. Maybe he will just wait for Dorothy to get a body, and then eat it, and he will laugh at her for being so eaten.
Or maybe they will be friends. I don't know.
I feel like I've used up my quota of words, so I'm going to wrap things up here and maybe link a few of the inspirations behind these character designs.
Made in Flash
EDIT: I'm surprised nobody caught this (or maybe they have, but I haven't finished reading the comments yet), but the terrain cuts off abruptly towards the left of the white fade. Anyhow, I've extended it in this edit and also increased the resolution of detail in the clouds, since those were bothering me. If you guys are like "wait what," I've uploaded the previous version so you can compare ([link]). Just letting you know in case you downloaded this and thought you had the Good Version.
Also, 4000x2500 version here: [link]
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I goddamn love this.
You are awesome!
I would love to see a movie done like this! 8D
the twist is one of the most creative i've seen and the art is beautiful!
Depending on the story, I found it looks like a Hayao Miyazaki-style movie, a lot.
They caught my sight, and surely they are my favorite!!