Saturday, July 18, 2015

The Royal Podcast of Oz - The Movies of Oz: The Tin Woodman of Oz

Sam and Jared examine Hash Inc's animated adaptation of The Tin Woodman of Oz, created with the Animation Master software. Plus, a special announcement about the next episode!

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1 comment:

rocketdave said...

I haven't gone back and watched this since the first time I saw it, but I remember it well enough to say that most of the complaints you guys voice are things that bothered me as well- eg, the voice acting, the deviations from the book (especially the scene with the head which now makes no sense), the green monkey's fur looking weird, etc. Taking a quick glance at it now, it actually looks even crummier than I was willing to admit at the time.

I'm embarrassed to say that if you look on YouTube, you can still see a comment I left on the last part of the movie that suggests my overall impression of the production was mostly favorable. In my defense, I knew it wasn't great, but having some inkling of how complicated animation can be, I didn't want to come across as too discouraging. Besides, I found it to be pretty impressive for something that had been put together by a group of amateur volunteers all over the world. I still think it's cool that we now live in an age in which films can be produced in this fashion. There are perhaps similar amateur collaborations out there that are more well made than this, though.

Jared makes an interesting point about the way the original story turned a trope on its head by having the Tin Woodman embark on a quest to find the woman he loved, but then happily return home empty handed. However, one thing I kind of liked about this adaptation was the tin love interest they added to the story. The fact that he lacked a "loving heart" in the book and was only going to marry Nimmie Amee out of a sense of obligation just struck me as sad the last time I read it.

Your dissection of the film was pretty thorough. The only thing that stood out to me that I didn't hear addressed was the way they seemed to imbue the Scarecrow with some of the Cowardly Lion's personality. Scarecrow? More like Scaredycrow.