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Parents Guide to Disney’s Oz The Great and Powerful

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Last month, I was visually transported into a different world while watching the new Disney movie, “Oz The Great and Powerful.” From the moment, I put on my 3D glasses I slipped into a world rich in fantasy and magic. The stunning use of color and imagery made this film one of the most visually beautiful films I have ever seen.

OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL

“Oz The Great and Powerful” is cinematic prequel to L. Frank Baum’s first of his fourteen series of books, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” The characters step out of the pages of L. Frank Baum’s book and come to life on the screen along with many never before seen characters.

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The adventure begins when a two-timing ladies man magician named Oz, is swept out of Kansas in a hot air balloon. When the balloon lands, into a world rich in magic, fantasy and imagery, Oz’s journey toward the Emerald City begins. Oz faces many obstacles while trying to convince the three witches that he is the wizard they were expecting. While on his journey, Oz makes many new friends while on his travels along the yellow brick road including China Girl and Finley.

The film has wizardly visual effects including the use of CG Characters, Finley and China Girl. The CG characters, Finley and China Girl, are the two characters who I believe the younger audience will connect with most. Finley is an adorable flying monkey that becomes a devoted friend to Oz after Oz saves his life using magic from a lion. While China Girl is a spunky girl, who can hold her own, that looks up to Oz as a Father figure after the loss of her parents.

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I recommend the film to tweens and older, depending on the maturity level of your child. I am taking my ten year old to see the film tonight, but I am still on the fence about bringing my nine year old daughter. There are some parts of the film that children under the age of five might be frightful from; hence the movie is rated PG. If parents are hesitant about whether their child is ready to see the film, I would recommend seeing it first, and then making the decision.

After taking my son to see the film this evening, I will present him with the original book, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” for him to begin reading. I feel that having him read the book after seeing the film will expand on his experience.

The movie is perfect for opening up discussions with children about loss, compassion and honesty. Parents can expand on this theatrical experience by talking to their children about different relationships portrayed between the different characters, especially the relationships between Oz, Finley and China Girl.

Disney’s “Oz the Great and Powerful” is theaters today.

Disclosure: I attended a media screening for the movie and press event. All my thoughts and opinions are of my own.

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