To commemorate this event, the film is expected to be released in an IMAX 3D version at the end of September, and the special limited edition Blu-ray 3D release will take place October 1.
The film, which was based off of the book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, has touched the hearts of young and old, and is deeply embedded in popular culture ("There's no place like home!"). Thus, it makes perfect sense to plan some library activities around it!
Here are some ideas to get you started:
- The obvious idea is to show the Wizard of Oz, but unfortunately Audio Ciné Films do not offer the public performance rights (PPR) for the original. However, they do offer PPR for the prequel, Oz: The Great and Powerful, which was released earlier this year, and also the cartoon sequel, Return to Oz (1985).
- Book clubs could certainly read the book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, which inspired the movie(s). You could also try reading some of Baum's lesser known Oz titles, such as The Marvelous Land of Oz, Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz, and The Scarecrow of Oz. View the complete list of the Oz titles written by Baum. Could make for some interesting discussions, regardless of age!
- Think along the lines of keywords/concepts from the film: witch, wizard, dog (toto), courage, heart, brain, tornado, hot air balloon, rainbows, oil can, lions, scarecrows, tin man, basket, monekys, melting, corn fields, and more!
- For teens, why not do a Wizard of Oz meme generator program? Print off photos and have them write captions (suitable for display, of course!)
- Build tin men out of tin cans!
- Incorporate science - Make a tornado in a bottle!
- The Kids Warner Bros website has colouring and activity sheets that can be downloaded.
- Workman.com offers a Wizard of Oz downloadable Event Kit, that gives ideas such as playing Pin the Heart on the Tin Man, decorate the Yellow Brick Road, find the Ruby Slippers and instructions on making a Cowardly Lion mask.
- If you're feeling particularly ambitious, here are some party ideas. Easier version? Decorate with rainbows! Plus the dollar stores will now have their fall decorations out so you could easily find a scarecrow.
- Here's a fantastic Pinterest board with over 200 craft, snack and activity ideas to make your event Oz-some! (do a Pinterest board search for "wizard of oz party ideas" for more!)
- Wizard of Oz lesson plan suggestions
- Combine the party with Halloween and have people come in costume!