"Somewhere over the rainbow..."
The Wizard of Oz is a classic film that has captured the hearts and imaginations of children of all ages, all over the world. You're undoubtedly familiar with it, but how much do you really know?
We're offering a peek behind the curtain to share some behind-the-scenes facts about one of the world's favorite films. (Pay no attention to the man back there!)
1. That's a Horse of a Different Color!In order to create the "horse of a different color" effect, they used JELL-O to dye the horses' coats (four different horses were used). They had to rush to get the shots because the horses kept trying to lick the JELL-O off.
2. If I Were King of the Forrrreeeeeeessssttttt!The Cowardly Lion costume was made using real lion's skin and weighed more than 60 pounds. Bert Lahr (who played the Lion) often got so hot while wearing the costume that it'd be completely soaked by the end of a day of shooting.
3. A Wizardly CoincidenceThe wardrobe department decided they wanted a coat that looked used for Frank Morgan to wear for his role as Professor Marvel (he also played the Wizard). They got one from a second-hand store.
4. The Lollipop GuildAll of the munchkins in the film were portrayed by a group of people who at the time were known as The Singer Midgets. They were managed by a man named Leo Singer.
5. I Can't Believe You're Not Toto AnymoreToto was actually played by a female dog named Terry. However, at one point during production, one of the witch's guards accidentally stepped on Terry, injuring her. Judy Garland grew very close to Terry during filming and wanted to adopt her after the film wrapped. However, Terry's owner refused to give her up.
6. There's No Place Like HomeThe character of Dorothy was named after L. Frank Baum's niece, Dorothy Louise Gage, who died when she was only 5 months old (Baum changed her last name to Gale in the books).
7. That's Not Snow...The snow that puts Dorothy and her friends to sleep outside the Emerald City was actually made from 100 percent industrial-grade asbestos. The filmmakers decided to use asbestos even though the health hazards of the mineral had been well-known for several years.
8. Take Special Care of Those Ruby Slippers
via: TwitterDorothy's iconic ruby slippers are now on display at the Smithsonian Institution. They're visited so often that the museum has to replace the carpet in front of the display case multiple times a year.