The Wizard of Oz

Continuity mistake: In the first shot of them entering the forest before meeting the Cowardly Lion, Toto is nowhere to be seen. In the next shot he appears walking with them. He disappears again later when we first meet the lion. (00:48:00 - 00:49:10)


Continuity mistake: When they meet the Tin Man, after Dorothy picks up the oil can from the tree stump a leaf appears out of nowhere on it. It reappears and disappears several times. (00:41:15)


Continuity mistake: After the talking trees throw their apples at Dorothy she walks up a small hill and finds the Tin Man. If you look behind her there's a house across the Yellow Brick Road. We just saw this exact same spot in the previous shot as they were being pelted with the apples and the house is not there. (00:40:20)


Continuity mistake: When the Wicked Witch throws the hour glass down at them the monkey on her right runs and hides behind the statue. In the next shot he's back sitting right next to her. (01:24:45)


Audio problem: When the Lion runs out of the Wizard's chamber we hear noises but his mouth is not moving. (01:12:30)


Revealing mistake: As the Wicked Witch chases the four yelling "Seize them," they run around what looks like a concrete pillar. If you look closely it's covered with cloth that moves as they run by. (01:25:00)


Continuity mistake: When the Scarecrow sings, "… my heart all full of pain" he puts both of his hands over his heart. In the next shot he's dancing and his arms are waiving. (00:36:55)


Continuity mistake: When the Wicked Witch tells Nikko "throw that basket in the river and drown him" the knife in front of the basket to the right of the hour glass is pointing right in the direction of the round chain hook embedded in the concrete underneath. The next time we see this knife it has moved 90 degrees in relation to the chain hook, without anyone touching it. (01:16:45 - 01:17:20)


Other mistake: When Dorthy's house is falling back to Kansas, just before it lands, there is about a 1 or 2 second shot of what looks like production notes written in blue ink.

Continuity mistake: When the Munchkin in purple tells Dorothy to follow the yellow brick road, Toto runs ahead of Dorothy. In the next shot he's back behind her.

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Continuity mistake: The basket that the monkey keeps Toto in is falling apart in the front as a piece of wicker can be seen dangling off of it. After Toto runs away the basket has been turned around and the piece of wicker is no longer there. (01:16:45)


Factual error: If somebody fell into a pigsty, like Dorothy did, they would emerge covered in muck, but Dorothy emerges completely clean.

Other mistake: In the poppy field the tin man has hardly any of that artificial snow on him because the asbestos used didn't stick to the metal like real snow. (00:56:55)


Continuity mistake: Dorothy sloppily puts some oil in the shoulder joint and in front of the elbow of the Tin Man after he does his song and dance "If I only had a heart". In the next shot it's gone. (00:45:30)


Continuity mistake: As Dorothy and the Scarecrow dance off and sing, "We're off to see the Wizard" the flowers that were on the fencepost have been removed. The stepladder by the fence has also been moved without being touched. (00:38:55)


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Suggested correction: The flowers are still there.

Scarecrow: The sum of the square roots of any two sides of an isosceles triangle is equal to the square root of the remaining side. I've got a brain!

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Question: It is implied strongly in this movie that water makes witches melt, and this is spoofed in other media. I've only ever seen this referenced to wicked witches. Does water make good witches, such as Glinda, melt too?

Answer: In all likelihood, probably not. Water is often depicted and represents purity, and cleansing. It flows smoothly, is beautiful, clear, and responsible for life on Earth. Everything the Wicked Witch is not. Where as the good Witch is pure and of a true heart. So it makes sense that something so evil and impure as the evil witch would be effected by the purest substance there is, yet not harm the good witch because she is good.

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Answer: In the original book, water caused the wicked witches to melt away because they were so old and shriveled that all the fluid in their bodies had long since dried away. Meanwhile, the film Oz: The Great and Powerful instead implies that the Wicked Witch of the West is weak against water due to being a fire-elemental witch, which could also be the case for this incarnation, meaning it wouldn't apply to other witches like Glinda (whose element in both films appears to be ice) or even the Wicked Witch of the East (whose powers are never shown in this film, but were electricity-based in Oz the Great and Powerful).

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