Imaginary Worlds - Oz vs Star Wars


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  • Last week we discussed some imaginary worlds in picture books.
    Can you remember that we discussed some important features about stories about imaginary worlds?
    One was that authors need to transport their characters from reality into the imaginary world.
    We discovered that authors often used the same method of transport. Can you remember any of them?
  • Boats, trains, submarines, through wardrobes, down holes
  • Both leave their homes to go on a journey
  • Visual literacy – being able to “read, interpret” pictures (movies, picture books)
    Dorothy Gale – Luke Skywalker – symbolic names common in fairytales (are fairytales set in imaginary lands?)
  • List some similarities
    Wicked Witch of the West = Darth Vader?
    Luke follows R2-D2 who is fleeing from Darth Vader
    Dorothy follows Toto who is fleeing the Kansas manifestation of the Wicked Witch of the West. it has also been pointed out that the name Toto easily becomes too-too (two-two... R2-D2)...
    Ben Kenobi = Wizard
    Han = no heart
  • Luke uses "the force" to become a Jedi
    Dorothy uses the power of the Ruby Slippers to return to Kansas
    Can anyone think of other symbols from other imaginary lands? The Ring
  • Viewing the land from a far – get the overview of the grandeur
  • Good vs evil (Dorothy V Witch – Luke V Darth)
    Persistence & teamwork
    Happy ending
    Bridge scene / can you think of others? Other books other movies?
    Witch dissolves / Ben dissolves
    Wizard of Oz dream scene = Max in Where the Wild things are
  • Other endings – reward ceremonies or the return home
    A good story can be retold
    I can see similarities between Dorothy & Max from Where the Wild Things are.
    Had you thought that these two movies made 40 years apart were so similar?
    Do you think that you could re-work a story you know to make an updated version?
  • Trio of Companions: to accomplish their tasks, each of our main characters needs three things:
    Wisdom: embodied by Han Solo and the Scarecrow (both of them, pretty human)
    Love: embodied by C-3PO and the Tinman (both of them 'tin men')
    Courage: embodied by Chewbaca and the Lion (both of them furry)
    Minor characters:
    Storm troopers and flying monkyes are all faceless nameless threats that work for the principal evil charater.
    Sand people and apple trees are both bits of the natural world that attack the hero/heroine.
  • Imaginary Worlds - Oz vs Star Wars

    2. 2. What about characters? Who was a teenage orphan that lived with their Aunt and Uncle in a desolate and isolated place? Barbara Philip - 2008 3
    3. 3. Meet the characters Barbara Philip - 2008 4
    4. 4. Other characters Barbara Philip - 2008 5
    5. 5. Barbara Philip - 2008 6
    6. 6. Meet the characters
    7. 7. Symbols that protect and guide Barbara Philip - 2008 8
    8. 8. DOROTHY: Come on -- let's get out of here! Look -- Emerald City is closer and prettier than ever! VOICES: You're out of the woods You're out of the dark You're out of the night Step into the sun Step into the light Keep straight ahead for.... ...The most glorious place -- LUKE: Look at him. He's headed for that small moon. HAN: I think I can get him before he gets there...he's almost in range. BEN: That's no moon! It's a space station. HAN: It's too big to be a space station. LUKE: I have a very bad feeling about this. Barbara Philip - 2008 9
    9. 9. …the similarities go on and on Barbara Philip - 2008 10
    10. 10. What about the ending? Do you remember? Barbara Philip - 2008 11
    11. 11. References Star Wars IV: A New Hope . Dir. George Lucas. 1977. DVD. 2oth Century Fox, 2004. The Wizard of Oz. Dir. Victor Fleming. 1939. DVD. Warner Brothers, 2005. Simogene. Star Wars and the Wizard of Oz... one and the same story? 9 Mar. 2008 <>. Barbara Philip - 2008 12