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Watch the black-and-white opening credits for 'Oz The Great and Powerful'

Disney has released a clip of Oz The Great and Powerful — the mesmerizing opening credits.

The visuals in Disney’s hit film are certainly a selling point, already launching clothing and nail polish lines that emulate the rich colors and magical environment that director Sam Raimi created for the movie. But the first few minutes, like the original Wizard of Oz, are in black and white. Created by designer Garson Yu and his Yu + Co, the opening of the film was inspired by the arc of the story.

“Our goal with the opening title sequence was to set the tone for the audience to enter the unique, imaginative world that Sam Raimi created,” Yu’s web site says of the sequence. “The black and white, stereo 4×3 sequence was designed to flow seamlessly into the film’s first scenes which are set in Kansas in 1905.”

Inspiration for the credits came from the films of George Melis, according to an interview with Cinemablend, and his multi-layered approach to the flowing, moving title sequence.

The title sequence looks better on the big screen in 3-D, but you can still appreciate the artistry in the clip below.

(And the entire Internet will be quick to point out that there is a bit of a spoiler at about 23 seconds. So in case you didn’t already know what the big “twist” is in Oz, the credits might inform you.)

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Disney's 'Oz the Great and Powerful' super quick Super Bowl ad sneak peek - VIDEO

Oz is coming to the Super Bowl.

Disney’s Oz the Great and Powerful — starring the enviably attractive medley of James Franco and Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, and Michelle Williams as three witches – is offering up a tiny online morsel sneak peek of a commercial that will show during the telecast of this Sunday’s Super Bowl game. The movie hits theaters March 8.

Check out the quick video, below, showing Franco as circus magician Oscar Diggs in a hot air balloon sucked from black-and-white hued Kansas into the vibrantly colorful Land of Oz, screaming all the way. “Am I dreaming?” he says. “You’re in Oz,” responds Kunis as witch Theodora, her long hair glistening over one eye like a ’40s glamor queen.
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New 'Oz the Great and Powerful' trailer: The witching hour

Witches, witches, everywhere — but which one of them is wicked? We don’t get the answer in this new, longer trailer for Disney’s Oz the Great and Powerful — but the clip does formally introduce us to Mila Kunis’s good witch Theodora, Rachel Weisz’s vampy witch Evanora, and Michelle Williams’s clearly virtuous Glinda.

All three magical ladies are pleased as punch when James Franco’s “Wizard” is dropped into Oz by a mighty tornado; he’s destined to fulfill a prophecy by defeating that still unidentified wicked sorceress. L. Frank Baum geeks will also be pleased to get a better look at the Wizard’s new Ozian sidekicks — Finley, a kind flying monkey (voiced by Zack Braff), and a girl made of porcelain (voiced by Ramona and Beezus‘s Joey King) who’s probably a native of Oz’s Dainty China Country — as well as Munchkins and the Yellow Brick Road. Go off and see the wizard for yourself:

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'Oz the Great and Powerful' poster: The flying monkeys have arrived

Send in the flying monkeys!

In the second of three panel posters from Disney’s Oz the Great and Powerful, (the first one featured the witch… at least one of them) the unusual creatures of the magical kingdom are on full display.

Witches Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams and Rachel Weisz are absent here, but James Franco’s ill-fated air balloon — which we first saw in the trailer — hovers over a menagerie of characters and objects that seem borrowed from Alice in Wonderland. There even seem to be two different species of flying monkeys: one helpful, one not so much.

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Judy Garland's 'Oz' dress expected to sell for half a million

The Dorothy dress is going up for auction.

Celebrity auctioneer Darren Julien says Judy Garland’s original costume from The Wizard of Oz could sell for half a million dollars when it hits the auction block next month.

The white puff-sleeve blouse and blue gingham pinafore has inspired countless Halloween costumes since the film was released in 1939. Although several identical dresses were made for the production, the dress to be sold is the only version seen in the film and the only complete original dress to survive.

The outfit will be on view at London’s Stafford Hotel beginning Tuesday, before being exhibited at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills, Calif., Nov. 5-9, prior to the auction Nov. 9-10.

Read more:
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