Wizard of Oz Universe Flow Chart (Update)

Wizard of Oz Flow Chart (Updated)

This flow chart shows connections between the authors & illustrators and the inspirations that have created a universe that is over 100 years old.

This is done in different ways, first there are four different groups that are not only charted by illustrator and/or author, but also chronologically when they were published.

  1. The first forty novels.
  2. The movies produced from 1908 to 1939.
  3. The staged musical and plays from 1902 to 2006.
  4. The very short Disney involvement.

The second way is to show the connection between authors & illustrators (who worked with who). The third way is the highlighting of inspiration. For example Alexander Volkov, a Russian author, translated Wizard of Oz and titled the novel “The Wizard of Emerald City.” He also wrote five other squeals, which spawned over thirty other novels, and they inspired American translations and adaptations.

Through the years there were authors devoted to the writings of Wizard of Oz either creating additions to the Wizard of Oz universe, or by writing non-fiction intellectual works. There were independent publishing companies that came into existence to add to the Wizard of Oz universe, and then there was fan fiction, and self-publishing.

I used fan websites, publishing companies, and fan clubs to determine which stories such as “fan fiction” that should be used. I did not go to the fan fiction websites in search of each story.  I went with the bloggers and independent publishers to determine which stories to use.

References

IMDB
Comic Vine
Comic Book DB
March Laumer Website – http://marchlaumer.4t.com/
Amazon
The Royal Blog of Oz
Lulu
Tails of the Cowardly Lion and Friends Publication List
A Wonderful Wiki of Oz
Wikipedia
Project Gutenberg
The Royal Timeline of Oz
Oz Project – http://web.archive.org/web/20110804222205/http://ozproject.egtech.net/index.php
The Daily Ozmapolitan
The Wonderful Blog of Oz
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Website
The Royal Time Line of Oz
And Other Odd & Ends Sites

Vacation: Family, Books, Thomas Jefferson, & Puzzles

For a few days, the family and I drove up to Lake George swam in the swimming pool at the motel, and at the lake, took an adventure to Ft. Henry William, and did some pirate mini golf.

Thomas Jefferson’s Creme Brulee: How a Founding Father and His Slave James Hemings Introduced French Cuisine to America (2012) by Thomas J. Craughwell

Creme Brulée

I enjoy knowing about the American Revolution, the founders/framers, the political & cultural thoughts/values of that period.

In high school, we are painted the picture of the founders and framers that they were gods, and do no wrong. In college, there were particular professors who would pain a much different picture. The founders and framers were in a complex conspiracy to keep the soon to be freed American citizens subjected not by King George, but by them. There was another professor in the same department, and he did not refer to them as either gods, or as tyrants, but as people.

This particular book is a great companion piece to Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation (2002) by Joseph J. Ellis.  In both works they discuss the greatness and the awe that inspired many, but also the hypocrisy, and the not-so-good, such as with the issue of slavery. In both they refer to the dinner between James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams to create a compromise.  The main part of the meal was macaroni & cheese, which was one of the recipes that James Hemings learned, and perfected. The other popular recipe, pommes de frites, aka skinny french fries.

Action Bible Jigsaw: “David & Goliath”

Action Bible: "David & Goliath" from TDC Games. The image was obtain from TDC Games.

Action Bible: “David & Goliath” from TDC Games.

This was the second puzzle that I have completed during those few days.  I found this at one of those re-sale stores like Big Lots. Hey, why not, better than the floral arrangements, and fifty shades of red.

Notes:

Rules that Should be Adapted

Background:

Back in the late 80’s, 90’s and the year 2000 I was a big WWE(F) fan.  This is part of my influence of the first rule. That gave life to this idea.

The Rule:
The Undertaker Rule

Any movie that has “Tombstone” in the title should have The Undertaker (Mark Calaway) either have a legitimate role, or at the very least a cameo.

Why:

The main reason this will help advance westerns by adding something interesting.

Notes:

 

 

 

J. M. Barrie & Peter Pan a Chart

L. Frank Baum & Peter Pan, which covers Baum's Peter Pan collection, and other works based on that foundation.

L. Frank Baum & Peter Pan, which covers Baum’s Peter Pan collection, and other works based on that foundation. Go ahead and tell me if you think I am missing something, or other needs that may could use revision.

 

Wizard of OZ Universe Flow Chart (Canon)

A flow chart for the   novels, play (musicals), poems, etc.... for the Wizard of OZ Universe.

A flow chart for the novels, play (musicals), poems, etc…. for the Wizard of OZ Universe.

Are the majority of sitcoms a bunch of “one-liners” strung together with terrible acting?

Are the majority of sitcoms a bunch of “one-liners” strung together with terrible acting?

Or is it just me? I do not watch TV on the TV anymore, well when they are on air for the original time. I got nostalgic the other day, and saw “Melissa & Joey” (2010– ) staring Melissa Joan Hart and Joseph Lawrence on Netflix . The nostalgia was not the actual show, but what they have done in the past such as Blossom (1990-1995) and Clarissa Explains It All (1991–1994) & Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (1996–2003).

There was a bunch of “one-liners” with not so good  acting, actually really terrible. Now, other sitcoms might not be as bad with the acting, but I thought back to others as well, and searched through Netflix, so for most of them, there was the string of “one-liners,” and the acting was average at best. The “one-liners” are blunt, and most of the time not even funny, but more for a quick reaction by the viewer.

I do understand that “Melissa & Joey” (2010– ) is on air at ABC Family, so the quality is not as high as network TV, but I have looked at sitcoms from the networks, and I find that the same type of “one-liners” strung together with the sub-par acting.

Disney, Henson, Vinton, Rankin Jr. & Bass: What More Can You Want!

One day watching  The Adventures of Mark Twain by Will Vinton I started to piece the  puzzles of my childhood entertainment, and where it came from.  In the world where corporations are merging, going through bankruptcy, being bought out, having assets sold (intellectual rights ) or all of the above or combination.  In this case – even though the corporate end is worth knowing – I wanted to know the artist, and people that the legacy has lived beyond the life. After great thought and deliberation I have decided on four (five) individuals (No secrets, look at the title).

There were certain criterion when deciding on the top four (five), and that is placed at the bottom, so you the reader do not get completely bored while waiting for the list.

To the List:

Walt Disney, Jim Henson, Will Vinton,  and Aurthur Rankin Jr.Jules Bass have dominated my childhood cinematic and television existence more than anyone else.  These are the producers, directors, thinkers, and tinkers of different worlds with each style is different, the mediums which they tell their stories varies from each other.

Walt Disney: The Patriarch of the Animated Movie

Walt Disney with all his flaws (only human) created some of the most beloved programing that will remain at the top of the mountain.  The legacy that he created did not stop on  December 15, 1966  when he passed away.

He and his group of imagineers helped prepare me for the future genre of horror.  Movies such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Sleeping Beauty have some of the most terrifying scenes that one could watch (at any age). There are brilliant stories as well as the three listed,  but also (my favorites) Robin Hood, and The Sword in the Stone which I would argue are the best two adaptions (adult or children) for their particular parent story (Robin Hood & King Aurthur) in the history of film.  Other adaptations that I watched continuous as a child were from book to film were Winnie the Pooh, Marry Poppins, and Bedknobs and Broomsticks.  The list can continue form the 90’s to the most recent revival.

Of course this is a brief list of motion pictures, and only one cartoon short that were created either to the producing skill of Walt Disney, or his legacy.  I also decided that anything made form a subsidiary company would not be on this time line.

Image 1. Of course this is a brief list of motion pictures, and only one cartoon short that were created either to the producing skill of Walt Disney, or his legacy. I also decided that anything made form a subsidiary company would not be on this time line.  All images were found on Wikipedia, some of the images might be in public domain, and others are owned by Disney.  I have manipulated the images to make a unique piece of coolness.

Jim Henson: A legacy of the Muppet from Kermit the Frog, Big Bird to Yoda

Jim Henson is another one that his legacy inspired others way passed his passing away.  The Muppets were the most awesome creature like beings of television and film for a child, and even today going to the theater with of child at age five or was it four the movie seemed more for me than for him.  When Kermit is walking through his mansion he sings “Pictures in My Head,” and watching the still framed pictures of the other Muppets become living 3d hallucinations make me (almost) tear up.

Jim Henson has did not just rely on Kermit the Frog, but also he used Muppets in other ways such as Yoda in two of the three Star Wars movie (the only three worth mentioning).  There were films such as the Dark Crystal, and the Labyrinth.  Then there were televisions shows such as Fraggle Rock, and The Storyteller.

The Jim Henson production team has kept on lending their expertise for television shows such as Farscape, Dinosaurs, Sid the Science Kid, MirrorMask, Dinosaur Train, and The Witches.

Will Vinton:  Singing Raisins, Dinosaur Christmas, Satan, Adam & Eve, and Mark Twain

Will Vinton is the most obscure and the most alive out the four chosen.  He pretty much lurks in the shadows, and unless you par take in a Google search or watch the extras in the The Adventures of Mark Twain most likely you will not know who he is.  He is responsible for some of the best motion picture with the use of clay that one could possibly create.  He even coined the term “claymation.”

He is the one responsible of the California Raisins, Christmas features that spotlighted dinosaurs, the claymation of Return to OZ, the M&M characters on the commercial (you know the sentient beings that will be eaten), a short version of Rip Van Winkle, and of course The Adventures of Mark Twain.  There are other projects as well he worked on.

Vinton was not always the most child friendly production and creation team, but his claymation saturated at least two decades of fun TV shorts, TV movies, and commercials.

© 2013, Vinton Entertainment All Rights Reserved.

Image 3. © 2013, Vinton Entertainment All Rights Reserved. “Claymation®” is a registered Tradmark of Laika Inc.

Aurthur Rankin Jr. & Jules Bass : Red Nose Reindeer, A Grumpy Santa,  Big Bosomed Trees, Hobbits, and of Course B. Franklin

Aurthur Rankin Jr. and Jules Bass has produced or/and directed a good portion of the holiday classic cartoon, and stop motion animation that were born in the 70’s to the 80’s.  They have not only gave life to those classic TV movies/shorts, but also gave life to tradition and current mythology.  Aurthur Rankin Jr. recently passed away in the beginning of 2014, and according to IMDB he was a “consultant producer” of the latest Thundercats.

Did you notice in the movie, Miracle on 34th Street the 1947 version, that Kris Kingle walks down the street all jovial then notices the store worker is placing the reindeer in the wrong order there were no mention of Rudolph “the most famous” reindeer?  Even though there has been references in the past, and even cartoon shorts before Rankin and Bass’s version that was aired in 1967 on NBC solidified Rudolph’s statue in the pantheon of as the “Savior of Christmas”.

They have re-told stories not only of the reindeer, but also colorful and extreme imaginative stories of  Santa, Jack Frost, Biblical stories, the Easter Bunny, and Frosty.  They were responsible to the best filmed version of the Hobbit (Peter Jackson has nothing), and of course created The Flight of the Dragons (Don McLean helped the soundtrack by performing “The Flight of the Dragons”), and of course  The Last Unicorn.

Rankin/Bass Productions

Image 4. This image was found by Google on the left side connected to Wikipedia.

Criterion:

  1. The introduction had to be at childhood.  This means twelve or younger.
  2. The relationship had to exist well beyond childhood as well in the form of either watching the clips on the internet, purchasing a copy, or/and introduce the article in question to my children.
  3. Quality and Quantity
    1. Quality: This can be subjective, and some of these products of art might be despised by others.  One (like myself) might love something that majority of the viewers want to tar and feather (Howard the Duck) the production and the people who say “wait a minute.”  In this case the quality is based on the (subjective) on going relationship, and the memories as a child.  There will not be comparing an adult liking something versus a seven year old.
    2. Quantity: The creative production has to be ten or more.  This can be done by the individual or the legacy that was left behind.  Adding distinct piece of works are up the author (me) of this list.
  4. There has to be one person that has dreamed up the foundation of the legacy.
    1. For Example: I would place Stan Lee & Jack Kirby together and have them the entire Marvel Empire.
  5. Corporations will be involved (this is unavoidable), but there will be some boundaries.
    1. For Example: Walt Disney will be part of the list (what a surprise) and certain  movies production will count and some will not just because Disney bought Marvel Studios or Lucas films does not mean bought subsidiaries will count toward Walt’s legacy.   There are films that has been created through Disney the main parent corporation such movies created after his death long into the 70’s through recent times that will count.
    2. Intellectual property rights do not decide the the creator, but only the owner such in the examples of Marvel.  All Marvel by-products would fall under Stan Lee & Jack Kirby.

 Extra Links

Notes

  • I have referenced six producers/creators/directors/writers with the help of IMDB.
  • I have reference to comic book artists (one was part of six), and the other was the help of Wikipedia.
  • I have referenced one composer with the help of IMDB.
  • I have listed 55 to 65 titles depending on how you count.
  • I have four images.  Each image as manipulate by me.
  • Image one and two were from Wikipedia, and manipulated by myself.
  • Image three are three separate images as a logo for Will Vinton’s Animation Art Collection, and I have merged them together.  The image’s copyright is such © 2013, Vinton Entertainment All Rights Reserved. “Claymation®” is a registered Tradmark of Laika Inc..
  • As far as having a works cited for this the majority of information was either discovered on IMDB or Wikipedia.

Space Rangers: The Breakdown

Space Rangers is a show that has lasted for one season in 1993, and only six episodes while co-staring one of my favorite actors (Clint Howard).  This show is nothing special compared to all the other space adventures that came before and after, but I still wanted to own this.  I am a nut about space movies/TV shows.

Image 2. The Space Ranger logo from TV Share.

Image 1. The Space Ranger logo from TV Share.

Time Line

1993

Ranger Productions, Trilogy Entertainment Group, RHI Entertainment produced the TV show and in CBS broadcast the show for only six episodes.  Space Rangers was released not only in the United States but also Australia, Sweden, Germany, and Finland (IMDB).

1995

In 1995 three volumes were sold in the VHS format through RHI and Cabin Fever Entertainment.

1997

Released in Japan, under the distributor NHK (IMDB).  At this time a DVD was released as well under Region 2 (Japan, Europe, South Africa, and the Middle East, including Egypt) (Amazon) (Movie and TV Showing Devices: Part 2: By Region).

An image captured from Amazon.com under the listing Space Rangers.

Image 2. An image captured from Amazon.com under the listing Space Rangers.

2013

Then on October 15, 2013 a region 1 DVD was released by the distributor Mill Creek Entertainment (Amazon).  The current version that is being hold has two discs.  The first disc is all six episodes, and the second are all six episodes grouped together to make three movies.

Production & Distributors

Production Companies

Ranger Productions Inc. (Defunct)
RHI Entertainment (Name Change and Mergers)
Trilogy Entertainment Group

Distributors

Cabin Fever Entertainment (Defunct)
CBS
Mill Creek Entertainment
NHK (Japan)

Above is the list of production and distribution companies that have worked on Space Rangers according to IMDB.  Take into account that each company is linked to the IMDB page.  The problem with using only IMDB is that they list each episode separately, so for the Space Rangers, that would be six individual listings.

Image 3.

Image 3.

Ranger Productions

Ranger Productions is a defunct company without an official website.  Ranger Productions was formed to develop Space Rangers.

Cabin Fever, RHI, and Sonar Entertainment?

Cabin Fever Entertainment is both defunct and no website.  Cabin Fever Entertainment did distribute movies and television shows (on VHS), but mysteriously became null and void.  When one types “Cabin Fever Entertainment” into the search engine Wikipedia is one of the top results, but the link is for Sonar Entertainment.  This claims that RHI Entertainment and Cabin Fever Entertainment are both part of Hallmark Entertainment.

A Yahoo Answers from 2007, that someone asked how to contact Cabin Fever Entertainment.  The only reply said that Cabin Fever Entertainment did not exist, but Hallmark Entertainment has the rights to some of the properties.

I have not seen evidence of the ownership of Sonar Entertainment (at one-point  Sonar Entertainment was Hallmark and before that it was RHI Entertainment) owns Cabin Fever Entertainment.  It is true that RHI Entertainment was bought by Hallmark Cards (for the sappy programing), and then changed the name to Hallmark Entertainment (ADWEEK Eastern Edition 1994, May), then after a bankruptcy between 2010 through 2012 the name changed to Sonar Entertainment (Screen International 2012, April).  A distribution deal was made with RHI back in 1992, but only a deal (Billboard, 1992 Feb).  There is evidence of a distribution deal, which means they only held the rights to certain prints, but not the actual copyrights.

Part of piecing all the information together Cabin Fever Entertainment disbanded in 1997 or 98.  There is  an article from Video Business states that Cabin Fever Entertainment paid their debts in 1998 after being disbanded a year ago (Video Business 1998).

UPDATE (7/24/2014)

There as something that I missed, and I had a funky feeling that I could not throw away.  But I found it.  On March 2, 1998  Cabin Fever Entertainment sold all the rights to RHI/Hallmark.  The official date that Cabin Fever Entertainment kicked the bucket was on March 2, 1998 (Goldstein, S. 1998) (Reed V. Freebird Film Productions 2009).  This was not a merger, but just the rights sold.

Trilogy Entertainment Group

Trilogy Entertainment Group is an independent film company that has been around since 1984 founded by John Watson and Pen Densham (Trilogy Entertainment Group Website).

CBS

We all know about CBS.  I will be saving CBS for a later time.

Mill Creek Entertainment

They were founded in 2002 from Golden Valley, Minnesota.  This is the company that sells old seasons of TV programing for cheap, and pack deals that are partially or mostly in public domain for a decent cost.

Video Lists (Official Websites)

  1. Sonar Entertainment (RHI/Hallmark)
  2. Trilogy Entertainment Group
  3. CBS
  4. Mill Creek Entertainment

Reviews, Memories, Reflections, etc…

References

(1992, Feb.). Cabin Fever signs distribution deal with RHI. Billboard, 104(5), 54. Retrieved from http://go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do?id=GALE%7CA11862383&v=2.1&u=drexel_main&it=r&p=AONE&sw=w&asid=44d585f112b89505e62561e6f128d862

(1994, May).  Hallmark buys RHI.  ADWEEK Eastern Edition, 35(18), 12. Retrieved from http://go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do?id=GALE%7CA15424329&v=2.1&u=drexel_main&it=r&p=AONE&sw=w&asid=c1c8683dbcf77a4c1009b45ffce51d58

(1998). Despite disbanding, cabin fever gave promised $100,000 to retailers. Video Business, 18(28), 32. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/223923635?accountid=10559

(2012, April). Stewart Till named CEO of Sonar Entertainment. Screen International, Retrieved from http://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/lnacademic

fin73, A.Ryan (2007),  How can i contact cabin fever Entertainment?, Yahoo Answers, retrieved from https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20070921164257AAGZLpy

Goldstein, S. (1998). Handleman loses handle on video; hallmark gets a case of cabin fever. Billboard, 110(12), 93. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/227085135?accountid=10559

Reed V. Freebird Film Productions, 1:08-cv-01761-CAB Doc #: 96 (09/22/09)

Space Rangers: Release dates. IMDB, retrieved from http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0106144/releaseinfo?ref_=tt_dt_dt

Space Rangers: Company details. IMDB, retrieved from http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0106144/companycredits?ref_=tt_dt_co

Notes

  • Image 1 is the Space Ranger logo from TV Share.
  • Image  2 was a captured shot from Amazon.
  • Image 3 is a creation by me, and it is mine.
  • I have 7 sources that I have created in the reference section.
  • I have reference one actor and and one TV show with the help form IMDB.
  • I have referenced 6 to 8  (depending on which ones you count) movie/TV (production/distributing) companies.
  • Some links are to IMDB, and some are to the corporations official site.