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Why does Scarecrow in The Wizard Of Oz get the Pythagorean Theorem wrong?

There is a version of the script that had more to say to make it obvious that it was intentional, according to: Hollywood Science: The Next Generation, From Spaceships to Microchips (ISBN 331954215X, ...
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Why does Scarecrow in The Wizard Of Oz get the Pythagorean Theorem wrong?

Seem pretty obvious that the Wizard, being a fake himself, could only give fake gifts -- he sort of says this. The scarecrow obviously did have brains and perhaps armed with a belief in his own ...
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When does the Wizard of Oz movie take place?

I get the feeling it was intentionally set in both times - or at least to look like it could be. As mentioned in comments, there's nothing in the Kansas scenes that couldn't still have still been in ...
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Why does the Wicked Witch "have no power here"?

The original book didn't have any explanation (in part, because WWotE never appeared in that scene in the book). But I can definitely address ONE of your theories: Is it referring that she (Glinda) ...
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Why doesn't the Good Witch of the North immediately explain the power of the ruby slippers to Dorothy?

There is no need to look for a "deeper meaning" to Glinda waiting to tell Dorothy about the ruby slippers' power, because she explains the meaning herself, explicitly and repeatedly, at the ...
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Why doesn't the Good Witch of the North immediately explain the power of the ruby slippers to Dorothy?

Given that the entire adventure was a dream, the magic of the shoes was merely a subconscious exit from the dream. Remember, Glenda did not know the power of the slippers. She merely said they must ...
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Who played the Oz head in the "Wizard of Oz"?

If you believe the Wizard of Oz blog (about 2/3rds of the way down the page) it states that: the face was that of an anonymous actor in heavy make-up, lip synching to Morgan’s dialogue. I can find ...
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Why do they walk into the Haunted Forest carrying weapons?

Some of it is explained: In the original script (by Noel Langley, Florence Ryerson and Edgar Allan Woolf) there’s no mention of a gun. The ax is explicitly referenced. The bug spray and net are ...
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Why does the Wizard stall after Dorothy gives her the Witch's broom?

Because (as explained in the plot description on the movie's Wikipedia page) he isn't a wizard, but a con man. The gifts are merely symbolic items: Upon their return, the Wizard stalls in fulfilling ...
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Why does Scarecrow in The Wizard Of Oz get the Pythagorean Theorem wrong?

I don't think it's a invalidation of the scarecrow. I think it's saying in fantasy land that math is fantasy too. Or it's being not serious about math, when the moral of the story was the part that ...
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Are Parts of The Mandalorian S03E06 Referencing The Wizard of Oz?

I think that the entire Mandalorian series can be compared to The Wizard of Oz. Not because of any references, but because most of the story is built on Din meeting different characters who are ...
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What would the formal narrative structure be for a movie that starts and ends in present time but the rest is sort of internal monologue?

For the technique of beginning and ending with one story while telling different stories in the middle, I would refer to the outer story as a "framing device", or "frame story". The collective work as ...
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What happened to Miss Gulch?

It's true that the movie is silent on the fate of Miss Almira Gulch. Even the original shooting script, which contains a lot of material excised from the final edit, never reveals whether or not she ...
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Who played the Oz head in the "Wizard of Oz"?

https://web.archive.org/web/20080524211727/http://www.preservehollywood.org/DungeonWebNew/In%20The%20Blood.html This archive states Hull was a great make up artist. He created his own character as ...
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Why will Dorothy miss Scarecrow the most of all?

I think this is a reference to the parts of the film that were ultimately deleted, as are a few others. What we didn't see in the finished film were scenes at the beginning, where Hunk and Dorothy ...
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