The Wizard of Oz is a 1939 American musical fantasy film produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM). Widely considered to be one of the greatest films in cinema history, it is the best-known and most commercially successful adaptation of L. Frank Baum's 1900 children's book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. It was directed primarily by Victor Fleming (who left production to take over direction on the troubled Gone with the Wind production). It stars Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale, alongside Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Frank Morgan, Billie Burke, and Margaret Hamilton, with Charley Grapewin, Pat Walshe and Clara Blandick, Terry (billed as Toto), and Singer's Midgets as the Munchkins.
History with the Macy's Parade
The Wizard of Oz (1974)
To celebrate the movie's 45th anniversary, The parade studio made a float based on it, The float featured the Emerald City Carriage being carried along the yellow brick road by 2 colorful horses, The float retired after 1976, The float would lay dormant at the parade studio until being auctioned off at an auction in October of 1977, The current whereabouts of this float is unknown
The Wizard of Oz (1990)
In 1990, Turner Entertainment partnered with Macy's to create a Falloon based on The Wizard of Oz for the 64th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. This is the 2nd Falloon in the Parade's history, as it depicts the Wicked Witch of the West taking the form of a giant inflatable while holding a crystal ball housing Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion. This float only appeared in 1990 and was disposed of sometime later.
The Wizard of Oz Hot Air Balloon (2013)
To celebrate the 75th Anniversary of The Wizard of Oz, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and Macy's debuted a special balloon for 2013, which was recycled from the 80th Anniversary Hot Air Balloon from 2006. It featured the four main characters on each side of the balloon, and below the balloon, a basket held the Wizard of Oz himself. Balloonhead versions of The Scarecrow, The Tin Man, The Cowardly Lion, and the Wicked Witch of the West also appeared alongside this balloon, as well as Dorothy and Toto themselves. The Hot Air Balloon only appeared in 2013, though the Balloonheads managed to be used again for the 2014 parade. The banner for the balloon was sold on eBay after the balloon retired.
Listed below are the guest stars that have performed/appeared on the float, alongside the respective songs which they sang during the NBC Telecast.
- 1974 - Kathy Coleman; sang "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"
- 1975 - Doug Henning