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Editor says, what if Adolf Hitler's belligerence prevented the Golden Year of Hollywood? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s). This article is part of the Hollywood thread.
In 1951,on this day Walt Disney Pictures finally released the combination animation / live action movie "Wonderful Wizard of Oz"; the project had suffered a seemingly endless set of delays because America and the other member states of the League of Nations had to deal with Adolf Hitler. And so the invasion of Czechoslovakia prevented the studios from ushering in 1939 as the Golden Year of Hollywood.
"Wonderful Wizard of Oz" by Ed. & Joel BaderUpon Walt Disney's death fifteen years later, his brother Roy renamed Disney World as "Walt Disney World" and commissioned a new tornado-themed ride. This feature, and the later release of a long running video game in the 1980s, ensured that the Wonderful Wizard of Oz would continue to be embbeded in the imagination of young generations for years to come, as Roy and Walt surely intended.
Editor says, based on an original concept by Joel Bader who says: idea was inspired by something I had read about the Disney people rejecting the story Charlotte's Web in the early 1970s. That book was subsequently turned into an animated cartoon by the Hanna-Barbera people Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.