September 8th, 2009



  • 00:28 I'm kind of surprised Jerry Lewis is still doing telethons. Isn't he pushing 100 by this point? #
  • 15:55 @JaredofMo Looks like I only have 719. #
  • 15:56 @oz_diggs I tend to like him being a little chubby. #
  • 16:00 @MarzGurlProd That's appropriate, because the Book of Mormon is also dark and boring. #
  • 16:02 How come there's a Labor Day, but there's no White Collar Work Day? #
  • 16:06 Photo: I think I’d advise the Lion to eat her ga
    llbladder. #
  • 16:15 @xtcfans Maybe not, but if you've seen what the general public DOES consider cool, that might not be such a bad thing. #
  • 16:21 @TheRealTavie You could give them to me. #
  • 16:26 I tried to follow "What Would Jesus Do?", but moneychangers are better at fighting back than you'd think. #
  • 19:04 Is it true that Share Bear's symbol was changed because sharing milkshakes can spread germs? #
  • 19:27 Photo: mudwerks: [happy Labored Da
    y…] #
  • 19:31 Photo: samuraifrog: #
  • 21:03 @TheRealTavie Can't your parents just be satisfied with the country they live in? :P #
  • 21:04 My idea for the next Disney Channel original movie: The Lion King vs. the Cheetah Girls #
  • 21:37 Photo: Looks like Mario is gaining on Pac-Man.  Of course, Sonic could probably beat both of them WITHOUT a... #
  • 23:16 Photo: Cute Ways t
    o Die #
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They Wood If They Could

Throughout the Oz books, we see several characters made of wood and brought to life by magical means (if their animation is explained at all). Some of these wooden beings are quite major players in the series, and the first two wooden beings to have such roles are Jack Pumpkinhead and the Sawhorse, both introduced in The Marvelous Land of Oz. Tip makes Jack out of wood with a pumpkin head in order to frighten his guardian Mombi, and the witch uses the figure to test the Powder of Life that she'd just obtained. Tip takes Jack with him when he runs away, and the pumpkin-headed man makes a pleasant companion, despite not being too bright. At first Jack is terrified of his head spoiling, but he eventually realizes he can replace it with another carved pumpkin, and settles down to raise an entire pumpkin patch in the Winkie Country.

While on their first journey, Tip and Jack come across an oaken sawhorse that was made to resemble an actual horse. Tip uses the Powder of Life, which he took from Mombi, to bring the sawhorse to life, intending it to be a steed for the clumsy Jack. The Sawhorse serves admirably in this role, and later becomes Ozma's own personal steed, and the puller of the Red Wagon. He never tires, and is able to reach impressive speeds.

In Dorothy and the Wizard, the protagonists come across an entire wooden country, located underground and known as the Land of Naught. The inhabitants are grotesque wooden Gargoyles, who fly using detachable wings, and are completely silent. When our heroes arrive in Naught, the Gargoyles imprison them in a tower, but the party manages to escape by using some stolen wings. On his way out of the country, the Wizard starts a fire, claiming that he doesn't mind if it burns down the entire kingdom. I'd say that's overkill, considering that the Gargoyles mostly just seemed to want the noisy intruders out of their way, but I suppose even Oz characters don't always make the most humane decisions. The Gargoyles differ from other magically animated wooden beings in that they need to sleep.

The post-Baum authors came up with plenty of wooden protagonists of their own. Collapse )