Episode 476: And I Was There, And I Was There, And I Was There…

On the Overthinking It Podcast, we tackle the classic musical film “The Wizard of Oz,” starring Judy Garland, and read the novel by L. Frank Baum that it’s based on.

Peter Fenzel and Matthew Wrather embark on the yellow brick road of analysis, and are unconvinced by the stock economic and political reading of The Wizard of Oz.

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Matthew Wrather started Overthinking It in 2008 with his smartest, funniest friends, and has hosted over 500 hours of podcasts on the site. An LA native, he is an actor and computer programmer, but has worked as a writer, tower bell-ringer, birthday party clown, poet, janitor, and call center manager. He also has a Twitter and a Tumblr.

3 Comments on “Episode 476: And I Was There, And I Was There, And I Was There…”

  1. Random #

    Nice episode but now I want you to do a TFT tie in episode analyzing the Todrick Hall & Pentatonix remaking of the Wizard of Oz with pop tunes and how their choices work (or don’t) with the original book and movie themes.


  2. clayschuldt #

    But does it match up with Dark Side of the Moon?


  3. Mark Lee OTI Staff #

    L. Frank Baum to readers: “don’t overthink it.”

    Along those lines, it’s far more common for creators to weigh in on what their art is versus what it isn’t. The other notable example that comes to mind is the disclaimer at the beginning of the “Thriller” music video that disavows any relationship with the occult.


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