On Music and Monkeys in “Oz The Great and Powerful”
(LOS ANGELES) — On March 8, director Sam Raimi reveals his take on the world of The Wizard of Oz with his anticipated prequel Oz The Great and Powerful. The movie stars James Franco as the wizard to be, as well as Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis and Rachel Weisz.
Fans of the original film will certainly recognize some familiar sights from the 1939 classic, but sound is another story. Acclaimed composer Danny Elfman, who worked on Spider-Man with Raimi, teamed up again with the filmmaker for Oz, and at the premiere of the film in Hollywood Wednesday night, Elfman told ABC News Radio they agreed to make this soundtrack something different.
“We very consciously did not invoke that, ever,” Elfman said of the original Wizard of Oz music, “because this is its own thing.”
And speaking of the original film, one of its classic creatures left an impression on Wayne Brady, who was on hand with his daughter Maile [Miley] to check out Raimi’s prequel. Brady explained the original’s flying monkeys used to freak him out.
“The monkeys are the scariest part,” Brady said, to the disbelief of his daughter. “What, when I was a kid, don’t judge me!” Brady joked.
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