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Daniel's picture

This short was one tough cookie.  What do you say about Wizard of Oz that hasn't already been said before? Oh and how do we include a song? Oh and how do we give all the characters their moment of glory? This short put us to the test for sure, but as I said in previous posts I am very proud of it. The music Bryan wrote for this short absolutely blows my mind. Bryan pushed me early on to have a "musical" number and I thought there is no way we are going to be able to pull off a song and dance number the scale of wizard of oz. But he kept saying "dude it's gonna be awesome!" so I kept the faith. And even though we didn't get to create a full scale choreographed song, I am really proud that we got to put the Munchkin song in. Voice credit really goes to Stephanie. She plays all the female roles here, and I think she really knocked both witch voices out of the park. Originally I was going to try an over the top Glenda voice, but it just wasn't happening, so I called Steph back to try the Glenda part and I'm so glad we did. I love it. As for the short itself, We had some hesitation about how "dark" should we make the story. Because ultimately we are turning the classic movie into a sad confusing almost tragedy. But there are already dark notions in the movie as well. What's up with Glenda? does she just kidnap kids and put them through the Oz gauntlet for her amusement? Why do the munchkins have an army but never use it to fight off the wicked witch intrusions, why does the wizard tell the Tin Man "it's not how much you love, but how much you are loved by others" and Dorothy learns at the end that you shouldn't go beyond your own backyard to find anything your heart desires because if it isn't there you never lost it in the first place... WHAT? Stay at home little girl, don't ask questions :) We decided the movie is already dark enough. It's ok to poke fun at it a little more. So, I hope the short made you laugh. This is infact meant to be silly, but still point out questions.

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Loved it, never thought about the Munchkin army actually having guns!

Death_n_Taxes's picture

geez, these are coming out so fast i think ill have a heart attack :P

ItShouldNeverEnd's picture

I really liked the first half of the short; the song number was very clever as were the voices.  Your questions about the movie were funny and also made you think.  I thought the second half was a little thin though - scarecrow and the others didn't really get to do much other than shiver.  I would have liked to see something in there making fun of Pink Floyd; but that might go over a lot of viewer's heads.

ness's picture

Hurray! it's finally here!I honestly thought you guys would release on christmas day, leaving me to wait 3 days to watch because I'm going away for the weekend and surprise! click in the site and wizard of oz hishe is here.Good job...I wish now I did watch the movie but still had enough memory of the to understand the flaws. Also that behind the scene process is going to make alot of people very happy.enjoy and relax christmas hishe because now the countdown to Janauary begins...just kidding.

isaac5's picture

not to be "that guy" but im honestly a little disappointingthe first half was pretty tight but it was a kind of weak plot hole...

Jake's picture

Isaac, you are already SO that guy... ;)

Gar's picture

Awesome.Loved how you switched out Toto(sp?) with Kiddo in one shot. 

Jake's picture

I completely missed that - had to go back and watch it again. Hilarious, Cap! Are Kiddo-Cameos going to be your trademark, like Hitchcock's appearances in his movies?

Daniel's picture

yeah there is going to be a hidden kiddo in every short from Terminator on... as long as I remember to not forget. :)

animal's picture

Is it just me, or are those the same birds as the one from the Spiderman HISHE (given that these ones are black and the one from spiderman was white). Kind of like Pixar does when the reuse animation? Also, thank you for pointing out what I've been trying to say for years now! I showed my brothers this and they loved it!!!

Daniel's picture

they are similar, but not the same drawing.  :)  I actually wondered if anyone would think these birds look just like the spiderman bird.  they have the same face practically.

I said this earlier and I cant find where the crap that post went. Anyway Great job guys, even though I've never seen The Wizard of Oz. Oh and Kiddo is at the beginning with Dorothy.

isaac5's picture

dude. how have you not seen the wizard of oz?!?!?!?!  

Jake's picture

Team HISHE, you did it again. Wizard of Oz:HISHE was excellent. I thought the song was a great touch - if you're going to satirize WoO, you have to do so on its own terms, right? Though I would never doubt your ability to do a musical number after hearing Daniel's "He's a Spider-Man." The way you describe the process with Bryan really emphasizes what a team effort your shorts are. Also on the note of teamwork, I agree - Steph, your voices were AWE-some. Loved the inflections on all three.And I loved the "dark" ending, too - it was kind of like It's a Wonderful Life meets WoO (ie, what if Dorothy never followed the Yellow Brick Road?). I thought it wasbang on,both in terms of your interpretation and in keeping with the feel of the movie.It seems like you have really achieved a unique "look" and feel to your videos in the last few you've done (it's been there all along, but seems really concrete more recently). Just looking at a screen cap, I can recogniz a HISHE video now. And I think a big part of that is your choice to have a "painted" feel (which I now know is partly due to your choice of Corel Painter).So speaking of that, I thought the Behind the Scenes clip was a fantastic idea. For one, it was fun to finally hear your "normal" voice (we've only heard your character voices so far). And it was fascinating watching you design the scene. You answered that burning question perfectly (how do you do what you do?), and I look forward to more of those clips touching on the other design aspects you mentioned at the end of this one. The only other thing I'd suggest is popping Kiddo's sweet mug in there for a sec. ;)  P.S. It was great to get the update from Team HISHE in my mailbox today. Nice!

Tina's picture

I really like that about WoO meets It's a Wonderful Life!  I hadn't thought about that, but you're totally right.  Thanks for always being so encouraging!

Ronin's picture

 I really loved this short.  It was similar to the sort of simple and obvious solution HISHE's like Lord of the Rings and Star Wars (not to say the joke is ineffective, simple and obvious in a "why didn't any of the characters think of this" sort of way). I really liked the downbeat stuff at the end, darkly hilarious.  NickelCrew.net 

Daniel's picture

thanks ronin.  I'm glad you got the familiar pace to LOTR. That was actually something we intended early on.  :)

Bliss's picture

I'd have to say i'm about half and half on this one. The fact that they could have shot her, was funny, because it was so simple! However, I would have focused more on that, than just the fact it was a dark movie, because that part, most people could probably care less.Also, everytime I try to watch the behind the scenes it tells me the clip is not available.

Tina's picture

Taking on a classic is always tough because people haven't seen it recently and we've just watched it 20 times in a row (give or take).  We have to be careful we don't get too obscure.  I feel like this short has a little of both, and it's darker than anything we've done before which is kind of cool for us to take that risk.  I also think Daniel totally out did himself with the art...the whole thing just looks beautiful to me.  And giving Stephanie an opportunity to play the wicked witch was just fantastic!  She did a great job with all the voices.  And kudos to Bryan; I agree that he did some amazing stuff here. In short, I really love this one and I hope everyone can at least find something in it to giggle at. :) 

citizenbuck's picture

Holy moly this cracked me up. Silly, insightful, hilarious, perfectly timed... that just cracked me up. Different from every other HISHE out there but in a good way. But I must say... I enjoyed the bonus clip almost as much as the HISHE.I gotta throw out a bonus clip request... can we get one where Someone (Buffs) interviews Simple Cap? I would love that... and I'm sure it would be hilarious.  -CitizenBuck

Daniel's picture

Thanks, glad you liked the bonus feature segment. I'll make more if time allows and I have enough footage. the software I used to capture that stuff is kind of buggy and unpredictable. I tried to capture some stuff yesterday and it crashed after an hour... all that video evaporated. So it's not a perfect science for me just yet.

Spud's picture

I fell asleep last night when all the Muchkins were singing and I just watched the HISHE version. Made my day, kudos guys. 

ness's picture

Youtube has flagged wizard of oz hishe as inappropiate, so now I can't watch it unless I'm 18 or over. Whats up that?

Daniel's picture

looking into it... this happened without warning.

Bliss's picture

I think once it's been flagged, it stays that way, of course, it could change if you contact Youtube. For now you can still see it here.

Daniel's picture

this offends me so much. We are going to sort out the rating issue, but this situation just bothers me.   HISHE isn't intended for little kids, but I make a huge attempt to make sure our shorts are clean enough to not offend the viewers.  The fact that our short has been flagged is an insult to me.  I assume it's because someone is sensitive to the witch being shot.  Let's not forget that the original Oz movie actually melts the witch to death in a slow and painful way and everybody praises Dorothy for it... which is also available on YouTube unflagged by the way... so acting like our ending is suddenly offensive and in need of viewer discretion just makes me really bitter.  However, it also makes me MORE happy that Starz is our primary host, and that our website is independent of this flagging hypocrisy.  to be continued...

Daniel's picture

fixed.

isaac5's picture

yes!ding dong the flag is dead!

Farthest Outpost's picture

Well well I really Am at a loss of words for this one....I don't know why....It was great though keep it up! on the sidenote....the bonus clip is not showing up....(signature) -If you find me....then welcome to the end of the world.....have a seat... (\sig)

Bliss's picture

Just watched this HISHE again for the first time in a few months with it synced to the Dark Side of the Moon, Spooky stuff guys, and I didn't even need LSD!

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