The Wizard of Oz is one of the most beloved movies in history. Many people feel thatthey know just about everything about a movie including all the behind-the-scenes goodies. But there remain many things that are unknown to even the most loyal fans. Like the fact that The House of Winston made a pair of real ruby slippers to celebrate the film’s 50th anniversary in 1989. These are valued at $3 million. We decided to show you the 13 things you didn’t know about the classic The Wizard of Oz.
1. Green JELLO For The Horses
In order to make the horses green for that scene when Dorothy makes it to the Emerald City for the first time, they used green JELLO mix. However, the poor horses kept trying to lick themselves clean, which was a headache for the special effects team as well as the horses that couldn’t get enough of the JELLO mix.
So, they had to work really fast in those scenes, making them stand out a bit from the rest of the movie. It’s a good thing that the scenes didn’t take too long, because JELLO isn’t the healthiest food in the world. People shouldn’t even eat it that much; we assume that horses should eat even less of it. Hopefully they were making the JELLO with less sugar, because too much sugar is definitely not a good thing for a horse. And it would have probably made the horses very anxious and rowdy, which probably would not have been good for filming.
Animals were a big part of the movie, and some of the most memorable parts of the movie revolve around animals. Of course, there is the dog Toto, he is probably the most important and popular animal in the movie – if you don’t count the cowardly lion – who is actually a real man.
But these horses are one of the very many small details that went into making this movie special. All stops were pulled when it came to filming, and if the story needed green horses, then the people making the movie were going to find a way to make it a reality. Thankfully it was just green JELLO and not some type of toxic paint that could have hurt the horses.