The Wonderful World of Disney Has a Long History With the Wonderful World of Oz

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The Wizard of Oz was released in 1939 and became one of MGM Studios most profitable ventures. The movie was based on the literary works of L. Frank Baum. Two years before the release of The Wizard of Oz, Walt Disney expressed interest in purchasing the rights to Baum’s stories. But with work on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Pinocchio occupying all of his studio’s attention, Walt passed on pursuing Baum’s works until 1954.
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Here are two Marty Sklar stories you haven’t heard … and they’re not about Disney!

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All three of Marty Sklar's books – Dream It! Do It!, One Little Spark! and Travels with Figment – are not only windows into the Walt Disney Company, but give us a rare look at one of the most important and influential people to have ever pinned on a Disney nametag. Marty’s books are filled with one fascinating, behind-the-scenes story after another. But, as I’ve learned first-hand over the years, there are so many more “Marty stories” that need to be told.
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