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Warner Bros. joined forces with Habitat for Humanity to kick off the “There’s No Place Like Home” initiative on Tuesday, September 24 in Long Beach, CA with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles.
Employees from Warner Bros., Habitat for Humanity International and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles, as well as sponsors IMAX Corporation and the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, were on site to participate in the home build as well as a beautification project at the nearby Burnett Library.
Other notable attendees included vocal sensations, Pentatonix, and the cast of The Wizard of Oz Musical.
Representing the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, artist James Mulligan designed the beautiful Wizard of Oz themed mural for the Burnett Library. Volunteers worked diligently with Mulligan to complete the mural, which was revealed at the close of the event. The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity will continue their relationship with the Burnett Library by setting up special “Wizard of Oz” art days where artist volunteers will work with the children visiting the library.
This event was a fantastic beginning to the year long campaign which supports Habitat for Humanity’s work to create decent, safe and affordable housing in partnership with hardworking, low-income families. For more information on how YOU can get involved, visit www.TheWizardofOz.com/Habitat
Follow this link to see video footage Extra about the Habitat for Humanity build: http://pdl.warnerbros.com/wbol/us/telepictures/extra/092513_HABITAT_V1.mov
The characters also landed on the McDonald’s Happy Meals website, where fans can download activity sheets featuring fill-in-the-blank puzzles and pictures to color in. The adorable TV spot of a The Wizard of Oz fan experiencing the new toys is also available to view on the website.
These toys will only be available for three weeks. Hurry to collect them all!
During the ceremony, Jerry treated the crowd to the Lollipop Guild song, proving that at 93 he’s still got it! Jerry is the oldest and smallest honoree to be honored with a spot on the renowned Walk of Fame.
See ABC coverage of the ceremony here.
Special highlights included the appearance of Ruth Duccini, one of the two remaining munchkins from the film, as well as Danielle Wade, who plays Dorothy in the new musical! Other stars at the gala included Molly Ringwald, Mario Lopez (and his adorable daughter who dressed as Dorothy), Drew Carey and Rico Rodriguez, who was excited to interview Ruth. Stars stopped along the red carpet to talk about their favorite memories of the film and shared their excitement to see it in 3D! Additionally, actors in full costume brought everyone’s favorite Oz characters to life as the crowd made its way toward the theater.
Attendees were treated to an array of great The Wizard of Oz-themed treats and merchandise, including a Candy Station courtesy of Dylan's Candy Bar and Incr-Edible Cupcakes ; a look at the upcoming The Wizard of Oz nail polish collection from Julep; an Oz Emporium from Café Press; The Wizard of Oz pinball machine by Jersey Jack Pinball; Wizard of Oz-themed craft kits for children by Darice; and an Oz art wall produced by the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity.
The wax creation of Dorothy from Madame Tussauds™ Hollywood was also unveiled, bringing this iconic star and character back to life for this grand event! See photos of the statue and stars posing with her here.
Fans also got to see Pentatonix perform a melody of famous songs from The Wizard of Oz! Stay tuned for a chance to see the performance for yourself as well!
Tonight will mark the world premiere of The Wizard of Oz in glorious IMAX 3-D. The premiere will take place in Los Angeles in conjunction with the grand opening of the new TCL Chinese Theatre.
This is certain to be an incredible, star-studded event celebrating The Wizard of Oz. One particular guest of note will be “Munchkin Town Lady” Ruth Duccini, who is now 95 years old and one of only 2 surviving Munchkins! Also scheduled to attend is Danielle Wade, who plays Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz Musical.
For music-lovers, there will be an extra special musical performance by Pentatonix, the season 3 winners of “The Sing-Off”.
Guests will be treated to games and other fun provided by some of The Wizard of Oz’s 75th Anniversary partners including: Dylan’s Candy Bar, Jersey Jack, Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, Café Press, Julep, Darice and Elaut. Also, Madame Tussaud's will be revealing their new “Dorothy” wax figure – complete with Toto! This represents the first time Dorothy has been at the Hollywood museum!
While tickets were reserved for a very special VIP guest list, you can check back here later in the week for photos and an update of this historic event!
Your fun-filled celebration includes:
Plus, those who wear their favorite The Wizard of Oz costume will receive a free Rubie’s Trick or Treat Pail (while supplies last). Find out what date the Emerald City will be at your local Simon Mall!
About the IMAX Digital Re-mastering Process:
The IMAX® release The Wizard of Oz has been digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX 3D Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The IMAX DMR process combines proprietary algorithms with IMAX’s in-house image specialists to remove visual noise or grain and optimize the image (shot-by-shot) and soundtrack for The IMAX Experience. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX®'s customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.