Saturday, March 8, 2014

Oz, the Great and Powerful Blog

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I'm writing today about the Wizard of Oz, and how it relates to the Television Crossover Universe and Multiverse.  And I really shouldn't be, because Once Upon a Time is about to screw up and change everything I am about to write.  But I'm in the mood to write about Oz, so that's what I'm going to do.

Based on the findings of my years of research into the subject, it's clear to me that there has been more than one Dorothy, even coming from the same reality, and there are several dimensions called Oz, existing within the magical void between universes, and one Oz existing on Earth itself.  Of course, some of those named Dorothy are the same girl in divergent timelines as well.  Let's see if I can pull off a chronology that might shed some light on the situation.



1753...and others--THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF NEW JULES VERNE ADVENTURES “THE TRUE STORY OF WILHELM STORITZ” (SHORT STORY BY MICHEL PAGEL)--The Time Traveler visits 1753 and finds himself captured by Otto Storitz.  Storitz finds the Traveler in possession of Griffin’s invisibility formula and attempts to recreate it (before it’s even been technically thought up).  The Traveler did not get the notes himself from Griffin, but second hand from a Professor Marvel, a travelling “wizard” con artist, on his way to Kansas.  Storitz is unable to solve the formula in his own time, but passes it on to his son, Wilhelm.

HCU Comments:  The Time Machine and its main character, the Time Traveler are from Jules Verne.  The original book is in, as well as any crosses mentioned on this blog website.  This goes also for Le Secret de Wilhelm Storitz from Verne, a story of a villain with the power of invisibility.  This story serves as a prequel and origin for that tale.  Also, the film version of the Wizard of Oz is brought in, as Professor Marvel is from the film version, not the book.  For TVCU purposes, only the classic film is in, not all Oz stories.

Early 1820s--Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town--Santa’s origin story. Kris Kringle/Santa Claus voiced by Mickey Rooney, S.D. Kluger voiced by Fred Astaire. First aired 1970.  Tanta married a man named Kringle, a toymaker. She joined him in his toy making. Kringle claimed to be an elf and lived with several dwarves (in order of appearance, Dingle, Wingle, Bingle, Tingle, Zingle) who assisted him in his work. Kringle and his friends the dwarves were not from Earth, but from different dimensions. Kringle was actually born in a pocket universe called Alfheim, and he knew of other pocket universes as well. His dwarven friends were actually Munchkins who were originally from one of the several Oz pocket universes. Rumor has it that these dwarves were related to seven that once worked in a diamond mine and had befriended a beautiful princess who had fled an evil stepmother/queen.  (Whether or not the rumor is true, the diamond miners had clearly built themselves a lovely hand-crafted home that showed the same skills that Kringle’s friends did.) Tanta became jokingly known as the ‘Queen of the Elves’. 

May 15, 1856 – May 6, 1919--THE DREAMER OF OZ:  THE LIFE STORY OF OZ--The life story of L. Frank Baum, as told by his wife Maud, who as Toby O'Brien has pointed out, has no idea of the truth behind Oz.  

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Mid 1860s--THE KATRINA PROTOCOL--Novel by Jean-Marc Lofficier, who in my opinion has created more valid crossovers than any other writer ever.  Here, Aharon Van Helsing battles Dr. Miguelito Loveless, duels with Rhett Butler, and assists the WIZARD OF OZ.

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1899--THE WIZARD OF OZ--The first Dorothy Gale travels to Oz, as told in the original novel by L. Frank Baum.  Following these events, other girls named Dorothy, sometimes even named Dorothy Gale, who come from Kansas usually and often are very similar in character and background, will journey to Oz.  Sometimes this happens in divergent timelines and sometimes on the same timeline.  Sometimes it's the same Oz and sometimes it's a different Oz.

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early 20th century--THE WEIRDING WILLOWS # 1 - 6 (A1)--Alice Moreau, daughter of the Dr. Moreau, discovers that her father has been contracted to engineer flying monkeys.  Meanwhile, she also discovers a portal to the Wild Wood, a nexus of dimensions. This is not the Alice from Lewis Carroll’s story, but yet another of Moreau’s offspring.  The Wild Wood is just another means to travel between the various dimensions and realities of the Television Crossover Multiverse.  This story presents the idea, like many others including League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, that Moreau, along with his family, was responsible for many anthropomorphic cartoon animals.

1902--THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF SANTA CLAUS--From Jason Kossmann:  In Frank L. Baum's writings, Santa Claus was a human child raised by a fairy in the forest of Burzee, which is not to far from Oz.


1906--THE GAME IS AFOOT--"Sherlock Holmes in Oz"--Sherlock Holmes visits Oz.  

Circa 1910--Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town/The Easter Bunny Is Comin’ To Town/The First Easter Rabbit--Santa’s origin story. Kris Kringle/Santa Claus voiced by Mickey Rooney, S.D. Kluger voiced by Fred Astaire. First aired 1970. Origin of the Easter Bunny. S.D. Kluger voiced by Fred Astaire.  Origin of the Easter Bunny. Santa Claus voiced by Paul Frees. First aired in 1976.  First aired in 1977. A young child became sick. All of their possessions had to be burned to disinfect the playroom. A beloved stuffed rabbit named Stuffy is brought to life by a fairy, inspiring the story of The Velveteen Rabbit. (The fairy may or may not be the fairy that brought Pinocchio to life, and may or may not be one of the witches named Glinda from the various Oz verses.) Stuffy is sent to a place near Kris’ North Pole community (named Easter Valley or April Valley in later retellings). The Miser Brother called Snow (here called Zero) tried to freeze Easter Valley/April Valley but was defeated by Stuffy. Stuffy is declared the first Chief Easter Bunny. 







1925--OZ, THE GREAT AND POWERFUL--Ivan Ronald Schablotski shared Oz The Great and Powerful's photo.  The new OZ movie is set firmly in the continuity of the original movie... which is very much NOT in continuity with the Oz books. The fact that Kansas is a surrealistic black & white place with no actual magic makes me wonder if it might be the same 'world' that Dr "Frankenstein" Whale hails from in ONCE UPON A TIME.


1931--WIZARD OF OZ 3: DOROTHY GOES TO HELL--An image of King Kong on top of the Empire State Building was shown during the time paradox montage.

August 17, 1939--GLIMMERGLASS:  THE CREATIVE WRITER'S ANNUAL VOLUME 1--"The Deadly Desert Gnome"--Story by Dennis Power which you can read here.  This story, which was published and mentioned in Crossovers, comes right out and says that the Doctor is Doctor Omega.  In this story, the Doctor is accompanied by his granddaughter Susan, who calls herself Suzette.  So this story likely takes place shortly before the start of the series.  They visit New York of the TVCU where time was altered to cause New York's destruction, and must go back and set things right by making sure that Doc Savage will be around to save the day.  They also visit Oz, or one of the Ozes.  Likely the Oz they visit must be the one from Farmer's A BARNSTORMER IN OZ considering the author of this story.  The Doctor and Susan encounter another time traveler, Phineas Bogg of VOYAGERS.  The Doctor also mentions (as he is known to drop references) THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN, the Eddorians (from the LENSMEN series), and the Gamma Quadrant, as designated at this time by the Vulcans and later used by the United Federation of Planets of STAR TREK.  Note that Doc Savage here is called Doc Ardan.  These two characters have been regularly conflated just as the Doctor and Doctor Omega, even though they were created as separate characters.  To confuse things further, Doc Savage is also referred to Doc Wildman by many writers.

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August 1939--THE WIZARD OF OZ--This is the film version.  Dorothy Gale is swept away to a magical land in a tornado and embarks on a quest to see the Wizard who can help her return home.  Wizard of Oz has had several sequels that portray Oz as real. 

1948--SIR HAROLD AND THE GNOME KING--Harold Shea visits Oz.  

1959--THE CASE OF THE FRAMED FAIRY OF OZ--Perry Mason visits Oz.

Late July 1985--KINGDOM HEARTS--yellow brick road

1985—The Oz-Wonderland War; comic miniseries by E. Nelson Bridwell, Joey Cavalieri, and Carol Lay.
The Cheshire Cat travels to the Looniverse and recruits Captain Carrot and his Amazing Zoo Crew to assist in the Oz/Wonderland War. The name of the war is a misnomer: the Wonderlandians are assisting the Ozian underground movement in their war against the Nome King who has conquered Oz. Eventually the assembled heroes of three worlds defeat the Nome king, and return to their home universes. The Oz seen in this story is Oz-prime.  A special note must be made of the art. Carol Lay manages to create perfect sustained reproductions of the art styles of W. W. Denslow, Sir John Tenniel, and John R. Neill. It’s a pleasure to see all of these diverse art styles interacting over the course of the story.




1987--QUEST FOR DREAMS LOST # 1 (LITERACY VOLUNTEERS OF CHICAGO)--When two movers find that the contents of the moving truck are missing, contents that include valuable artifacts, they call on real heroes to help.  Leonardo of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is sent to Central Park to retrieve Excalibur.  This version of the Turtles is the original version created by Eastman and Laird.  According to the film Turtles Forever, they exist on the divergent timeline called Turtles Prime.  Of course, many of these mini-stories in this one shot seem to exist in alternate realities, but considering that one person owned all these artifacts, surely he is a man who can summon heroes from throughout time and space.  Excalibur is from Arthurian legend, and thus doesn’t count for crossovers since Arthurian legend seems to exist in the history of of practically every timeline.  The Trollords travel to Hell to face Charon at the river Styx to retrieve his staff.  The Trollords were from an independent comic about three trolls that cheated death and thereafter find themselves pursued by the Grim Reaper while at the same time working to convince humans of the value of their lives.  Due to the nature of this story, it’s impossible to determine which timeline the Trollords come from, but they certainly exist within the larger Television Crossover Multiverse.  Charon comes from Greek mythology, which follows the same rules as Arthurian legend.  Matt Sinkage (from the independent comic Silent Invasion) recovers the Picture of Dorian Gray.  Silent Invasion is an alien conspiracy story set in the 1950s which fits nicely into the main Television Crossover Universe timeline which is good since obviously the PIcture of Dorian Gray is solidly in the main TVCU.  Adventurers from “the Realm” retrieve the ruby slippers from the Wicked Witch of Oz.  The Realm is about a group of friends who are transported to the realm of Azoth.  The heroes may originate from the Earth of the main TVCU, or at least a divergent timeline, and Azoth is certainly a pocket dimension within the TVCM.  Almost all the references to Wizard of Oz within this blog website have been to the film version, so it’s clear that the film is the TVCU version.   Dorothy must have come from the TVCU, and the Oz she visited must have been a pocket reality within the TVCM.  The one anomaly is the Supernatural crossover that portrays a very different interpretation of Dorothy and her visit to Oz.  We can assume that this is a totally different Dorothy who visited a different Oz.  One problem with this story being about the film version is that the Wicked Witch should be dead, but more than one Oz sequel has portrayed a resurrected Witch.  The Wordsmith is sent for the ring of the pulp hero called the Shadow, and the story also involves the Phantom Detective.  The Wordsmith is an independent comic about a writer during the depression.  The Shadow has been well established as a character in the Television Crossover Universe.  This story brings in the Phantom Detective.  It’s clear from the story that the Wordsmith, the Shadow, and the Phantom Detective coexist in the same timeline, which would be the main TVCU.  Reacto Man retrieves the Time Machine (from the novel of H.G. Wells).  Reacto Man was a super-hero from an independent comic.  Since the Time Machine from H.G. Wells is well established in the TVCU, Reacto Man is likely also from the main TVCU timeline.  Eb’nn is sent to retrieve the Maltese Falcon.  Eb’nn is a raven bounty hunter from a wild west reality of anthropomorphic talking animals.  This pocket reality must exist within the Television Crossover Multiverse.  The Maltese Falcon, on the other hand, is well established as being in the main TVCU timeline.  J.B. Space of the Aniverse goes after the Pied Piper’s pipe.  The Aniverse is a futuristic reality of anthropomorphic talking animals which must a part of the TVCM.  The Pied Piper has been established via Tales of the Shadowmen to be a character in the Television Crossover Universe that can travel through time.  This comic features all heroes from independent comics and was created as a fundraiser for the Literacy Volunteers of Chicago.  

November 1988--MICKEY'S 60TH BIRTHDAY--Mickey goes missing after he once again misuses the sorcerer's hat.  Crossovers include:  FANTASIA (SORCERER'S APPRENTICE), WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT?, FAMILY TIES, CHEERS, DONALD DUCK, THE MICKEY MOUSE CLUB, WIZARD OF OZ (FILM), PORKY PIG, HUNTER, ROAD RUNNER, GOLDEN GIRLS, and L.A. LAW.



1989—Baker Street Graffiti—“Elementary My Dear”; Guy Davis and Vincent Locke

Sharon Ford—a post-Holmes detective, punkishly fulfilling the Master Detective’s prerogative—visits Gideon’s Pawn Shop. In tow, she drags her “Watson,” Susan Predergrast, and her lover, Sam. While shopping for Sharon’s new coat—coincidentally, a ratty old great coat—they’re accosted by a bumbling little ball of a man, shouting “That is not for sale!”

The Holmes tulpa and Sharon play a game of deduction. She concludes he is a barrister; he concludes she is a rock’n’roll star.

The Holmes and Watson tulpas leave without purchasing any of “their” trophies. Sharon, presumably, purchases Holmes’ greatcoat. She proceeds to wear it the rest of the series.

Gideon’s is rich with the refuse from Holmes’ life: Holmes’ jackknife (mentioned in “The Musgrave Ritual”), the infamous cardboard box (“The Adventure of the Cardboard Box”), the blue carbuncle (“The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle”), a lock of red hair (The Red-Headed League”), and a number of orange pips (“The Five Orange Pips”). Also among the remainder of Baker Street are the infamous deerstalker and greatcoat, never mentioned by Watson but depicted by Sidney Paget.

Also in the shop, one can find Rosebud, Mad Hatter’s hat residing on a dodo, Dorothy’s shoes, the Maltese Falcon, and a broken-down Dalek.

One wonders if this is how Constantine disposed of Jerry’s memorabilia. Every item, one and all, dumped quick in a low-class pawn shop. This seems especially likely, considering the items present in both Jerry's house and Gideon's Pawn Shop.

[NOTE: According to the introduction amended to the very first issue, Baker Street takes place in an alternate universe where the Victorian age never quite ended: social mores remain the same, dress is consciously Victorian, blimps rule the sky. Yet, save an occasional airship, there’s hardly an indication of this. Everything’s sufficiently modern to place it in the mainline TVCU. Airships may be the mark of the primary mirror universe (otherwise known, in some circles, as “Over There”), but a small number of them are in service in the TVCU as well (See Greatheart Silver, the Ralph von Wau Wau stories, Tarzan at Earth’s Core, and the DC Doc Savage comic book). Additionally, the airship The Hubris is owned by the insane multiversal historian John Hodgeman. Consequently, airships are a small but persistent element in the TVCU business world, especially with recent boosting by environmental groups.]

September 1993--BEAVIS AND BUTT-HEAD--"Tornado"--Lolita and Tanqueray wind up in Oz with headbanging munchkins.

February 1998--SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH--"Sabrina and the Beanstalk"--Sabrina accidentally whips up a magic beanstalk.  Harvey climbs it and falls into the clutches of the Wicked Witch of the West.  Now this should make absolutely no sense at all, but for Once Upon a Time.  Thanks to that show, we know that magic beans are but one way to open up portals between the magical realms, and that the portals will take you to whatever place you are thinking of.  So it could have been that for whatever reason, Harvey had Oz on the mind.  Perhaps he'd just seen the film.  Or perhaps the ladies he hangs out with somehow remind him of witches.  

1998 to 1999--FANTASY ISLAND--The island is still operational in this series revival, and I do consider it a revival, not a reboot.  Now Mr. Roarke has gotten darker, and his appearance has changed.  He is a being with supernatural powers, and this might explain things.  Though Toby O'Brien has a different idea, which you can check out here, but that's too much speculation for me with not enough evidence to support it.  It seems to me more likely that Mr. Roarke may have made some deal with some supernatural being for immortality, but the fine print said he'd be confined to Fantasy Island for life.  In this new series, we learn a a little more about how the Island operates.  People in need accidentally stumble upon a travel agency, which books trips to Fantasy Island.  Then the files are sent directly from the city to the Island via a pneumatic tube, which isn't really physically possible, so it must be magic.  How are people finding this travel agency?  I believe it's God, or at least the folks that work for God, whether you call them angels or white lighters or the powers that be.  Whatever.  In fact, perhaps Mr. Roarke is actually dead, and is serving his own penance by running the Island.  Perhaps, as Thom Holbrook conjectures here, all the staff from both the 70s/80s show and this one are all dead and serving their penance on the Island.  Wow, pretty deep stuff.   And is it possible that the travel agency is not always in the same place?  That would explain how people from all over America...and the world book trips.  Hey, what if Mr. Roarke was one of the angels that didn't take sides during Lucifer's rebellion, and thus this is his punishment?  OK, now who's wildly speculating?  But we do know that in the new series, it's been hinted that the island itself is the source of Mr. Roarke's powers, and that the longer one stays there, the more they also gain power.  The staff, and Mr. Roarke's adopted daughter (raised on the island) also exhibit powers.  There seems to be some hints this place is indeed some sort of Limbo dimension, with the staff all trapped there.  There are parallels between the new series and Shakespeare's THE TEMPEST.  One of the staff member's is named Ariel.  She is a shape shifter who is much older than she appears, and apparently may have been romantically involved with Mr. Roarke some time in the past.  Note that Harry and Cal are both staff members whose lives were saved by Mr. Roarke...or perhaps their souls were.  It seems that Mr. Roarke rescued them both from death, but it's implied that they actually died, and living on the Island is a way of escaping Hell.  Mr. Roarke seems to have the power to send them there should they disobey him.  Gordon Long also offers this take on Mr. Rourke:  Recently, Kim and I watched a film with Malcolm McDowell playing Merlin. It is called Kids of the Round Table. It is set in the then present-day; released in 1997. It was filmed in Canada but seemed to be set near Albany, New York. Excalibur appears in the film.  Because this predates the second Fantasy Island series, I wondered if this Merlin (and there are so, so many) became the second Roarke. Both Kim and I are convinced there are two Roarkes. Now, I don't have a problem with this second Roarke having been Merlin in the past. And it won't mess up Toby's Gallifreyan origins of Roarke, because in at least one alternate timeline---seen in the Doctor Who episode Battlefield with the Seventh Doctor, also starring Jean Marsh as Morgan Le Fay/Morgaine (who also appeared as Mombi in the Disney Return to Oz, which has a magic mirror that this Ozma was enchanted into, and evil witch Queen Bavmorda in Willow)---the Doctor himself became Merlin. So I think that the second Roarke is one of the Merlins and one of the alternate Doctors. However, you can easily interpret this Doctor/Merlin/Roarke as being all one entity. Allowing the original Roarke to be a Doctor and a Merlin explains his longevity and a possible reason why his love Elizabeth Bathory wanted to be immortal---to be with Roarke/Merlin/The Doctor forever.



March 1999--SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH--"The Big Sleep"--Aunt Dorma fills the house with poppies, making Hilda and Zelda fall asleep, and Sabrina finally rids of them by making it snow, as in The Wizard of Oz, which she herself mentions.

2001--BLUE OYSTER CULT--"The Old Gods Return"--From John D Lindsey Jr:  A little Lovecraft-themed rock...plus an Oz reference!



September 2002--CHARMED--"Happily Ever After"--The Wizard of Oz being a Fairy Tale, the ruby slippers are kept locked away in the castle of the Keeper of the Fairy Tales, so their good magic and the integrity of the story it represents is protected for "future generations."  After Piper threw a vanquishing potion at the wicked witch, the Keeper's apprentice let her use the ruby slippers magic to return her home. ("Happily Ever After")

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2005--ROBOTS--Tin Woodsman looking for heart

August 2005--VOODOO TWILIGHT--So many crossovers, and here they are:  DRACULA, WHITE ZOMBIE, BLACK COATS, THE TREASURE OF THE VESTE NERE, TALES OF THE SHADOWMEN VOLUME 1:  THE MODERN BABYLON "The Last Vendetta", BROTHER VOODOO, CHILD'S PLAY, TALES OF THE ZOMBIE, REVOLT OF THE ZOMBIES, LIVE AND LET DIE, ANGEL HEART, STRANGE CONFLICT:  A BLACK MAGIC STORY, THROUGH THE GATES OF THE SILVER KEY, I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE, ZOMBIES ON BROADWAY, JOHN THUNSTONE, KOLCHAK:  THE NIGHT STALKER, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN, CAPTAIN BLOOD, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, LORNA DOONE, GULLIVER'S TRAVELS, JERUSALEM'S LOT, THE LEATHERSTOCKING TALES, CHARMED, TREASURE ISLAND, THE CASE OF CHARLES DEXTER WARD, THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW, JOHN CARTER, THE SHADOW OVER INNSMOUTH, MOBY DICK, THE NARRATIVE OF ARTHUR GORDON PYM OF NANTUCKET, THE LIVES OF THE MAYFAIR WITCHES, DOC SAVAGE, THE PHANTOM, 20000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA, WILD WILD WEST, GONE WITH THE WIND, THE WIZARD OF OZ, THE LONE RANGER, THE REIGATE PUZZLE, THE LOST WORLD, THE RED TRIANGLE, THE SHADOW, AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS, THE BODY SNATCHERS, THE WORKS OF STEPHEN KING, FEN-CHU THE ENIGMATIC, CARNACKI, L'ATLANTIDE, and THE EXORCIST. 



October 2007--SOUTH PARK--"Imaginationland"--The boys discover Imaginationland.  This is actually simply a portion of the Looniverse where Anomaly sometimes teleports real beings from the multiverse due to the nature of the Looniverse and it's Tulpa state.  Thus, we can consider this a major crossover event.  In Imaginationland, the Council of Nine (the true leaders of the land) are:
  • Aslan the Lion (The Chronicles of Narnia)
  • Gandalf the Grey (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring)
  • Glinda the Good Witch (The Wizard of Oz)
  • Jesus Christ (The Bible)
  • Luke Skywalker (Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope)  Characters from Star Wars have also appeared to interact with people from Quahog, Rhode Island and Springfield, but Bongo Universe often pulls people randomly through time and space and then returns them with no memory of what happened, so it's uncertain of these people were pulled from Imaginationland or from a galaxy far far away.
  • Morpheus (The Matrix)
  • Popeye (Popeye)
  • Wonder Woman (DC Comics)
  • Zeus (Greek Mythology)
The other good guys are:
  • Astro Boy (Astro Boy)
  • Baby Mario (Mario)
  • Boo Berry
  • Br'er Rabbit
  • Calvin & Hobbes
  • Care Bear (Care Bears)
  • Captain Planet
  • Cheetara (Thundercats)
  • Cinderella (Cinderella)
  • Count Chocula
  • Crest Toothpaste
  • Dorothy and Toto (The Wizard of Oz)
  • Franken Berry
  • Franklin (Franklin)
  • Garuda (Buddhism/Hinduism)
  • Gizmo (Gremlins)
  • God (The Bible)
  • Mad Hatter (Alice's Adventure in Wonderland)
  • Jack Skellington (The Nightmare Before Christmas)
  • Link (The Legend of Zelda)
  • Mayor of Imaginationland
  • Mr. Clean
  • Mr. Tummnus (The Chronicles of Narnia)
  • Optimus Prime (Tranformers)
  • Orko (He-man)
  • Pacman (Pacman)
  • Perseus (Greek Mythology)
  • Peter Pan
  • Puss in Boots (Shrek 2)
  • Quasimodo (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)
  • Raggedy Ann and Andy
  • Rapunzel
  • Rockety Rocket
  • Rocky and Bulwinkle (The Rocky and Bulwinkle Show)
  • Ronald McDonald (McDonald's Restaurant)
  • Santa Claus
  • Scarecrow (the Wizard of Oz)
  • Silver Surfer (Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer)
  • Smurf
  • Smurfette
  • Snarf (ThunderCats)
  • Strawberry Shortcake (Strawberry Shortcake)
  • Super Best Friends
  • Super Mario (Mario series)
  • Superman
  • The Cowardly Lion (The Wizard of Oz)
  • The Flash
  • The Lollipop King
  • The Scarecrow (The Wizard of Oz)
  • Totoro (My Neighbor Totoro)
  • Twinkie the Kid (Mascot for Twinkies)
  • Voltron (Voltron)
  • Wild Thing (Where The Wild Things Are)
  • Waldo (Where's Waldo?)
  • Yoda (Starwars)
And the bad guys:
  • Akuma/Gouki (Street Fighter II)
  • Sagat (Street Fighter)
  • Bluto (Popeye)
  • Bowser (Mario series)
  • Br'er Fox
  • Captain Hook (Peter Pan)
  • Cards (Alice's Adventure in Wonderland)
  • Creature from the Black Lagoon (Creature from the Black Lagoon)
  • Darkseid (DC comic)
  • Flying Monkeys (The Wizard of Oz)
  • Frankenstein (Mary Shelley's Frankenstein)
  • Freddy Krueger (Nightmare on Elm Street)
  • Ganondorf (The Legend of Zelda)
  • Goro (Mortal Kombat)
  • Headless Horseman (The Legend of Sleepy Hollow)
  • Jason Voorhees (Friday the 13th)
  • ManBearPig
  • Orc (The Lord of the Rings)
  • Predator (Predator series)
  • Pinhead (Hellraiser)
  • Sinistar
  • The Woodland Critters
  • The Minotaur (Greek Mythology)
  • Venom (Spider-Man)
  • Wario (Mario series)
  • The Wicked Witch of the West (The Wizard of Oz)
  • The White Witch (The Chronicles of Narnia)
  • The Wolfman
  • Tripod (war of the worlds)
  • Xenomorph (Alien series)





December 2007--TIN MAN--In 'Tin Man',' a young girl named Dorothy is zapped off to an alternate universe where, as so often happens, nothing is as it seems. She's trapped in the Outer Zone (or 'O.Z.'), a land populated by law enforcement officers known as "Tin Men." In her quest to return home, she meets three unique individuals who join her adventure.

January 2008--LOST IN OZ:  RISE OF THE DARK WIZARD--From James Bojaciuk:  I'll leave this here as a mental note. The second book in the Lost in Oz series involves characters from Wonderland. At present, that's all I know.



September 2009--ANGRY VIDEO GAME NERD--"The Wizard of Oz SNES"--The Angry Video Game Nerd meets the Cowardly Lion.  I'm still on the fence regarding these internet review shows and their crossovers, on whether they should be in Skitlandia or stay in the TVCU, but Matt keeps pushing me towards including them in the main TVCU timeline.  The Nostalgia Critic has also encountered characters from WIZARD OF OZ, but I don't feel like giving more than one entry to these guys.


November 2009--HISTORY OF SUPER MECHA DEATH CHRIST--I have to mention this one, as it's a crossover between the Angry Video Game Nerd and the Nostalgia Critic.  The land of Oz seen being attacked by Death Christ.

March 2010--DOROTHY MEETS ALICE--A young man puts off his book report until the very last minute, and then suddenly finds himself in a strange place...somewhere between Oz and Wonderland. It then becomes his reponsibility to unscramble the stories and steer the familiar characters- the Cowardly Lion, the Mad Hatter, the Scarecrow, and the White Rabbit, among others-to their ultimate destinations while avoiding the Wicked Witch and the Red Queen.




August 2012--WAREHOUSE 13--"Fractures"--Ruby Slippers: From The Wizard of Oz. Stored in the Dark Vault. When walked by, you can hear the Wicked Witch laugh and the slippers click together 3 times. Other effects unknown.

February 2013--NAMESAKE--This webcomic reveals a secret about travelling to various magical realms.  It's all in the name.  Thus, girls named Dorothy will always end up in Oz, girls named Alice will always end up in Wonderland, and girls named Wendy will always end up in Wonderland.  This always for many alternate versions of Wizard of Oz with varying contrary sequels to coexist in the same TVCU timeline (and the same Oz timeline).  James has also stated this helps support his own theories regarding Wonderland.  


Saturday Webcomic: Namesake is an incredible return to Oz and so much more



October 2013--SUPERNATURAL--"Slumber Party"--Recently in Supernatural, a revised version of Wizard of Oz was crossed in, that contradicts any previous incarnation.  Fortunately, it's been established that there may be more than one Oz, and more than one girl who later got called Dorothy by writers.

December 2013--❄ The M&S Christmas TV Advert 2013 ❄--From Andrew Brook:  One for James, perhaps... Dorothy in Wonderland (or possibly Alice in Oz?) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7Xw1IL3oh0




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March to April 2014--ONCE UPON A TIME--"New York Serenade"/"Witch Hunt"/"It's Not Easy Being Green"--Everyone returns to the Enchanted Forest, except for Emma and Henry who now live in New York and remember nothing of their time spent in Storybrooke. Hook will try to get Emma to remember who she and Henry really are. In the Enchanted Forest, Snow, Regina and Charming face a big threat.  AND THAT THREAT IS THE WICKED WITCH OF THE WEST, WHO IS THE NEW BIG BAD OF ONCE UPON A TIME!!!  SHE HAD ACTUALLY APPEARED IN THE PILOT EPISODE, ALONG WITH DOROTHY, AS DRAWINGS IN HENRY'S BOOK.  AND NOW, FINALLY, SHE IS BEING INTRODUCED, WHICH MAY TOTALLY SCREW EVERYTHING UP HERE IN THE TVCU, OR HELP ME TIGHTEN UP THINGS AND BETTER EXPLAIN THEM.  Check out a preview of the OUAT Wicked Witch here.  Note that her name will be Elphaba, just as in Wicked, the novel and musical that has been designated as part of the Mirror Universe.  Could it be that though that Dorothy of Wicked came from the Mirror Universe, the Oz portrayed (Mirror Oz) is the Oz of the Once Upon a Time magical realms?

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ALTERNATE REALITIES:  


The rules for how the TVCU works can be found in the very first blog post, which you can access by clicking here.  But basically, the idea is that the Television Crossover Universe is a shared reality created by linking series together via crossovers, with I Love Lucy at its center.  


Sometimes there is a valid crossover, but it can't fit because it conflicts with the majority of the established reality, in which case it's considered to be in a divergent timeline of the TVCU.  There are an infinite number of divergent timelines, that break of from the main timeline constantly. 

In the larger Television Crossover Multiverse, there are two other universes, that are completely separate rather than divergent timelines.  One is the universe of Doctor Who, and the other is the Mirror Universe. 

Between these three realities is the Void, in which exists the realms of magic.  This includes, but is not limited to, Heaven, Hell, Oz, Wonderland, Fairy Tale Land, the Looniverse (where most cartoons exist), ect.

The Television Crossover Multiverse is itself part of a larger Omniverse, which includes other multiverses, including those of DC and Marvel Comics, and those of other shared reality researchers like Toby.

The TVCU operates on the presumption that it happened that way it appears on screen.  The story as told is the evidence used to make connections.  We create theories when there are two contrary yet equally valid pieces of evidence that need to be reconciled, but in-story references always trump theories.

CINEMULTIVERSE--Here is a list of various films that are part of the Cinemultiverse.

EMMANUELLE--Emmanuelle is the main character of several softcore porn films, that have no crossover connections that I'm aware of placing it within the TVCU, unless I consider EMMANUELLE IN WONDERLAND.  EMMANUELLE IN WONDERLAND is a love letter to Hollywood and Broadway musicals of the past. While participation in a scientific experiment, a young woman falls through a wormhole and winds up in Wonderland! This is not the Wonderland you remember, but a brand new world where all fairy tales exist and they are finally all grown up! On her journey to find her way back home, Emmanuelle encounters The Mad Hatter, Goldilocks, The Big Bad Wolf, Dorothy, The Scarecrow, Humpty Dumpty, Jack and Jill, Snow White, The Frog Prince, The Evil Queen and many more! What follows is the most outrageous, sexy musical comedy of the year featuring 12 original songs! It's naked 'Glee' meets Disney on acid! For children of all ages... Over 18!  This film has crosses with Wizard of Oz, but it's a very different version of the characters and setting so it's best to keep it in it's own EMMANUELLE porn universe.  

FAMILY GUY--

EARTH-PRIME--This would be the setting for any films based on true life.



FAIRLY ODD UNIVERSE--On Fairly OddParents episode "Fairy Idol", A green witch appears on "Fairy Idol," requesting to sing "Somewhere over the Rainbow," but she is then crushed by a house.

HANSEL & GRETEL (2002)--WIZARD OF OZ Mentioned by name, witch getting killed by having water poured on her.

HAPPILY N'EVER AFTER--Rich accidently knocks a drink backwards and someone off-screen yells "I'm melting!"

LOONIVERSE--Strawberry Shortcake visits Oz in BERRY BRICK ROAD.  WIZARD OF OZ characters have also appeared on ANIMANIACS.  On POUND PUPPIES episode "the Wonderful Wold of Whopper", Emerald City is seen at the end of the Wonderful World of Whopper. Also, "Somewhere over the Rainbow" is heard.  On TINY TOON ADVENTURES episode "Kon Ducki", Plucky says "oil can" and the Wicked Witch and Toto are seen.  From ROCKO'S MODERN LIFE, In Jet Scream one of the characters passing through the metal detector is the Tin Man.  Later, in "A Sucker for the Suck-O-Matic", The wicked witch of the West is one of the things sucked into the suck-o-matic.  In DUCKMAN:  PRIVATE DICK/FAMILY MAN episode "T.V. or Not To Be", The tornado that sends Duckman from Heck to Heaven is a take from the movie.  In PINKY AND THE BRAIN episode "Bad Storm", At the end Pinky and Brain are sent to Oz via the tornado they attempted to control and are chased by Flying Monkeys.

MAD--MAD is an animated series that, like the sketch comedy show MAD TV, is based on Mad Magazine.  However, Mad Magazine and MAD have been shown in BATMAN:  THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD to exist as a separate reality within the Television Crossover Multiverse.  MAD has parodied WIZARD OF OZ.

MEMEVERSE--Where the Crossovers Forum exists and anything goes.




MIRROR UNIVERSE--Doc Loki has theorized in his still in progress essay on the Mirror Universe that Wicked involves the Dorthy from the Mirror Universe and that universe's counterpart of Oz.  (I suppose that would be "Mirror Oz".


MUPPET UNIVERSE--As I've said before, everything is real somewhere.  Even fiction within fiction.  The Muppets exist in the TVCU.   But many of them are actors, and they make movies.  In the TVCU, they are just fictional movies, but in the MUPPET UNIVERSE, they are real.  This includes, (but is not limited to) CinderElmo,  the Muppet Christmas Carol, Muppet Treasure Island, the Muppets' Wizard of Oz, Muppet Classic Theater,  Tales from Muppetland:  The Frog Prince, and Elmos' Musical Adventure:  Peter and the Wolf.



NAMU (NOT ANOTHER SPOOF MOVIE UNIVERSE)--This is the universe of parody movies, which includes the KENTUCKY FRIED MOVIE, which has a parody of WIZARD OF OZ.

NUTCRACKER (1964)--This version of "The Nutcracker" changes the story to imitate the plot of "The Wizard of Oz". Clara and the Nutcracker must journey to the Castle of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Along the way, they meet many people.

OZ--In the OUAT pilot, in Henry's book, there is a picture of the Wicked Witch and Dorothy.  It could be that Oz, once finally fully revealed, will be part of the Enchanted Forest.  Dorothy may be from the Land without Magic, or maybe Alice's World.  Probably not the same version from the recent Supernatural episode.



Pandora Hearts--From James Bojaciuk:  I can accept a manga where "Alice" is a heavily armed street punk who just wants to go home from Wonderland; I can accept a manga where Alice is alternatively attacked or romanced by people fulfilling Wonderland archetypes (probably rites of the Wonderland Cult, out here in this world).  But a manga where a prince named Oz is being attacked, so he summons Alice out of the Abyss. Except Alice is a keychain. And keychains are great weapons. And Alice is actually the infamous B. Rabbit, which is in turn the Blood-stained Black Rabbit. And Alice who is the keychain who is the Blood-stained Black Rabbit had a twin named Alice from whom she was separated at birth who is the Soul of the Abyss. And the villains are all members of the Baskerville family. And of all the wonderland characters to make into a mysterious, stealthy killer with glowing eyes they choose...Humpty Dumpty. Go home Japan, you're drunk.


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PROMOVERSE--This is the setting of commercials that can't fit in the TVCU.  See here for some more info on Wizard of Oz in the Promoverse.



ROBOT CHICKEN UNIVERSE--This universe is part of the TVCM as demonstrated in FAMILY GUY episode "Road to the Multiverse".  They have had several WIZARD OF OZ spoofs.

SHREK--The reality of Shrek also includes the Wicked Witch of the West and the trees as villains in Far Far Away Land.

SIMPSONS--The Simpsons has parodied WIZARD OF OZ in "The Last Temptation of Homer" and "Double Double Boy in Trouble".

SKITLANDIA--This is the home of parody sketches of the Wizard of Oz, including ones from MAD TV, COMIC RELIEF and SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE.



SNOW WHITE AND THE MAGIC MIRROR--As Snow White travels through the woods, she comes to a yellow brick road, then a cyclone appears carrying a house.

TOOBWORLD--This includes THE LAND OF OZ.



TOONIVERSE (TOOBWORLD)--This is the location from which every animated version of Dorothy exists, with a Tooniverse Oz attached to it.  Based on Toby's views on the Tooniverse, any and all contradictions between the various cartoons don't matter.



TOONIVERSE (Jose Ricardo Bondoc)--Click here for an article about the Tooniverse, not to be confused with the Toobworld Multiverse's Tooniverse.  This article ties one of the Oz dimensions to the origins of the Tooniverse.

UGLY AMERICANS--This animated series takes place in an alternate TVCU in which Hell won a battle and took over the Earth in the 18th century.  In "Mummy Dearest", Twayne wears ruby slippers and says "there's no place like home."

WIZARD OF OZ (1902 MUSICAL)--This is the very first adaption of the novel.  Not bad, and more closely adapting the novel and less like the more familiar Judy Garland film.



WIZARD OF WAZZ--This is the setting of the non-canon episode of Victorious entitled "April Fools' Blank".  Victorious is in the Televison Crossover Universe.  Eventually I will cover the show in a Nick Teen Blog.  But this episode was an April Fool's Day prank that was completely nonsensical.  See the video here.

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Literary UNIVERSE--Click here for an article by Dennis E. Power.

WORLD OF OZ--Four of the silent movies about the L. Frank Baum classic: "The Wizard Of Oz", "His Majesty, The Scarecrow Of Oz", "The Patchwork Girl Of Oz" and "The Magic Cloak Of Oz".

I think that is all right now.  There have been several ways to travel between worlds thus far.  Of course most of the characters of ONCE UPON A TIME came to Storybrooke via a curse.  Emma and Pinocchio came via the wardrobe.  Baelfire came via a magic spell that created a portal.  Snow and Emma later went to the Enchanted Forest via the Mad Hatter's hat, which has doors to all the wolds.  (It's bigger on the inside!)  Magic beans have also been used to travel between worlds.  Mirrors works as portals to Wonderland.  The White Rabbit also has the power to create holes between worlds.  You can reach Neverland in your dreams, or if you can fly, by heading to the second star to the right, and straight on 'till morning.  And mermaids can swim between realms with ease.  Of course, there are other speculative ways, based on some of the realms only loosely associated.  For instance, characters from Star Wars have come to Earth via wormholes. There's of course the connection between Oz and tornadoes.  There's Asgard and rainbow bridges.  And of course, getting zapped into video games like in Tron.


--ROBERT E. WRONSKI, JR.


THANKS TO JAMES, GORDON, THE TVCU CREW AND THE FOLKS AT THE CROSSOVERS FORUM FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION INCLUDED IN THIS BLOG ENTRY.


OTHER SOURCES USED FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION INCLUDED (BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO) INNER TOOB (THE HOME OF TOBY O'BRIEN'S TOOBWORLD), WIKIPEDIA, IMDB, GOOGLE AND YOUTUBE.


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