Little Dorothy Gale of Kansas, like
so many girls her age, often dreams of what may lie over the
rainbow. One day a tornado hits her home town and carries her away
to Munchkinland - at the end of the rainbow. The Munchkins fete
Dorothy as a heroine. Dorothy wants to go home to Kansas and seeks
the help of the kind Sorceress of the North. Only the great Wizard
of Oz, says the Sorceress, can help Dorothy get back to Kansas.
Dorothy persuades three friends to
accompany her on the trip to the Emerald City to see the Wizard.
They are Scarecrow, who lacks a brain, he thinks; the Tin Woodman,
who has no heart, and the Cowardly Lion, who would like to have some
The Wicked Witch of the West vows
vengeance on Dorothy and does all she can to stop the friends
getting to the Emerald City. But they do reach it, and manage to see
the Wizard. He will only help them, he says, if they kill the Wicked
Witch of the West, an apparently impossible task.
They do succeed,
they get all their wishes and the Wizard accompanies Dorothy to
Kansas in a rocket ship (balloon in the film!).