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laurashapiro ([personal profile] laurashapiro) wrote2012-03-11 17:48
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The Wizard of Greendale

So, P. said to me the other day that The Wizard of Oz could be perfectly recast with the characters from Community. I thought this was a brilliant idea, so I opened Photoshop and got to work.

Shirley as Glinda
Some things are obvious.

Other things become obvious only upon reflection.

Annie as Dorothy, with Pierce as the Cowardly Lion, Abed as the Scarecrow, and Troy as the Tin Man
Our fresh-faced Annie, young and just starting life's journey, is the natural choice for Dorothy. Place this pre-S3, when she hasn't yet found her home.

Troy is all heart, and he wears it on his sleeve for all to see! Of course he's the Tin Man! His best friend Abed, the smartest guy around, is of course the Scarecrow.

Pierce as the Cowardly Lion makes more sense the more I think about it. At his worst, he's afraid of everything (especially being seen as weak, which of course makes him look weaker). At his best, he will protect his friends with a roar.

Dean Pelton as the Wizard, with Annie-Dorothy and Toto, in the basket of the balloon
"I can't come back, I don't know how it works!" Can't you just hear Dean Pelton saying that? The wizard is all about false fronts (drag), playing all the roles in Emerald City (emeralds are green, like Greendale!) and puffing himself up just to keep things running smoothly. He pretends to power but really, he's just a sweet guy who wants everybody to like him.

Ben Chang as the Wicked Witch of the West
And of course, you can't have a good story without a villain.

ETA: I forgot to add that in this scenario, Britta and Jeff are Aunt Em and Uncle Henry. There weren't any compelling screencaps, so I didn't bother to realize that. But for the purposes of this exercise, we are playing to the parental aspects of their characters.
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[personal profile] ua_the_terrible 2012-03-12 01:14 (UTC)(link)
This is the best thing! I love the character choices, I love the editing work, and I love, most of all, that Chang is the Wicked Witch of the West. So fantastic!

March Fif-Dean-th!!
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[personal profile] ellen_fremedon 2012-03-12 01:20 (UTC)(link)
And Annie's Boobs is a flying monkey!
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[personal profile] ellen_fremedon 2012-03-12 01:19 (UTC)(link)
Does this make Britta and Jeff Auntie Em and Uncle Henry?
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[personal profile] thingswithwings 2012-03-12 01:28 (UTC)(link)
This is genius!

. . . and you didn't make it explicit, but I know in my heart that Jeff is Toto.
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[personal profile] mresundance 2012-03-12 03:57 (UTC)(link)
Heheehe, cute!

[personal profile] jackiekjono 2012-03-12 16:56 (UTC)(link)
That is brilliant.
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[personal profile] solaristist 2012-03-19 17:43 (UTC)(link)
It largely casts itself doesn't it? I was trying to think about alternative character choices, but they all seemed forced by comparison. I'm now more than half-expecting an episode of Community where Chang is actually dressed like that ... its seems uncannily natural!