I haven't found a new Ozu book in ages and the other day, I found two at a buck a pop! One is a fairly intense novelization with few drawings that I'll showcase anon.
But the other is on hard cardstock with English & Japanese on each page. I can't say the translation is very good, they take a LOT of liberties with the original script, but I do like the illustrations. Just in case you can't read the English when you click on the pic (I really need a new scanner), I've typed it out for you. Those familiar with the story may notice a few glaring changes! (I'll add some sarcastic editorial comments in italics when needed.)
In the middle of the great Kansas plains, there lived a little girl Dorothy with her Uncle Henry and Aunt Em who were farmers. “Be good while we’re out!” Uncle Henry and Aunt Em are off to do the shopping. Dorothy is staying at home with her dog Toto.
(Okay, send Uncle Henry and Aunt Em off to the Walmart. No need to have any of that chasing after Toto & storm cellar business.)
(It may be the land of the Munchkins, but there are NO Munchkins anywhere around.)
(Even though まじょ translates to "Witch", apparently the Compass pointed sorcerors are referred to as Wizards! I blame Harry Potter.)
(This particular story was written to help kids learn English so the lack of adjectives is odd. To whit, "city made of emeralds", "road made of yellow bricks".)
(At least they got the colour of the shoes right, silver not ruby-red.)
(Cornfield = field of corn.)
(I don't think his heart was actually stolen by a
(I really adore the look on the lion's face when it frightens itself.)
(Kalidahs/Karidahs, same diff. But you can't get a more literal illustration than this bear with a tiger head.)
(Scarecrow uses his straw-filled head and saves the day and they quickly make it to the city of emeralds.)
(Oz is naught but a big purple lump of playdough with a face. Cool!)
(This is by far the sexiest
(The lion proves his gumption.)
(This is where I call Shenanigans! The shoes become the Deus Ex Machina and tell Dorothy what to do and even provide the water! Convenient!)
(After melting the sexy
(Before the lion can eat him, the new young & sexy witch wizard of the South appears in a negligee.)
(She, not the actual Wiz tells them about their virtues. I can live with that.)
(She couldn't have thought of that spell when they first met, could she?)
All in all, a cute version of the story and I am now using that sexy witch wizard as my Facebook avatar.
I'm finally getting around to reading a couple of the graphic novels I bought in Toronto. The first one by Chavelle & Fernandez is quite good, though Dorothy was a tad too tomboyish for my taste. Could have used a better editor, I caught at least three glaring grammatical errors and c'mon, the past tense of "know" is not "new"!!
Shanower & Young version and it is simply gorgeous!