'Oz: The Great and Powerful' from Debbie Denise (CCM), Jessica Peel-Scott (DAAP)
These days, thousands of flying baboons have a fiercer wickedness than simple flying monkeys ever had. And the one flying monkey in the movie actually has a cuddly cuteness about him.
Furthermore, distinguishing a good witch from bad witches can be really tricky anymore. And because bad witches rarely cry over anything, movie-goers are surprised when tears burn rivets into one witch's face. (Tears, after all, are made of water.)
Two UC alumni are part of the reason that "Oz: The Great and Powerful" so magically and completely pulls audiences right into the pages of a genuine fairytale — Debbie Denise, CCM '73, visual effects executive producer, and Jessica Peel-Scott, DAAP '93, assistant costume designer. The movie is based on selections of L. Frank Baum's 14 original Oz novels written between 1900 and 1920.
Still in first-run theaters the week of April 14, the film was the highest grossing film of 2013, bringing in nearly $219.5 million between its March 8 opening and April 14.