• You won’t see much WOO imagery in this film but Steven’s influence is evident in the script. Once again, as in The Terminal, you can identify the iconic WOO companions. Mikey is the pure soul like Dorothy; he believes his father’s tall tale about One Eyed Willy and the potential to save their home with the quest he proposes. His big brother is Tinman looking for love. Data represents the brains of the outfit with his clever inventions taking place of Scarecrow’s ideas. Chunk of course is the comic relief in need of a little courage like Cowardly Lion. Mouth is the trickster; like the Wizard and his alter-egos, he doesn’t always play fair but he gets things accomplished for those who wouldn’t dream of resorting to such deviousness. The girls are mascots like Toto. Mama Fratelli and her sons stand in for the Wicked Witch and her minions. Hmmmm…does this mean Sloth is Glinda?
  • The entire adventure begins with what we used to call back in the day… a bike hike. Outside of a campout, pretty much nothing was as much fun for the baby-boomer generation as this perfect after breakfast-through dinnertime excuse to be completely unsupervised by any adults. The best adventures of our childhood truly happened in those magical interludes. See Munich, Adventures of Tintin, Amistad, 1941, Always, Super 8, War of the Worlds, Empire of the Sun,The Goonies, Sugarland Express, Jaws, Inner Space.

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