Monday, April 9, 2012

H is for H.M. Wogglebug, T.E.

The Highly Magnified and Thoroughly Educated Wogglebug is one of the most famous characters to appear in the Oz stories.

What? You've never heard of him? Okay, so he didn't make it into MGM's big movie, or Return to Oz, which featured a number of other characters and incidents from The Marvelous Land of Oz (the book in which he made his first appearance).

But back in the day, he was big news. In 1904-05, people all over the country were asked "What did the Wogglebug say?" via their newspapers. In 1905, he appeared on stage in a play called (appropriately enough) The Wogglebug and also got his own Wogglebug Book.

4 comments:

S. L. Hennessy said...

Are all your posts about OZ? AWESOME!! I talked about the books the other day and one person told me they never knew they made books. Good thing you're getting the word out. Awesome post and new follower.

Marcie said...

Interesting theme. I am not really a fan of these games. I am stopping by from the A-Z challenge.

Doug Wall said...

Yes, Oz is part of my theme. The other part is tabletop RPGs. I'm the guy who put the two together for the first time.

Nathan said...

I have to wonder if Baum purposely downplayed the role of the Wogglebug in books after Land because of the failure of the musical. This isn't necessarily the case, though, because it could just be that responsibilities at his college keep him from adventuring.

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