Emily's Oz: Movies for Kids with Visual Impairments

Since The Wizard of Oz debuted back in 1939, there have been dozens of re-interpretations of the classic tale. No matter how many you've seen, Emily's Oz, the adaptation MomSpeaker Jennifer Auer introduces us to here, is a singular vision worth seeking out.

While watching the Oscars the other night, I had my laptop when I saw this commercial and I was blown away.

I have to admit I never thought about what a movie looks like to a child that is blind or individuals with disabilities until tonight. So much of our movie experiences are built on the images on the screen, but what if you couldn’t see?

What would the double-decker couch look like from The Lego Movie, or Elsa and Anna from Frozen, or the Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz. How would they look in your mind?

Emily is a little girl who is blind. Her favorite movie is The Wizard of Oz. Emily recently had the experience of a lifetime when she got to create and direct Emily’s Oz, a look at The Wizard of Oz movie as she has imagined it. Emily, of course, played the role of Dorothy. This documentary show’s Emily’s interpretation of the Emerald City, the Cowardly Lion, the Tin Man and the Scarecrow. Her imagination is brought to life by skilled puppeteers and makeup artists.

Comcast and GS&P New York, together with director Andreas Nilsson and two-time Academy Award winner Robert Redford, worked together to create the commercial and documentary. You can learn more about Emily’s Oz here

Jennifer Auer is a South Jersey mom. This post is adapted from her blog, Jersey Family Fun.

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