A clip from Jim Henson’s unaired pilot for The Wizard of Oz

You ever read ‘The Wizard of Id’? It’s a cartoon strip that appears in over 1,000 newspapers around the world (I used to read it when I was but a wee bairn). It started in 1964 but in 1969, Jim Henson of The Muppet Show and Sesame Street fame put together a pilot for a TV version. Now footage has miraculously escaped onto YouTube – you might recognise a few voices. Enjoy! 

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    I’m Rob Buckley, a journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of although you might have heard me on the podcast Lockdown Land or Radio 5 Live’s Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I’ve edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for TV producers magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it “web site for urban hedonists” The Tribe. Since going freelance, I've contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network, TV Scoop and The Custard TV.

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