The Steampunk TinMan

SteamPunkTinMan

Granted it was 1939, but the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz never really looked to me like he could actually work. The Scarecrow could BE a scarecrow if he had to… and the Lion… well, never mind the lion. But what a waste of design potential for that Tin Man! It makes me wonder of the studio artists had ever seen Metropolis a decade earlier.

TinMan_Final.0210Ignoring the eyebrow-raising notion that a man of tin can rust himself immobile in mere seconds of precipitation, I decided to make my own! Enter our hero, taking a well-deserved break when he feels (hears?) a raindrop…. reaching up instinctively like we all do… maybe a few drops more… and BAM! The workday ends abruptly.

I threw some little details in here taken from both the book and thin air. Obviously the trees have sleepy faces as in the film, and apples are scattered about for a singing Kansas schoolgirl to find later. I kept the funnel hat and placed a birds nest on his shoulder with some eggs to denote a stillness quality of the scene. The woodcutters wagon advertises a barely legible “Emerald City Lumber Company” logo.

TinMan_ReferencetI suppose Warner Brothers thought the origin of the Tin Man too gruesome to talk about in the film – apparently the Witch enchanted the man’s axe to slowly chop off his limbs, which he replaced over time with metal appendages. Sounds like a solid Workers Comp case to me.

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