Thank you for directing me to Semon's film. His scarecrow must be where Bolger got his straw man inspiration. The difficulty in reviewing the Great and Powerful might lie in the fact that it is best suited for children, and we forget how to use our young eyes. Rather than try to match the '39 classic, Disney came up with an adornment that worked with its demographic. My 12 year old, who never liked Fleming's version, enjoyed this prequel. We live in Sweden and try not to read reviews before we see a film (difficult with delayed release times). Although I understand many of the reviewers' complaints, they are adult complaints. I would rather have my children see three strong witches with faults, than three hours of Hobbits without female warriors or a schitzophrenic, insipid Host.
But mostly, thanks for doing such excellent background investigation. I greatly appreciate it and will pass it on.