I saw a gif the other day on Facebook which showed a short clip of Han, Chewy, Leia and C3PO in the woods (obviously from The Empire Strikes Back), followed by a shot of the four main characters from The Wizard of Oz. It was an a-ha moment for me.
Could George Lucas have unconsciously borrowed elements from L. Frank Baum’s fantasy?
Cast of Characters
My daughter, Rosanna, and I exchanged comments on the post, speculating who was whom, in a match-up of characters. Here’s what we came up with, with some finessing by me :
Leia/Luke (twins): Dorothy
Han Solo: The Scarecrow
C3PO: The Tin Man
Chewbacca: The Cowardly Lion
Obi-Wan Kenobi: The Wizard
Yoda: Glinda (The Good Witch of the North)
Darth Vader: The Wicked Witch of the West
Storm Troopers: Flying Monkeys
Aunt Beru: Aunt Em
Uncle Owen: Uncle Henry
Obviously, this list is not exhaustive, but it does give some food for thought. What do you think?