BUT WHAT IS IT REALLY?
Unfortunately it's not what
it seems - to me it looks quite obvious what it is.
will notice throughout the scenes leading up to this one, where Dorothy
and the Scarecrow are wandering around trying to get apples off the
trees and free the Tin man, that you can see all sorts of birds
wandering around including peacocks and other large birds.
set designers working on The Wizard of Oz borrowed all types of birds
off of the Los Angeles zoo to give the set a more realistic outdoorsy
look. The shape that appears in the background is either a crane or an
Australian native bird called a "Brolga" spreading its wings, and
yes...it does seem a bit obvious now doesn't it.
story of the Munchkin Suicide seems to have appeared in the late 1980's
when The Wizard of Oz was re-released onto video celebrating its 50th
anniversary, seems a good selling ploy doesn't it!
The story has never gone away and most people still believe it to this
day and look for this scene. Its become one of the best known facts
about the Wizard of Oz.
forest scenes in the Wizard of Oz were filmed separate from the
munchkin scenes, no munchkin's or "little people" were present during
the filming of these forest scenes so there could have been no
accidental munchkin hangings. MGM would also have never allowed such a
clip to be accidentally included in a family film of The Wizard of Oz's
caliber as any death on the set would have required a police
investigation and report, the producers could have been liable for
Manslaughter charges in court. It simply did not happen.