TOTO Too – November 28, 2022

Watching i"The Wizard of Oz" this year, I concluded that OZ belongs to Toto not Dorothy – like “Cinderella” belongs to Gus-Gus. But that’s a story for another time.
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TOTO Too - November 28, 2022
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Written by Tulis McCall

Tulis McCall is a woman with a passion for performance and presentation. She brings her extensive knowledge of acting, writing, and producing to everything she does.

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  1. Bob Davis

    The power and fun—and ultimately, the convincing logic— of Toto-As-Hero in Toto Too is driven by the cumulative evidence of Tulis McCall’s singular focus on canine sagacity and assistance in The Wizard of Oz. Through McCall’s narrative, the movie’s entire plot is recapitulated using only Toto’s wise and intuitive actions or reactions, while her tracing the movie’s dialogue explicitly affirms the dog’s importance. As illustrated in McCall’s talk, Toto is needfully integral to and necessarily ubiquitous in Dorothy’s story, not just a throwaway cutesy companion for her. Knowingly and engagingly recounted, Toto Too’s journey takes us through a series of isolated meanings which, as a whole, become greater than the sum of their parts, adding significant breadth and depth to the meaning of Dorothy’s best friend. Impressively written, Toto Too is stellar oral entertainment. I probably won’t watch the film again this year, but I’ll definitely listen again to this recitation.

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  2. Terria Joseph

    Hands down! It IS Toto’s story. Brava, Tulis. There IS no place like home!!!!!

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  3. Monica Anderson

    Brilliant observations! Toto has always been my hero!! He’s always there with a bark, a wag and a lick when needed! Great tale telling Tulis!!! 👏🏻👏🏻

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  4. Monica Anderson

    Brilliant observations! Toto has always been my hero!! He’s always there with a bark, a wag and a lick when needed! Great tale telling Tulis!!! 👏🏻👏🏻 ❤️

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  5. RS

    Tulis’ musings are always so insightful. This one is no exception. What a refreshing way to revisit a familiar tale.

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  6. Elizabeth

    What a great insight on this story — making it new, Tulis!

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  7. Gordon Gilbert

    How does that phrase go? deus de machina? Your analysis shows that was “Toto”lly the case in Wizard of Oz!

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    • Tulis McCall

      Oh Gordon…..

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