[National Review Online, November 4, 2005]
Is the big green head of the Wizard of Oz still scary? It sure used to be. Back in the days when "The Wizard of Oz" was broadcast once each Spring, the moment when that looming lightbulb head boomed "Silence!" was the closest a seven-year-old came to numinous awe. (Though it was the witch cackling "I'll get you, my pretty," that caused my little sister's feet to thump-thump-thump away down the hall.)
I ask because a good bit of "Chicken Little" is just as scary. Giant heads looming out of darkness and thundering "Silence!" is just one example.