by Gene Turnbow

You know how you blend two songs together that use the same chords and about the same rhythm and you can retune and retime them and blend them to get a song that’s neither of the originals, but sort of both?  Mashups are very popular, in part because they’re funny, and in part because they show us some of the cultural underpinnings of the stuff that makes our geeky heartstrings go “twang!”.

Today’s video is a mashup, but it’s gloriously done. Elements from The Wizard of Oz are perfectly blended with footage from The Avengers: Age of Ultron to produce a seamless result, and an almost limitlessly funny one. The Tin Man of Oz is recast as Ultron, and the Avengers are other characters from the Avengers. While the Avengers just have new heads perfectly matchmoved into place, the Tin Man is fully CG, animated and lit so as to mesh flawlessly with the Avengers movie footage.

Pause the Krypton Radio music stream using the control at the upper right, and have a look. It’s worth watching two or three times, because the visual effects work is that good.

In the video, watch for The Scarecrow as Captain America, the Cowardly Lion as Thor, Dorothy as Black Widow, and the Wicked Witch of the West as the Scarlet Witch. I don’t know about you, but I’ll never think about the Tin Man of Oz the same way ever again.  Goosebumps. Wow.

The video was created by professional VFX artist Darren Wallace, which explains why this came out so well.

Enjoy.

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