Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Some people who study the meaning of literature say that Toto is a symbol of Anubis, the Egyptian god of death who had a dog's head. They say this because Toto keeps doing things that make it so Dorothy can't get back home, such as running off just when she is going to go home in the hot-air balloon.
But the fact is that I don't really care about any of that symbolic, deep meaning stuff. I just like to think of Toto as a dog who loves his human and wants to go wherever she goes. Dorothy and Toto take care of each other and help each other out, which is the way it should be when a person and a dog love each other.
One day while the film was getting made, Terry got stepped on by a Winkie guard, and her foot was broken. It took two weeks for her to get all better again, and she stayed at Judy Garland's house during this time. Ms. Garland really liked Terry and wanted to adopt her, but Terry's owner and trainer, Carl Spitz, said no.
Terry attended the opening of the film at Grauman's Chinese Theater, and because the movie got to be so popular, Mr. Spitz changed Terry's name to Toto in 1942. That was the same year that she made her last film, which was Tortilla Flat, and it was directed by Victor Fleming, who also directed The Wizard of Oz.