I think it only right that Toto is given his due in the wonderful world of Oz. As shown below, he has been re-imagined in many ways and for many reasons. Watching the newest Oz offering, the television series “Emerald City,” he is a German Shepherd, who instinctively knows who to trust and who to protect, though not in a threatening way.
I have not read the inspired book, And Toto Too, The Wizard of Oz As A Spiritual Adventure, however I plan to. Do you know about this book? If so, what have you gleaned from it? After all, this blog is about enlightenment and dogs have taught me much about life and love.
Toto is the title character in two apocryphal Oz books, Toto in Oz (1986) by Chris Dulabone and Toto of Oz (2006) by Gina Wickwar.
In Toto in Oz, after receiving taunts from his friends when falling into a flower basket during a celebration of Midsummer Day 1986, Toto decides to see Glinda about getting a title so that he can command respect. On the way, he wanders into the town of Arfrica (a human population, in spite of its name), digs up an ivory scepter that he mistakes for a bone, and is proclaimed First Magistrate for a term of nine years. He requires everyone to learn the language of dogs in a series of lessons. When he is about to be forced into a marriage with a human princess, he escapes on a magic carpet, and becomes smitten with a Hawaiian Scottish Terrier named Labyz. Ultimately, he names a Second Magistrate to serve in his place and returns to the Emerald City.
In Gregory Maguire‘s novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, Toto is a minor character who is only described as being vile and annoying. In the musical adaption Wicked, he is only mentioned briefly when Glinda mistakenly calls him “Dodo”.
Later film versions
However, Toto is left at home when Dorothy is brought back to Oz. With her, is her favorite chicken, Red Hen, who holds the key to make things right again.
In 1996 an animated series The Oz Kids, Dot and Neddie have a puppy named Toto 2 who is named after Dorothy’s dog Toto. One of the episodes says Dorothy’s dog Toto is a female.
In the VeggieTales episode “The Wonderful Wizard of Has”, he is replaced by a pig named “Tutu”.
In the Sci-Fi Channel miniseries Tin Man, Toto is portrayed as a shape-shifting human. He was originally the tutor of DG and her sister, and his name of “Toto” came from DG’s childhood inability to say “Tutor”. He was played by Blu Mankuma.
Toto also appears in the film Inkheart. In that film, Silvertongues have the ability to bring a character from book to life by saying the words loud and clear. Meggy accidentally brings him out of the book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and he becomes her companion (until he’s sent back into it at the end). Toto helps defeat the evil shadow monster as well.
In the Disney Channel original movie The Cheetah Girls the main character has a dog named Toto. This name is given to him most likely because one of the characters is named Dorothea (Dorothy). However, this dog is a Bichon Frise instead of a black Cairn Terrier.
Toto appeared in Dorothy and the Witches of Oz. Toto lived with Dorothy even when she was invited to New York City to get her books published.
Toto is a German shepherd in NBC’s television series Emerald City.