Toto - Faithful little black dog that
debuted in L. Frank Baum's classic children's
novel "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" (1900). Toto
belonged to Dorothy Gale, a young girl from
Kansas who traveled over the rainbow to a
wondrous fantasy land known as Oz.
Dorothy Gale with her dog, Toto
In the original novel, Toto was described as "a
little black dog with long silky hair." Toto was
later redrawn as a Boston Bull dog by
illustrator John R. Neil in "Road to Oz" (1909)
and in subsequent Oz books.
"It was Toto that made
Dorothy laugh, and saved her from growing
as gray as her other surroundings. Toto
was not gray; he was a little black dog,
with long silky hair and small black eyes
that twinkled merrily on either side of
his funny, wee nose. Toto played all day
long, and Dorothy played with him, and
loved him dearly."
- The Wonderful Wizard
of Oz (Chapter One)
In the classic film adaptation The Wizard of
Oz (1939) starring Judy Garland. Toto was
depicted as a cairn terrier (played by
Terry the dog). In the movie Return To Oz
(1985), Toto was played by a Border Terrier.
Toto the dog,
resurfaced in the animated children's program
entitled THE WIZARD OF OZ/ABC/1990. In the
2005 made-for TV-movie The Muppets'
Wizard of Oz, Pepe the Prawn (he's not
a shrimp) appeared as Toto.
Oz Book Illustration
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