The Monkeys This my friends is not actually a new idea, but another link to the WIZ. Many of you may have seen the Wiz, it had an all black (African American) cast the film was very edggy for it's time and a very modern strange twist on the land of OZ. The film uses a Motorcycle Gang as the Flying Monkeys. (I think the musical play is very different from the film). There is alos a really great book addaptation of Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of OZ, it is older now I think. I do not remember the artist involved in that project, but he uses all black and white illustrations for the book and gives the Monkeys flying machines, that look like a combination of old prop plains/ motorcycles. Very effective, but to me it kind of takes away from the mystical magic of OZ, making the Monkeys ordinary, but there flying machines are extraordinary. So I guess I hope that is not true but just a rumor.