fictional ethnic group from the Oz series by L. Frank Baum

The Munchkins are natives of the fictional Munchkin Country in the Oz books by L. Frank Baum. They first appeared in the 1900 novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, in which they are described as wearing only blue.

The Munchkins
Oz books character
W. W. Denslow's depiction of Munchkins, from the first edition of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
First appearance"The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" (1900)
Created byL. Frank Baum

The 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz, showed Munchkins as being much shorter than other residents of Oz. They are played by either adult dwarfs (i.e., midgets) or children,[1] dressed in brightly multicolored outfits, and their land is called Munchkinland.

On November 20, 2007, the Munchkins were given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


  1. "TV Guide Movie News Question: "Are some of the Munchkins in The Wizard of Oz played by children dressed like adults?" by Maitland McDonagh, Sep 22, 2005". Archived from the original on October 16, 2014. Retrieved August 13, 2014.