So... yeah, the movie's still intruding a lot, in great part because we haven't gotten that far away from it, just added a bit here and there.
So yeah. We have the companions now already, and are already starting to see some of the stuff that's brought across in the movie - the Scarecrow not being as dumb as he wants to think (heh) he is, even without brains, and the Tin Woodsman not being without a heart. Although I'm not sure I like the direction it's going with the "well, if I had a heart then I wouldn't have to be as careful about things," which, I thought this was supposed to be without a moral? We shall see, I guess...
We also at least we get some of the companions' backstories as well. Although we still don't know just why the Scarecrow is sentient (his creators apparently didn't expect him to be), but I guess the answer in this case is "it's magic, and it's a kids' book." Which is unsatisfactory, but meh.
And is anyone else having trouble picturing the Cowardly Lion as, y'know, a Lion and not some blubbery guy in a bipedal Lion costume? Damnit.