11 Things You Didn't Know About 'Twister'
Director Jan De Bont knew there was no place like home.
'Twister' pays homage to the grandaddy of all tornado movies, 'The Wizard of Oz.' The most obvious reference is the team's research device, nicknamed Dorothy, which was based on an actual machine called TOTO, developed by the government organization NOAA in the 1980s. De Bont also wanted to call the dog in the opening scene Toto after Dorothy’s beloved pup. But as he explains on the DVD commentary, he wasn’t legally allowed to, so he settled for "Toby."