Rating: PG, for some scary images and mild peril.
This 3-D animated sequel to The Wizard of Oz finds Dorothy (voiced by Glee star Lea Michele) returning to Oz at the behest of the Scarecrow (Dan Aykroyd), Tin Man (Kelsey Grammer) and Lion (Jim Belushi). She must defeat the sadistic and power-hungry Jester (Martin Short), who has taken over and plunged the place into ruin. The flying monkeys look more impish than frightening this time around, but when Jester is projected in full-blown, great-and-powerful mode, it might be a bit frightening for the youngest kids. A whole new motley crew joining Dorothy on the yellow brick road once again runs into various dangers and obstacles along the way. One of these supporting character "dies," sorta, which upset my 4 ½-year-old son, briefly. Truthfully, though? You should show your kids the original Wizard of Oz instead of this shrill, ugly mess.