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Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (2014)



Critic Consensus: Faced with the choice between staying in or seeing Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return, most filmgoers will be forced to conclude that there's no place like home.

Movie Info

Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return is a 3D-animated musical based on the adventure books by Roger Stanton Baum, the great-grandson of L. Frank Baum. A continuation of one of the world's most popular and beloved fairy tales, Legends of Oz finds Dorothy (Lea Michele) waking to post-tornado Kansas, only to be whisked back to Oz to try to save her old friends the Scarecrow (Dan Aykroyd), the Lion (Jim Belushi), the Tin Man (Kelsey Grammer) and Glinda (Bernadette Peters) from a devious new villain, the Jester (Martin Short). Wiser the owl (Oliver Platt), Marshal Mallow (Hugh Dancy), China Princess (Megan Hilty) and Tugg the tugboat (Patrick Stewart) join Dorothy on her latest magical journey through the colorful landscape of Oz to restore order and happiness to Emerald City. Set to the tunes of Academy Award-nominated singer/songwriter Bryan Adams, Legends of Oz marks a charming, family-friendly return to the Oz franchise. (c) Clarius Entertainmentmore
Rating: PG (for some scary images and mild peril)
Genre: Animation, Kids & Family, Musical & Performing Arts
Directed By: , , ,
Written By: Barry Glasser, Adam Balsam, Randi Barnes
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 26, 2014
Box Office: $8.5M
Clarius Entertainment - Official Site


Lea Michele
as Dorothy
Dan Aykroyd
as Scarecrow
James Belushi
as Cowardly Lion
Oliver Platt
as Wiser the Owl
Megan Hilty
as China Princess
Hugh Dancy
as Marshal Mallow
Martin Short
as Jester/The Appraiser
Tacey Adams
as Aunt Em
Michael Krawic
as Uncle Henry
Brian Blessed
as Judge Jawbreaker
Douglas Hodge
as Fruit Stripped Lawye...
Debi Derryberry
as Stenographer
Randy Crenshaw
as China Guard/Kansas S...
Keith Randal Duncan
as First Minister/Handm...
Richard S. Horvitz
as Munchkin Suitor
Tom Kenny
as China Suitor
Pete Sepenuk
as Papa Tree
Betsy Roth
as Mama Tree
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Critic Reviews for Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return

All Critics (55) | Top Critics (18)

Problems abound from the rushed beginning all the way through the impossibly resolved ending.

Full Review… | May 14, 2014
AV Club
Top Critic

The bricks are still yellow, but the road doesn't lead anywhere special.

Full Review… | May 9, 2014
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

It's short on jokes and hampered by unmemorable musical numbers (including one about building a boat), and the film's niceness can't overcome the dopey tedium.

Full Review… | May 9, 2014
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Despite substandard animation, this brightly coloured sequel has a strong enough sense of both its story and characters to hold the audience's attention.

Full Review… | May 29, 2014

Boasts an impressive cast, catchy tunes and an entertaining fairy tale plot.

Full Review… | May 23, 2014
SFX Magazine

Even by the standards of allowance-snatching half-term filler, this is pretty indifferent ...

Full Review… | May 22, 2014

Audience Reviews for Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return

Based on a children's book written by the great-grandson of L. Frank Baum, Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return is a whimsical fantasy adventure. When the Land of Oz is threatened by the Wicked Witch's brother, the Jester, the Scarecrow, Lion, and Tin Man attempts to bring Dorothy back in order to help them. With an all-star cast that includes Lea Michele, Dan Aykroyd, James Belushi, Kelsey Grammer, and Martin Short, the voice performances are pretty good. And, the musical numbers are fun and exciting, featuring songs written by Bryan Adams. The animation however, is rather poor; particularly the character movements. The script is also problematic, with a weak B story dealing with the Tornado aftermath in Kansas. Yet despite its issues, Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return has a bit of magic and is an enjoyable family film.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer


Legends Of Oz is miraculously creepy for a kids film. The design is utterly lifeless and the villain is terrifying. Easily the worst animated film of the last three years, Legends of Oz is stuffed with stock characters, ugly animation and a boring plot that is sure to have one running to the better animated films of the year, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Mr. Peabody and Sherman, and The Lego Movie to wash the stink. Rating: 26

Bradley T. Johnson
Bradley J

Super Reviewer


It makes sense how this would be marketable. This movie has a lot of really imaginative sequences, and in terms of story and character development, is par for the course. So why did it fall flat with critics?

Where this movie fails spectacularly is tone. The movie is piggy-backing on a true classic that everyone knows the release year for. In certain ways, it is correct to deviate - it's okay to have a different villain, introduce new worlds in Oz, and be animated. But it also abandoned what we love - the known characters from the classic - the lion, scarecrow, and tin man - are nothing like the classics, and terribly delivered by their respective voice actors. Despite the fact that the audience is aware of the old film, the era it took place in, and the way people talked in it, the dialogue is 100 percent MODERN sounding and the story, for some reason, takes place in what appears to be the 1960s even though they reference that for Dorothy, the events of the original happened "only yesterday." As for the serious story stuff, only one character, the villain, is given a character in Oz - the other characters we meet in Oz have no real-world equivalent!

It's a middling product craft-wise, but it's totally tone-deaf, taking away what people liked about the classic, and replacing it with stock filler.

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