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.

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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 Entertainment
PG (for some scary images and mild peril)
Animation , Kids & Family , Musical & Performing Arts
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Lea Michele
as Dorothy
Dan Aykroyd
as Scarecrow
Kelsey Grammer
as Tin Man
Jim 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 Lawyer
Debi Derryberry
as Stenographer
Randy Crenshaw
as China Guard/Kansas Sheriff
Keith Randal Duncan
as First Minister/Handmaiden/Winkie Suitor
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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All Critics (57) | Top Critics (19)

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

Full Review… | May 14, 2014
AV Club
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The bricks are still yellow, but the road doesn't lead anywhere special.

Full Review… | May 9, 2014
Entertainment Weekly
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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
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This is one of those movies that parents will have to ask themselves if they love their child enough to sit through it.

Full Review… | May 9, 2014
Top Critic

It's a little shocking how leaden the jokes are in this movie.

Full Review… | May 8, 2014
Chicago Sun-Times
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All in all, the beloved kingdom of Oz is not well served, though there's just enough detectable affection to keep it from feeling like a pure cashing-in.

Full Review… | May 8, 2014
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return

My son loves this movie! Very colorful with great animation! He tries to sing along with all the songs. It keeps him entertained! Great buy!!!!!

Danielle Eaton
Danielle Eaton

There's trouble in Oz. Dorothy wakes up in her house fresh off the legendary tale from the Wizard of Oz. Her house has been destroyed and some realeastate developers quickly move in to force her family out of the area. Dorothy stands by her family until she is contacted by Oz and asked to return and save them. Dorothy may need to save her world and Oz. "No good can come from the reign of a fool." Will Finn (Home on the Range) and Daniel St. Pierre (Everyone's Hero) collaborate to deliver Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return. The storyline for this picture is just okay and only so interesting; however, the portrayal of some of the legendary characters was fun and the animation style was very well done. The voices fit the characters well. "They were real people..." I was excited to see this with my daughter when the trailers first aired when it was in theatres; however, we just recently got around to watching it off Netflix. It was very average and a bit disappointing. It reminded me of Hoodwinked in a way (from a quality and feel standpoint). This is worth watching once with your child but may not be worth adding to your DVD collection. "There will always be a rainbow when you need one." Grade: C+

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

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.

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