Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return

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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

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Lea Michele
as Dorothy
Jim Belushi
as Cowardly Lion
Dan Aykroyd
as Scarecrow
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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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

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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 J
Bradley J

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