Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return Reviews
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.
Oh. My. God. This is a sham. This is what they call an animated movie? No. I don't think so. This is a shame to Wizard of Oz fans out there. This story is consumed by dumb and useless characters, bad plot, annoying songs, and what a movie that makes you want to cover your ears. Even if you have a list of great actors its still not going to save this movie. I know some of you people actually liked this movie. CUDOS TO YOU!!! But I can't take this film anymore. This is not the worst movie ever like Lone Survivor. No. This film is the WORST animated movie I have ever seen!
There's a reason this film bombed at the box office, the songs are terrible, the characters are incredibly forgettable except for The Jester, the only saving grace is the animation which even then, is not anything special, avoid this film at all costs, if you don't, you're in for a stinker.
DVD Movie Review: Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return
Date Viewed: August 31 2014
Directed By Will Finn and Daniel St. Pierre
Written By Adam Balsam and Randi Barnes,
Based on "Dorothy of Oz" by Roger Stanton Baum
Featuring the voices of: Lea Michele, Dan Aykroyd, Jim Belushi, Kelsey Grammer, Hugh Dancy, Megan Hilty, Martin Short, Oliver Platt, Bernadette Peters and Patrick Stewart.
James Franco, please come back to Emerald City. All is forgiven. "Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return" is a horrendous animated musical. It's supposed to be a sequel to "The Wizard of Oz" but didn't we just go to Emerald City last year? Sam Raimi's "Oz: The Great and Powerful" might have been a bloated spectacle but at least it had great effects compared to this fiasco. You might think that it didn't cost a fortune to make but you are wrong. "Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return" cost $70 million dollars to make. Surprisingly, it opened in thousands of theaters instead of going directly to DVD.
Set a day after the events of "The Wizard of Oz", Dorothy (voiced by Lea Michele) gets transported back into Oz again by Scarecrow (voiced by Dan Aykroyd), The Cowardly Lion (voiced by Jim Belushi) and The Tin Man (voiced by Kelsey Grammer). She and her dog Toto are back in Oz again but Emerald City has been taken over The Jester (voiced by Martin Short) who is the brother of the late Wicked Witch of the West. WOW! Martin Short, Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi, three comedic talents wasted in a cheaply made animated feature. Isn't it just sad.
When Cowardly Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow get captured by The Jester, Dorothy and Toto set themselves on another adventure to find their friends. When she arrives at Candy County, she makes some new friends, a fat owl named Wiser (voiced by Oliver Platt), China Princess (voiced by Megan Hilty) and Marshall Mallow (voiced by Hugh Dancy). Oh yes, did I mention that there's a lollipop judge in this movie. His name is Judge Jawbreaker and he sentences Dorothy and Wiser to death for eating too much candy. OKAY! What kind of judge is he?
Later, Dorothy, China Princess, Wiser and Marshall Mallow meet an old tree named Tugg (voiced by Patrick Stewart) and they build a boat out of him in order to get to Emerald City. That's right. Dorothy's new friends are a fat owl, an annoying China Princess and a candy soldier. Stay with me parents, stay with me. We'll get through this. "Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return" is completely devoid of charm and heart, it's the kind of cheap knock-off you would find at your local dollar store. Even though Lea Michele can sing, the songs in this movie are instantly forgettable. "Legends of Oz" is rated PG but there is just something weird about making a boat out of a talking tree. Would the tree feel any pain?
"Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return" is not fascinatingly bad like "The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure", it's just a waste of time and money.