The famous line, “There’s no place like home” rings true especially when a tornado bursts into town and destroys your home, your neighborhood and your hope. In this new animated film, Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return, Dorothy wakes up immediately after she returns back home from the Emerald City and saving the people from the Land of Oz from the evil Wicked Witch. When she awakes she discovers that her house and her beloved aunt and uncle’s farm have been destroyed. Just as she is trying to solve their living situation, Scarecrow whisks her away by rainbow back to the Emerald City in hopes to save her friends from a new vicious villain, the Jester.
With this star studded cast it’s no wonder this film is fun for the whole family. Lea Michele lends her voice as the innocent but strong Dorothy Gale, Dan Aykroyd, Kelsey Grammer and James Belushi star as the Scarecrow, Tinman, and Lion. But, in this film there are a slew of new characters to the Oz story China Princess, Wiser and Marshal Mallow. They are voiced by Megan Hilty, Oliver Platt and Hugh Dancy. Although the dialogue at times is a bit cheesy, and not as funny as a Disney/Pixar film, this film has the potential to be a hit with children of all ages.
Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return is filled with catchy songs, and adorable images from the whimsical rainbow Dorothy travels through, the charming Candy Land packed with illustrations of lollipops and gumdrops and of course the beautiful Emerald City. Although nothing can compare to the classic 1939 Judy Garland masterpiece, The Wizard of Oz, fans of the film and stories will enjoy this new flick.
Dorothy encounters her newest friends similar to the original film version, all right after another. They accompany the brave and determined Dorothy throughout the film to attempt to put a stop to the evil Jester (Martin Short). It’s quite empowering for a young audience to catch this film and realize that this young, little girl is needed to save their land and people. Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return is an encouraging creation with the title character being an independent, influential strong-minded girl.
The Jester can be scary at times for children just like the original film; the Wicked Witch was always quite scary. The Jester, like the Witch has foolish flying monkeys working for him, but instead of a broom he uses this magic wand to create havoc all around him. He puts all the big wigs of Oz in boxes, steal their souls and have them morphed into marionettes, which is quite creepy and can be frightening for some children.
This animated sequel is a fun and modern look into a vintage cast with a twist on a new story and a new audience. Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return is highly recommended to anyone that enjoys L. Frank Baum’s characters and storylines, animated films with a brilliant cast and a tale packed with adventure, hope and the thought that one young girl can change the minds of many.
Check out Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return today on Demand!