legends of oz dorothys returnUsually I am against touching classic films.  Once a film has been done well and loved by different ages over decades then what can you possibly gain by serving up a redux, sequel or the like. Despite this sound logic and a history of films who have tried this and failed miserably, Hollywood is lured in time and time again due to the almighty dollar. They are trying to cash in on the success of the original work with little regard to the fact that they might be tarnishing the reputation.


As I feared this is a weak effort. That is despite the fact that you have the voice of Lea Michelle (from Glee) and the talent of Dan Aykroyd, Bernadette Peters, Kelsey Grammer, James Belushi, Hugh Dancy, Martin Short, Oliver Platt and Patrick Stewart. They are hamstrung by the lack of originality in the script and the fact that it lacks appeal for adults. Shortsighted is their attempt to get by solely on the nostalgia people feel for the original.


Dorothy (voiced by Lea Michelle) is back in Kansas post all that tornado stuff but she is not going to stay there for long.  She is brought back to Oz to help her friends. There is a new villain who is threatening Oz and her friends Scarecrow (voiced by Dan Aykroyd), Lion (voiced by James Belushi), Tin Man (voiced by Kelsey Grammer) and Glinda (voiced by Bernadette Peters). The Jester (voiced by Martin Short) must be stopped and to do this they need Dorothy’s help. Dorothy and her friends Wiser the owl (voiced by Oliver Platt), China Princess (voiced by Megan Hilty) and Tugg the tugboat (voiced by Patrick Stewart) travel to the Emerald City to make things right.


Special Features: Legends of Oz: The Music of Oz, Legends of Oz: The Legacy of Oz, Sing Along the Yellow Brick Road, Legends of Oz: Activity Sheet, Theatrical Trailer, Digital Copy


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