Review

We first meet Dorothy just as she returns to Kansas from Oz. Unfortunately her home has been destroyed by the tornado and she and her family are being forced to move by a nasty government appraiser (Martin Short).

Meanwhile back in the merry old land of Oz the now not so cowardly lion (James Belushi), the intelligent know it all Scarecrow (Dan Aykroyd) and the over emotional Tin Man (Kelsey Grammer) have gotten themselves into a spot of bother.

The trio then turn to the one person who can help them in their hour of need: Dorothy (Lea Michele).

Before Dorothy can deal with her impending homelessness she's whisked back to Oz on a magic rainbow. When she arrives she finds that her friends have been imprisoned by the jester, who he just happens to be the brother of the dead Wicked Witch of the West. The Jester, who is now ruling Oz from the Emerald City, has managed to get hold of his sister’s broomstick and turned it into an all-powerful magic sceptre. The evil one is now using the sceptre to lay waste to Oz and to turn his enemies into puppets. On her way to the Emerald City on a now rather run down yellow brick road Dorothy meets and is helped by and plump owl called Wiser (Oliver Platt), a noble soldier called Marshal Mallow (Hugh Dancy), a talking tree (Patrick Stewart) and a China Doll Princess (Megan Hity).

Billed as a sequel to the MGM classic, Legends Of Oz was written in 1989 by the original author Frank Baum's great-grandson, Roger Stanton Baum, everything is here from the original story including Glinda (voiced by Bernadette Peters), Toto the dog and the obligatory flying monkeys. The only thing missing for some strange reason is Dorothy's ruby red slippers. Why they thought to dress her in cowboy boots is anyone's guess.

Legends of Oz has the look and feel of one of the many straight to DVD animated sequels that Disney churns out (Legends of Oz isn't a Disney picture), however it is not without its charm. There's comedy, there's songs, there's an evil villain and there's heroes. Little ones with low expectations and little memory of the original classic will more than likely enjoy this for what it is. For those longer in the tooth just don't go expecting anything approaching the quality of Judy Garlands trip down the yellow brick road as I'm afraid that you're going to be severely disappointed.



Legends Of Oz: Dorothy's Return (U)

1h 33m

Director: Will Finn, Dan St. Pierre
Starring: Lea Michele, Kelsey Grammer, Patrick Stewart, Hugh Dancy, Dan Ackroyd

UK Release: Friday 23rd May 2014






Legends Of Oz: Dorothy's Return - "Candy Country" Clip

Legends Of Oz: Dorothy's Return - "Marshall Mallow" Clip

Legends Of Oz: Dorothy's Return - "Meet The Jester" Clip

Legends Of Oz: Dorothy's Return - "We Need Dorothy" Clip