Review: 'Legends of Oz — Dorothy's Return' is a 3D animated adventure Special

Posted Dec 22, 2013 by Jeannie Stokowski-Bisanti
In the latest chapter in the Oz legacy, Dorothy (Lea Michele) returns to Kansas only to find it devastated by the tornado that had whisked her away to Oz. The home she has been desperate to return to is badly damaged and the townspeople are moving out.
Young  Legends of Oz: Dorothy s Return  fans posing with a Wiser the Owl cardboard cutout at the Ann...
Young 'Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return' fans posing with a Wiser the Owl cardboard cutout at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival.
But shortly after arriving in Kansas, Dorothy is transported magically back to Oz where trouble has taken hold. The people of Oz need her help.
Dorothy’s old friends — the Scarecrow (Dan Aykroyd), Tin Man (Tony nominee Kelsey Grammer) and the formerly Cowardly Lion (Jim Belushi) — are nowhere to be found and Oz is in critical condition. As Dorothy travels to locate her friends, she runs into a number of new problems and companions including a Marshal made of marshmallows called Marshal Mallow (Hugh Dancy); a bossy but fragile china doll princess (Megan Hilty); a kind, sugar-loving owl (Oliver Platt); a tugboat, Patrick Stewart's Tugg; and Glinda (Tony winner Bernadette Peters). Dorothy must help this group work together against a new enemy — an evil Jester (Martin Short) who thinks that he should be in control of Oz.
The film's musical score is by singer /song-writer Bryan Adams, joined by composer Toby Chu, whose movie music credits range from The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005) to Team America: World Police (2004).
The musical, animated feature Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return is set to premiere in United States theaters on May 9, 2014. It was shown this year in Europe at both the 66th Cannes Film Festival and the Annecy International Animation Film Festival where it was the only film representing the U.S. in Annecy's feature-length film competition. The film received a wonderful reception by both young and old viewers at both festivals.
Find out more about this fun-filled, 3D animated adventure on its official website.