Synopsis: Dorothy wakes up in post-tornado Kansas, only to be whisked back to Oz to try to save her old friends the Scarecrow, the Lion, the Tin Man and Glinda from a devious new villain, the Jester. Wiser the owl, Marshal Mallow, China Princess and Tugg the tugboat join Dorothy on her latest magical journey through the colorful landscape of Oz to restore order and happiness to Emerald City.
Review: As a kid that grew up in the 70s and 80s I would always whoop for joy every Christmas when it was revealed that the BBC were to show the classic 1939 version of ‘Wizard Of Oz’. This official animated sequel to the classic story doesn’t quite have the same whoop factor for me, but its still an enjoyable story and a chance for us to revisit OZ.
Based on the story written by Roger S. Baum the the Great Grand Son of ‘Wizard Of Oz’ writer L. Frank Baum. This is the first credible sequel I have seen to the original story.
All the familiar characters and tropes are in this film, but we also get introduced to new characters as Dorothy journeys to OZ for a second time and only mere hours after her first visit. Things are not good. A jester, who is related to the wicked witch from the original story has enslaved all of the power players from OZ and made them into puppets for his own amusement and the only people that he hasn’t yet caught up to are The Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow who in their hour of need have found a way to contact Dorothy.
And so begins another adventure in OZ.
Upon her arrival to OZ Dorothy meets some new freinds, which include Wiser the owl, Marshal Mallow, China Princess and Tug The Tugboat.
This film is worth a look for the voice cast alone. We have Dan Aykroyd, James Belushi and Kelsey Grammer providing their voices for Scarecrow, Lion and Tin Man and if that isn’t enough we have the wonderful Martin Short camping it up big time as the wicked Jester.
Patrick Stewart also lends his substantially steady vocal timbre to the role of Tug Boat who has a wonderful role to play in the movie.
The animation for the film is as good as pretty much anything you will see out there, but it is the story and great voice acting that keeps you engaged here.
You also get songs in the film, which are written by Brian Adams and a fantastic musical score from Toby Chu.
Its a fun film and a great extension to the world of OZ with new characters for us to warm too.
But most importantly. Its a film that can be enjoyed by both adults and children alike.
‘Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return’ is available now on DVD and Blu Ray as well as through most video on demand services and well worth the rental or the purchase if you are getting it as a gift. Just follow the yellow brick road.
- Fantastic voice performances from all the cast
- A bigger role for Patrick Stewart as Tug Boat would have been great.
- Incidental Music9
- Voice Acting10