Here's the first full trailer for the CG animated adventure Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return, which is basically a sequel to L. Frank Baum's classic novel The Wizard of Oz. The world of Oz is as popular as ever these days, with Disney's Oz The Great and Powerful, the sequel they are developing, the stage play Wicked, and more. It's such a great world that is fun to see brought to life. I will say this movie doesn't really look that impressive, but my kids really want to see it, so there you have it.
The movie stars the voices of Lea Michele as Dorothy, Dan Aykroyd as Scarecrow, Kelsey Grammer as the Tin Man, Jim Belushi as the not so cowardly Lion, and Martin Short as the villain Jester. It also co-stars Oliver Platt, Patrick Stewart, and Bernadette Peters.
Dorothy returns to Kansas to find it devastated by the tornado that had whisked her away to Oz. The home she has been so desperate to return to is severely damaged, and the townspeople are packing up and moving out. But shortly after arriving in Kansas, Dorothy is magically transported back to Oz.
She finds out that Oz is in trouble, and the people there need her help. Dorothy’s old friends – the Scarecrow, Tin Man and the formerly Cowardly Lion – have disappeared and Oz is in a state of decay. As Dorothy journeys to find her friends, she encounters a number of new companions and problems including a man made of marshmallows who can’t think for himself; a china doll princess whose bossiness is a cover for her fragility; and a tugboat with as many personalities as he has pieces. Dorothy must help this odd group band together against a new villain – a wicked Jester who thinks all of Oz should be under his control.
The movie is set to be released on May 9th, 2014!