My kids and I watched Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return over the weekend. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment sent me the Blu-ray for review on my dad blog. I’ve seen the original Wizard of Oz and last year’s Oz the Great and Powerful, but I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy an animated version of Oz. As it turns out, I did enjoy the animated Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return. The movie is geared towards kids, but I think some parents might enjoy the film too. The animated film features a lot of singing, humor and interesting characters. BTW, my two youngest children watched the movie twice over the weekend. Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return is available now on DVD and Blu-ray. Continue reading to learn five things about Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return.
Five Things About the Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return Blu-ray
It’s an Oz sequel
As you can guess by the title, this movie is essentially a sequel to the Wizard of Oz. In the story, Dorothy is back in Kansas when there’s trouble in Oz. This time around, an evil Jester is using powerful magic to take control of Oz. The Scarecrow, Lion, and the Tin Man try to stop the Jester. They can’t, so they send Dorothy a special message to come back to Oz. Dorothy does return to Oz. This time around, she meets new characters like Wiser, Marshal Mallow (what a fun name), China Princess, and Tugg.
It’s a musical
One of the things I loved about the Wizard of Oz was the singing. I love the songs in the classic. Unfornuately, there really wasn’t any singing in Oz the Great and Powerful. But I’m happy to say that Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return features several musical numbers. My youngest son (age five) likes to listen to the tunes over and over again on his big sister’s iPod.
Lea Michele stars in Legends of Oz
Lea Michele is the star of the animated movie. She does the voice work for Dorothy. Other voice talents include Dan Aykroyd (Scarecrow), James Belushi (Lion), Kelsey Grammer (Tin Man), Tacey Adams (Aunt Em), Michael Krawic (Uncle Henry), Martin Short (The Appraiser / The Jester), Bernadette Peters (Glinda), Randi Soyland (You / Handmaiden), Oliver Platt (Wiser), Hugh Dancy (Marshal Mallow), Brian Blessed (Judge Jawbreaker), Douglas Hodge (Fruit Striped Lawyer), Debi Derryberry (Stenographer), and Randy Crenshaw (China Guard / Kansas Sheriff). Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return was directed by Will Finn and Dan St. Pierre.
The animated film is rated PG
Except for a few mildly scary scenes, Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return could’ve been rated G. But instead, Dorothy’s Return is rated PG for some scary images and mild peril. The scenes are not really scary and I think most kids will be fine with the mildly intense scenes.
The movie is only 88 minutes long, but the Blu-ray has a run time of about 126 minutes. It includes the special features below. The first two Legends of Oz features are essentially commentaries by the cast and crew.
- 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
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