Rated PG (for some scary images and mild danger)
Release Date: May 9 (in theaters and 3D)
Directed by Will Finn and Daniel St. Pierre
Starring Lea Michele, Martin Short, Dan Akroyd, Jim Belushi, Kelsey Grammer, Hugh Dancy, Bernadette Peters, Oliver Platt, Megan Hilty
Have you seen the classic 1939 movie musical, The Wizard of Oz? Based on a book by Frank L. Baum, it tells the story of a teenage girl from Kansas named Dorothy Gale who is whisked away by a tornado to the magical land of Oz. The animated musical adventure Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return is a sequel to that story. It finds Dorothy, voiced by Lea Michele, back in post-tornado Kansas, until she has to return to Oz to help her friends, the Tin-Man (voiced by Kelsey Grammer), the Scarecrow (Dan Aykroyd), and the Lion (Jim Belushi). But this time, Dorothy finds the path down the yellow brick road more challenging as she is thwarted by the Jester (Martin Short), the devious brother of the Wicked Witch of the West who is trying to take over Oz. Thankfully, she’ll also meet some new friends along the way to help her.
Did You Know?
This movie is based on the book Dorothy of Oz by Roger S. Baum, Frank L. Baum’s great-grandson. Roger Baum is not the only writer to put his own spin on the original author’s Oz universe. Oz is also the setting of the Broadway musical Wicked, and many other adaptations. Lea Michele credits the Oz story themes of love, friendship, family, and home with making the tale timeless and classic. “With such universal themes like that, the [story] really can last a lifetime, from generation to generation,” she told TFK.