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Legends of Oz - Dorothy's Return

Legends of Oz - Dorothy's Return
Voices of: Lea Michele, Dan Aykroyd, Megan Hilty, Hugh Dancy, Patrick Stewart, Kelsey Grammer, Jim Belushi, Martin Short and Bernadette Peters

Rated: PG for some scary images and mild peril.
Reviewed by: Chris  
Release date: May 9, 2014 Released by: Clarius Entertainment

Based on the book by Roger Stanton Baum (great grandson of L. Frank Baum, the original author of The Wizard Of Oz), this animated film has Dorothy returning home to Kansas after the tornado had hit.  She finds everything in shambles and people packing up and leaving.  However, even though she just got home, she is needed back in Oz to help her friends.
Tin Man (Kelsey Grammer), Scarecrow (Dan Aykroyd) and the Lion (Jim Belushi) are in trouble as their beloved Oz is being taken over one area at a time by the evil Jester (voice by Martin Short, who once again gives an over-the-top performance). He's  the brother of the Wicked  Witch of the West, and he's destroying the beauty of the Emerald City.  Dorothy and Toto arrive via a fast moving rainbow and they soon discover that everything has changed in Oz.   Even Good Witch Glinda (Bernadette Peters) can't save it, so it will be up to her.
The story might not be appropriate for children under 5 years old.  The Jester hurts some of the characters and of course, the flying monkeys are always a bit scary (especially in 3-D format). 
Lea Michele has a very good singing voice, but none of the songs are very memorable.  There are some cute characters, like the reliable Toto, a  large round owl named Wiser and Tugg the tugboat, but there's something missing.  The magic is definitely gone from Oz — and it's sorely missed.

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