Dorothy is going to return to the magical land of Oz. The original The Wizard of Oz, based on the novel of , might be 75-years-old, but it still has not lost its charm. The classic fantasy adventure has inspired a new animated sequel. The first trailer has been released for Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return, arriving in theatres May 9, 2014.
As Slash Film reports, last year Disney came out with a high-budget prequel , Oz The Great and Powerful (earning $500 million worldwide), and now we are getting another (lower budget) spin-off. The new story is based on the sequel of the original book, Dorothy of Oz, by the writer's great-grandson Roger Stanton Baum.
Dorothy (voiced by ) is going to set off on a new adventure with her old friends, the Scarecrow (), the Tin Man (), and the "no-longer-cowardly Lion" (). Oz needs their help to get rid off a silly, but evil Jester (), who cannot ever take his costume off.
Check out the colourful world and the new goofy heroes of the animated Emerald City here:
Actors , , , , and also give their voices to the classic characters. It is directed by and and written by and .
The official synopsis reads:
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.
What do you think? Are you up for this all-star voice cast animation or do you vote for the original?