Animated Musical - This is a 3D animated adventure that's a sequel to the classic
Wizard of Oz. Fans of Lea Michele will enjoy since she
sings a number of original songs. This film is aimed at young
children though some scary images may be intense for very young children.
Roger EbertFull Review Poor ...a charmless and mirthless travesty of a sequel to the 1939 classic "The Wizard of Oz." I am guessing toddlers who have yet to be exposed to "The Wizard of Oz" will be the only satisfied customers, although the little ones in my audience barely made a peep throughout the running time. This is one of those movies that parents will have to ask themselves if they love their child enough to sit through it.
Entertainment WeeklyFull Review Average As unnecessary, uninspired Wizard of Oz revivals go, this 3-D animated off-brand tale isn't exactly wicked—it's just a little short on brains. Legends should serve its presumed purpose of hypnotizing kids. Its rainbow-hued animation is like a CG Candyland board come to computerized life. But there's barely a trace of the magic of 1939's The Wizard of Oz;...
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Dorothy's only just returned home from her first incredible journey to Oz,
but she's already being called back for another adventure! After waking to
post-tornado Kansas, Dorothy (Lea Michele) and Toto are whisked to Oz on a
magical "rainbow mover" sent by their old friends the Scarecrow (Dan Aykroyd),
the Lion (Jim Belushi) and the Tin Man (Kelsey Grammer). Time in Oz has passed
much faster than back in Kansas, and Dorothy discovers that the Jester (Martin
Short) - the devious brother of the Wicked Witch of the West - is taking Oz over
one region at a time, holding their leaders captive and casting a pall of
darkness over the beloved land. Even Glinda (Bernadette Peters) is unable to
combat the Jester's evil powers, making Dorothy their only hope.
When she arrives in Oz, Dorothy's plan is to travel to the Emerald City to
reunite with her old friends and join forces with them to stop the Jester.
However, the yellow brick road isn't quite as easy to follow this time around,
especially with the Jester planting tricky detours to lead her astray, so she
enlists the help of Wiser the owl (Oliver Platt), Marshal Mallow (Hugh Dancy),
China Princess (Megan Hilty) and Tugg the tugboat (Patrick Stewart) to help find
Dorothy is grateful for the support of her new friends, but when she realizes
that having them by her side means putting them all in grave danger, she has to
decide whether to continue to accept their assistance or forge the road alone.
But with the future of Oz at stake, it's going to take as much heart, brain and
courage as they can collectively muster to defeat the Jester and return order
and happiness to the Emerald City.