Western Animation / Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return

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Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return is a 2014 American 3D computer-animated musical film based on The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, and the book Dorothy of Oz by his great-grandson, Roger Stanton Baum. It was produced by Summertime Entertainment (the family entertainment division of Alpine Pictures), directed by Daniel St. Pierre and Will Finn, and starred Lea Michele, Dan Aykroyd, Kelsey Grammer, Jim Belushi, Megan Hilty, Hugh Dancy, Oliver Platt, Patrick Stewart, Bernadette Peters, and Martin Short as "The Jester". The film was released in the US and Canada on May 9, 2014.

Dorothy Gale returns to Kansas to find it devastated. Dorothy then finds a new way to get back to the Land of Oz only to discover that her old friends-the Scarecrow, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion-and the entire Land of Oz are all in grave danger. On Dorothy's new journey through Oz, she meets new friends like a china doll princess, a marshmallow man named Marshal Mallow, a large owl named Wiser, and an ancient tree-turned-tugboat named Tugg. With the help of her new friends, they band together against a wicked Jester who wants to control Oz by turning important people into marionettes.

It was also preceded in 2013 by a prequel comic.


Tropes found in this film include:

  • Big Sister Bully: The Wicked Witch of the West. That should have been no surprise though.
  • Blow You Away: The Jester summons a tornado to do this to Dorothy.
  • Can't You Read the Sign?: The Jester changes the sign in Candy County to tell them to eat all the candy they can.
  • Cerebus Retcon: Sure, the tornado sent Dorothy on a whimsical, life-changing journey to Oz. It also caused a lot of damage that isn't easy to bounce back from.
  • Continuity Nod: In a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment, you can see what looks like the Saw-horse (a character from the books) leading a carriage of mice.
    • The scarecrow is wearing blue, a reference to his description in the original books.
    • At one point, the Lion is trapped in a cage, referencing his imprisonment and subsequent starvation by the Wicked Witch of the West in the books.
    • The Queen of all Field Mice and her subjects makes a cameo.
    • The talking trees mention Dorothy stealing apples from a relative of theirs, as reference to a scene in the 1939 film.
  • Creepy Circus Music: "Jester" is a creepy circus song befitting the Villainous Harlequin who sings it.
  • Crush Blush: Marshal Mallow gets this. And since his face is made of white marshmallows, it is really obvious.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: The Jester grows increasingly confused and frustrated at how willingly people will fight with Dorothy against him.
    The Jester: "Why are people always helping Dorothy Gale?!"
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Subverted big time with the Jester's strong tenor.
  • Expecting Someone Taller: The China Princess thought that someone who defeated a Wicked Witch would be taller than Dorothy.
  • Foreshadowing: After capturing Glinda, there is one empty puppet case along the Jester's wall. If you look closely, you can see it's labeled "Dainty China Princess."
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: It appears that The Jester tries a Heel–Face Turn, but Dorothy will have none of it. Of course, it's pretty clear that he's just trying to squeeze power out of whatever he can get at that point, since he did the same thing he was offering to Dorothy for his elder sister, the Wicked Witch of the West.
  • Hidden Depths: Wiser is, true to his name, actually quite booksmart.
  • Hope Spot: A swarm of beautiful fireflies arrives to light the way for Dorothy and co. after a harrowing encounter with the Jester's flying monkeys. For a moment, it looks like everything will be alright, until the Jester reveals its another one of his tricks and sends them hurtling over a waterfall.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Marshal Mallow and the China Princess end up together.
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    • After Dorothy, Wiser, and Toto burp, Dorothy tells Toto that's rude.
    • Wiser says he's at a loss for words... and proceeds to be reminded of an anecdote.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: The marshmallow man being named Marshal Mallow.
    • The Great Wall of China - it is made out of China porcelain.
    • The Tin Man has a "heart attack".
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Actually, some houses might have property damage too extensive to simply repair - though granted, the credits montage shows Dorothy and the townsfolk working together to fix any buildings that are left standing.
    • When China Princess says, "And how will we, or rather you, build this boat?" It sounds like being a Royal Brat again, but then you remember that she's a delicate china figure who shouldn't be anywhere near hammers or other tools. She makes up for it by sewing the sail, though.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Even if China Princess starts as a Royal Brat, rejecting various suitors with snide comments and even shattering a few of them with her singing because they were already cracked, she does obviously care about China Town and the people she rules over. Hence why she joins Dorothy's quest: to stop the Jester's attacks on her people.
  • Karma Houdini: Dorothy, after a fashion. She gets special treatment in Candy County ( her death sentence is commuted to just a warning, and Wiser & Toto are pardoned as well) and China Town, due to her status as a legendary witch-slayer.
  • Last-Second Word Swap: "Wow, you are faaaaa-bulous!"
  • Limited Wardrobe: Jester's clown suit. Every time he tries to take it off, a new one, in a different color, appears underneath.
  • Love at First Sight: Marshal Mallow is hit pretty hard with this when he first meets China Princess.
  • Magical Clown: This movie's Jester is no ordinary jester - he's the brother of the Wicked Witch of the West! In the climax, he summonss a tornado!
  • Mix And Match Creature: The Flying Monkeys have bat wings in this version.
  • Motor Mouth: Wiser is very loquacious. He certainly will go on and on about a lot of stuff, he will even try and finish your sentences all the time, which usually results in the occasional Last-Second Word Swap when he tries to finish Dorothy's sentences and...
  • Never My Fault: Jester's mantra for failure must be, "When things go south, blame the flying monkey."
  • No Name Given: Most characters are referred to by a description - Tin Man, Scarecrow, Lion, China Princess, the Jester.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: The attire of the China Princess and her court bring the Baroque period to mind. The travelling clothes she wears for most of the film, however, are more subtle.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "I. Can't. Take. It. Off. Ever!"
  • The Reveal: The Jester is the Wicked Witch's brother.
  • Save the Villain: Despite his wicked acts, Dorothy tries to save the Jester, but he won't have it.
  • Shipper on Deck: Dorothy unintentionally puts Marshal Mallow and China Princess together.
  • Tailor-Made Prison: When he captures the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Lion, the Jester places them in individualized containment that would be the worst for them to experience. Scarecrow is on a spinning wheel surrounded by magical flames that flare up at whim. The Tin Man is rusting away in a clear box filled to the top with water. And the Lion is in a cage the tends to shrink and squeeze him whenever the Jester feels like it.
  • Take My Hand: Dorothy attempts to save the Jester from the tornado. She asks him to do this, but he refuses.
  • Thin Chin Of Sin: The Jester is somewhere between this trope and Lantern Jaw of Justice. His chin is long and thick, but with a pointy tip and a curve.
  • Villainous Harlequin: Jester wants to take over Oz specifically because no one takes him seriously.
  • Villain Song: The Jester has Jester, in which he sings about how he despises his sister, the Wicked Witch of the West, for making him a jester, and how he aspires to gain power. Interestingly, the last stanza of the song seems to indicate that he does somewhat enjoy being a Villainous Harlequin. He also sings Candy Candy when he changes Candy County's sign to encourage people to eat its candy.
  • We Can Rule Together: The Jester tries this. Dorothy just tells him no, smashes his power orb, and then throws the broom into the twister.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: What happened to General Candy Apple? It's not made clear, but he's seen as a puppet in the Jester's courtroom and is brought back to life in the end. It's easy to miss if you're not paying very close attention, though.
  • When Trees Attack: Once again Dorothy finds herself being pelted with apples, though she did pull a branch off one tree without remembering that they were sentient in Oz.
  • Wise Tree: Tugg, in comparison to the other trees Dorothy encounters, is quite helpful and smart. He even volunteers to be a boat to help them on their journey.
  • Who's Laughing Now?: The Jester's motivation for taking over Oz is to finally be taken seriously after a life of being the butt of his own jokes.
  • Year Inside, Hour Outside: At the beginning, the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Lion are talking about how Dorothy might not remember them because "it's been years" since she was there last, but Scarecrow says that for Dorothy it's only been a day.

Alternative Title(s): Legends Of Oz Dorothys Return, Dorothyof Oz

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