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 is being produced by Summertime Entertainment (the family entertainment division of Alpine Pictures), directed by Daniel St. Pierre and Will Finn, and starring 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 is scheduled to be 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:
- Acrofatic: Wiser becomes this at the end of the film.
- Anachronism Stew: It's never made quite clear when Dorothy is in Kansas - the original book and MGM movie suggest early 20th century, but there are visible cars in the background in Kansas. (Suggesting 50s-60s at the latest.)
- An Aesop: It is easier to face something challenging or scary with friends.
- And You Were There: The Jester is portrayed by the same actor as the realtor - this is given an allusion when Toto bites him and the Jester says the same thing.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: The Jester was this to the Wicked Witch.
- Big Eater: Wiser - Dorothy and Toto jump in.
- 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.
- 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.
- Expecting Someone Taller: The China Princess thought that someone who defeated a Wicked Witch would be taller than Dorothy.
- Gasshole: Dorothy, Wiser, and Toto.
- Heel-Face Turn: It appears that The Jester tries this, but Dorothy will have none of it.
- Heel Face Door Slam: 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.
- 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.
- 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 jester outfit. He. Can't. Take. It. Off.
- Literally Shattered Lives: Happens in China Town.
- Made of Plasticine: Dainty Chinatown.
- 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...
- 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."
- Puppet Permutation: The Jester's m.o.
- Scenery Porn
- Shipper on Deck: Dorothy unintentionally puts Marshal Mallow and China Princess together.
- Sugar Bowl: Marshal Mallow's home. A literal example.
- Take My Hand / Save the Villain: Dorothy actually tries this to the Jester.
- Trapped in Another World: Oz - natch.
- Too Much Information: Wiser.
- Villainous Harlequin: Jester
- Villain Song: The Jester gets one.
- 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.
- Who's Laughing Now?: The Jesterís 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.