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If you thought that Victor Fleming and Sam Raimi had already told you everything you needed to know about the cinematic side of L. Frank Baum’s classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz series, then you are swirling in a tornado of misinformation. Somehow, a film more cartoonish adaptation than Michael Jackson’s The Wiz is coming to theaters.
Variety reports the Oz gang will once again reconvene for Summertime Entertainment’s 3-D animated musical tale Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return, which is in a distribution deal with Clarius Entertainment and will see a release in the beginning of 2014. Perhaps in time to try and rack up a Best Original Song nomination? With Academy Award nominated musician Bryan Adams and Toby Chu behind the music, that's not out of the question.
The film has been in the works for nearly three years, with accomplished animator Dan St. Pierre and Will Finn, who has spent many years working with Disney, co-directing. A teaser poster was released in 2011 with the title Dorothy of Oz, and the film presented a panel at Comic Con that summer as well. This is the first we've heard of the film's release since then, and it's not hard to guess that the success of Oz The Great And Powerful has the producers anxious to get their animated take in theaters.
Dorothy’s Return, which is mostly adapted from Roger Stanton Baum’s novel Dorothy of Oz, will follow the story of Dorothy, to be voiced by Lea Michele (Glee), as she returns to her Kansas home to find it completely demolished by the tornado that transported her to Oz. The film’s all-star cast includes Dan Aykroyd as the Scarecrow, Kelsey Grammer as the Tin Man, James Belushi as the Cowardly Lion, and Bernadette Peters as Glinda the Good Witch. Taking on other original characters are Martin Short, Hugh Dancy, Patrick Stewart, Oliver Platt, and Brian Blessed.