‘Dorothy of Oz’ Trailer: Star-Studded Animated Trip Back Over the Rainbow

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The teaser trailer for Dorothy of Oz introduces an assortment of less-famous Oz residents – such as Tugg the talking tree, Wiser the Owl, and the diabolical Jester – as well as the big names lending their voices to the 3D animated flick, including Lea Michele (Glee), Patrick Stewart, Dan Aykroyd, James Belushi, Martin Short, Kelsey Grammar, Oliver Platt, and Broadway icon Bernadette Peters (star of the Into the Woods and Wicked stage musicals, among others).

Most of the trailer is dedicated to showing off the film’s bright and colored visuals – before concluding with a short audio clip of Michele singing. It very much has a lighter and more kid-friendly feel that the darkly-whimsical teaser for next year’s live-action Oz flick, Sam Raimi’s Oz the Great and Powerful.

Dorothy of Oz is based on the book by Roger Stanton Baum, the great-grandson of Oz creator L. Frank Baum. The story picks up with Dorothy (Michele) shortly after she has returned to Kansas, only to be whisked back unexpectedly to Oz – as the Land of the Yellow Brick Road has been taken over by the power-hungry Jester (Short). The Scarecrow, Tin Man and Formerly-Cowardly Lion (Aykroyd, Grammar, Belushi) have also mysteriously disappeared, while Glinda (Peters) has been taken hostage by Jester; thus, forcing Dorothy and her dog Toto to seek assistance from such Ozi-ians as a hair-brained soldier made of marshmallows (Hugh Dancy) and the bossy, but insecure, China Princess (Megan Hilty).

Chances are, you immediately recognized Stewart voicing the trailer narrator, Tugg – though, kudos to anyone who also realized that’s Platt voicing the plump Wiser right off the bat.

dorothy oz trailer Dorothy of Oz Trailer: Star Studded Animated Trip Back Over the Rainbow

‘Dorothy of Oz’ and her motley crew

Directorial duties on Dorothy of Oz were handled by Will Finn (The Road to El Dorado, Home on the Range) and Dan St. Pierre (Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey). The pair have years of experience working as storyboard artists and character designers; hence, the aforementioned Oz residents all have a very distinct and stylized look. However, the actual animation on Dorothy of Oz was handled by Prana Studios, the company behind Hoodwinked! and several direct-to-DVD Tinker Bell movies; unfortunately, the downgrade in animation quality shows.

Nonetheless, Dorothy of Oz have the makings of clean, harmless, entertainment for the young ones – while older viewers can check out Raimi’s Wizard of Oz prequel for a more adult, visually-sophisticated, trip back over the rainbow. The former is still without an official release date, but both films should be arriving in theaters (2D and 3D) sometime in 2013.

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Source: Summertime Entertainment

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  1. 1st!!

    looks alright. Im actually looking forward to the live action Oz the Great and Poweful though…

    • Im looking forward to that too

    • I saw screenings of this and it looks way better than the trailer! This doesn’t do it justice! What makes you want to see the other movie?

  2. It looks extremely sugar coated and not in a good way.

  3. That was underwhelming. I don’t like the animation. The story seems a bit Saturday morning cartoony and “Smurf-ish”. It’d probably look a lot more interesting if I had kids or nieces/nephews young enough to enjoy it. I guess there’s nothing wrong with a good, clean, fun movie.

  4. Wow, that looks horrid. No way I take my kids to see this. It’s definitely a $1 Redbox rental at best.

  5. Am i the only one around here that wants to see an adaptation of “Wicked”?

    • Nope, a lot of people have been going around saying they want an adaptation. Someone even did a short animated clip of how cool “Defying Gravity” could be in traditional hand drawn animation. Now the thing is should it be the musical or the book?

  6. You would have to be even on some remotely kind of drug induced nightmare to ever come up with a concept like this. Why was their no talking tree alert also? I am afraid of talking trees and I found that to be very mean for no alert of that before the trailer. And also is this movie related to the Indian film “Pandeep of Oz”….I smell curry

  7. Well I’m excited. I guess you guys are unimpressed because you are too absorbed by those overly-caffeinated, wisecracking green ogre movies, or those overly-dramatic kids-films-really-made-for-50-year-old-men Pixar flicks.

    It’s nice to see something with a truly young feel and is not afraid to be young. It’s nice to see animation that fulfills the purpose of telling a story without whomping you over the head with its photorealistic rendering and awesome camera angles. And there is going to be singing! Actual musical numbers sung by characters! I’m seeing this.

    • “overly-dramatic kids-films-really-made-for-50-year-old-men Pixar flicks” – Ouch, right in my wheelhouse!

    • Yay!! love the enthusiasm :)

  8. it looks ok. but i love that it says, “glee’s” lea michelle. yup thas right, you may not know that name kids, unless we mention where that person is from. or house at the end of the street has “hunger games” jennifer lawrence. didnt we used to say “academy award winner or nominee” instead of what ONE thing the actor was in, haha it’ll soon be expendables 3 starring “old spice guy” terry crews. no beef with terry, hes awesome, just saying, just put name only.

  9. crap,crap,crappy totaly crappy.

  10. I think this looks like an amazing and heart felt movie, when did people get so cynical about clean entertainment? I’m such a fan of Lea Michele and the rest of the cast! I will definitely be taking the family to see this

  11. I’m such an Oz fan and this looks awesome-original music and a talented cast for sure. Sign me up!

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