“Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return” will finally have its premiere. Variety reports that the film, formerly titled “Dorothy of Oz” will be released in the beginning of 2014. This is the first announcedment of the films actual release date.
Directed by accomplished animators Dan St. Pierre and Will Finn, the film has been in production for nearly three years. In 2011, a poster was released as a teaser and, this past Comic Con, the film presented a panel.
Dorothy of Oz is an animated musical feature-film inspired by “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum, and the further adventure books written by his great-grandson, Roger S. Baum.
The plot begins as Dorothy (voiced by Lea Michele) returns to Kansas to find it devastated by the tornado that sent her to Oz. Before she can react to the destruction of her home, she is transported back to Oz, where her three friends—Scarecrow (Dan Aykroyd), Lion (James Belishi) and Tin Man (Kelsey Grammer) have disappeared. She meets a charming man made of marshmallows (Hugh Dancy) who can’t quite think for himself, a tiny china doll princess (Megan Hilty) whose bossiness is a cover for her fragility, and a tugboat with as many personalities as he has pieces. Dorothy must help this group band together against the Jester, a wicked new villain who believes that all of Oz should be under his control.
Bernadette Peters voices Glinda, the Good Witch with Oliver Platt as Wiser and Martin Short as the Jester.
Academy Award nominated musician Bryan Adams and Toby Chu are behind the music. The film’s soundtrack will also be available next year.