Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return review

2014's 5th animated film.
2014’s 5th animated film.

Thank the LORD there is only 4 more films I have to review, and 2 of them are already released in theaters. I would not blame any of  if you did not read or comment on this review…..but by all means, do so if you are interested.

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My opinion right after watching film

I do not know if having little to no strong opinions about a film is better than having pure hatred for a film. I am not saying this film is mediocre at best at all, as the characters are flat, the plot is pretty thin, and there is nothing really special about it, but it did not even ignite a strong emotion out of me. This feels like a bootleg copy of a Disneytoons film.

Production

I literally have no information about the production of this film, other than the fact that there is apparently 2 Legends of Oz sequels and a TV series in the works.

Story

The film starts with the tornado taking effect in Kansas City, and while this tornado is happening, we get some credits. We are then taken to the land of Emerald City, where there are dark clouds and thunderstorms hovering over it. We are introduced to the three characters we love from the original film, the now genius Scarecrow (Dan Aykroyd), the overly loving and sensitive Tin Man (Kelsey Grammer), and finally, the overly cocky Lion (Jim Belushi), and just from reading all of that, you can tell how much they changed, and they made them change too much.They try to send Dorothy a message to come back and to save Oz, with Scarecrow’s invention the Rainbow Mover.

Back in Kansas, Dorothy (Lea Michele) wakes up, and cries and whines about it not being fair that their house is in wrecks, and that they will have to move because there is too much damage done. The Appraiser (Marttin Short) comes by to inspect the house, (and it is so clear that they are trying to paint him out as the villain), and after he is done, he tells her Aunt Em (Tacey Adams) and Uncle Henry (Michael Krawick) that they have until sundown to move.

It is actually ridiculous how whiny she gets over moving. I get it that you get attached to your home, but she is just doing a bit too much whining to me. She then goes to sing a bad song. And just by looking at the picture, you can really tell how cheap the animation is.
It is actually ridiculous how whiny she gets over moving. I get it that you get attached to your home, but she is just doing a bit too much whining to me. She then goes to sing a bad song, about trying to fix a town, and it is WAY too poppy, and the horrible bubble-gum pop. And just by looking at the picture, you can really tell how cheap the animation is.

She sees the rainbow (the ones that her old friends in Oz made to get her), and she walks up to it before her and her dog Toto is taken to Oz. She overhears their message, and as they are delivering it to her, they are taken by the Jester (Martin Short), who happens to be related to the Wicked Witches of the East and West. We are then seeing Glinda the Good Witch (Bernadette Peters), and as her and the Jester speak, we learn that Oz is in ruins because of him (whatever happened to the Wizard of Oz? We never know. Jester turns Glinda into a lifelike, hypnotized, sringless marionette, by using an orb, and the broomstick that was his sister’s. Soon enough, the Scarecrow, Lion, and the Tin Man meet the same fate as Glinda.

Dorothy arrives in Oz, and meets a huge owl maned Wiser (Oliver Platt) who cannot fly because of his huge weight. She asks him where the Yellow Brick Road is, and he does not know, but he says that he will help her, causing them to end up at Candy Country, with the sign saying “Eat all you want”, which the two of them do.

Apparently this is all a ploy from Jester (you can see his hologram in the pcture0 to get them arrested, as he changed the rules, and he sings to them to eat all of the candy (another pointless and bad song), only to change it back, and for them to be arrested by the Candy guards, since you were not supposed to eat the candy.
Apparently this is all a ploy from Jester (you can see his hologram in the picture) to get them arrested, as he changed the rules, and he sings to them to eat all of the candy (another pointless and bad song), only to change it back, and for them to be arrested by the Candy guards, since you were not supposed to eat the candy. One of the guards is a huge marshmallow called Marshal Mallow (Hugh Dancy).

They go to the Candy Courthouse for their trial, and it does not go well, since this is Owl’s 499th crime, and their sentence is death, but all of the charges are dropped because she is THE Dorothy Dandrige (huge mother fucking eye roll. This film is getting stupider and stupider, since this is an excuse to get Marshal Mallow to join them, which he does because he needs to find the person that needs to drop the charges).

Dainty China Country is in their way to get to The Emerald City, and the guard won’t allow them to cross because the China Princess (Megan Hilty) is looking for a suitor, which causes them to put Marshal allow for a suitor (and I am sure you all know where this is going), and as the China Princess insults every single suitor int he most brutal way before ridding the, it is Marshal’s turn, and he ends up impressing her with his singing.

So Jester somehow causes the China world to crack, and Marshal saves the princess. After seeing her kingdom ruined, she lashes out at Dorothy, since there were no issues before she came here, but realizes that she needs to let Dorothy and co. go though, so her city can be fixed and the Jester falls, so she goes with them. As you can see, they took the formula of the first film, and used it in this film. Th 3 sidekicks, the villain using the flying monkeys to ruin shit, so on and so forth.
So Jester somehow causes the China world to crack, and Marshal saves the princess. After seeing her kingdom ruined, she lashes out at Dorothy, since there were no issues before she came here, but realizes that she needs to let Dorothy and co. go though, so her city can be fixed and the Jester falls, so she goes with them. As you can see, they took the formula of the first film, and used it in this film. The 3 sidekicks, the villain using the flying monkeys to ruin shit, so on and so forth.

So we come to learn that Jester is just jealous of his sister and the power she had. This reminds me of Morgana being jealous of Ursula in The Little Mermaid 2.

The rest of the crew are walking, and they come across a broken bridge, and they realize that they need to make a boat to go through the river. An old talking tree named Tugg (Patrick Stewart) sacrifices itself, so they can make a boat, and OH NO. Dorothy and the gang are singing a pointless song about making a boat, and I really do not see the point of this song, and I really do not see the point of this being a musical. Anyways, they finally end up in Emerald City and the palace, to find Tin Man, Lion, and Scarecrow, only  come across Jester’s message, where he reveals what he did to her friends, and demands that she goes home.

As Jester tells the monkeys to get Dorothy, they run back on Tugg,a nd sail on the river, only for the monkeys to attack them.
As Jester tells the monkeys to get Dorothy, they run back on Tugg, and sail on the river, only for the monkeys to attack them. He rushes through a cave, escaping the tunnels, and a bunch of colorful fireflies pop up. They all watch them in awe, only for it to b revealed that Jester set a trap for them. He then pushes them onto a waterfall, and…
She ain't dead. We saw how the China people only needed to be glued back together, which Marshal Mellow does by melting a part of him, and she wakes up, and they sing a love song. Ehh.
She ain’t dead. We saw how the China people only needed to be glued back together, which Marshal Mellow does by melting a part of him, and she wakes up, and they sing a love song. Ehh.

So they all split up, with Marshal Mellow staying with the China Princess to restore her, and Wiser goes to get some more helpers for them to defeat Jester, and Dorothy goes to his castle, only to see all of her friends as marionettes. Jester finally pops out, and applauds her for killing his sister, but rants on and on about how she is not going to ruin his plans, as the orb is his (though it was really his sister. Honestly, his plan and motivation could have been done a bit better). So soon after, her and Toto cut the ties, and free their 3 friends from their marionette hypnosis state.

I am gonna wrap this up real quick.  A monkey takes the orb, Dorothy and Jester follows the monkey, Dorothy falls, to only be caught by a flying Wiser, everyone attacks Jester and the monkeys, Dorothy uses the staff to take everyone off the hypnosis and to fix Oz, she throws the orb in the tornado, which Jester jumps after, ding.

She returns back home, and finds out that the Appraiser is a fraud, and they all get their houses back (how fucking convenient.) As the end credits go on, we are shown that Dorothy is leading everyone when it comes to rebuilding their town. I don’t see how this and the story of Oz really connect with one another.

This film........not the worst film I have ever seen (though it does have the worst music), but it is nowhere close to being the best at all. There is a lot thais rehashed in the story, and I did not find it to be very deep, engaging, or thick. It would have been best for us to remind us what happened in the last film, since it IS supposedly a sequel to the 1939 film. There is not much continuity from this and the other film as well. This is a dud for a reason.
This film……..not the worst film I have ever seen (though it does have the worst music), but it is nowhere close to being the best at all. There is a lot that is rehashed in the story, and I did not find it to be very deep, engaging, or thick. It would have been best for us to remind us what happened in the last film, since it IS supposedly a sequel to the 1939 film. There is not much continuity from this and the other film as well. This is a dud for a reason.

Characters

Oh my goodness. There is little to no characterizaton with any of these characters. None of them are memorable, and there is little to like or care about with any of these characters.

She is really bland and generic. Not a good main. She does not develop at all, and she is very perfect.
She is really bland and generic. Not a good main. She does not develop at all, and she is very perfect.
There is little to nothing similar from them and the 1939 film. Lion is overly cocky and confident, Tinman is an emotional mess, and Scarecrow is a genius. They are not even in the film that much.
There is little to nothing similar from them and the 1939 film. Lion is overly cocky and confident, Tinman is an emotional mess, and Scarecrow is a genius. They are not even in the film that much.
They are the three people on the left. Marshmallow is literally a nice love interest, China Princess is a brat turned into a love interest, and Wiser is a blubbering fool who eats too much and talks too much.
They are the three people on the left. Marshmallow is literally a nice love interest, China Princess is a brat turned into a love interest, and Wiser (the Owl is not in the pic) is a blubbering fool who eats too much and talks too much.
He is jealous of his sister Wicked itch of the West and is glad she is dead, but he literally only filled her role, but did it a lot worse. He is not funny, or threatening,a and I wished they explained more with his motivation and his relationship with his sister.
He is jealous of his sister Wicked itch of the West and is glad she is dead, but he literally only filled her role, but did it a lot worse. He is not funny, or threatening, and I wished they explained more with his motivation and his relationship with his sister.

Animation

The animation is………unpolished. While the character designs are pretty impressive on most of the characters, and a lot of the backgrounds are right, there is like no texture in this film, outside of the china dolls. Most of the characters look like they are as tough as bricks, and there is no light shining on them the way that they are supposed to shine in animation. Because of the issue with the textures, it is a rough looking film at times, and it makes the film look aged.

Music

The music is simply terrible. The orchestrations and the voices do not go well together, the lyrics are weak, none of the songs are catchy, and half of them have no purpose in the film. It is VERY frustrating to listen through the songs.

Reception Today

When the film was released on May 9th, 2014, it performed horribly. It made $8,464,027 domestically, and $8,539,000 overseas, for a worldwide total of  $17,001,027, which is treacherous on its own, but with its $70,000,000 budget (which is low for animation), it makes the failure of this film even worse. People need to stop making sequels before they get the box office and critical receipts.

When it comes to the critics, this film received negative reviews, and was panned for it having no content, being shallow, hollow, lifeless with a bad plot, with bad characters, and being a bad idea in the first place.

Final Score

Story: 5/10

Characters: 4/10

Animation: 6.5/10

Music: 3/10

= 18.5/40 =  46% (I think this is the lowest I ever gave a film. Never mind what I said earlier. This IS the worst film I have seen so far on this blog.

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5 thoughts on “Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return review

  1. I had such low expectations when seeing this film, that I actually…didn’t think it was that bad?

    I mean, I can’t say I hated any moment of it. In short, it’s a huge guilty pleasure movie for me. If I made my ‘Top 13 Animated Movies that I Like, But Nobody Else Does’ list now, this would definitely be on it!

    I plan to work on a review of this for Rob Lydon’s site. You can read it when I’m done.

    1. I was not stressing in anger over this, like at all, and there was not a lot that annoyed me about it either, but the film just is no good to me. I do remember reading your review some months ago on this.

      Who is Rob Lyndon?

  2. As far as I’m concerned every return to Oz since the original has been a disaster. Leave it be! The animation looks like a grade school project and gave me a headache, the songs are unmemorable. So for me it goes in the Return to Oz, Great and Powerful Oz garbage pile… (wizard of oz is a favorite of mine)

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