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  • Summary: Dorothy’s only just returned home from her first incredible journey to Oz, but she’s already being called back for another adventure! After waking to post-tornado Kansas, Dorothy (Lea Michele) and Toto are whisked to Oz on a magical rainbow mover sent by their old friends the Scarecrow (DanDorothy’s only just returned home from her first incredible journey to Oz, but she’s already being called back for another adventure! After waking to post-tornado Kansas, Dorothy (Lea Michele) and Toto are whisked to Oz on a magical rainbow mover sent by their old friends the Scarecrow (Dan Aykroyd), the Lion (Jim Belushi) and the Tin Man (Kelsey Grammer). Time in Oz has passed much faster than back in Kansas, and Dorothy discovers that the Jester (Martin Short) – the devious brother of the Wicked Witch of the West – is taking Oz over one region at a time, holding their leaders captive and casting a pall of darkness over the beloved land. Even Glinda (Bernadette Peters) is unable to combat the Jester’s evil powers, making Dorothy their only hope. Expand
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  1. Positive: 0 out of 22
  2. Negative: 14 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Anna Smith
    May 19, 2014
    60
    Kid-friendly with some neat visuals. Adults will appreciate the dulcet tones of Frasier as the Tin Man.
  2. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    May 8, 2014
    50
    All in all, the beloved kingdom of Oz is not well served, though there’s just enough detectable affection to keep it from feeling like a pure cashing-in.
  3. Reviewed by: Mike McCahill
    Sep 22, 2014
    40
    Even by the standards of allowance-snatching half-term filler, this is pretty indifferent.
  4. Reviewed by: Jen Chaney
    May 8, 2014
    25
    Animated in form but completely listless in content.
  5. Reviewed by: Susan Wloszczyna
    May 9, 2014
    25
    This is one of those movies that parents will have to ask themselves if they love their child enough to sit through it. At least "The Nut Job" is off the hook as the worst indie-made animated feature of the year.
  6. Reviewed by: Peter Hartlaub
    May 8, 2014
    25
    All the brains, heart and courage in the world can't save a movie that doesn't have a third act.
  7. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    May 7, 2014
    0
    James Franco, all is forgiven. His woebegotten “Oz: The Great and Powerful’’ is practically a masterpiece compared to this eyeball-gougingly ugly, charm-free animated musical sequel.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 20
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
  3. Negative: 8 out of 20
  1. May 15, 2014
    10
    Ok! First, the Wizard of Oz book by Frank Baum & Julie Garland in the Wizard of Oz film is classic & timeless ~ one that's watched time &Ok! First, the Wizard of Oz book by Frank Baum & Julie Garland in the Wizard of Oz film is classic & timeless ~ one that's watched time & again by each generation. The Legends of Oz animated musical film is delightful and charming. It remains to be seen how the kids will react & whether the film stands the test of time. I say that because we [the writer and several of her grand-mother or older gal friends] attended an afternoon show & there were No children watching the film -only about 1 dozen attendees. The gals & I LOVED the animation & melodious musicality of the movie! It will catch on & there should be lots of children seeing it this weekend.

    The music by Bryan Adams, songwriter/composer, pinned for the film is Great -- I think the kids will particularly like the song & animation of the Happy song, "Work with Me!" & of course, the journey through Candyland will be loved by the kids.
    The animation process & effects for the characters of Oz (i.e., Tin Man, monkeys) are amazing. I enjoyed listening to the talented singing voice of Lea Michele's & she really got into the role of Dorothy's character.

    This grownup Loved/enjoyed the wonderful stellar, talented voices of Megan Hilty & Hugh Dancy, both in their solo performances & as the 'China Princess & Marshall Mallow' singing their Beautiful duet song, 'Even Then'.~ sigh :-)
    Martin Short really shines as the Jester don't you think; & kudos go to the costume designing for the Jester -- Patrick Stewart is also great & appealing to the little ones as Tugg the Tugboat!

    The gals thought the movie was very 'cute' & well suited for young children to see -- lots of laughs & chuckles made in the journey through candyland -- all of them will tell their kids to take their grandchildren to see it.

    Personally (& at my suggestion) we All agreed, over cups of Hot Tea, to give it an A+ on being a positive role model with high marks in educational values to be discussed w/the kids. Some of the values we talked about were: 1) the good Vs evil; the "work with me" attitude in helping one another, 2) a reiteration of helping those in need of a brain(education); of courage, & heart (scarecrow/lion/tin man) & 3) it connects the dots to people in Dorothy's Kansas; e.g., the Jester & the appraiser abusing governmental powers, et al.

    One reservation perhaps could be for parents to be cautious about their young 3 to 4 YOs seeing the film ~ the mean flying monkeys battle in 3D might be too scary for them.

    Although the Top Box Office attendance stats were not as great as other films at this point (about $3.7M), I do think it will do Very Well, especially in DVD sales for home viewing.
    TOYS: I think the Jester, Toto, Tin Man & Marshall Mallow plush toys will do well; & I believe the Hotest item will be the fashion Singing Dorothy Doll w/cute cowboy boots, et al- especially since she sings the Happy song "Work with Me" from the movie. Like Dorothy, let’s think positive & remember, "There Will Always be a Rainbow when One Needs it Most"
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  2. May 11, 2014
    10
    If you want to read an unbiased review google Dove, Legends of OZ... They said this movie is good clean family fun and that what I'm lookingIf you want to read an unbiased review google Dove, Legends of OZ... They said this movie is good clean family fun and that what I'm looking for when I take my 10 and 3 year old children to the movies. I saw the movie Friday night and I thought it was amazing. The first thing my oldest did (after asking if we could see it again) was download some of the songs. He has been singing them all week and I have been humming right along with him. Do your self a favor and pay no attention to the negative reviews and absolutely go see this movie. Expand
  3. May 9, 2014
    10
    I saw the movie and, despite what some of these critics contend, it is a beautiful film that is extremely family friendly with beautifulI saw the movie and, despite what some of these critics contend, it is a beautiful film that is extremely family friendly with beautiful music. There are at least 3 songs that are memorable and which have market breakout potential. All of the voice actors do an outstanding job with Martin Short being nothing short of inspirational (pun intended). This is a worthy addition to the Oz legacy and story line! Expand
  4. May 16, 2014
    9
    The kids give it a 10, I give it an 8. We enjoyed the movie too much to pick it apart. The music was fantastic! The kids were thoroughlyThe kids give it a 10, I give it an 8. We enjoyed the movie too much to pick it apart. The music was fantastic! The kids were thoroughly entertained, which is what I was hoping for the most. Most of the animation was very good and the actors did a great job bringing life to both the old characters and the new characters. Can't understand why any professional critic could give this film a zero. ?? That's actually fishy. Expand
  5. May 17, 2014
    3
    just saw this the other day and i'm like "Why the hell am i here?" this movie doesn't feel like the original at all. it feels a lot more likejust saw this the other day and i'm like "Why the hell am i here?" this movie doesn't feel like the original at all. it feels a lot more like a spoof. what can i say? did i enjoy it? no, i was bored outta my mind! it takes every cliche from other animated movies and sticks with them, and to make it worse is that the jokes are stupid and not funny. i might've chuckled like twice in this movie, and i mean it. this movie was just NOT funny. and the characters in this movie are flat too. now, i really gotta ask this: how can you take the memorable characters from the original 1939 Oz movie that we all loved, and turn them into a bunch of needless, obnoxious, flat and dull characters? i don't know how, but they did it and they should be **** ashamed! the only positives i got for this movie is that: it's got really nice colors, they're all bright and vivid and good to look at; the pacing was handled well; some of the songs are good and it's got a nice heart. but, that's not enough to save it. the writing's terrible, the characters are flat and dull, the animation's really weak, the jokes don't land, it's not funny and the biggest problem with this sequel is that it doesn't feel like the original Oz anymore. everything we wanted to see in this movie, it's NOT here! so, if you haven't seen this movie yet, don't waste your time or your money on it. just stick with the original and REAL Oz movie. Expand
  6. Jan 4, 2015
    1
    I don’t understand how film workers are having so much trouble with what is essentially a very simple source material , but clearly it’s moreI don’t understand how film workers are having so much trouble with what is essentially a very simple source material , but clearly it’s more difficult than I imagined because this film seems broken in every single way. The story is not engaging. The characters are poorly acted and the animation is horrible. It’s one of the worst animated films I have seen that was released in cinemas all year and I didn’t even see it in the cinema. If anyone paid to see this in a cinema I hope the frame rate was at least decent because I was having trouble on my laptop screen, god knows what it would have been like in the cinema. This clearly was a direct to DVD movie that never should have seen the light of day and I just don’t care to see any future movies with the Oz brand. Hopefully Wicked is going to be a lot better when someone gets round to producing it, but for now we are stuck with this and Oz The Great and Powerful. Expand
  7. May 10, 2014
    0
    A horrible remake of the original!

    I wasted 50$ to see this movie and it contributed little to the original movie! Honestly watch a good
    A horrible remake of the original!

    I wasted 50$ to see this movie and it contributed little to the original movie!

    Honestly watch a good movie like the Wolf On Wall street.

    At least that's a good movie and not a crappy remake.
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