Yet, readers assure me: parents do read these reviews in order to decide whether to accompany their offspring to a screening, or whether to drop them off while they shop. So be warned, parents and grandparents who saw the original The Wizard of Oz or even Wicked on stage – this offering will only frustrate.
For anybody younger than 10, this parental guidance-movie will be an attractive option. Legends Of Oz: Dorothy’s Return is tailor-made for kids, especially those suffering from attention deficit syndrome, as it may hold their attention for 90 minutes.
Dorothy (Lea Michele) wakes up in Kansas devastated by a tornado. The film touches on the aftermath of this disaster and how it influences Dorothy and her family. But she is quickly removed from her role as a relief worker after she is transported back to Oz and The Emerald City to fight an evil villain – this time a bad bloke named The Jester, who may be the animated brother of Batman’s The Joker or Stephen King’s The Clown.
With some cute musical interludes, beautiful kiddie-friendly illustrations and a sound moral lesson, kids will get pleasure from this piece.