Saturday, July 30, 2011

Welcome Back to Oz!

The long-awaited, much anticipated animated film, Dorothy of Oz is finally now less than a year away from release.  So mark your calendars for Summer 2012.  The cast includes a stunning repertoire of your favorites (and definitely ours) including:  Lea Michelle from Glee as the voice of Dorothy Gale, Martin Short, Oliver Platt (ah, the mighty Porthos indeed), Dan Aykroyd (could anyone else play the Scarecrow?) , Kelsey Grammer (a more sophisticated Tin-Man you've never heard), Jim Belushi, the not-so-cowardly Lion, and, saving the best for last, of course, Patrick Stewart boldly going to the Land of Oz.  

To call it a must-see is an understatement.  Just read on....

Written by Frank L. Baum's great-grandson, Roger S. Baum, in "Dorothy of Oz," Dorothy discovers shortly after returning to Kansas, that Oz is in trouble and the people there need her help. Glinda magically transports Dorothy and Toto back to Oz where she discovers her old friends -- the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion -- have disappeared and Oz is in a state of decay.  As Dorothy journeys to find her friends, she encounters a number of new companions and problems including a man made of marshmallows who can't think for himself, a china doll princess whose bossiness is a cover for her fragility, and a tugboat with as many personalities as he has pieces.  Dorothy must help this odd group band together against a new villain -- a wicked Jester who thinks all of Oz should be under his control.

And let us not forget this magic is set to the music of Bryan Adams.

We grew up with Dorothy and friends, and waited over 70 years to find out what happened next -- it won't be much longer now!

We'll be there -- will you?

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