Oz in the News 12.11.13

tumblr_mx9r0au9lp1t4iakno6_1280WICKED Imagined as a Disney Animated Film – Character Art  Here’s a great little collection of Wicked character art created by Disney animator Minkyu Lee, which shows us what the characters would look like in a Disney animated film. Lee worked on films such as The Princess and the Frog and Frozen. These were created by the artist while studying at CalArts and interning at Disney. Lee is a very talented artist and animator who also directed the Oscar nominated short Adam and Dog, which you can watch here. You can read about the artist’s thoughts on the importance of creating a visual development portfolio like this and how it came about on his website.

Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return – Lea Michele gets animated in the Emerald City  It’s taken a long time to get Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return to the screen. It was announced before Oz The Great And Powerful was in the works, but it’s only now we get a trailer, ahead of its release next May. The movie is a sequel to L. Frank Baum’s Wizard Of Oz, showing what happens when Dorothy returns to the magical land. Here’s the synopsis: ‘In LEGENDS OF OZ: DORTOHY’S RETURN, Dorothy returns to Kansas to find it devastated by the tornado that had whisked her away to Oz. The home she has been so desperate to return to is severely damaged, and the townspeople are packing up and moving out. But shortly after arriving in Kansas, Dorothy is magically transported back to Oz.

NBC’s next live musical? How about ‘The Voice’ does ‘Wizard of Oz’? Adam Levine could be the Scarecrow. Blake Shelton could step in as The Tin Man. And who would make a better Glinda the Good Witch than Christina Aguilera? And of course, Cee-Lo Green would be a slam dunk as the Cowardly Lion. For the role of the great and powerful Oz, we see James Spader, bringing his charismatic sinister flavor from “The Blacklist.” In the spirit of Carrie Underwood, who was cast as Maria in NBC’s “Sound of Music,” we see Nicki Manaj as Dorothy, who could bring a hip-hop vibe as well as a bit of nice-naughty spice as she skips down the Yellow Brick Road.

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