Oz in the News 5.11.14

f077ad5898193c1b_LOZ-LeaMichelePress.xxxlargeLea Michele Opens Up About ‘Legends of Oz’  I think that from watching The Wizard of Oz so much growing up getting to have the privilege to be involved with Legends of Oz and play Dorothy was really such a childhood dream come true for me. So there was no way I was going to say no.  Growing up, I really loved The Little Mermaid and Beauty & the Beast. So you know, I had such great animated films as a little girl that were for me were these Disney princesses I just loved.

‘Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return’ is For Kids Only  The so-called “legend of Oz” will cease to be legendary if they keep producing lame re-engineerings of the 1939 classic “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” Close on the heels of last year’s dud, “Oz the Great and Powerful,” comes the dully rendered “Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return.” It’s one thing to have rights to the Oz franchise, and another to pay proper homage to it by using it creatively. This is a cynical animated effort designed for easy marketing and quick box office, and a hopeful sequel if the first one takes off. Take heed to pay no attention to the bean counters behind the curtain.

Rotten Tomatoes Review: Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return  A whole new motley crew joining Dorothy on the yellow brick road once again runs into various dangers and obstacles along the way. One of these supporting character “dies,” sorta, which upset my 4 ½-year-old son, briefly. Truthfully, though? You should show your kids the original Wizard of Oz instead of this shrill, ugly mess.

Great-grandson of ‘Oz’ creator returns Dorothy to Oz  Baum enjoyed being involved in “Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return.” He wrote the screenplay and supervised the animation and final production. “I predict it’s going to be one of the top five movies of the year,” he said. “With millions of Oz fans throughout the world, far more than Harry Potter, I bet people are going to come out to see this one.” When asked about “Oz: The Great and Powerful,” a Disney film that came out in 2013, Baum admitted something surprising.  “I’m kind of embarrassed to admit this, but we never saw that film,” Baum said. ‘We didn’t avoid the film, just never got around to seeing it.

Ionia Gets Ready for First ‘Wizard of Oz’ Festival”  The Ionia Theater, built in 1931 is host to the first annual Wizard of Oz Festival, adding a nostalgic touch on the film experience. “It was a great time to be building theaters throughout the United States. This is the original. It’s the art deco style and as you saw when you came in, it’s very original, very preserved and we work daily to make sure that we keep it in this type of prestige condition,” said Curtis. The best part is the price. Admission to the film is just 25 cents, the same price it was back in 1939 when the movie opened. “We are reaching out everybody across Michigan and the Great Lakes to come and visit Ionia. Once they’ve been here, they’ll remember us and it will be a place that they want to come back to,” said Curtis. The actual events take place on June 20th and June 21st in downtown Ionia.

The 4 Best Adaptations of ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’  Though fans may not be happy with the quality or quantity of Oz adaptations, the influx is indicative of a persisting love inspired by Baum’s classic tale. Since the book was released over a century ago — it was first published in May of 1900 — the beloved story has spawned numerous sequels, been adapted to film, television, and the stage many times, as well as inspired multiple retellings in literature. Throughout the past 114 years of Oz history, there have been many iconic works based on Baum’s original book, and his stories are set to hit the big screen yet again in the limited release of Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return on May 9. In honor of all the Wicked Witches in popular culture at the moment — Once Upon A Time’s season finale airs on Sunday — it seemed appropriate to talk about the best adaptations from Baum’s original book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.



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