Louisville teen is the heartbeat of new “Wizard of Oz” installment “I kind of discovered it the same way everyone does. You watch it on television or maybe a VHS or DVD of it,” said Louisville teen Angelo Thomas. The 16-year-old Holy Cross High School student penned the script for “Yellow Brick Road,” an animated movie musical that traces Dorothy’s footsteps as she returns to Oz as an adult. The story’s iconic characters, including Toto and the Tinman, come along for the journey.
“Yeah there are like witches and magic and it’s very fantasy, but it’s still a very human story and it’s really about second chances and about growing up and what that means,” Thomas explained. “We’re in pre-production. We have a lot the cast there already and we’re looking at starting the animation which is very expensive,” Thomas said. Private investors got the project off the ground, though Thomas needs Oz fans to carry the project across the finish line. He says he will launch an online crowd-funding campaign at the start of 2015, with the goal of raising $75,000 to help with animation.
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