3D Toon ‘Legends of Oz’ Sets 2014 Release (EXCLUSIVE)

3D Toon 'Legends of Oz' Sets

'Dorothy's Return' features voices by Kelsey Grammer, Jim Belushi, Dan Aykroyd

Summertime Entertainment has signed a distribution deal with Clarius Entertainment for the 3D animated musical film “Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return.”

The release date will be slated for 1st quarter of 2014.

The film is inspired by “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum and the Oz adventure book series written by his great-grandson, Roger Stanton Baum. In the story, Dorothy returns to Kansas to find it devastated by the tornado that had whisked her away to Oz.

The film is voiced by Lea Michele (Dorothy), Jim Belushi (Lion), Dan Aykroyd (Scarecrow), Kelsey Grammer (Tin Man) and Bernadette Peters (Glinda). Patrick Stewart, Hugh Dancy, Megan Hilty, Oliver Platt and Martin Short are voicing new characters.

The musical contains songs by Bryan Adams and the soundtrack album will be released by Sony Entertainment’s Columbia/Epic label.

Summertime Entertainment founders Ryan Carroll and Roland Carroll are producing with animation veteran Bonne Radford. Daniel St. Pierre and Will Finn are directing.

“We’re bringing Oz to a new generation while preserving and honoring the heart and soul of Oz that we all know and love- and with the musical aspect which is such an important part of that world,” said Radford.

Terms of the financing and distribution were led by Sheldon Rabinowitz, Summertime’s business and financial advisor.

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  1. Kenny says:

    With a cast like that it should be really good. And the story is timeless. It will be great to bring the kids and their friends to this. Also, I’m sure it won’t be nearly as scary as the original for the little ones.

  2. Arleen Barnes says:

    I’m excited for it because my daughter, Randi Barnes, wrote the original script. I can’t wait to see her name in print on the big screen.

  3. Sharon Akins says:

    Hopefully it will be a better story line than Disney’s Oz the Great and Powerful. While I liked the special effects and cinematography that was in Oz the Great and Powerful, the story was lacking and the lead roles were horrible. I hope that with the cast on this film, even though its animated, that it does a better job at story telling.

  4. I am so thrilled in awaiting this film and love that it is based on a book written by the great grandson of the author of the original OZ books.

  5. jake says:

    Bad title. Now it sounds like some cheap direct to video.

    I sure hope this film performs well. It’s been stuck in limbo for too long.

  6. chuck puleri says:

    This has been a journey and the results will be a GREAT film for all familys

  7. Lori says:

    I’m glad that there is now concrete news about this film i.e., film release year, etc., from different sources including this one. I’m excited for it, hope it does well, and if they can push for a Cannes showing they should.

  8. Roxane Mesoraca says:

    2014 is going to be a good year !

  9. D paris says:

    It’s going to be fantastic

  10. Tony Torres says:

    It looks amazing! Can’t wait…

  11. Jesse says:

    Amazing, so excited to finally see this film!! What an awesome cast and its a MUSICAL!!!

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