Friday 23 May 2014

"Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return" (The Guardian 23/05/14)

Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return **
Dirs: Will Finn, Daniel St. Pierre. Animation with the voices of: Lea Michele, Kelsey Grammer, Dan Aykroyd. 92 mins. Cert: U

Even by the standards of allowance-snatching half-term filler, this is pretty indifferent: a computer-animated sequel-cum-afterthought that sees Dorothy (voiced by Glee’s Lea Michele) recalled to Oz to rescue her old walking friends from the Wicked Witch’s wickeder brother. Her boilerplate quest is flecked with variable animation, lame jokes and samey songs; the cynicism peaks in a sequence in the breakaway republic of Candyland, where every image intends to frogmarch the kids back to the concession stand. It’d be a perverse soul who spent £30 carting the family off to this, when they could pick up the all-pleasing, ever-sparkling original on DVD for a fiver.

Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return opens in selected cinemas from today.

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