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Movie review: ‘Legends of Oz’ falls far short of magical
First Published May 08 2014 04:06 pm • Last Updated May 11 2014 12:12 pm

Even if it weren’t living in the shadow of the classic "The Wizard of Oz," the animated "Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return" would feel inconsequential.

This sequel starts right after Dorothy (voiced by "Glee’s" Lea Michele) arrives back in Kansas — though, strangely, with everyone driving modern cars — and immediately being summoned back to Oz when the Wicked Witch’s brother, The Jester (voiced by Martin Short), attacks the Emerald City.

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‘Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return’

Opens Friday, May 2, at theaters everywhere; rated PG for some scary images and mild peril; 92 minutes.

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Dorothy befriends a new trio of Oz oddballs: Wiser (voiced by Oliver Platt), a corpulent owl; Marshall Mallow (voiced by Hugh Dancy), a loyal soldier from Candy County; and Dainty China Princess (voiced by Megan Hilty), a foot-high porcelain beauty.

Co-directors Will Finn and Dan St. Pierre create some pretty moments, but the story (adapted from a book by Roger Stanton Baum, great-grandson of "Oz" creator L. Frank Baum) is a throwaway, the animation is crude and a bit unsettling, and the songs (some written by Bryan Adams) are cheesy and forgettable.

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