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Legends of Dorothy's Return Family Movie Review

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MPAA Rating
PG

for some scary images and mild peril

Genre
Animation | Family | Musical

Director
Will Finn, Dan St. Pierre

Starring
Lea Michele, Kelsey Grammer, Dan Aykroyd

Studio
Summertime Entertainment

Release Date/In Theaters
5/9/2013

Legends of Dorothy's Return Movie Review for Parents

-by Ginger

You probably thought that once Dorothy was back in Kansas, her adventures were over, but that is not the case in Legends of Dorothy's Return. In this new rendition, of the old classic, Dorothy wakes up in post-tornado Kansas, only to suddenly find herself suddenly back in OZ. She once again must rescue her friend, the Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion, the Tin Man, and Glenda from a new Villain. This Parental Guide to the movies thinks that this movie is a great trip down the Yellow Brick Road for the entire family, but just like the original, some parts might be too scary for the young ones….I still have nightmares about the flying monkeys from the first one.
           
The wicked witch may be dead, but now Dorothy must face the Jester. This Jester is anything but funny. Oz is falling apart and Dorothy has been called back to save it. On this adventure Dorothy meets some new friends including Wiser the Owl, Marshal Mallow, China Princess, and Tugg the Tugboat. The film is magical and colorful, no black and white colorized versions this time. The artwork is stunning throughout, creating a vibrant Oz that is delightful.
           
This movie was made for the little ones in mind, but does have its share of name calling, but nothing too explicit. There is one scene where an owl falls out of a tree and has bark lodged in an unmentionable place. The wise owl alludes to it, but it is not directly named or seen on the screen. There is one scene where it suggests that sugar is like a drug. Perhaps the worst reference is when the jester says several times that he wants to kill a young girl who killed his sister. Of course he is talking about Dorothy when she killed the witch in the first version. The Jester then suggests that the wicked witch of the first movie is his sister.
           

There are several characters who sacrifice themselves for the greater good, such as a 900 year old tree who offers to allow himself to be turned into a boat. The Jester turns several things into other things and then does scary things to them. Some of the Jester's spells may be scary to some children. There are still flying monkeys, but somehow they are not as scary in the cartoon version. All in all, this kids movie would be appropriate for children over the age of 5.



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