"Back Down the Yellow Brick Road"
What You Need To Know:
LEGENDS OF OZ teaches positive values such as helping others, fighting evil and tyranny, restoring peace and order, and becoming less selfish. When given the chance to use the Jester’s magic staff, Dorothy tosses it away and says her friends don’t need such a device to rule Oz. LEGENDS OF OZ isn’t a great movie but it’s a good movie, with a lot of entertaining fun, colorful characters, and beautiful animation.
(BB, ACAC, Ro, O, PP, V, M) Strong moral worldview with an anti-tyranny message but some seemingly Romantic messages about being self-reliant and the people in Dorothy’s Kansas hometown help one another to recover from a devastating tornado, plus references to magic but magic staff made out of witch’s broom and crystal ball is rejected at a climactic moment when Dorothy exclaims that the Scarecrow doesn’t need such a thing to rule Oz, so she tosses it away and the Glenda character only uses her wand once to send Dorothy back home; no foul language, one character mentions getting a splinter in the behind; light action violence with flying monkeys attacking character and taking characters, characters shoot and fire candy at flying monkeys, villain turns characters into puppets, villain threatens characters, character taken by tornado, characters in talking wooden boat fall over waterfall and, later, a live china doll princess is broken into pieces but she’s put back together; no sex; no nudity; no alcohol; no smoking or drugs; and, man from government threatens to condemn all houses in tornado-struck rural town, kidnapping, deceit, and villain steals witch’s broom from Oz and uses it with magic crystal ball to hurt others and take over.
LEGENDS OF OZ: DOROTHY’S RETURN is a fun animated fantasy based on a book by the great grandson of the original author of the Wizard of Oz books.
The story begins with another tornado striking Dorothy Gale’s farm in Kansas. A man from the government comes and says he’s going to condemn every farm and house, including Dorothy’s.
At that moment, Dorothy’s friends in Oz are threatened by the evil Jester, the brother of the Wicked Witch Dorothy accidentally killed. The Jester has stolen back the witch’s broom. Making matters worse, he has combined its power with the power of a magical crystal ball and turned Glenda and other characters into puppets.
The Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Lion use a rainbow machine to summon Dorothy back to Oz. They get separated, however, and Dorothy has to make her way to the Jester’s castle alone. She gets some help, however, from a fat talking owl named Wiser, a soldier named Marshal Mallow, the China Princess, and a talking tree, who agrees to become “Tugg the tugboat” to take Dorothy and her new friends down a river.
It will take all the heart, brains and courage they can muster to defeat the Jester and restore peace, order and happiness to the Emerald City and the Land of Oz.
LEGENDS OF OZ is not a great movie, but it’s a good movie, with a lot of entertaining fun, colorful characters, and beautiful animation. Only one or two of the songs really stand out, with one of the songs slowing down the plot a little bit too much.
The problems with Wizard of Oz stories include the use of magic and the idea that witches can be both bad and good. This violates the Word of God in the Bible. For the most part, however, LEGENDS OF OZ avoids this pitfall. In fact, at one point, when given the chance to use the Jester’s new magical staff, Dorothy tosses it away and says that her friends don’t need such a device to rule the Land of Oz. Also, though Glenda makes an appearance in the story, she’s more like a Fairy Godmother than a witch. Even better, she only uses her magic “wand” once, to return Dorothy to Kansas.
Thus, with its generally entertaining, uplifting story and characters, LEGENDS OF OZ is a good family movie for practically all ages. It teaches some positive values such as helping others, fighting evil and tyranny, restoring peace and order, and becoming less selfish and conceited. There is, however, a Romantic message about being self-reliant, but it’s rather light.