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Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Kids will like well-intentioned sequel, but it lacks magic.

Movie PG 2014 88 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 11+

It is scary

I don’t think this is appropriate for kids under 9. You have to be mature. The songs are very good. But it is surprisingly scary. There is animal neglect. There is one scene where the China Princess dies and the song is beautiful but it is very sad. The earthquake in the China Palace is very scary when you think about it. It is funny because they are dolls, but what if it was real people.

This title has:

Too much violence
age 5+

A movie with its own little magic

Kids are 5 and 7 years old. SPOILERS: They kids were very interested in the movie. The villain was definetly evil, the kids got it and understood how some of the main characters had to change to be better. the songs were adequate, and animation was good for its style. not worth a movie night experience but a random dinner movie for the kids is a good use of the movie.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (8 ):
Kids say (11 ):

Like the edible wonders of Candy County, LEGENDS OF OZ: DOROTHY RETURNS is sweet, and it means well. But will it achieve the icon status of its legendary predecessor? Not likely. For one thing, the story is a retread of the original, with Dorothy picking up a different motley crew on her way back to the Emerald City. For fans of the original Wizard of Oz, that will either feel like an homage or a decided lack of originality. And the songs aren't nearly as compelling or memorable, aside from a catchy duet sparked by the budding romance between Marshall Mallow and the China Princess. (As an aside, given how sarcastic and superficial she is, it's a puzzling flirtation, though she does ultimately become more pleasant.)

The sidekicks from the original story -- the Lion, the Tin Man, and the Scarecrow -- aren't given much to work with, and we miss them, especially given the talented voice actors who portray them. But at least we get lots of Martin Short, who's fantastic. And the animation, while not up to Pixar standards, bathes the film in nostalgic glow. Keep expectations in check, and you'll enjoy the film for what it is: a harmless return to Oz.

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