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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Dorothy & the Wizard of Oz is an animated continuation of the classic 1939 film The Wizard of Oz -- but also mixes in a ton of elements and characters from L. Frank Baum's original book series, which may be less familiar to modern kids. This version of Dorothy is made to appear much younger than the one played by Judy Garland in the iconic film, and is downright Dora-esque at times. Kids who aren't familiar with the original movie (do these exist?) may be a little confused about Dorothy's backstory and the basic mythology of Oz, as the series forges right ahead without much of a preamble.
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What's the story?
In DOROTHY & THE WIZARD OF OZ, plucky, Kansas-born farm girl Dorothy Gale is back in the enchanted land of Oz, where she's been made Princess of Emerald City by the new ruler, Queen Ozma. She takes to her role immediately, and in no time flat she's off having wild new adventures. There's always something magical going on (and going wrong!) in Oz, but with the help of some familiar friends -- the Tin Man, the Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion -- Dorothy tries her best to set things right. Unfortunately for Dorothy and the gang, her old nemesis the Wicked Witch is back as well. Kind of, anyway, as she's trapped inside a crystal ball -- but her green-skinned niece Wilhelmina does her bidding in the meantime, which could spell trouble for Dorothy ... and her little dog, too!
Is it any good?
"Everyday kid plunged into magical circumstances" is a winning formula, which makes this a fine choice for kids who can't get enough of Dorothy Gale and her classic fish-out-of-water tale. Even kids who haven't seen the classic 1939 film that Dorothy & the Wizard of Oz is based on have likely been exposed to countless pop culture references to and/or parodies of it -- and the inclusion of lesser-known characters from the original book series, like the Nome King and Tik-Tok, should keep things fresh and interesting.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why they think the Wizard of Oz movie and book series has continued to inspire new movies and TV shows, year after year. How many different versions of this story have you seen, and which one was your favorite?
Who is the best new character introduced in Dorothy & the Wizard of Oz? What makes them so special?
In the original Wizard of Oz movie, Dorothy learns that "There's no place like home." That being said, why do you think she continues to come back and visit Oz?
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