Adaptation #87: Dorothy’s Legendary Return

header087Dorin and Kendyl sit down to talk about the new film Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return and the book Dorothy of Oz by Roger S. Baum that it is based on. Both tellings follow Dorothy as she returns to Oz to save her friends from the tricks of the evil Jester. The two hosts have a few issues with the film, but enjoyed watching it and discuss whether Legends of Oz should become a series that adapts other Oz adventures.

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For similar adaptation discussions, check out our episodes on The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Oz the Great and Powerful, and Once Upon a Time in Wonderland.


Music: Return to Oz by Scissor Sisters



-May 30 (US), May 28 (UK)

-Based on Disney’s Sleeping Beauty and Grimm’s fairytale

Main Discussion

Legend’s of Oz: Dorothy’s Return

-Written by Adam Balsam and Randi Barnes

-Directed by Will Finn and Dan St. Pierre

-Starring voices of Lea Michele, Dan Ackroyd, Jim Belushi, Kelsey Grammer, Martin Short, Bernadette Peters, Oliver Platt and Hugh Dancy

-Based on Dorothy of Oz by Roger S Baum published in 1989



-simplistic writing, adventure in every chapter

-characters: Dorothy, Tin Man, Scarecrow, Lion, Jester, Glinda, Ozma, China Doll, Wiser, Tugg, Toto, DRAGONS!

-themes/issues: Love over magic, magic corrupting


-monkeys (good or evil?)

-Lea Michele’s voice was just Lea and not a VOICE

-do you think they’ll make more?

Listener Comments

Jane Doodles on Tumblr: “I like the movie, myself! It’s got a lot of flaws, but I think most of them are because of its low budget and indie studio.”

Next episode: #88 on season 3 of the show Once Upon a Time
Previous episode: #86 on  the film The Amazing Spider-Man 2

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