“Legends of Oz” Set for 2014 Release

Now that Disney’s Oz The Great and Powerful is a box office hit, let the Wizard of Oz remakes commence.Variety reports that Clarius Entertainment will theatrically release the 3-D CGI pic Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return in the first quarter of 2014. We posted the film’s trailer last fall, back when the film was called Dorothy of Oz, and the reaction was tepid.

The film is inspired by L. Frank Baum’s Wonderful Wizard of Oz as well as an Oz book series written by his great-grandson Roger Stanton Baum. Daniel St. Pierre (Everyone’s Hero) and Will Finn (The Road to El Dorado, Home on the Range) directed the film through Summertime Entertainment, and Bonne Radford produced with Summertime co-founders Ryan and Roland Carroll. Indian animation studio Prana (Hoodwinked! and Disney’s Tinker Bell movies) handled the animation production.


  • Ryan

    children will love this…lets just enjoy another tally to the score in the world of animation!

  • http://www.facebook.com/tim.rauchNYC Tim Rauch

    I’m confused – who owns the movie rights to “Oz”? Is it public domain?

    • jmahon

      the books are all public domain.

    • http://www.facebook.com/boxheadroundhead Elliot Cowan

      Baum’s books, yes.

  • Brenda Weiss

    This will be a fabulous family experience and a great animated film. Scores of children and their families are looking forward to this film’s release. We all love Oz and the next generations will enjoy it as much as past generations…in a new and different way.

  • Nick Bruel

    Geeky Fun Fact: Oz adaptions are cheap and plentiful if only because all of the 14 books and all of the characters therein created by L. Frank Baum are public domain. This means that anyone and everyone can Oz it up like crazy without any concern for copyright issues and costs. Not so, by the way, in the case of the books and characters created by Ruth Plumly Thompson who took over the series after Baum died.

    • jmahon

      If there’s anyone out there who really wants the real Oz story, I’d recommend reading the first three books by L. Frank Baum, or Scottie Young’s fabulously adapted comics.

  • Mathias

    Scottie Young NEEDS to art direct this!!!!!!!

  • jmahon

    I heard about this years ago, and I was extremely excited to finally see the Wizard of Oz adapted from the books and not another fan fiction sendoff from the movies that have nothing to do with any book at all.

    Unfortunately this is a new story as well, but having read up about it out of curiosity they mentioned wanting to maintain the feeling of a woman-centric story, where the most important and world-changing things are done by and for a female character, versus making them all revolve around a man(see, the newest Oz film in theaters) and after Brave, it’d be nice to see it done properly.

    It looks really beautiful and soft, and I’m sure the animation will be acceptable (though not Blue Sky or Disney level), but again, they’ve opted to go off and make their own original Oz story. As much as I anticipate it, I wish that one day the books can get a proper adaptation… there’s so much in the main trilogy of Oz books that is more than enough for a feature film with material nobody’s seen before on a screen. One day.

    • http://www.facebook.com/stephen.persing Stephen Persing

      Main trilogy of Oz books? There are a lot more than 3, even if you only include L. Frank Baum’s books.

  • Natalie Belton

    The public domain can be a great thing because it can allow everyone a chance to access material at a leveled playing ground. However, not everyone makes the greatest quality productions to say the least. It’s sort of a double-edged sword I guess.

  • Max C.

    This isn’t the only time a Prana animated film had been searching for a release date. Remember the trailer for Koochie Koochie Hota Hai?

  • George Comerci

    This looks like a cool movie! 2014 should be interesting movie-wise