Dorothy of Oz Teaser Trailer

A teaser trailer for Dorothy of Oz, the animated film adaptation of Roger S. Baum’s novel of the same name, has been released.

Unlike Sam Raimi’s Oz: The Great and Powerful, which deals with how Oz becomes the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy of Oz has Dorothy (Lea Michele) returning to Kansas only to find it devastated by the tornado that had whisked her away to Oz. But shortly after arriving, she is magically transported back to Oz. She finds out that Oz is in trouble and the people there need her help. Dorothy’s old friends have disappeared and Oz is in a state of decay. As she journeys to find her friends, she encounters a number of new companions (and lots of problems).

Most of the trailer — narrated by Patrick Stewart — is dedicated to showing off the film’s bright and colorful visuals, while concluding with a short audio clip of Michele singing.

The cast includes Dan Aykroyd, Hugh Dancy, James Belushi, Bernadette Peters, Kelsey Grammer, Brian Blessed, Martin Short, Megan Hilty, Oliver Platt, and Patrick Stewart. The film is co-directed by Will Finn and Dan St. Pierre.

Dorothy of Oz is still without an official release date, but it should be premiering around 2013.

4 Responses

  1. amy says:

    Why does it look like it’s going to suck so much? xD

    • Rodrigo says:

      @amy, Its budget makes me laugh. $60M and this is what they come up with? I wouldn’t be surprised if some of the cast get a bigger paycheck than Lea Michele (she’s still not that popular yet), but animation-wise, this looks direct-to-DVD.

      • amy says:

        @Rodrigo, well, compared to Pixar or regular Disney, yes. $60M is minuscule, man. Pixar can spend about $185M (for Brave) and I think they all run about the $200M mark now. Slightly similar to Dreamworks $150M budgets.

        But yeah, compared to something like Ghibli, it’s severely overpaid. Arrietty and Ponyo cost about half of the budget of this 9looking 10 times better), then again~~~ Animators in Japan are severely underpaid, over-talented and under-appreciated. Then tell people to send their animation to Japan, and people get offended xD

        Outsourcing animation has helped developed animation in places like Korea, though. For example Leafie A Hhicken in the Wild cost only $3M and it’s pretty darn impressive.

      • amy says:

        @Rodrigo, oh, and this budget is only for production. The budgets goes up double when you consider worldwide marketing, so a close $200M extra for Pixar and $150M for Dreamworks. I think Leafie only opened in China, and it’s done festival rounds.

        Ghibli focuses only in domestic distribution, while Disney pays up for worldwide — which they eff up considering they don’t release everything or anything on time.

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