A previous book written by Baum, “Dorothy of Oz,” has been made into an animated musical film for release in 2013. With the film now in post-production, producer Ryan Carroll will show clips of the film in Thomas Park on Saturday. The film features the voices of actors Patrick Stewart, Lea Michele, Dan Akroyd, James Belushi, Martin Short and Bernadette Peters.
The fest starts with party in the park and celebrity walk 2-4 p.m. Friday, followed by an opening ceremony at 4:15 at the park gazebo. (x)
Lea Michele providing the voice of Dorothy, Bernadette Peters voices Glinda the Good Witch, while Kelsey Grammer, Dan Aykroyd, Jim Belushi voice the Tin Man, Scarecrow and Cowardly Lion, respectively. Oliver Platt Wiser the Owl and Hugh Dancy is Marshal Mallow. Megan Hilty voices China Doll.
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The film follows Dorothy Gale (Michele) as returns to Kansas to find it devastated. Dorothy then finds a new way to get back to the Land of Oz, only to discover that her old friends the Scarecrow (Dan Aykroyd), Tin Man (Kelsey Grammer), Cowardly Lion (Jim Belushi) and the entire Land of Oz, are all in grave danger. On Dorothy’s new journey through Oz, she meets new friends like a marshmallow man named Marshal Mallow (Hugh Dancy), a china doll princess (Megan Hilty), a tugboat named Tugg (Patrick Stewart), and a large owl named Wiser (Oliver Platt). With the help of her new friends, they band together against a wicked Jester (Martin Short) who wants to control Oz by turning important people into china dolls.
Dorothy of Oz also features Broadway legend Bernadette Peters as Glinda (pictured below). The Summertime Entertainment film, produced by Ryan Carroll and Roland Carroll, hits theaters next year!
When should we expect to see the movie?
The movie has had a couple of schedule changes. I have been assured that it will be released in the first quarter of 2013.
Interview with Roger S. Baum, the writer of the book ‘Dorothy of Oz’.
Patrick Stwart will provide the voice of a character named Tugg in the animated musical Dorothy of Oz, which opens today. He joins a cast that includes Lea Michele, Megan Hilty, Martin Short, Hugh Dancy, and TNG guest Kelsey Grammer, who played Captain Morgan Bateson in “Cause and Effect.”
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Dorothy of Oz" (Summer 2012)
Why we are looking forward to it: Anyone who has seen the classic “The Wizard of Oz" wonders what will happen next to Dorothy. This movie will put a new spin on it, of course, but you cannot help associating the two. Also, the vocal cast includes, among others, Lea Michele, Kelsey Grammer, and Patrick Stewart.
Concerns:”" is a lot to live up to, and I worry that the portrayal of some characters may be inappropriate to the storyline. To put it bluntly, I just don’t want to see random toilet humor or hip-hop/rock star jokes (i.e. Smurfs "rapping") coming from these beloved characters for the sake of making kids laugh. Such tactics are just tired at this point. Luckily, "Dorothy of Oz" isn’t being produced by DreamWorks.