First Footage from Animated DOROTHY OF OZ; Plus a Clip of Lea Michele Singing as Dorothy

     April 16, 2012

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Every young girl who grows up dreaming of musicals idolizes Judy Garland, so it’s no surprise the animated Wizard of Oz re-imagining Dorothy of Oz lured so many notable Broadway starlets.  Lea Michele is Dorothy, Megan Hilty is China Princess, and Bernadette Peters is Glinda the Good Witch.  In an early featurette, the trio each get a chance to explain how excited to work with each other in an Oz movie.  We even get an extended listen to Michele’s showcase, “When the World Turns Upside Down.”  But the real treat for those out of us outside the Broadway loop is a first look at footage from the movie.  Well, “treat” may be a strong word.  The low-budget CG from new studio Summertime Entertainment is not as immaculate as one might hope for when animating the classic fantasy.  But there’s still time to polish the visuals before the TBD release, and plenty of opportunity to make up for a lack of funds with the storytelling or, naturally, the songs.  Check out the sneak peek for yourself after the jump.

Via ET:

The whole of “When the World Turns Upside Down” was played at Comic-Con.  Perez Hilton posted a recording from the panel:

And for more songage, there’s this super early featurette from this time last year:

I’ll leave you with the official synopsis and a few screencaps from the clip.

There is trouble in Oz and Dorothy is needed!  With Glinda’s help, she and Toto return to Oz.  Joined by her old friends the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, the Lion as well as exciting new characters, Dorothy sets out on a perilous journey to stop the crafty Jester from using the power of the Wicked Witch of the West’s wand to turn the people of Oz into puppets.  That seems to be the least of Dorothy’s problems as her travels lead her straight into a treacherous maze, a cave full of very hungry dragons and an evil spell that could destroy the Yellow Brick Road.  Dorothy has the daunting knowledge that it is up to her to stop Jester’s terrible plan.  Audiences will welcome the return of the old Oz favorites and will love meeting new friends like Tugg a gruff talking boat and Wiser an owl with an unlucky attraction to molasses.

Written in the whimsical style of L. Frank Baum, “Dorothy of Oz” is sure to delight Oz fans old and new as they journey once again into the magical land of OZ.

  • Brandon

    Looks colorful but the terrible CGI quality is distracting and the few lines of dialogue shown sound really cheesy. I’m not looking forward to it at all.

    • Buddy Paris

      I think you are wrong , i have seen this on a big screen theater size and it looks and sound great

  • mee

    looks shitty, but lea michele’s voice is freaking beautiful.

    • alex

      I absolutely agree. She’s got an amazing voice!

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  • HollyGo

    I think this looks beautiful and the songs are going to be amazing!! I’ve been following this project for a while and can not wait to see it on the big screen!!

  • Betsy

    I love these pictures!! This movie is going to be awesome, Im such a huge fan of the cast-especially Lea Michele!!

  • Alan

    I’m always looking for movies I can take the whole family to-this looks perfect!!!

  • Richard of Norway

    The animation looks like made by a cheap Singapore studio. What was the budget here? $10 million? Seriously. Looks really, really bad.

  • Ken

    I was always under the impression that a film’s story, not animation, is the most important aspect. Some of these comments seem to indicate otherwise.

    For me, I am seeing this, if only to support animated films which actually contains decent music. and when I say music, I don’t mean background fluff present in Pixar flicks.