Daniel St. Pierre
Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (PG)
Animation 87 May 9, 2014
That's a baffling decision that isn't paid off by anything that follows, as the Scarecrow (Dan Aykroyd) uses a rainbow-based kidnapping machine to pull Dorothy back to an Oz that has been taken over by the Wicked Witch's brother, the Jester (Martin Short at his shoutiest). Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return fails to make us care about the characters or their journeys, and the animation is shoddy and occasionally creepy -- particularly Dorothy's aunt and uncle, who fall on the wrong side of the Uncanny Valley. Kids today deserve better than this, and if they're hankering for a Wizard of Oz sequel that captures the adventure of the original while respecting their intelligence, skip this and show them Walter Murch's Return to Oz instead.