First there was the Wizard of Oz book, then the classic movie, and who can forget the Broadway musical The Wiz, right?
Dorothy and her pals make for a great story. So it should come as no surprise that an animated Oz musical is in the works:
Burbank, California-based Alpine Pictures has announced that Bonne Radford, Randi Barnes, Daniel St Pierre, and Matthew Jon Beck have all signed onto their production DOROTHY OF OZ, an animated musical based on the writings of Roger S. Baum (great-grandson of original OZ series author L. Frank Baum). The film is being produced in association with Box Office Productions III, LLC.
DOROTHY OF OZ is the first in a slated series of animated feature films by Alpine Pictures based on the writings of Baum, whose work continues the legacy of his great-grandfather through new stories of Dorothy’s adventures in the enchanted Land of Oz, and the magical friends she meets along the way.
It should not shock anyone who’s read me here for any length of time to hear that I am… less than thrilled about this development. Look, it’s not that I don’t respect Roger S. Baum‘s work, it’s just that I was perfectly happy with the original. I liked the original book. (I actually liked the whole original series. Did you know there’s more than one?) I loved the movie—actually, I still love it and am happy to watch it any time it’s on TV—even though you can watch Judy Garland’s hair get longer and shorter from take to take.
An animated movie makes sense, I suppose, but I just have this dread of them screwing it up somehow. I guess I’ll just have to wait and see, and pay no attention to that production company behind the curtain.