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The first trailer for the animated feature Dorothy of Oz has been released. The CG-animated musical centers on Dorothy (Lea Michele) returning to the Land of Oz, only to find that the kingdom and its inhabitants are in grave danger from a wicked Jester (Martin Short). The low-budget film comes from the studio Summertime Entertainment, and the visuals are sadly a far cry from Pixar or DreamWorks Animation. That said, the colorfulness and strange cast of characters would have been a big pull for me as a kid so maybe this will play better to younger audiences. The film is almost reminiscent of the dark and twisted unofficial sequel Return to Oz, but with decidedly more singing/Broadway stars. Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The voice cast also includes Dan Aykroyd, Kelsey Grammer, Patrick Stewart, James Belushi, Bernadette Peters, Hugh Dancy, Megan Hilty, and Oliver Platt. Dorothy of Oz will open sometime in 2013.
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. [Update: We were asked to take down the new video, but may have another embed soon. In the meantime, there is still more information on the project after the jump.] 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 ...