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Some Interesting, Maybe Even Promising(?), Artwork From The new DOROTHY OF OZ Movie!!

Merrick here...
THR has some images from DOROTHY OF OZ, a CGI animated musical arriving in 2012. Dan St. Pierre (who previously served various animation capacities on projects ranging from TV's SHE-RA and BRAVESTARR to movies like ALADDIN and THE LION KING) will direct this adaptation of Roger Baum's literary source material (available HERE). GLEE's Lea Michele is voicing Dorothy, Dan Aykroyd is Scarecrow, Kelsey Grammer is The Tin Man, James Belushi is The Cowardly Lion. Patrick Stewart, Hugh Dancy, Oliver Platt, and Martin Short are among the picture's other vocal performances. Click the images below to see more environmental and character art from the picture. This material appears on the film's official website as well as THR, so I'm not sure how crediting works out in this instance. But here you go, all the same...
A while back, we got yelled at for running developmental art from John Boorman's CGI OZ movie - a project completely unrelated to this one. We haven't heard much of the status of that movie recently. If anyone knows anything, drop me a line!
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  • Nov. 4, 2010, 10:12 a.m. CST

    Looks like the Little Mermaid cover art...

    by SK229

    from the VHS, where the castle in the background looked like a big dildo.

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 10:16 a.m. CST

    Looks retarded

    by Zapp_Brannigan

    Well, not really, but that's what a "real" talkbacker would say, right?

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 10:21 a.m. CST

    Looks like the original...

    by JMH1973

    in CGI version. What's the point? Save a few (million bucks) and just re-release the original. It's the only version of the story people are going to remember anyway.

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 10:22 a.m. CST

    Lovely artwork

    by J.B.M.A.

    But I'd still prefer a film closer to the original books. Like 'Return to Oz' was.

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 10:25 a.m. CST

    such an original take on the original!

    by Spandau Belly

    I don't know where these creative geniuses get their fascinating perspectives.

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 10:26 a.m. CST


    by feebster69


  • Nov. 4, 2010, 10:27 a.m. CST

    Hey Hollywood . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . please go to your nearest bookstore and look at ALLLLL the so far unadapted fantasy literature.

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 10:33 a.m. CST

    oz looks like a bunch of erect green cocks

    by yabory

    just sayin'

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 10:33 a.m. CST

    but it does look cool

    by yabory

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 10:35 a.m. CST

    Wow its a fucking green castle!!!

    by Mr Soze

    No it ain't cool. What about that Downey jr. Oz flick???

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 10:35 a.m. CST

    First thing I thought was "Little Mermaid" as well

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 10:36 a.m. CST

    The Emerald city wasn't green.

    by V'Shael

    You can tell this was done by someone who hasn't even read the source material. The citizens of the Emerald City all had to wear green glasses, supposedly to protect their eyes. But it was because the city wasn't actually Emerald at all.

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 10:37 a.m. CST

    Hollywood goes back to Oz, because Oz is public domain.

    by V'Shael

    Disney may keep changing the law to keep mickey mouse under copyright, but Oz is older than mickey. It fell into the public domain long ago, and so Hollywood (cheap as fuck as they are) doesn't have to pay anyone to use the source material.

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 10:42 a.m. CST

    1st pic wrong but 2nd pic perfect

    by indy ravenwood

    The castle exterior really is too obvious a design except for the fact that the previous t'backers are right: it does look like penises. I'm not trying to be a dick here, but what are they thinking? The second pic, however, the interior and the Wizard, is spot on. There's a strong sense of mood and character to that image. Very cool. But for the exterior, it would be nice if they found a way to honor the old designs while giving us something new and something that doesn't look like a bunch of erect dicks.

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 10:57 a.m. CST

    I love to see them running.

    by SmokingRobot

    I love the moment of their death when I am one with ZARDOZ.

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 11:01 a.m. CST

    the cast is like from the 80's

    by EyeForgiveMelGibson

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 11:13 a.m. CST

    When are we going to see a "true" Oz where

    by sweeneydave

    the Emerald City is not green? Wasn't the point in the books that the city was as much a fraud as the wizard?

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 11:20 a.m. CST

    Yes Dorothy that is the Castle Phallic..

    by skimn, just spread your legs three times...

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 11:31 a.m. CST

    Oz=Oa go go Green Lantern Scarecrow!

    by dixieflyer

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 11:37 a.m. CST

    The casting sounds pretty bad.

    by daggor

    You can't lose with Kelsey Grammar & Patrick Stewart but... Aykroyd? The lesser Belushi? Some flash-in-a-pan for Dorothy? And... sorry, Martin Short, but for some reason you never end up in a good project. I am afraid. Very afraid.

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 11:39 a.m. CST

    twisted land of oz?

    by PedroM

    based on the action figures by McFarlerne Toys? Rated X? XXX?

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 11:43 a.m. CST

    Green Castle.....

    by benlinus

    My wife sat on that thing last night...she came 5 times and then baked me a lasagna...

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 11:43 a.m. CST

    I'd really like to see

    by adml_shake

    Wicked put up on the big screen. It was a fantastic book. Third one sucked though, maybe they could just skip that one if the movie rights get optioned

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 11:44 a.m. CST

    Smoking robot: you'll love being genetically

    by UltraTron

    superior to everyone else and battling the tabernacle for ultimate knowledge, including time distortion secrets even more

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 11:44 a.m. CST

    You had me up until James Belushi

    by Quadrillionaire

    Dear God, that man is a cancer

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 11:45 a.m. CST

    So there are 2 OZ films in production?

    by Redhead_Redemption

    seems like an odd way to confuse everybody

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 11:47 a.m. CST

    Why not remake Zardoz? Why not 3d?

    by zinc_chameleon

    It had ten times the intellectual content of even the best sci-fi made today, and it certainly has an epic sweep.Perhaps all the wild 70's sex can be done in 3d; especially since Zed feels guilt afterwards, making it politically correct.

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 11:52 a.m. CST

    if only these oz movies would follow the book closely

    by gk1

    I love the OZ series and Journeys and Wonderful Wizard are still my favorites. If they followed these books it would be a wonderful freaking head trip, dark and yet fun for all. but THAT will never happen.

  • Nov. 4, 2010, noon CST

    those character designs are shitty

    by gk1

    At least Return To Oz made the characters look FAMILIAR and based them off the art from the books.

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 12:01 p.m. CST

    wait...oh shit its a musical, WERE DOOMED

    by gk1

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 12:05 p.m. CST


    by jimmy_009

    Not very fresh looking or interesting.

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 12:06 p.m. CST

    Why why why why why???????

    by disfigurehead

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 12:21 p.m. CST

    stupid stupid stupid

    by MurderMostFowl

    The Wiz, and Wicked aren't enough, we need MORE Wizard of OZ musicals! <BR> If you have to do OZ, why not do another OZ story? There's like 30 of them!

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 12:30 p.m. CST

    Yeah, why don't they adapt Wicked?

    by pushthebuttonmax

    That's a great book and a great Broadway production. And I don't understand this concept art. Why make the city look exactly like the 1939 production but make the characters look so different. Looks like they have no particular direction for the movie.

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 12:41 p.m. CST


    by biberkopf5

    i wish they still actually built this stuff

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 1:04 p.m. CST

    Ok, went to the site

    by daggor

    So, there's a Jester that takes over Oz? I'll assume that's Marty Short, there. I assume Aykroyd and Belushi will sing a BLUES song together. Blech.

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 1:18 p.m. CST

    Martin Short IS ALIVE???

    by ricarleite2


  • Nov. 4, 2010, 1:30 p.m. CST


    by Darth Busey

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 1:31 p.m. CST

    RE: WHY?

    by Darth Busey

    Because there were dozens of books set in "Oz", and "The Wizard Of Oz" is only one of them. Its a rich tapestry of stories and characters. They are not remaking the Judy Garland movie. There's room for interpretation here.

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 1:34 p.m. CST


    by Darth Busey

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 1:35 p.m. CST


    by Darth Busey

    Sorry, dude. The other one is currently unavailable for voice work.

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 1:48 p.m. CST

    I piss blood on this.

    by BilboRing

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 1:50 p.m. CST

    Darth Busey

    by Rex Carsalot

    How many cheetoh crumbs did you spray your monitor with while wheezing and stabbing your orange-stained fingers at the keyboard to create your lates "IDIOTS!" missive?

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Not a Remake

    by OldDickLemon

    While Darth Busey went a bit of the top in his reaction, they guy has a point. We've 50 posts screaming for hell fire and damnation because "how dare they remake The Wizard of Oz" when the reality is, this is a sequel written many years later by Baum's great grandson. It's a unique story we've never seen before, set in a widely beloved universe. That's alright by me.

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 2:11 p.m. CST

    Castle dildo

    by Pigdog

    Looks like i'm not the only one who thinks so either.

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 2:14 p.m. CST

    Seeing dildos you faggots?

    by BilboRing

    I see castles.

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 3:44 p.m. CST

    little mermaid

    by detectivesoap

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 3:56 p.m. CST

    Only if Pink Floyd's....

    by zebramaynard

    Dark Side of the Moon can be played while watching this one too. Than I will watch this in Hippie Mode.

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 3:57 p.m. CST

    The first thing I thought was big green cocks

    by kidicarus

    Don't worry, you weren't the only ones.

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 4:04 p.m. CST

    Why not make Marvelous Land of Oz?

    by kidicarus

    General Jinjur's Army would be pretty cool to see on the big screen. Just get dozens of the hottest actresses you can find.

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 4:23 p.m. CST

    They ARE adapting Wicked

    by Larry Sellers

    as well as that other Oz adaptation with Robert Downey Jr as the Wizard, this one, and John Boorman's...although Boorman is currently listed as directing Memoirs of Hadrian this year.

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 4:25 p.m. CST

    I see castles too. Dick castles.

    by Larry Sellers

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 4:35 p.m. CST

    Looks amazing. Beautiful.

    by Jim_Kirks_Crunchy_Delicious_Chair_Apple

    Sorry. But it does.

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 4:40 p.m. CST

    I didn't think Boorman was still alive.

    by rev_skarekroe

    The last high profile film he made was Tailor of Panama 9 years ago.

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 5:01 p.m. CST

    It's a sequel...

    by BurnHollywood

    Looks like the Scarecrow has been usurped by some Wizard-wannabe called the Jester (Short). He, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion are MIA, so Dorothy returns to help find 'em, with the help of Marshal Mallow (from Candy County), a China Princess (from China Country) and a tug boat with Dissociative Identity Disorder.<p> Actually seems to have the Oz spirit right (I read all Baum's books), unlike Gregory Maguire's drearily realistic WICKED book series (luckily, the musical fixed that). Naturally enough, though, I wonder why they didn't just adapt LAND OF OZ, which is presumably copyright exempt at this point...I'd love to see hordes of buxom farmgirls overrunning Emerald City, myself...

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 5:32 p.m. CST

    One question...

    by biscuithead


  • Nov. 4, 2010, 6:08 p.m. CST

    Oz DOES look like Dildo Town.

    by MichelleRodrijizz

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 6:37 p.m. CST


    by Darth Busey

    I'll slam most straight up remakes of "classic" films as much as anybody else here. But as the website states, this is NOT a remake, but a continuation of the Wizard of Oz story. If you want to shit on the sequel idea, that's cool, but IMO its 70 years later and I'm not opposed to somebody else playing in that universe.

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 6:48 p.m. CST

    Fuck this. Let's see The Patchwork Girl of Oz.

    by Uncle Stan

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 7:31 p.m. CST

    You had me until CGI

    by Tigger Tales

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 8:06 p.m. CST

    You had me until Music by Bryan Fuckin' Adams?? Sweet Jesus.

    by tiggr009

    That's how to fuck all credibility.

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 8:49 p.m. CST

    looks gay.

    by Brick_Walker

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 9:19 p.m. CST


    by dukeroberts

    I don't think that another Oz movie can be very successful. The 1939 movie has left such an indelible imprint on so many millions (billions, possibly?) that any deviation would not be totally welcomed by the masses. Judy Garland was Dorothy. Anyone else would seem an imposter, even in CGI.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 6:25 a.m. CST

    the secret of oz

    by sheeple

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 8:09 a.m. CST

    This is based on a book

    by m2298

    written in 1989 by Roger Baum L. Frank's great grandson --

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 9:58 a.m. CST


    by Anna Valerious

    Anyone play that DS game? Only it was released under WB's interactive label with the "Wizard of OZ" title. It's quite different, where all four witches are based on the four seasons (The one from the West is actually this hot, tropical Goddess) and Dorothy is a teenage girl. And also plenty of kitty cats. Now, if the film had that as well...

  • Nov. 6, 2010, 3:42 p.m. CST

    Just adapt the bloody books

    by joelcrary

    Don't know why a studio doesn't treat Oz more like a Harry Potter property and just do straight-up adaptations, using John R. Neill's illustrations as definitive character designs a la "Return to Oz." Instead it's just lame reimagining after lame reimagining with shitty effects and ridiculous scripts, and lame cartoon after lame cartoon that recycles stuff from the MGM musical.