Thursday, June 29, 2017

'Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz' Series Debuts!

Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz, the new animated series produced by Warner Bros. Animation, made its debut this week on the Boomerang digital streaming service, which currently costs $4.99 per month or $39.99 for a one-year subscription. You can view the trailer and the episode "Beware the Woozy" without a subscription, and you have the choice of waiting until the home video release later this summer if you're not too anxious to check it out. The "Season 1, Vol. 1" DVD is available for pre-order through Best Buy (here) and Barnes & Noble (here) and is set for release on August 8 November 28.

I'm not sure if the thirteen episodes that are streaming now complete the first season or when to expect the next wave of episodes to be released, but I do have word that work on a second season is already underway. 

Personally, I find the show to be a bit too juvenile, but I do like the character designs and the style of animation, and I'm impressed by how much the show is influenced by Baum's books (unlike the DIC animated series or something like Tales of the Wizard of Oz). Ozma, Billina, the Rak, the Orks, the Woozy, the Fuddles, the Wheelers, Dr. Pipt, Kaliko, the Nome King, the Woggle-bug, the Patchwork Girl, the Hungry Tiger, and Ojo the Unlucky are all here and are, for the most part, faithful to their literary counterparts.

I don't think this show alone is enough to warrant a paid subscription, but I will be buying the show on DVD as it is released in that format. Barnes & Noble's product listing for the first volume has the running time at 154 minutes, which means that it should contain the first thirteen episodes, seeing as each episode is roughly eleven minutes long — that's a good amount of content for just $9.37 (or $11.99 at Best Buy).

If you've had a chance to check out Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz, feel free to leave a comment with your thoughts on what you've seen or what you'd like to see on the show in the future!

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