It took a couple years to arrive, but Wizard of Oz fans are getting another take on the classic book that spawned a media behemoth.
Amazon Studios is releasing Lost in Oz as part of its Amazon Kids brand, a 3D animated take on the classic tale of Dorothy and her dog, Toto, who find themselves lost in modern day metropolitan Emerald City.
Along with other “updates,” the Yellow Brick Road in this re-imagining is replaced with a railroad, dubbed the Yellow Brick Line.
Will Dorothy make it home? Will your kids care? The production looks top notch, so, yeah, they probably will.
The CGI animation looks like most animated films I see these days — slick and richly textured, with odd shapes and bright colors. I’m not an “anime” expert, but some sources I’ve read are calling it that.
Interestingly, the pilot episode for Lost in Oz was streamed way back in June of 2015 as part of Amazon’s “Fifth Pilot Season.” A second episode was released later that year, packaged with the pilot to form a special called Lost in Oz: Extended Adventure.
Now, two years later, this re-imagining of Frank L. Baum’s classic Oz series is ready for prime time…err, I mean, ready for streaming. According to various sources, viewers can expect a season of 10 to 13 episodes.
Those of you with an Amazon Prime account can stream Lost in Oz on Friday, August 4.