A circus lion finds himself in a magical land where he becomes the leader of a journey to stop the Wicked Witch of the East, a task which may lead him to loose a part of himself.

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Narrator (voice)
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Oscar Diggs (voice) (as Dom DeLuises)
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The Oak Tree (voice)
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Lion (voice)
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Miklos Perlus ...
Sunbeam (voice) (as Mik Perlus)
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Moonbeam (voice)
Elizabeth Robertson ...
Starburst (voice)
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Gloom (voice)
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Silly Ozbul (voice)
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Wimsik (voice)
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Captain Fitzgerald (voice)
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Caroline (voice)
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Tog (voice)
Don Brown ...
Pin Cushion (voice)
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Before Dorothy landed on the Wicked Witch of the East with her little farm house, the witch had to contend with another resident of middle America. The Lion, who was once part of the Omaha Circus, comes to Oz with the Wizard and starts on an adventure to stop the witch from obtaining the Flower of Oz. As new friends and strange characters look to him for his courage, Lion could loose exactly what it is that makes him so brave. Based upon the book by Roger S. Baum (Great-Grandson of Oz L. Frank Baum, the original author of the Oz books). Written by Max Vaughn

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26 September 2000 (USA)  »

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Lion of Oz and the Badge of Courage  »

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The film is based on the book "Lion of Oz and the Badge of Courage" written by Roger S. Baum, great-grandson of the author of the original Oz series L. Frank Baum. See more »

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In the closing credits, the name of Dom Deluise is misspelled. See more »

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Not terrific, but still enjoyable.
8 February 2001 | by (Columbia, SC) – See all my reviews

If you're like me, when you saw that this movie was about the Lion of Oz, you immediately thought of Bert Lahr's performance in the 1939 film. And you thought you knew the character pretty well.

And you come to find out, there's more to him than you thought.

Cliff Ruby and Elana Lesser have written two of my favorite animated films (the underrated films "Balto" and "Cats Don't Dance"), and once again, they do a nice job with the script here. Like I mentioned above, there's more to this Lion than you thought. They do a nice job of tying into the original story at the beginning and the very end, but the majority is brand new material. The voice cast (Dom DeLuise, Bob Goldthwait, Jane Horrocks, Tim Curry, et al) does a serviceable job, though I believe they have given better performances. The animation is good, and of higher quality than some direct-to-video productions I've seen.

The only things I did not care for were the songs by Michael and Patty Silversher. They have done much better work before (their theme song for Disney's "Tale Spin" has got to be the single most irresistibly catchy theme song ever). Here, the songs just really didn't seem to do much, and I didn't really care for the vocalists' performances much. (Dom DeLuise has done MUCH better singing before.)

But this film is called "Lion of Oz," after all, and fortunately the best aspect of the production is the title character (appropriately called--Lion.) The animation of him is very good, and Jason Priestley's performance is wonderful. I love the way he delivers his lines, especially the "asides." His performance is the best one.

In closing, "Lion of Oz" has a few flaws, but it still makes for enjoyable viewing.


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