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Lion of Oz (2000)

Not Rated | | Family, Animation, Musical | 26 September 2000 (USA)
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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The Wicked Witch of the East (voice)
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)
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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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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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Hugely enjoyable animated film, if a little contrived.
7 April 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I enjoyed this film very much, so much so that it exceeded my expectations. The animation, compared to some of the Disney Direct to video sequels, is in general very good. I wasn't too keen on the character animation of the witch though. The voice talents from Jason Priestly, Tim Curry, Lynn Redgrave and Jane Horrocks, amongst others are also excellent. I do agree though all of them have been better, but they put a lot of enthusiasm into quite well-written roles. Tim Curry has done a number of voice overs and rarely disappoints, likewise with Dom DeLuise, though they have both been in one or two duds. The writing is quite witty, funny and intelligent, and the characters especially Lion and Wimsik are likable. However, there are one or two minuses. The first one is that I wasn't completely crazy about the songs. They weren't terrible, but they weren't outstanding either. Average is the best way to describe them. Same with the singing voices, especially Dom DeLuise, that song didn't really suit his voice. Another minus was the plot. It was clever and simple, but it a little contrived in the way it was put across. In conclusion, I was shocked at the low rating, for I found it a hugely enjoyable and charming film. Adults may find it a little contrived, but children will love it. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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