Not terrific, but still enjoyable.
John Norris | Columbia, SC United States | 05/01/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"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."
"The symbol of all that is good in Oz."
TheAngelofHavoc | New York | 09/21/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This movie is adorable! While the animation is good and the songs delighfully adictive, it is not a sequel...it is a prequel. Any Oz collector will be interested. It features the voice of Tim Curry, which is really cute!
I loved this little cartoon. It gives a whole different view. You'll enjoy it!
INCREDIBLE MOVIE! OZ-SOME!
Michael | Miami, FL | 08/27/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Hi guys! Well yesterday morning Disney's "Lion of Oz" was on and I woke up at 11am to tape it and I thought it was wonderful! I haven't read the book yet but I intend to buy it. The animation was wonderful, the songs and dialogue were great and the actor's voices fit each character perfectly. It was a very interesting story and I especially like the part at the end when the Lion meets a certain trio with a little dog down a certain brick road! As soon as this movie is released for sale which is Sept. 26 at amazon.com, I'm going to buy it. I suggest you all buy it too, trust me, you won't be disapponited and if you have kids they'll love it as it is a very easy plot to follow! I give it 10 stars! ********** bye* An Oz fan for life, Michael*"
EXCLLENT FOR KIDS!
Trevor Arvin | Fremont, CA USA | 08/25/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Kids who know The Wizard Of OZ will love this colerful movie! KIDS WILL LOVE IT! 2 thums UP for LION OF OZ!"