PHOTO CALL: Lea Michele, Kelsey Grammer and Hugh Dancy Record Voices for "Dorothy of Oz" Film

News   PHOTO CALL: Lea Michele, Kelsey Grammer and Hugh Dancy Record Voices for "Dorothy of Oz" Film
"Dorothy of Oz", a new animated feature aimed for release in early 2012, is currently in production. Among those lending their voices to the project are Lea Michele, Kelsey Grammer, Dan Aykroyd and Hugh Dancy.

"Dorothy of Oz" is the first in a slated series of animated feature films by Summertime Entertainment based on the writings of children's author Roger S. Baum, whose work continues the legacy of his great-grandfather L. Frank Baum, author of "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" series of books.

Oscar nominee and 15-time Grammy winner Bryan Adams is writing the songs and lyrics for the film along with writing partner Jim Vallance. Additional songs will be written by Grammy Award-winning songwriter Tift Merritt and lyricist Mike Himelstein. Emmy Award-winning composer Jim Dooley will also contribute to the score.

Here are a few of the stars in the studio, along with early film stills:

The roles of Wiser the Owl and the delicate China Princess will be respectively voiced by Oliver Platt and Broadway's Megan Hilty. British actor Hugh Dancy will play the soft-hearted and candy-coated Marshall Mallow, and Patrick Stewart will voice the humorous old soul and adventure-seeking Tugg. Emmy and Tony Award winner Martin Short will play the Jester, the new arch-nemesis of Dorothy and all of Oz; comedian/actor Jim Belushi will portray the Lion, who is reveling in his new role as guardian and protector of Oz; Academy Award-nominated Dan Aykroyd will be voicing the Scarecrow; and Emmy Award winner and current Tony nominee Kelsey Grammer rounds out the cast as the Tin Man.


A release date for the movie, filmed in Stereoscopic 3D, has yet to be set, but production is scheduled to finish in late 2011.

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