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Amazon is getting Lost in Oz this August, as its new kids’ TV series premieres on Prime Video.
The show, for children ages 6-11, is a magical, modern adaptation of the beloved Oz books from L. Frank Baum for the modern world.
It sees 12-year-old Dorothy Gale discover her mother’s magical travel journal hidden beneath the floorboards of their Kansas home. The book triggers a tornado, which rips her house from its foundation and transports Dorothy and her dog, Toto, to Emerald City, a bustling, modern, metropolis. In order to get home, Dorothy learns she must acquire every element on Oz’s “periodic table of magic” – while the city faces the worst magic drought in eons! Along the way, Dorothy and Toto meet unlikely allies in West, Ojo, Reigh the Lion, Scarecrow, and Glinda the Good, who are each eager to help, but struggling with their own problems. Together, they navigate the magical landscape of Oz while undergoing their own unique journeys of self-discovery.
The show began as a pilot in 2015, alongside other Amazon originals such as The Kicks.
“What’s impressive is just how much story there is stuffed into this 30-minute opener,” we wrote in our review of the pilot. “The animation is nicely complex, as magic sparks fly in a world where powerful resources have mostly disappeared. The presence of West, a witch who may or not be as wicked as you expect, is hugely promising.”
The pilot was picked up by Amazon and became an extended special, Lost in Oz: Extended Adventure, which won multiple Emmy Awards for Outstanding Children’s Animated Program, Outstanding Sound Mixing – Animation, and Outstanding Sound Editing – Animation. The series expands on that special, breaking it down into three episodes and adding 10 new episodes, creating one 13-episode season.
“We’re excited for families everywhere to experience the magic of this serialized action-adventure comedy, led by a fearless female character and featuring a diverse group of friends,” says Tara Sorensen, Head of Kids Programming at Amazon Studios. “The Lost in Oz pilot and the extended special were extremely popular with young viewers and parents alike, and the new series, poised to be the next Oz-based classic, serves up even more fun for fans.”
Created by Bureau of Magic and animated by Polygon Pictures, the series is developed and executive produced by Abram Makowka, Darin Mark, Jared Mark, and Mark Warshaw (East Los High). The show features the voice talent of Ashley Boettcher (Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street), Gina Gershon (Red Oaks), Allison Mack (Smallville), Jorge Diaz (Elena of Avalor), Nika Futterman (Star Wars: Clone Wars), Stephen Stanton (Star Wars Rebels) and Keith Ferguson (The Lego Movie).
All episodes of the series will premiere on Amazon Prime Video on Friday 4th August. Here’s a trailer – or, for more on what’s coming soon to Amazon, click here.
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