“THE STEAM ENGINES OF OZ”— A New Look at Oz

“THE STEAM ENGINES OF OZ”

A New Look at Oz

Amos Lassen

Without a doubt Frank Baum’s Oz stories have stood the test of time and ever since they first appeared in 1925, there have been many adaptations. “The Steam Engines of Oz” is yet another of these but it is a steam punk version and animated. It is based on the graphic novel of the same name and features the voice talents of Ron Perlman, William Shatner and Julianne Hough.

The story is set a century after Dorothy first clicked her ruby slippers together and the Emerald City is no longer a magical land but a toxic, heavily industrialized wasteland ruled by the iron fist of the once beloved hero, the Tin Man, who seems to have lost all heart.

Oz’s only hope rests with a young engineer named Victoria Wright, who is able to assemble a motley crew of  ill-mannered munchkins, mischievous flying monkeys and, a once cowardly Lion and Scarecrow who set out on a quest to find the tin man’s heart. As the travel together, they ultimately learn that friendship and determination can overcome any obstacle, and together end, up teaching everyone in Oz that a heart should not be judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others.

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