Oz: The Great and Powerful (film)

Oz The Great and Powerful (film)  A prequel to L. Frank Baum’s original Oz story, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and the 1939 MGM film, The Wizard of Oz, showing how the Wizard arrived in Oz and became its ruler. Oscar Diggs, a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, where he thinks he has hit the jackpot—fame and fortune are his for the taking—that is until he meets three witches, Theodora, Evanora, and Glinda, who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone has been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity—and even a bit of wizardry—Oscar, aided by a flying monkey, Finley, and China Girl, transforms himself not only into the great wizard but into a better man as well. Released in the U.S. on March 8, 2013, in Disney Digital 3D, after a release in Germany and numerous other countries on March 7. Directed by Sam Raimi.  Stars James Franco (Oz), Mila Kunis (Theodora), Rachel Weisz (Evanora), Zach Braff (Frank/voice of Finley), Michelle Williams (Annie/Glinda), Joey King (girl in wheelchair/voice of China Girl), Tony Cox (Knuck). 131 min. Produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Roth Films. Music was by Danny Elfman. Filmed in CinemaScope in Los Angeles and at Raleigh Michigan Studios in Pontiac, Michigan.