Sam Raimi invites audience members back over the rainbow (way up high) for a return to Oz in Oz: The Great and Powerful, which Disney will have in theaters early next year. The studio has been teasing character posters leading up to the latest full trailer, which we have for you below.
Given the fact that this likely will be the last lengthy look we’ll get at Raimi’s re-imagined vision of Oz before we’re able to sit in a theater and absorb his 3D visuals on a proper screen, I wanted to run through the three elements that really grabbed me about The Great and Powerful. For instance:
1. Oz looks a lot like Wonderland
More specifically, the Wonderland Alice tumbled through in Tim Burton’s colorfully trippy 2010 fantasy Alice in Wonderland. Seeing as how the films share producers, you begin to understand why.
2. The Munchkins are back!
Raise your hand if you are ready to represent the Lollipop Guild. In a fantastic reveal, the residents of Munchkin Land appear and offer their services to the magician (James Franco) who plans to fight back against the evil Wicked Witch of the West. Now, his trickery might not actually be as powerful as the good witches hope. But so long as the Munchkins believe in him, anything seems possible. And while we’re on the subject of the Wicked Witch …
3. The Wicked Witch of the West remains a mystery
She’s every bit as important to this story as Dorothy is to the original Wizard of Oz. But Raimi continues to keep the Wicked Witch up his sleeve. We do see one close-up shot of her clawed hand. And she’s starting to materialize in the flames at the end of this trailer. But Disney and Raimi are doing a pretty good job of keeping Franco’s nemesis under wraps. But we’ll get you soon enough, my pretty, and your little 3D thriller, too.
Here’s the full trailer. Tell me what you noticed about it. And are you planning on catching Oz: The Great and Powerful when it comes out on March 8, 2013?