It seems that Oz truly is the place to be nowadays. Still riding high on the ongoing success of Wicked in theatres, there has been talk of the wonderful Wizard and his homeland coming thick and fast over the last year.

But while most of the hype and debate has focused on Sam Raimi’s Oz: The Great and Powerful to the mooted Robert Zemeckis remake of the original film, the upcoming animated adventure Dorothy of Oz has been keeping itself a little quieter – until now.

Previously we’d seen a little concept art here and there, but now we have a full blown promotional poster to get excited over, sure to delight Oz-fans with it’s recognisable trademarks:

Here’s the film’s official synopsis:

There is trouble in Oz and Dorothy is needed!  With Glinda’s help, she and Toto return to Oz.  Joined by her old friends the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, the Lion as well as exciting new characters, Dorothy sets out on a perilous journey to stop the crafty Jester from using the power of the Wicked Witch of the West’s wand to turn the people of Oz into puppets.  That seems to be the least of Dorothy’s problems as her travels lead her straight into a treacherous maze, a cave full of very hungry dragons and an evil spell that could destroy the Yellow Brick Road.  Dorothy has the daunting knowledge that it is up to her to stop Jester’s terrible plan.  Audiences will welcome the return of the old Oz favorites and will love meeting new friends like Tugg a gruff talking boat and Wiser an owl with an unlucky attraction to molasses.

Written in the whimsical style of L. Frank Baum, “Dorothy of Oz” is sure to delight Oz fans old and new as they journey once again into the magical land of OZ.

Based on the book by Roger Stanton Baum (great-Grandson of Oz creator, L. Frank Baum), and featuring the voice talents of Lea Michele, Martin Short, Dan Akroyd, Kelsey Grammer and Patrick Stewart, Dororthy of Oz is being produced by Summertime Entertainment and will be released in 2012. Here’s hoping it’ll be a tornado of success.