Courtesy of Perez Hilton, here’s your first look at what appears to be the flying monkeys from Sam Raimi’s upcoming “OZ, The Great and Powerful,” a prequel to the “The Wizard Of Oz.” I’m not sure if I’m disappointed that it isn’t blue like the original, or that it’s gigantic. If anything, it seems uninspiring. It almost looks like a Big Foot with bat wings and loses a lot of the weirdness charm that the original had.

The epic Disney fantasy adventure is set for a March 8th release, and will star James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams, Zach Braff, Joey King, and Bruce Campbell.

Here’s a description of the film:
Walt Disney Pictures’ fantastical adventure “Oz The Great and Powerful,” directed by Sam Raimi, imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved character, the Wizard of Oz. When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot-fame and fortune are his for the taking-that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s 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 transforms himself not only into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz but into a better man as well.