The ultra cute China Girl is played by Joey King in 'Oz the Great and Powerful' (Photo: Walt Disney/Getty)
Director Sam Raimi, Disney animators and, 13-year-old actress Joey King worked in symphony to create perhaps the cutest little 3D animated character that movie-going audiences have seen. And Finley, an expressive, funny flying monkey, played by Zach Braff, steals almost as much attention.
"They were there for every scene," James Franco told Yahoo! Movies during a recent interview, explaining that King and Braff were much more involved behind the scenes than one might assume. "I would even do takes opposite the other actors," the leading man of "Oz" added.
China Girl is truly a scene stealer as she latches on to Oz (James Franco), tearfully begging him to take her along in his quest to destroy a wicked witch -- a moment reminiscent of Puss in Boots flashing his giant wide eyes in his bid for sympathy in "Shrek 2" (2004).
Yeah, she's that cute.
King in the beginning of 'Oz' (Photo: Walt Disney Pictures)
The marriage of innovative visual artistry and King's earnest delivery make for a heart-wrenching and endearing character.
A relative newcomer to the big screen, King had a small but integral role in "The Dark Knight Rises." Playing the young prison girl who grew up to be the mysterious woman played by Marion Cotillard, King shaved her hair for the role.
Zach Braff gets some good laughs as Finley in 'Oz the Great and Powerful' (Photo: Walt Disney/Getty)
"Sam really wanted me there kind of interacting and improvising and forging this real friendship," Braff told Yahoo! He said he was on the set almost every day, in spite of the fact that his character is animated.
"Oz the Great and Powerful" is in theaters now.
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