Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian - Classroom Edition
  • Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian - Classroom Edition
  • Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian - Classroom Edition

Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian - Classroom Edition

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Director: Andrew Adamson, David Strangmuller

Cast: Andrew Adamson, David Strangmuller, Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes

     
 

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The timeless fantasy returns with a thrilling, perilous new adventure - and an even greater test of courage. Narnia's rightful heir to the throne, the young Prince Caspian, embarks on a remarkable journey to rescue Narnia from Miraz's tyrannical hold, and restore magic and glory to the land. Features exclusive educational bonus features on storytelling, inspiration,… See more details below

Overview

The timeless fantasy returns with a thrilling, perilous new adventure - and an even greater test of courage. Narnia's rightful heir to the throne, the young Prince Caspian, embarks on a remarkable journey to rescue Narnia from Miraz's tyrannical hold, and restore magic and glory to the land. Features exclusive educational bonus features on storytelling, inspiration, point of view, and more. The adventure continues as producer/director Andrew Adamson teams with screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely to tell the tale of the dashing Prince Caspian (Ben Barnes) -- who sets out to defeat a tyrannical king who has overtaken Narnia and secure his rightful place on the throne. One year has passed since the events of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and now the kings and queens of that land have returned to make a shocking discovery. Though by their calendars it has been only 12 months since their last voyage into Narnia, the four children are aghast to realize that 1,300 years have passed in the wondrous alternate universe. The Golden Age of Narnia has come to an end, and now the malevolent King Miraz rules over the land without mercy or compassion. Miraz is determined to ensure that the power stays in his bloodline, even if that means killing his nephew Prince Caspian so that Miraz's own son will be next in line for the throne. Fortunately Prince Caspian has the Narnians on his side, and with a little help from the kings, the queens, and some loyal old friends, he may be able to ensure that peace and prosperity are restored on the once-beautiful realm of Narnia.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Nathan Southern
The makers of Prince Caspian -- the second installment in Walden Media's adaptation of C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia series -- faced a daunting challenge in bringing this one to the screen. Whereas the first and third books in the series (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, respectively) lend themselves effortlessly to filmization, the same cannot be said of Caspian, which Lewis structured with comparatively greater narrative complexity, a richer philosophical element, and less visual splendor than the preceding or successive installments. (It cannot be a coincidence that after the blockbuster success of Wardrobe, the producers initially skipped book two and announced the production of the visually rich and ripe Treader.) On a rudimentary level, the ease of this tale, as it unfurls onscreen, functions as a barometer of the filmmakers' success in making Lewis' temporally fractured story digestible for contemporary audiences by streamlining it. From the first scene, never once does the motion picture feel less than wholly transparent. The lucidity of the narrative serves the film beautifully, by setting up greater emotional involvement and immediacy, particularly for younger viewers. A two-and-half-hour feature that could have easily become bogged down in mythically laden background material and endless, tedious battle sequences instead whisks audience members along on a gripping and magnetizing journey, from opening frames to epilogue. And yet, paradoxically, if the film suffers from an overarching flaw or weakness, that weakness also lies in the picture's simplicity: even as writer/director Andrew Adamson and co-screenwriters Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus score points for clarity, emotional involvement, and story construction (the sequencing is brilliantly done -- it pulls us into the central conflicts at the core of Narnia even before the Pevensie children make their first appearances), it would be difficult to imagine a more thematically shallow or two-dimensional tale. One keeps hoping for Adamson and co. to plumb deeper, to add philosophical layers and thematic weight, à la Lewis, which isn't, of course, incompatible with the demand for narrative ease. That never happens. The younger set won't mind or even notice, though it will inevitably restrict the demographics by lessening the film's appeal for depth-hungry teens and adults. For much of its duration, Caspian (like its predecessor) also cries out for some sort of visual awe -- an apocalyptic element to push it ahead of, for example, The Lord of the Rings series or The Golden Compass, and the sort of jaw-droppers that classic screen fantasies such as The Neverending Story and Jason and the Argonauts handed us in spades. Fortunately, Adamson does give us that in the concluding sequence, with an arresting visual surprise that will not be disclosed here but that does leave a memorable impression (and that neatly foreshadows Dawn Treader). Even given that bravura concluding sequence, though, this film, and the Narnia series as a whole, runs the same risk as all early 21st century screen fantasies: that of falling prey to the impersonality of super-advanced CGI work. In pre-CGI films like The Neverending Story, one always sensed the handiwork behind each of the creatures, and the fact that so many were tactile (as opposed to being casually thrown up on the screen with computer graphics) gave them an element of plausibility and credibility that Aslan and Reepicheep the Mouse (for example) fully lack. The best of those creations also sported anthropomorphic personalities sadly missing here despite Liam Neeson's stellar vocal work on Aslan. Walden hasn't quite figured out how to bring those elements into play -- and they may be the very missing elements holding the series back from masterpiece status. Yet the cast here shines throughout. As the vile King Miraz, Sergio Castellitto represents an inspired choice (he brings under one roof hundreds of nightmarish visions of evil sages and kings from one's darkest fantasies). Similarly, Ben Barnes radiates nobility and warmth as Caspian, and as the four Pevensie children -- Susan, Peter, Edmund, and Lucy -- Anna Popplewell, William Moseley, Skandar Keynes, and Georgie Henley make welcome onscreen surrogates for our adventures. Particularly laudable is the fact that none of these kids look all that glamorous, polished, or surreally beautiful, but suggest average and unremarkable Britons. Scattered weaknesses aside, Caspian represents something of a pleasant surprise. It may leave some viewers wanting more, but if approached sans expectation, it feels breezily enjoyable and adequately exciting. Younger viewers, in particular (especially those under the age of 13) will find themselves swept up in the gestalt of the tale.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/16/2009
UPC:
0786936788594
Original Release:
2008
Rating:
PG
Source:
Disney Educational
Sales rank:
73,698

Special Features

Public Performance Rights, Educator's Guide, Exclusive Bonus Features to reinforce key lessons, Correlated to National Curriculum Standards

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Georgie Henley Lucy Pevensie
Skandar Keynes Edmund Pevensie
William Moseley Peter Pevensie
Anna Popplewell Susan Pevensie
Ben Barnes Prince Caspian
Sergio Castellitto Miraz
Peter Dinklage Trumpkin the Dwarf
Pierfrancesco Favino General Glozelle
Warwick Davis Nikabrik the Black Dwarf
Vincent Grass Doctor Cornelius
Damián Alcázar Lord Sopespian
Alicia Borrachero Prunaprismia
Cornell John Glenstorm
Tilda Swinton The White Witch
Simon Andreu Lord Scythely
Pedja Bjelac Lord Donnon
David Bowles Lord Gregoire
Juan Diego Montoya Garcia Lord Montoya
Douglas Gresham Telmarine Crier
Ash Jones Geeky Boy
Klara Issova Hag
Sim Evan-Jones Peepiceek,Bulgy Bear
Shane Rangi Asterius/We-Wolf
Curtis Matthew Faun
David Walliams Bulgy Bear
Mana Davis Telmarine Solier In Boat
Winham Hammond Telmarine Solidier In Boat
Hana Frejkova Midwife #1
Kristyna Madericova Midwife #2
Lucie Solarova Midwife #3
Karolína Matouskova Midwife #4
Alina Phelan Midwife #5
Joseph Moore Boy #1
Isaac Bell Boy #2
Lejla Abbasova Glenstorm's Wife
Ephraim Goldin Glenstorm Son #1
Yemi A. D. Glenstorm Son #2
Carlos Dasilva Glenstorm #3
Gomez Sandoval Lightning Bolt Centaur
Jan Filipensky Wimbleweather
David Mottl Tyrus
Michaela Dvorska Tyrus
John Bach British Homeguard #1
Jack Walley British Homeguard #2
Marcus O'Donovan Skeptical Telmarine Soldier
Adam Valdez Killed by Reepicheep
Ken Stott Trufflehunter
Harry Gregson-Williams Pattertwig the Squirrel
Eddie Izzard Reepicheep

Technical Credits
Andrew Adamson Director,Original Story,Producer,Screenwriter
David Strangmuller Director
David Allday Art Director
Stephen Barton Score Composer
Howard Berger Makeup Special Effects
Nancy Bishop Casting
James Boyle Sound/Sound Designer
Kerrie Brown Set Decoration/Design
Josh Campbell Editor
Halli Cauthery Score Composer
Sim Evan-Jones Editor
Gerd Feuchter Special Effects Supervisor
Roger Ford Production Designer
Matt Gray Art Director
Harry Gregson-Williams Score Composer
Douglas Gresham Co-producer
Pipia Hall Casting
K.C. Hodenfield Asst. Director,Co-producer
Mark Johnson Producer
Tony Johnson Sound/Sound Designer
Stuart Kearns Art Director
Marketa Korinkova Art Director
Elaine Kusmishko Art Director
Charles Leatherland Art Director
Karl Walter Lindenlaub Cinematographer
Christopher Markus Original Story,Screenwriter
Hugh Marsh Score Composer
Stephen McFeely Original Story,Screenwriter

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