Chronicles of Narnia:  The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

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Director: Andrew Adamson, Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, William Moseley

Cast: Andrew Adamson, Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, William Moseley


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This epic battle of good versus evil set in charming, once-peaceful Narnia faithfully adapts C.S. Lewis's timeless novel and shares its powerful story with remarkable performances and dazzling special effects.


This epic battle of good versus evil set in charming, once-peaceful Narnia faithfully adapts C.S. Lewis's timeless novel and shares its powerful story with remarkable performances and dazzling special effects.

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Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
There is a magical Oz-like moment near the beginning of The Chronicles of Narnia when Lucy Pevensie (Georgie Henley), the youngest of four siblings evacuated from war-torn London to a house in the country, enters a wardrobe during a game of hide-and-seek and exits out the back into a winter wonderland. According to "The Children's Magical Journey," just one of the items that comprise the ten hours of bonus features on this two-disc edition, this effect was delightfully achieved by blindfolding the actress until the cameras rolled, so that she got her first glimpse of the Narnia backwoods at the same time her character did. Actually, "wonderland" might be overstating things. There are enchanted fauns and accommodating talking beavers (wittily voiced by Ray Winstone and Dawn French), as well as the noble lion Aslan (regally voiced by Liam Neeson). But there are also menacing wolves, an army of hideous creatures, and the very evil White Witch (Tilda Swinton in a performance that is the stuff of nightmares). The White Witch dominates Narnia and intends to use Lucy's sullen brother Edmund (Skandar Keynes) in a plot against Aslan, who stands in the way of her absolute rule. The Pevensie children, including eldest brother Peter (William Moseley) and older sister Susan (Anna Popplewell), are a believable quartet, which is essential given the fantasy trappings that surround them. The four must learn to stop bickering long enough fulfill the heroic destiny put upon them by Narnia's talking critters. Winner of the Academy Award for Best Makeup, Narnia is more family friendly than the Lord of the Rings films, and the players in its good-vs.-evil battle are more clearly defined. Still, with intense battle scenes, menacing encounters with the witch and her minions, and the seemingly fatal injuries suffered by major characters, it seems that the film pushes its PG rating to the limits.
All Movie Guide
This noble adaptation of C.S. Lewis' classic novel is both graceful and fun, employing many of the epic themes of the Lord of the Rings trilogy with a simpler, more child-friendly story. The studio may have shot itself in the foot when it went on a PR trip, extolling the Christian symbolism of the film's script in order to avoid a fundamentalist backlash against all subject matter dealing with magic. Without being forced to bear this apparent intention of the author in mind, the audience is in no way obligated to interpret the events of the film this directly. There is obvious spiritual and perhaps even moral subtext, but this is not a heavy-handed movie and the ultimate meaning is left up to the viewer. What is undeniable about the film is the fantastic depth of its young characters, sometimes surpassing Lord of the Rings in this regard, as Narnia doesn't require the intense mythological and historical backstory of Middle-earth, thus freeing up screen time for character development. Each of the film's young actors give performances that are real and organic, never relying on cuteness or sappiness for audience approval. This goes doubly for eight-year-old Georgie Henley, whose charm, talent, and ease could K.O. Dakota Fanning in a single round. Tilda Swinton surpasses already high expectations, playing the part of the evil White Witch with fascist sensibilities, narcissistic greed, and glam-rock style, so that both children and adults alike are likely to feel a combination of fear and hatred every time she enters a scene. A film adaptation of The Chronicles of Narnia seemed like a natural step after the success of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, since Hollywood loves to capitalize on a successful trend -- not to mention the fact that both works of literature were written around the same period of time, and that C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien were known to have been friends. The overall tone of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, however, is more suitable to younger viewers than the Lord of the Rings trilogy, containing far less violence and less generally dark material. The plot itself is also less complex, and the timeline is far simpler, but these changes do less to make the film unsuitable to adults and more to simply invite children to join its viewership.

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Special Features

Bloopers ; Discover Narnia fun facts; Kids & director commentary; Filmmakers' commentary

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Georgie Henley Lucy Pevensie
Skandar Keynes Edmund Pevensie
William Moseley Peter Pevensie
Anna Popplewell Susan Pevensie
Tilda Swinton Jadis, the White Witch
James McAvoy Mr. Tumnus
Jim Broadbent Professor Kirke
Liam Neeson Aslan
Kiran Shah Ginarrbrik
James Cosmo Father Christmas
Judy McIntosh Mrs. Pevensie
Elizabeth Hawthorne Mrs. MacReady
Patrick Kake Oreius
Shane Rangi General Otmin
Shelley Edwards Distraught Mother
Ajay Ratilal Navi Red & Black Dwarf

Technical Credits
Andrew Adamson Director,Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Kimberly Adams-Galligan Costumes/Costume Designer
George Aleco-Sima Animator
Charles Alleneck Animator
Timothy E. Angulo Cinematographer
Steve Aplin Animator
Andrew Arnett Animator
Hunter Athey Animator
Adrian Atwood Makeup
Michael Backauskas Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
1. Introduction [:00]
2. Mrs. Macready [:00]
3. The Wardrobe [:00]
4. Mr. Tumnus' House [:00]
5. Just You Imagination [7:07]
6. Hail the Queen! [4:07]
7. Peter, Wake Up! [7:07]
8. The World Of Narnia [6:10]
9. Beavers' Home [5:06]
10. Behold the Queen's Castle [5:14]
11. They're After Us! [4:33]
12. The Queen's Lair [7:20]
13. Across the Melting River [3:32]
14. Aslan's Camp [6:19]
15. Sir Peter [:54]
16. The Lion and the Witch [3:37]
17. Aslan's Sacrifice [10:30]
18. You Have To Lead Us [:30]
19. Battle For Narnia [6:40]
20. Aslan's Resurrection [5:38]
21. Phoenix [7:13]
22. Peter Vs. the Witch [5:51]
23. The Royal Coronation [8:31]
24. Credits [:07]

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baby_dex More than 1 year ago
The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, written by C.S. Lewis, is an intense journey of four children as they escape their less then desirable earthily situation into a mystical magical world of adventure. As the kids struggle to understand themselves and their purpose they receive guidance by prominent wholesome characters who help them realize their true potential and purpose. Eventually, the children realize they will become what they make of themselves-"let us go on and take the adventure that shall fall to us" (p. 187)-which gives the book a great moral for all ages. Unfortunately, the author starts the book off rather slowly but gains interest as the story line proceeds. There is also some violence, in a battle, at the end of the book. Other then that I would highly recommend this book to every age group. C.S. Lewis is really good at grabbing your attention and emotions and running with them. Once you get to the core of this book you will not be able to put it down. It is easy light reading and overall enjoyable. It is truly an escape to a different world.
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this movie is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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EstherSwift More than 1 year ago
Even as a fifteen year old girl, I thought this movie was a great thriller, filled with action and suspense. I recommend this movie to everyone, young and old. The actors and actresses were really great and the scenery was amazing. Props to the director.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe has been one of my favorite books since I first read the entire series in 5th grade. I've read it several times since and read it to my children too. I was afraid the movie couldn't live up to my expectations. Thankfully, the movie is wonderful. I still recommend reading the book, since it's a different experience -- but I'm glad to say the movie is excellent. I know I'll be watching it many, many times over the coming years!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This fantasy film is so good that it deserves a Blu-Ray release. I hope that it has the features of the Extended Edition.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AMAZING movie with great graphics and effects...I AM OBSESSED!!!!! This is a first but, I think that I like these movies better than I like the books!!!! EVERYBODY should read this and MUST like it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had read the book when I was young and I am so glad they finally made it into a movie. We took my grandsons to the movie with us and they were thrilled with the movie, as we were, and they couldn't wait for it to come out on DVD. I truly hope they make movies of the rest of the series!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are a fan of the Narnia books or just a fan of fantasy movies then this is a movie that you should see! The movie followed the book very well and the special affects were very good. This movie is a must see!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been an avid reader of the Narnia stories for years, so I was not sure when this movie came out how faithful it would be to the original idea. I was pleasantly surprised. It is much better done and more believable than the BBC vidoes done in the 80s. There are some story lines inserted into the script, but overall, the foundationl themes of betrayal and redemption come shining through. Lucy's character was especially good, and the Witch sent chills through me. I look forward to more Narnia movies, especially when/if they do the "Dawn Treader", which is my favorite Narnia book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Entranced from the first moment to the end. I left the theatre completely satisfied on every emotional level. This movie made me laugh, cry, hope... I highly recommend it.. regardless of your religious beliefs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was really scared that they would run the movie into the ground and just completly go off the book but they didn't. I thought that the movie was great.I'm a big fan of the books. They did a really great job on this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie's special effects were amazing! I saw this movie twice in the theatres, and both times, I was amazed at the thing that technology has accomplished. This movie is great for all fairytale lovers, there is some violence but they're careful not to show too much blood. Overall, this movie is one of the greatest epic fantasies I have seen in a while. A definite see!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is the best Narnia movie ever made!!! It may well be the best fantasy movie ever!! The entire Lord of the Rings trilogy doesn't come close to this newest Chronicles of Narnia DVD!!! I highly recommend this amazing family film for anyone of every age.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great movie. Best of the year. Something for both younger and older generation.