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

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Director: Andrew Adamson

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.
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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

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

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

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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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This is by far my favorite movie EVER! Skandar Keynes 15 (Edmund), William Moseley 18 (Peter), Anna Popplewell 18 (Susan), and Georgie Henley 10(Lucy)were absoulutely amazing in this movie and very talented actors espeically for being their age. The Lion,The Witch and The Wardrobe is based on the novel by C.S Lewis and the Movie is very faithful to the book. Andrew Adamson also made this movie what it is. I think this is a very unique but very good movie. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe comes out on DVD on April 4th
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In addition to being a good story for all, even if Christian allegories are not your cup of tea, 'The Chronicles of Narnia' is a visually stunning film, espcially when the four children venture into their magical land. (There is one scene that looks like classic rear screen projection, which wil probably be cleaned up for DVD release.) A good looking film always adds to the story by being believable. Good and evil is the theme beyond Christianity. As in 'Rings,' there is a definite sense of right and wrong in this movie: The White Queen is wrong and those who oppose her ARE right. Enjoy! Tom ONtis
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The Narnia is amazing, from beginning to end. Before I went to see the movie, I had some idea of what the movie is about, since I have never read the book, but I love fantasy stories in general and this is no exception. All the actors and actresses who have played the characters were wonderful. In addition, the special effects were so terrific that you will believe that Aslan and all the other creatures are alive. It's a movie for all generations. Everyone must see this movie!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My wife and I watched this in the theater. This was well directed and acted. I could just see the book in front of me when I was watching the movie. They did an awesome job of pulling from the book to make this movie. Simply Awesome! Thats all I have to say.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic movie that follows the book very well. The acting was awesome and the battle scene was sweet! Next to lotr this is my favorite movie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i loved this movie it had a great story and it had great acting and all the actors fit their parts it really rocks, anyone that don't like this movie does not know what they are talking about, this is something to spend your money on
Guest More than 1 year ago
I expected this movie to be not at all good, but I sure did surprise myself when my mouth was open throughout the movie. This movie was one of the best, well thought out, intresting movies I have ever seen in my life, I have drempt about another world like that and have wondered about if this was related to what it says in the bible, aslo I wondered if something like this movie were actually true. ( Okay I may be kidding myself and hoping it was real.) This movie gives alot prespective on alot of things and I feel gives people an open mind on the unknown cause it sure does to me. Wonderful movie and I give it the highest ranking
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a teacher and had just finished reading the original novel by C.S. Lewis to my fifth grade class. I went an saw the movie that night and was amazed at how well of a job Hollywood had done with it. The movie followed the book almost word for word. Disney gets huge props from movie on a job well done. The action,the suspense, and the excellent costumes were all breathtaking!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was able to catch this movie in the theatre it is action packed, Motivational and inspiring. That's why I'm buying the dvd.
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C.S. Lewis is one of the great contradictions of literary genius. A learned reclusive don at Cambridge University, cooly intellectual and skeptical about religion who over a period of years finally accepts the existence of not only a Creator but Redemption. Chronicles of Narnia was the vehicle that he used to explain his concept of good and evil to others that he believed otherwise would be caught up in the cynacism bred by an overly materialistic and secular world. This movie succeeds in telling that tale of morality beautifully without preaching. This movie is spectacular not only in a visual but pedagogic sense, in that it is entertaining eye candy, keeping one enthralled while faithfully telling the oldest and greatest story in the world: the eventual conquest of evil by good. It is particularly timely today when things like faith, hope and charity are under attack by people who believe that money, power and beauty are the real important things in life, when they all are fleeting and temporal as, well, a winter snowstorm. It may be a bit overwhelming for the very young or the very moronic, but for anyone else a wonderful viewing experience. Certainly better than lavender cowboys.
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!
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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.