The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)

PG   |    |  Adventure, Family, Fantasy


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Four kids travel through a wardrobe to the land of Narnia and learn of their destiny to free it with the guidance of a mystical lion.

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29 November 2005 | evawatches
8
| The perfect Christmas movie
To sum things up: I loved this movie.

I had been waiting for it ever since it was announced, so of course I couldn't pass up the chance to see a press preview this morning. And, while there were some definite weaknesses (mostly in the quality of the animations), overall I was completely convinced. Naturally it did not coincide 100% with my own vision of Narnia visually, but emotionally it rang absolutely true, choking me up several times and really touching me. I walked out of the theatre with a warm, contented feeling - just like I feel every time I read C.S. Lewis' book!

The stand-out performance was definitely Tilda Swinton's as the White Witch, but I liked all actors/voices, from cute little Lucy (newcomer Georgie Henley) to majestic Aslan (Liam Neeson). I thought the children did a great job, considering their relative inexperience and the amount of blue screen work involved.

Tip: Stay seated through the actor credits - afterwards there's another small scene.

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Trivia

The character of the White Witch was inspired by the Snow Queen in the story of Hans Christian Andersen. The scene with Jadis taking Edmund in her sleigh is heavily influenced from the corresponding scene where Snow Queen forces Kai into traveling with her reindeer coach. In both cases the young boy is an emotionally detached child, the magical being tucks the boy with her cloak and talks him into following her. Both the White Witch and the Snow Queen reside in vast palaces made of ice. Another artistic choice by the filmmakers which probably serves as a nod to the Snow Queen is the fact that Edmund is lightly dressed in all his scenes inside the frozen palace but inexplicably never displays any sign of shivering or feeling cold. This mirrors the story of the Snow Queen where Kai never felt uncomfortable in the polar area because the Snow Queen had removed magically his sense of cold.


Quotes

Mrs. Pevensie: Edmund! Get away from there! Peter!
Mrs. Pevensie: What do you think you're doing? Peter! Quickly, the shelter! Now!


Goofs

When entering Narnia, Susan has a hairpin in her hair on the right side of her head. A few shots later the hairpin is gone.


Crazy Credits

For Isabelle and Sylvie


Alternate Versions

An extended cut of the movie was released on DVD for a limited time in December 2006. The extended edition included the following scenes:

  • 1.The new Disney logo at the beginning of the film.
  • 2. More parents and children crying at the train station. Also more interaction between the kids and Mrs. Pevensie.
  • 3. A scene on the train with Lucy and her toy dog.
  • 4. A new shot of the wardrobe before the cricket scene.
  • 5. More of the Pevensies running from Mrs. Macready.
  • 6. Extra shots of the Pevensies exploring Narnia for the first time.
  • 7. More of the Pevensies following Mr. Beaver to his home.
  • 8. Lucy finding a fish frozen in the ice around the Beaver's dam.
  • 9. More of Edmund crossing the Witch's courtyard.
  • 9. Some added shots of the wolves searching the dam.
  • 10. Several shots of the snow melting and the Pevensies and the Beavers walking through Narnia as it transforms into spring.
  • 11. A few new shots of Susan practicing archery.
  • 12. As the gryphons attack the Witch's troops with rocks, a group of bat-like creatures rush into the air and attack them.
  • 13. A few extra shots of the two armies colliding.
  • 14. As the phoenix attempts to lay down it's fire, a bat-creature attacks it. Peter kills the bat-creature with a spear.
  • 15. Some shots of creatures burning in the fire laid down by the phoenix.
  • 16. More of Orieus and Otmin fighting.
  • 17. Some more of the gryphons attacking the Witch.
  • 18. As Edmund rushes to Peter's aid, he pushes Ginarrbrik over a cliff.


Soundtracks

Oh Johnny Oh, Johnny Oh!
(1917)
Music by
Abe Olman
Lyrics Ed Rose
Performed by The Andrews Sisters
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises

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Adventure | Family | Fantasy

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