The Chronicles of Narnia : The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (2005). "The great cat is dead."
Join us for this week's episode "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe". We talk Neverland vibes, weak siblings, terrible treats, cold cold cold witches, trusting the forest, weak "leaders", and why death is never dead in a fantasy story. Does this movie have us charging the front lines or do we had hope to be run through immediately? Find out now!
Storyline : Four children from the same family have to leave their town because of the bombings of WWII. A woman and a professor take the children to their house. While playing a game of hide-and-seek, the youngest member of the family, Lucy, finds a wardrobe to hide in. She travels back and back into the wardrobe and finds a place named Narnia. After going in twice, the four children go in together for the last time. They battle wolves, meet talking animals, encounter an evil white witch and meet a magnificent lion named Aslan. Will this be the end of their journey to Narnia or will they stay?
Directors: Andrew Adamson
Writers: Ann Peacock, Andrew Adamson, Christopher Markus
Stars: Tilda Swinton, Georgie Henley, William Moseley, Skandar Keynes and Anna Popplewell
Film Budget: $180,000,000 (estimated)
Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $745,013,115
This movie honestly has a pretty epic score/soundtrack. Check out the full soundtrack here!
Come through the wardrobe to our list of facts...
The inscription on the blade of Peter's sword reads, "When Aslan shakes his mane, Narnia shall know spring again."
Before his death, C.S. Lewis sold the adaptation rights to the entire "Narnia" series. At that time, he absolutely despised television adaptations of his books, believing they were non-realistic, since actors had to wear suits to play non-human characters. It was only after seeing a demo reel of creatures created with computer graphics and the advancement of that technology that Lewis's stepson/co-producer Douglas Gresham gave the approval for a film adaptation.
Aslan is a Turkish word meaning Lion. Lewis came up with the name during a trip to Turkey before 1922, where he saw the Sultan's elite guards, called Aslan because of their bravery and loyalty. The name of the White Witch is "Jadis," a French word meaning "of old." Aslan explains that the witch practices the very old "deep magic," but his "magic" is even older--from "before the dawn of time."
Anna Popplewell is afraid of mice, so her scenes involving mice had to be shot with her double.
The CGI on Mr. Tumnus was from his waist down - his goat legs and hooves. His ears were controlled by remote control, and a fake nose along with a lot of hair was attached.
All of the Narnia movies are of course on Disney+ and can be found here.
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