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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe [2005] (1 disc)

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Director:Andrew Adamson
Writer:Andrew Adamson
Ann Peacock
Christopher Markus
Stephen McFeely
Composer:Harry Gregson-Williams
Length:143 minutes
(2 hours 23 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Sorting Category:Fantasy
IMDB Rating:6.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:76%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: 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.


Reaction: This is a satisfying interpretation of the story, but could use a bit more light-heartedness at times. It is, after all, based on a book for children.


Personal Rating: 7/10

Select Cast and Crew
Andrew Adamson => Director / Writer
Ann Peacock => Writer
Christopher Markus => Writer
Stephen McFeely => Writer
Harry Gregson-Williams => Composer
C.S. Lewis => Book
Anna Popplewell => Susan Pevensie
Dawn French => Mrs. Beaver (voice)
Elizabeth Hawthorne => Mrs. Macready
Georgie Henley => Lucy Pevensie
James Cosmo => Father Christmas
James McAvoy => Mr. Tumnus
Jim Broadbent => Professor Kirke
Judy McIntosh => Mrs. Pevensie
Kiran Shah => Ginarrbrik
Lee Tuson => Rumblebuffin the Giant
Liam Neeson => Aslan (voice)
Mark Wells => Older Edmund
Michael Madsen => Maugrim (voice) (uncredited)
Noah Huntley => Older Peter
Patrick Kake => Oreius
Rachael Henley => Older Lucy
Ray Winstone => Mr. Beaver (voice)
Rupert Everett => Mr. Fox (voice)
Shane Rangi => General Otmin
Skandar Keynes => Edmund Pevensie
Sophie Winkleman => Older Susan
Tilda Swinton => White Witch
William Moseley => Peter Pevensie

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Tilda Swinton, first choice for the role of Jadis the White Witch, hadn't read the book prior to filming. She wore platform shoes under costume to make her taller, and used a brace on her shoulders between takes to give her a break from the weight of her wig and crown.
  • Georgie Henley's reaction to Mr. Tumnus at the lamppost is genuine. She had not seen her cast mate James McAvoy in his costume before the scene was filmed, so her screams and reaction were real. Georgie's first reaction to the snowy world of Narnia is also genuine - she was carried into the set blindfolded to make her first entrance, and her wide-eyed, delighted reactions to it all are entirely her own.
  • While the movie was mostly shot in chronological order, the final scene where the Pevensie's fall out of the wardrobe was shot before all the outdoor shots so the kids would still be pale and look like they had in the beginning of the film.
  • Brian Cox was originally set to voice Aslan.
  • When the adults' swearing got out of hand on the set, Georgie Henley (Lucy) set up a swear bucket. James McAvoy was supposedly the worst offender. Even her teenager co-stars had to pay their toll, though, especially Skandar Keynes, accordingly to DVD's commentary.
  • The wolves that destroyed the Beavers' home were mostly real animals with one or two CGI ones added in, although their tails had to be digitally removed and re-added. Their tails kept wagging while filming the scene, making them seem less vicious.
  • 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.
  • According to the [Narnia] books, Professor Kirke (played by Jim Broadbent) is the elderly Digory Kirke. As a boy, Digory Kirke was the hero of The Magician's Nephew, the Narnia book that takes place chronologically before the events in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. (This explains the Professor's willingness to believe that the Pevensie children have ventured to a magic land.) The Magician's Nephew tells the story of the creation of Narnia, the coming of Jadis, the White Witch, the creation of the lamp post, and the creation of the wardrobe itself. Each design carved into the wardrobe signifies an important event that occurs in The Magician's Nephew.
  • Anna Popplewell is afraid of mice, so her scenes involving mice had to be shot with her double.
  • In the Audio Commentary, Skandar Keynes comments that William Moseley coerced him into eating some of the sugar glass from the broken picture of their father in the beginning of the movie. Only after trying did Skander realize the fake glass was made of silicon.
  • Professor Kirke presents three choices to the other Pevensie children of what to think about Lucy's claim about Narnia: that she is lying, that she is mad, or that she is telling the truth. C.S. Lewis was a vocal advocate of Christianity, and in his book Mere Christianity presented three similar choices about Jesus' claim to be the Son of God: Liar, Lunatic, or Lord. This is known as his "Trilemma" argument, and is still often used by Christians today.