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The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe (1979)

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

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Credited cast:
Rachel Warren ...
Lucy (voice)
Susan Sokol ...
Susan (voice)
Reg Williams ...
Peter (voice)
Simon Adams ...
Edmund (voice)
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Mr. Tumnus (voice)
Dick Vosburgh ...
Professor (voice)
Don Parker ...
Mr. Beaver (voice)
Liz Proud ...
Mrs. Beaver (voice)
Stephen Thorne ...
Aslan (voice)
Beth Porter ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nicholas Barnes ...
Edmund (voice)
Rusty Goffe
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Mr. Beaver (voice)
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Professor (voice)
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Storyline

Four children, Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy are evacuated to the country in World War 2. They stay in a large house owned by an old Professor. First Lucy, then Edmund, then all four children find their way through an old wardrobe into Narnia, a magical land with talking animals and mythical creatures such as fauns and dwarves. But Narnia is held under a magical spell by the evil White Witch to ensure it's always winter but never Christmas. The children have to battle evil creatures and deal with betrayal and treachery but make many good friends as well. Finally, with the help of Aslan (The Lion) they defeat the evil witch and spring and freedom come back to Narnia. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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1 April 1979 (USA)  »

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As Crônicas de Nárnia: O Leão, a Feiticeira e o Guarda-roupa  »

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Quotes

Peter: Aslan, we've come.
Aslan: WELCOME Peter, son of Adam! Welcome Susan and Lucy, daughters of Eve! Welcome He-beaver and She-beaver! But where is the fourth?
Mr. Beaver: He has betrayed us, oh Aslan.
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Great adaptation from book!
20 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This charming animated film is great for stirring up the imaginations in children. I first saw The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe when I was 7 years old, and have loved it ever since. We had it on tape when I was a kid and watched it over and over. But after I grew up a little I forgot about it. Then when I was 17 I read the book for the first time and searched for the animated movie again. It was not only nostalgic to hear the familiar, old dialogues and music and to see my favorite characters again, but I realized how true to the book the cartoon movie really is. I was also old enough to recognize and appreciate the message that the story delivers in such a clever way.

The animation sometimes looks inconsistent (maybe the artists got tired, or took shifts drawing!) but the drawing style is so unique and unforgettable. Some scenes and sounds really are funny, too, if you're paying attention. I really do like the actors' voices, also; they all did a great job. They sound kinda British? The music is really cool, too! I wish the score was available on CD.

I give The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe a 10/10 for originality and overall charm. It's not an obnoxious Disney cartoon. Nor is it a musical with drawn-out songs that take time away from the story.


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