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The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe (1979)

TV Movie  -   -  Animation | Adventure | Drama  -  1 April 1979 (USA)
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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 lion messiah.

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Simon Adams ...
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Mr. Beaver (voice)
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Professor (voice)
Don Parker ...
Mr. Beaver (voice)
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Mr. Tumnus (voice)
Beth Porter ...
Liz Proud ...
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Susan Sokol ...
Susan (voice)
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Mr. Tumnus (voice)
Stephen Thorne ...
Aslan (voice)
Dick Vosburgh ...
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Rachel Warren ...
Lucy (voice)
June Whitfield ...
Mrs. Beaver (voice)
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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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A fine version of C.S. Lewis
18 February 1999 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

This cartoon has impressive credentials. It is a co-production of Bill Melendez (Charlie Brown) and the Children's Television Workshop (Sesame Street and The Electric Company).

It is simply and economically animated. The draughtsmanship may be rudimentary, but that is not a serious drawback. The music is very good. The humiliation, death, resurrection, and ascension of Aslan, the lion, are handled movingly. The parallels with Christ are clear.

This is the first novel, in publication order, in C.S. Lewis's Narnia series. The books have most recently been reissued in internal chronological order, according to the author's posthumous wishes. Franz Kafka's posthumous wish to have all of his works destroyed was ignored by his literary executor, Max Brod. If only Lewis's nonsensical request had also been ignored. This book unfortunately and regrettably now appears as Volume 2 in the current series.

I recently saw this programme in French, not English, under the title "Le lion, la sorcière et l'armoire". If there was a shortcoming to the French version, it was in the actor cast to portray Aslan. His voice was too gruff and did not have the majesty necessary for a Messiah, as English-language Aslans can normally be counted upon to have.

The excellent live-action BBC series from 1988 based on the Narnia books improves even on this praiseworthy cartoon.


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