The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe (1988– )

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Four kids travel to the magical land of Narnia where they must battle an evil queen with the direction of the lion, Aslan.

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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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 Peter Pevensie (6 episodes, 1988)
Sophie Cook ...
 Susan Pevensie (6 episodes, 1988)
Jonathan R. Scott ...
 Edmund Pevensie (6 episodes, 1988)
Sophie Wilcox ...
 Lucy Pevensie (6 episodes, 1988)
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 The White Witch (6 episodes, 1988)
Kerry Shale ...
 Mr. Beaver (5 episodes, 1988)
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 Mrs. Beaver (5 episodes, 1988)
Michael Walter ...
 Ginaarbrik (5 episodes, 1988)
Ailsa Berk ...
 Aslan (4 episodes, 1988)
Martin Stone ...
 Maugrim (4 episodes, 1988)
William Todd-Jones ...
 Aslan (4 episodes, 1988)
Keith Hodiak ...
 Aslan's Satyr / ... (4 episodes, 1988)
Garfield Brown ...
 Aslan's Satyr / ... (4 episodes, 1988)
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 Aslan (3 episodes, 1988)
Irene Marot ...
 Hag (3 episodes, 1988)
Kairen Kemp ...
 Hag (3 episodes, 1988)
Jeffrey S. Perry ...
 Mr. Tumnus (3 episodes, 1988)
Michael Aldridge ...
 Professor Digory Kirke (3 episodes, 1988)
Mike Eastman ...
 Miraz Soldier (3 episodes, 1988)
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In World War, the four Pevenses children: Peter Susan, Edmund and Lucy are evacuated from London to the country house of an eccentric old professor. There, bored and restless, first Lucy and Edmund, and then all four of the kids make their way through an attic wardrobe in Narnia, a magical land of mythical creatures and talking animals. But Narnia is not perfect: it's always winter and never Christmas since the White Witch began her rule. And there are evil creatures as well as good, and a traitor in their midst. Only the return of Aslan can bring victory in the coming battle to win spring and freedom back to Narnia. 3x54min episodes. Written by Kathy Li

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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe  »

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The Pevensie cast had a reunion interview in 2003, which is included on some DVD versions. See more »

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When Peter is mad at Edmund for lying about being in Narnia before, his hair is moving free in the wind. In the next scene, that is at the same time period, his hair is gelled down and styled. See more »

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Mr. Beaver: Mrs. Beaver! We really must be *out* of this!
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Is a low-budget masterpiece an oxymoron?
8 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Disney's upcoming movie is certainly an exciting prospect; I know it will be excellent since WETA is involved. (They did all of the Lord of the Rings props and costumes and more.) Many of us who look forward to the 2005 film fondly remember growing up with the BBC "WonderWorks" version from 1988. The best way to watch this movie is: not after Lord of the Rings. I mean it. You are spoiling it for yourself if you go into it expecting too much.

The worst thing about this film is definitely the effects. Most of them you can move beyond if you try to have a pre-Toy-Story-revolutionized-world attitude. The worst thing for me was the green-screen flying sequence. Even with an open mind, that one's tough.

Aslan actually looks pretty lion-ey until he talks, then you have to try to concentrate anywhere but his mouth. Anyone remember "Wishbone," the PBS beagle-mutt who took us all on adventures in classic literature? His mouth didn't move at all, and by the third or fourth episode, you believed it without a problem. If you have patience, Aslan gets better as the movie progresses. He falls a little short of "majestic," but the Stone Table scene had me in tears even when I was past the cry-in-Free-Willy age. (The Beavers also take a little imagination -- but come on, it was 1988... how else do you do a Beaver who talks and acts?

Those few less-than-stellar aspects aside, this movie was fantastically done. The acting was definitely the strongest point. The Professor was hands-down the best character as far as performance goes, though he was in it little, but the others were all good too. Barbara Kellerman as the White Witch was excellent as well; I think that of all the comparisons between this film and the upcoming version, the White Witch will be the hardest for me to accept. I mean sure, they can beat the all technical stuff without any effort at all, but can the new White Witch be quite as regally evil? We'll see. The four children are very naturally good, they act just like four young British children who come upon such and adventure would act. (Which is a much bigger accomplishment than it sounds, and not all that common. Can anyone say nine-year-old Anakin Skywalker?)

Also, the script is taken from the book nearly verbatim, which gives is much credibility. Anyone who feels the need to improve upon C.S. Lewis loses a few points in my book.

Long story short, if you have the ability to forget you've seen computer-animated creatures interact flawlessly with live action, and you can use your imagination a little, then you will enjoy this beautifully crafted tale. Although, I do recommend trying to see it BEFORE you catch Disney's in December. :-D


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