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

TV Mini-Series  |  Unrated  |   |  Adventure, Family, Fantasy
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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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Complete series cast summary:
 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)
 The White Witch (6 episodes, 1988)
 Mr. Beaver (5 episodes, 1988)
 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)
 Aslan (3 episodes, 1988)
Irene Marot ...
 Hag (3 episodes, 1988)
Kairen Kemp ...
 Hag (3 episodes, 1988)
Jeffrey Perry ...
 Mr. Tumnus (3 episodes, 1988)
Michael Aldridge ...
 Professor Digory Kirke (3 episodes, 1988)
Mike Eastman ...
 Miraz Soldier (3 episodes, 1988)


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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Release Date:

13 November 1988 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

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

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Did You Know?


Aslan's mane was made from real yak hair. The eyes were made softer than a real lion's, while the face had animatronic functions. Two people were inside the lion, somewhat like a pantomime horse. See more »


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 »


The White Witch: How do I know this promise will be kept?
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An Underrated Classic, Captures the imagination.
9 August 2002 | by See all my reviews

I am frequently appalled by the denegration (from previous comments, one in particular not sure how many in total) of this series people inflict on it. It may have hand-drawn animations and really bad bluescreen composite effects and lack breathtaking special effects but thats how the 1980's were, they tried and I give them points for trying and it did seem spectacular in that era. Nowadays we have CGI SPX that kicks-ass but lets not denegrate a series because of the limitations of the period, lets appreciate it.

I remember watching this as a child and taping every single episode ofa the BBC (BBC rock for not putting advertisements in) and I was not dissapointed at all, I enjoyed this series. I still have the VHS tapes of them all and shall never record over them.

It is not to be taken too seriously, of course you can tell that some of the animals are played by people and the acting is a bit off but it is after all a children's program. Perhaps it was intentional to have the animals look so obviously like people, to symbolize the duality of men and beast, depends on your interpretation!.

This is a television series not a big budgeted movie, so considering all this, the production has done a great job in reviving the spirit of the book.

As always, movies can hardly replace the book but this one does an adequet job of it especially considering when it was made. Musical title score is above par, the sets constructed do the job and show great creativity, the great direction and crew production quality shows.

I hope they do put all of the Chronicals of Narnia TV series' on DVD (if they haven't already) to preserve its quality. I am sure there are plenty of fans out there who would buy it like me.

I do not want to go into the story (perhaps I should sometime), as with all my reviews I only comment on the impression left behind and production quality. I think children would find it most entertaining however if you do have the opportunity to watch this I suggest you do.

Final thoughts are is that it is a memorable series.

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