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The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. Spoiler tags have been used sparingly in order to make the page more readable.
For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for The chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe can be found here.
Yes. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is based on the 1950 novel of the same name, the first novel in The Chronicles of Narnia series by British writer and academician C.S. Lewis [1898-1963].
Walden Media have stated on numerous occasions, most notably at Comic-Con 2007, that if the Narnia series continues to do well, then they will continue making the movies, and that they fully intend to make all seven books. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader was released in 2010.
Because they are filming the books in the order in which the books were first published, and not the chronological order into which the books were later rearranged. For an in-depth discussion of the merits of both book orders, see here
At several points in the movie, it is strongly hinted at that the Professor knows more about Narnia than he is perhaps letting on. This is a subtle hint towards the events of The Magician's Nephew - a prequel story to The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe which was released in 1955 (5 years after The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe). The Magician's Nephew tells the story of a young Digory Kirke (later to become Professor Kirke) and how he came to be present at the very creation of Narnia itself.
The answer is found in the prequel story The Magician's Nephew. At the end of The Magician's Nephew Digory is given an apple by Aslan as a reward for showing his faith in accomplishing a task enforced on him. Once back in the real world, Digory uses the apple to heal his sick mother, and then later buries the apple (along with the magic rings which originally took Digory into Narnia) in the garden of his childhood home. The tree that subsequently grew was thus imbued with Narnian magic. When the tree was blown down in a storm many years later, Digory used the wood to build the wardrobe. The wardrobe seen in the movie is carved with symbols and pictures representing many of the key events in The Magican's Nephew.
It is the cricket ball from earlier in the film. Prior to all four children entering Narnia for the first, Edmund had accidently smashed a window and knocked over a suit of armour during a game of Cricket outside. The children then fled, being pursued as they thought by Mrs Macready, and came to hide in the wardrobe. After finally leaving Narnia at the end of the movie, the professor playfully throws the cricket ball to Peter, indicating that it had been him, not Mrs Macready, who had followed them into the Wardrobe room. This scene also helps communicate the idea that absolutely no time had passed in the real world whilst the children had been in Narnia.
They didn't change it. However, some American editions of the Narnia books have several alterations, one of them being that the character "Maugrim" was renamed to "Fenris Ulf." Since 1994, the US publications of the book have come into line with the original UK edition. The movie producers went with the original UK name "Maugrim" rather than the altered US name "Fenris Ulf."
It's a reference to a line from the book: "And shortly after that they looked into a room that was quite empty except for one big wardrobe; the sort that has a looking glass in the door. There was nothing else in the room at all except a dead blue bottle on the window-sill."
Those are moth balls. Their inclusion is a reference to a line from the book: "To her surprise it opened quite easily, and two moth-balls dropped out."
"Oh, Johnny! Oh, Johnny! Oh!" performed by The Andrews Sisters. It is the only song in the movie which is not included on the soundtrack.
"Evacuating London," which is Track 2 on the Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe soundtrack from Walt Disney Records. It was written for the movie by score composer Harry Gregson-Williams.
On one side: "When Aslan bares his teeth, winter meets its death" & on the other side: "When Aslan Shakes His Mane We Shall Have Spring Again".
The surprise hit at the winter boxoffice in 2005 got released on DVD in two different version: as the theatrical version and as an Extended version that runs several minutes longer and features mostly little story extensions of only a couple of seconds throughout the whole movie. A bit more interesting are the extended fight scenes at the big battle at the end of the movie. Here, the Extended version is a bit more violent but it's still a movie for children and families. Don't expect too much. A detailed comparison between both versions with pictures can be found here.
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