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The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008) Poster

Trivia

The Baruna Bridge location was the strikingly beautiful Soca river in the Slovenian mountains. After nine months of negotiating red tape, the production was allowed to temporarily divert the flow of the river, while they built the bridge. The authorities had already been considering this themselves due a landslide the previous year, which had harmed the flow. Once it had been completed the river was rerouted back to its original flow. One hundred trees had been specially planted to tie in with the description of the location in the book.
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During the storming of Miraz's castle, Reepicheep's mice find the royal cat asleep. They tie him up in the same way that Aslan was tied in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005). The mice gnawed through Aslan's ropes in that story, and Aslan granted their species the power of speech, in honor of their devotion on that day.
In the beginning of the movie, when the four kids go to Narnia, they are in the Strand subway station. In Norwegian, Swedish, Dutch, Danish, and German, "strand" means "beach." When they arrive in Narnia, they arrive on a beach.
When the Pevensie children arrive at Aslan's How, they are shown a cavern with wall paintings of scenes from the first film. As they leave the tunnel, the camera lingers on a painting of Mr. Tumnus and the lamppost, and the score plays a brief snippet of the Narnian lullaby that Tumnus played for Lucy.
"Aslan" means "lion" in Turkish.
Anna Popplewell was disappointed that Susan did not get to use her bow much in the first film; when she mentioned this to director Andrew Adamson, this film's script was altered to add more scenes with her using it.
Anna Popplewell had to absent herself from several days filming to complete her school exams.
Peter Dinklage's prosthetics took three hours to apply. On his first day of filming, he also had to contend with being bitten by sand flies and falling into a river. Producer Mark Johnson joked that they were lucky that Dinklage returned after his first day.
According to Skandar Keynes (Edmund Pevensie), for one shot, where he had to slide off a roof, he had a 500,000 dollar camera strapped to his legs, as they could not get any stunt men the same size as Skandar to shoot the shot.
Tilda Swinton, as well as reprising her role as The White Witch, also makes a short cameo as a centaur.
When he was cast, Ben Barnes was set to tour as Dakin with the Royal National Theatre's production of "The History Boys." Barnes left England without telling the Theatre. They considered suing him for breach of contract, but then decided against it. To get into character, Barnes wore hair extensions and shaved twice a day. He patterned Caspian's "Spanish" accent on Mandy Patinkin's Inigo Montoya in The Princess Bride (1987).
The code name for this film was "Toastie." This is a reference to the toasted sandwiches, which were a favorite snack of the cast and crew during filming of this film and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005).
During filming, Georgie Henley (Lucy) lost two baby teeth. A bridge had to be created to fill in the gaps.
The role of Aslan, the most famous Narnian character, is considerably smaller in the film than it is in the book. Nearly 95 percent of the movie goes by without him.
Over one hundred actors auditioned for the voice of Reepicheep before Eddie Izzard was cast. He based his performance on Errol Flynn.
Work on the script began before The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005) was released, with a projected release date of 2007. However, the producers' many concerns regarding the novel Prince Caspian (2nd Narnia book written, 4th in retroactive "chronological" order) caused delays. At one point they considered skipping Prince Caspian and moving on to the next book in the series, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, likely because Caspian is more character-driven and less action-oriented then the high adventure of "Dawn Treader" or "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe". On the other hand, leaving out Prince Caspian's book would have robbed him of his proper introduction, and his presence on the Dawn Treader would make no sense to an audience. A repeat of the late 1980s BBC television strategy was considered, wherein "Prince Caspian" and "Dawn Treader" would combined as two segments of the same feature film. Andrew Adamson found a way to have the film stand on its own by adding a grand scale castle battle to the storyline, to make this film more epic and action oriented (the book does not have a corresponding scene). In hindsight, Adamson regretted the decision to make this second trip to Narnia bigger and more overblown than the first.
Eight months were spent scouting locations, including Ireland, China, and Argentina. Although parts of the film were made in New Zealand, like its predecessor, the majority of shooting took place in Czech, Slovenia, and Poland, because of the larger sets available. The stone prop was flown from New Zealand to Barrandov Studios in Prague, Czech. In a remote Slovenian location, everyone had to be checked for ticks on a regular basis, since infestations in the cast and crew's hair were common. Because of tax credits, post-production was based in the UK to qualify the movie as a British film.
Nikabrik in this film is a descendant of Ginaarbrik from the previous film, and wears the family ring. This detail is not in the C.S. Lewis writings; it is a retcon by the filmmakers. They named Ginaarbrik (who had simply been "the Dwarf" in the book) and gave him the familial connection, after noting the similarities between the two dwarrow from different time periods.
The enchantment used at the circle to conjure the White Witch is actually an old Lebanese song by a singer called Sabah. It translates into: "If it weren't for your eyes, we wouldn't have come, my oh my."
Susan is browsing the magazine cart at the beginning of the London scene. What she is reading is the Dec 9, 1939 issue of Picture Post. The Land Girl featured on the front cover is part of a civilian war effort group known as the WLA, Women's Land Army. It was started during World War I, to replace the men on the farms and in the factories in both the UK, and the U.S.
All 'Old Narnians' were made to look wilder than they had originally in the first movie because they had been hiding from persecution.
Although this film was quite successful (nearly 420 million dollars at the box-office, on a budget of 225 million dollars), it was far from the blockbuster success of the first film. As a result, Disney declined co-production on the rest of the series. The next film in the series, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010), was co-produced by Walden Media and a new creative partner, 20th Century Fox.
Actor Warwick Davis (Nikabrik) appeared in the older BBC versions of this tale and its companions. He portrayed Reepicheep in Prince Caspian and the Voyage of the Dawn Treader (1989) and Glimfeather in The Silver Chair (1990).
C.S. Lewis' stepson and heir Douglas Gresham, was co-Producer on this film, its predecessor, and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010).
The film contains over 1,500 special effects shots, more than its predecessor's 800 shots.
When Prince Caspian is walking through the forest and meets Reepicheep, the forest floor is covered with ferns. The filmmakers found a forest exactly like it in Poland, but discovered that it was cheaper to bring fake trees and 5,000 potted ferns into a studio than to bring all of the equipment to Poland and get permission to shoot there. They also later found out that the forest floor in Poland was filled with brambles.
The model-making department made approximately 2,500 replica pieces of treasure.
Although Peter has an antagonistic relationship with Prince Caspian in the film, in real-life, William Moseley and Ben Barnes became good friends.
Although C.S. Lewis wrote "Prince Caspian" second, it is actually the fourth book of "The Chronicles of Narnia."
The closing credits are twelve minutes long.
Aslan is fifteen percent larger than in the previous film, to emphasize his regal nature.
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Miraz's courtyard is the largest set that Production Designer Roger Ford had made at that point in his career.
Prior to shooting, Ben Barnes spent two months in New Zealand training and learning to ride horses.
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Ken Stott plays the voice of Truffelhunter the badger. Stott would later play Balin in Peter Jackson's Hobbit films, based on the book by J.R.R. Tolkien. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis (author of The Chronicles of Narnia series) were close friends, and provided feedback on each others work.
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Peter Dinklage was Andrew Adamson's first choice for the role of Trumpkin after Adamson saw his performance in The Station Agent (2003).
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Shane Rangi plays lead minotaur Asterius. The costume and prosthetics were so hot, he lost four kilograms (nine pounds) during filming.
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In total, 4,600 make-up jobs were required for the film.
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During pre-production, Disney announced a December 14, 2007 release date, but pushed it back to May 16, 2008, as Disney did not want to compete with The Water Horse (2007), another Walden Media production. Disney also felt the Harry Potter films comfortably changed their release dates (Northern Hemisphere) from winters to summers, and Narnia could likewise do the same because the film was darker, and more like an action film.
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Ben Barnes modeled his Spanish accent on Mandy Patinkin's in The Princess Bride (1987).
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Worldwide, this was the 10th highest grossing film of 2008.
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Sergio Castellitto took on the part of the King, because his children had enjoyed the first film so much.
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Pierfrancesco Favino, who plays General Glozelle, is multi-lingual, and would often serve as a translator for Andrew Adamson.
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Narnia is a Christian allegory, and Reepicheep is voiced by an outspoken Atheist.
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Locations were scouted over a period of eight months.
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Disney spent close to 175 million dollars promoting the film.
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Cameo 

Douglas Gresham: C.S. Lewis' stepson and heir is the castle crier who proclaims the birth of Miraz's son.
Harry Gregson-Williams: the film's composer, as voice of Pattertwig the Squirrel.

Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Throughout the film, it is often mentioned that many years have gone by in Narnia after the Pevensies left. Although the leads say that centuries have lapsed, they don't specify the exact amount of time. The readers of the book know this tidbit of information, but the viewers of the film are informed about it in the final scene taking place in Narnia. When Susan says goodbye to Caspian, she finally reveals that 1,300 years passed in Narnia time, reminding him that she is much older than he is.
A romantic subplot between Susan and Caspian was in an early draft of the script, but was mostly dropped. What remains, are chaste hints that the characters are attracted to one another, but put this aside, in the interest of the greater conflict.
The spear that is used to summon the White Witch, is actually the fragment of the wand that the White Witch used in the first film to freeze living creatures. Edmund had broken it in two halves during his fight with Jadis, and the hag uses it here to form the ice wall by striking it on the enchanted circle.
The magic circle that is used for the conjuring scene of Jadis is enchanted. Although never mentioned explicitly, whoever stands inside the circle, is under the White Witch's frozen spell, and is seduced by her magic powers. This explains why both Caspian and Peter are inert when they are inside the circle, standing in awe of the Witch's presence who tempts them both to give her a drop of Adam's blood. The only hint is the icy fumes coming from the mouth of Tilda Swinton, and consequently from both Ben Barnes and William Moseley.
In the first film, the White Witch had stabbed Edmund in the abdomen area. In this film, Edmund gets his just revenge by impaling Jadis in the stomach.
In the beginning, Susan shoots a Telmarine soldier, with an arrow, in order to save Trumpkin's life. Although it is unknown if the soldier survived his injuries, the arrow is used by Miraz to prove the existence of the Narnians to Professor Cornelius and Lord Sopespian. Specifically Miraz points the arrow at the drawing of the "4 Kings of Old" on the history book that Cornelius possesses. Lord Sopespian is then left in the study room alone. The arrow is finally used by Sopespian in the final scenes to stab Miraz and incriminate the Pevensies for treachery.
WILHELM SCREAM: When the bridge is crushed as the soldiers attempt to cross the river.

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