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The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe 

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (original title)
Unrated | | Adventure, Drama, Family | TV Mini-Series (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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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Richard Dempsey ...  Peter Pevensie 6 episodes, 1988
Sophie Cook Sophie Cook ...  Susan Pevensie 6 episodes, 1988
Jonathan R. Scott Jonathan R. Scott ...  Edmund Pevensie 6 episodes, 1988
Sophie Wilcox Sophie Wilcox ...  Lucy Pevensie 6 episodes, 1988
Barbara Kellerman ...  The White Witch 6 episodes, 1988
Kerry Shale ...  Mr. Beaver 5 episodes, 1988
Lesley Nicol ...  Mrs. Beaver 5 episodes, 1988
Mick Walter Mick Walter ...  Ginaarbrik 5 episodes, 1988
Ailsa Berk Ailsa Berk ...  Aslan 4 episodes, 1988
Martin Stone Martin Stone ...  Maugrim 4 episodes, 1988
William Todd-Jones William Todd-Jones ...  Aslan 4 episodes, 1988
Keith Hodiak Keith Hodiak ...  Aslan's Satyr / ... 4 episodes, 1988
Garfield Brown Garfield Brown ...  Aslan's Satyr / ... 4 episodes, 1988
Ronald Pickup ...  Aslan 3 episodes, 1988
Irene Marot Irene Marot ...  Hag 3 episodes, 1988
Kairen Kemp Kairen Kemp ...  Hag 3 episodes, 1988
Jeffrey Perry Jeffrey Perry ...  Mr. Tumnus 3 episodes, 1988
Michael Aldridge ...  Professor Digory Kirke 3 episodes, 1988
Mike Eastman Mike Eastman ...  Miraz Soldier 3 episodes, 1988
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Storyline

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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English

Release Date:

13 November 1988 (UK) See more »

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The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Despite going through the battle, Peter's shield is unmarked. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Beaver: Mrs. Beaver! We really must be *out* of this!
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Alternate Versions

Several VHS releases omit the scene where the children are playing on the beach after they are crowned. It is, however, included on the R1 DVD release. See more »

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Version of The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe (1979) See more »

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An Underrated Classic, Captures the imagination.
9 August 2002 | by homie_gSee 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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