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The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe 

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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:
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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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 Chronicles of Narnia: 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

Cair Paravel means "the lower court", from the Welsh "caer" meaning a fort and the old French "paravail" meaning either "lower" or "in the valley". See more »

Goofs

The Blitz started in autumn 1940. Evacuation took place in 1939. 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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I loved it!
4 May 2004 | by lje32677See all my reviews

This fable is wonderful. We have 4 young children: Peter(Richard Dempsey), Susan(Sophie Cook), Edmund(Jonathan R. Scott) and Lucy(Sophie Wilcox); taken from London in 1940 to avoid the onslaught of the German Luftwaffe. They arrive at an old manor house in the country where they meet a kindly old professor(Michael Aldridge). The boys aren't thrilled by the empty and damp house, but the youngest, Lucy, is enchanted. They decide to explore the grounds, but have to explore the house instead of the grounds, due to a rainstorm. Lucy discovers a large, decorative wardrobe which appears to be made out of oak or some other hardwood. She goes in and is transported to another world. A world of witches, nymphs, talking fawns and other wonders. She can't convince her brothers and sister, but eventually as they are trying to avoid the stern governess, Mrs. McCready(Maureen Morris), they follow Lucy into the world. Then the real adventure begins.

This fable is layered with metaphors and symbolism. C.S. Lewis became a dedicated Christian late in life and the symbolism in the story shows his faith, as well being a good story.

All of the young people and others portray their roles with gusto. A couple of the actors go over the top, but it adds to the story. But the one that caught my eye was young Sophie Wilcox who played Lucy. This child was so animated. The range of her emotions traveled from joy to sadness to anger and back again. Lucy was portrayed as an innocent defending her family and loyal to her friends. There was no guile in her. Then there was her brother, Jonathan R. Scott(Edmund), who betrayed the family to the "White Witch"(Barbara Kellerman), because of anger and greed. The love of his family and King Aslan(William Todd Jones) saves him.

The special affects were the affects that were popular during the late 80s. Not as spectacular as in the Harry Potter movies, but the engineering of Aslan as a large male lion was wonderful.

I'm 44 and I recommend this film to anyone who wishes to go back and relive some wonderful childhood moments.

Laura


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