Four children from the same family have to leave their town because of the bombings of WWII. A woman and a professor take the children to their house. While playing a game of hide-and-seek, the youngest member of the family, Lucy, finds a wardrobe to hide in. She travels back and back into the wardrobe and finds a place named Narnia. After going in twice, the four children go in together for the last time. They battle wolves, meet talking animals, encounter an evil white witch and meet a magnificent lion named Aslan. Will this be the end of their journey to Narnia or will they stay?Written by
3 of the 4 children are known to have gone on to study at Oxbridge Universities. Anna Popplewell (Susan) studied at Oxford University and Skandar Keynes (Edmund) and Georgie Henley (Lucy) studied at Cambridge University. See more »
During Hide & Seek, Lucy tries a door at the end of the hallway, but it's locked. She tries the door to the right about five steps away, and it opens into the spare room with the wardrobe, but the entire left wall has windows; this would not have been possible if there were a room on the other side of the wall. In fact, there is a window to Lucy's immediate left upon entering (with the short cut of the buzzing fly). The only way this would have been possible within the layout of the house is if the locked door in the hallway was to a very shallow closet. See more »
The producers wish to thank ... Ngai Tahu People ... See more »
German theatrical version (non-digital) was cut for violence to secure a "Not under 6" rating. Digital presentations were uncut (with a "Not under 12" rating). On DVD, both versions were released (standard DVD was cut, collector's edition was uncut). See more »
I had been waiting for it ever since it was announced, so of course I couldn't pass up the chance to see a press preview this morning. And, while there were some definite weaknesses (mostly in the quality of the animations), overall I was completely convinced. Naturally it did not coincide 100% with my own vision of Narnia visually, but emotionally it rang absolutely true, choking me up several times and really touching me. I walked out of the theatre with a warm, contented feeling - just like I feel every time I read C.S. Lewis' book!
The stand-out performance was definitely Tilda Swinton's as the White Witch, but I liked all actors/voices, from cute little Lucy (newcomer Georgie Henley) to majestic Aslan (Liam Neeson). I thought the children did a great job, considering their relative inexperience and the amount of blue screen work involved.
Tip: Stay seated through the actor credits - afterwards there's another small scene.
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