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The Chronicles of Narnia - The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe Official Illustrated Movie Companion Paperback – October 25, 2005


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Narnia; First Edition edition (October 25, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060827874
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060827878
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #340,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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See how C. S. Lewis's amazing land of Narnia was brought to the big screen in the major motion picture The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Go behind the scenes and discover how the magic was made! Included inside are: never-before-seen images from the movie; exclusive behind-the-scenes stories; an in-depth discussion with director Andrew Adamson; actor profiles and interviews; Anna's Journal -- an on-the-set diary from actress Anna Popplewell, who portrays Susan Pevensie; and reflections and stories from those who meticulously created the costumes, armor, weapons, creatures, sets, beasts, and special effects. Perry Moore is executive producer of the major motion picture from Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Visit www.narnia.com for more information.

About the Author

Perry Moore is the Executive Producer of the major motion picture from Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.

Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954, when he was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. He wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include Mere Christianity, Out of the Silent Planet, The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters, and the universally acknowledged classics The Chronicles of Narnia. To date, the Narnia books have sold over one hundred million copies and have been transformed into three major motion pictures.

Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) fue uno de los intelectuales más importantes del siglo veinte y podría decirse que fue el escritor cristiano más influyente de su tiempo. Fue profesor particular de literatura inglesa y miembro de la junta de gobierno en la Universidad Oxford hasta 1954, cuando fue nombrado profesor de literatura medieval y renacentista en la Universidad Cambridge, cargo que desempeñó hasta que se jubiló. Sus contribuciones a la crítica literaria, literatura infantil, literatura fantástica y teología popular le trajeron fama y aclamación a nivel internacional. C. S. Lewis escribió más de treinta libros, lo cual le permitió alcanzar una enorme audiencia, y sus obras aún atraen a miles de nuevos lectores cada año. Sus más distinguidas y populares obras incluyen Las Crónicas de Narnia, Los Cuatro Amores, Cartas del Diablo a Su Sobrino y Mero Cristianismo.


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Customer Reviews

This book is a must-have for all Narnia fans, as well as anyone interested in the process of making a movie.
D. Lewis
Now it's 2:00 AM and I've just finished this amazing story and the only thing I can say is, "Wow! That was a really good book."
Tirian
Anna Popplewell contributes a film diary, and Georgie Henley conducted surprisingly insightful interviews with cast and crew.
E. A Solinas

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Tirian on November 10, 2005
Format: Paperback
I'd heard rumblings that The Official Illustrated Movie Companion by Perry Moore was pretty incredible. Then this week one of the NarniaWeb moderators said to me, "Wow! That was a really good book." So having heard enough, I trooped down to Barnes & Noble to see for myself. It took only sixty seconds of thumbing through the book to realize that I had to buy this book. I settled down this evening with a cup of tea to see what all the fuss was about and never quit reading. Now it's 2:00 AM and I've just finished this amazing story and the only thing I can say is, "Wow! That was a really good book."

At 225 pages, the book has over twenty chapters and a number of full-page illustrations, movie frames, concept art, and candid on-set photography. Producer Perry Moore begins the book by telling how as a Walden Media employee he helped negotiate with the C.S. Lewis Company for the rights to the create the film. He then takes us through pre-production describing the production team, pre-visualization for the film, and the various iterations of the script.

Children's casting director Pippa Hall has written a chapter on what it was like to cast the kids in the film. (She looked at over 4,000 kids in the casting process.) William, Anna, Skandar and Lucy each have their own chapter. Moore describes how each actor got the part and how they interact to the other three as true-to-life siblings. He goes into depth on each actor's personality, providing us with a unique and special view of each child and what they bring to the film.

Tilda Swinton also gets her own chapter. Moore met with Swinton at the very beginning of the moviemaking process and throughout the entire casting process everyone kept clamoring for Swinton to be the one to play the White Witch.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 9, 2005
Format: Paperback
Travelling the fantasy trail that "Lord of the Rings" blazed, "The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe" is one of the most hotly anticipated movies of 2005. It has battles, epic adventure, magic and a massive clash between good and evil, set against the lush backdrop of New Zealand. And it's adapted from a classic early fantasy.

Yes, it sounds a bit like a cash in, now that "Lord of the Rings" is over. But Perry Moore's "The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe: Official Illustrated Movie Companion" reveals that it's anything but. In this rich colourful book goes behind the scenes, to show us how the movie came together and how it unfolded.

Moore describes how the project got off the ground, scouting for locations and the pre-visualization that helped them create Narnia's otherworldly battles and beasts, especially the lion-god Aslan. Director Andrew Adamson seems to be almost frothing with enthusiasm during his own interview, and at various other times.

Costume sketches, computer graphics, and careful details are included, such as the symbolic carving on the wardrobe doors, or the studies of how centaurs would move if they existed. There is even more stuff about how WETA Workshops brought Narnia alive, with armor, monsters, prosthetics, and some very imaginative CGI animals.

It's not all fun and games, though. Moore describes their problems as well. There was some difficulty casting Edmund, and Skandar Keynes almost didn't make it on. And there was also the question of including Father Christmas in Narnia, but not having a mall Santa. With the help of an Alan Lee picture, they gave the jolly old fellow a radical revamp. If the pictures are anything to do by, it's for the better.

It also gives us a glimpse at the actors.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By D. Lewis on December 7, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book is a must-have for all Narnia fans, as well as anyone interested in the process of making a movie. It describes the A to Z process of securing the rights to the movie, selecting the key people to make the movie, and everything leading up to the incredible final product.

The writing is intelligent yet accessible and conveys the sincerity and genuineness that seems to be so lacking in most Hollywood projects. This book provides credibility for the movie's message and sets this project apart from other recent releases. This book is also visually stunning and includes early sketches showing how some of the fantasy characters were conceived and created. This aspect provides a fascinating glimpse into production that most movie-goers rarely get to see.

It is amazing to me that a relatively young author can write so powerfully about such heatrfelt sentiments and can convey an accurate picture of years of diligent work so effortlessly. He makes the making of the movie seem just as riveting as the movie itself. What a pleasure to read!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K-Train on December 15, 2005
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This is a really cool book. I really loved the chapters on the four children actors. They were so excellent in the movie and you can learn more about them in this guide. It covers all aspects of the movie and I highly recommend it to all Narnia fans.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Elisabeth on October 28, 2005
Format: Paperback
I have not read this book all the way through (I'm trying to save some surprises for when I see the movie) but I scanned through it at a store, and it is marvelous!!!!!

Beautiful pictures, detailed discriptions, even a little diary from Anna Popplewell (Susan).

I cannot WAIT until I can own this book for myself.

A must-have for any fans of the Narnia movie. :)
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