Chronicles of Narnia, The: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (Animated)
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To appreciate this story the most, we have to keep in mind that C.S. Lewis was an atheist who eventually converted to Anglicanism. (Anglo Catholicism if you prefer)
The story starts with the 4 Pevensie children. (Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy) The youngest one (Lucy) claims to have gone through the wardrobe, which leads to the land of Narnia, where an evil queen makes certain that it is always winter there and never Christmas. None of the other 3 children believe Lucy, but Edmund is especially rude. However, Lucy holds to her beliefs. Later Edmund finds this to be true, and runs across the evil queen. Perhaps out of feeling picked on, Edmund develops a liking for her.(It's worth noting that she has some political charm, and is even somewhat funny in this first encounter with Edmund.)
Edmund later runs into Lucy there who is now convinced Edmund will back up her story to Peter and Susan. But in an especially vile moment, he flat out denies it.
Eventually, all the children end up in Narnia, and Edmund is caught in his vile lie. The 4 children soon run across Mr. and Mrs. Beaver who explain to the children that there is an evil queen there who keeps Christmas out of Narnia. But there is hope. The noble lion Aslan (who is obviously suppose to represent Jesus is coming). We may wonder if Mr. and Mrs. Beaver represent C.S. Lewis and his wife.Read more ›
I found this edition in a store and picked it up, despite seeing that it had been cropped to widescreen, because it had the British English audio as a separate track. (They had a different voice cast for the UK airing, except for Aslan.) It is also the first one to have subtitles. Most (but not all) of the bonus features from the Sterling Special Edition are carried over as well.
Though the animation is far from the animation quality that Narnia deserves, it manages to help tell the story very well, and clocking in at about 95 minutes, it is also the shortest visual adaptation of C.S. Lewis' first Narnia story, sticking very closely to the book. Most of the dialogue is even derived from Lewis' text. The only real difference is that Father Christmas does not appear and Aslan gives Peter, Susan, and Lucy their gifts.
The reason why I can't give this a five is because the picture is widescreen. If this had been how it was originally presented, I would have no problem, but this production was made in the late 1970s for television. It is NOT the complete picture, as even a new viewer should realize at seeing the tops of character's faces cut off.Read more ›
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It's the original from the 1970's. With all the newer movies it just doesn't compare. The witch is pretty annoying with repetitive yelling and gestures, but for the most part what... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Love this cartoon! Used to watch it when I was little and bought it for my family.Published 5 months ago by Alanna Faye Hitz
A favorite movie from my childhood - I was so happy to find it on DVD. The picture quality isn't great but I didn't expect it to be. Read morePublished 15 months ago by RWF
Yes, it was excellent - same movie I saw back in the 80's on PBS when I was a kid... Loved that it had both British and American accents to choose from for the audio! Read morePublished 16 months ago by Robert J. Pedrick