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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a 2. British- American high fantasy film directed by Andrew Adamson and based on The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the first published and second chronological novel in C.
Lewis's children's epic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia. It was co- produced by Walden Media and Walt Disney Pictures and distributed by Buena Vista Pictures. William Moseley, Anna Popplewell, Skandar Keynes and Georgie Henley play Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy, four British children evacuated during the Blitz to the countryside, who find a wardrobe that leads to the fantasy world of Narnia. There they ally with the Lion Aslan (voiced by Liam Neeson) against the forces of Jadis, the White Witch (Tilda Swinton). The screenplay based on the novel by C. Lewis was written by Christopher Markus & Stephen Mc.
Feely. The film was released on December 9, 2. Europe and North America to positive reviews and was highly successful at the box office grossing more than $7. It won the 2. 00. Academy Award for Best Makeup and various other awards. An Extended Edition was released on December 1.
DVD until January 3. It was the best selling DVD in North America in 2. Lewis' series thus far released, and was followed by Prince Caspian in 2. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader in 2.
The three films have grossed over $1. In the London suburb of Finchley, the Pevensie children, Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy, are endangered by a Second World War attack of German bombers by Nazi Germany's. Luftwaffe. They are then evacuated to the country home of Professor Digory Kirke, who is not accustomed to having children in his house, as Mrs Macready, the strict housekeeper, explains. While the Pevensies are playing hide- and- seek, Lucy discovers a wardrobe and enters a wintry fantasy world called Narnia. Seeing a lamppost, Lucy encounters the faun.
Mr. Tumnus, who explains the land she has entered and invites her to his home. He puts Lucy to sleep by playing a lullaby on his flute. When Lucy wakes up, she finds Tumnus grieving, and he explains that Jadis, the White Witch, has cursed Narnia and it has been winter for 1. If a human is encountered they are to be brought to her. Tumnus cannot bring himself to kidnap Lucy, so he sends her home.
When she returns to Professor Kirke's house, hardly any time has passed in the normal world; her siblings do not believe her story, and when they look in the wardrobe to see only a normal back. One night, Edmund follows Lucy into the wardrobe.
He enters Narnia as well, and after searching for Lucy he meets the White Witch, who claims to be Queen of Narnia. She offers him Turkish Delight as well as the prospect of becoming king and having power over his siblings if he brings them to her castle. After she departs, Edmund and Lucy meet again and return; Lucy tells Peter and Susan what happened, but unfortunately, Edmund lies. Professor Kirke talks with Peter and Susan and suggests she is telling the truth, though they are unconvinced.
While running away from Mrs. Macready after accidentally breaking a window, the four siblings retreat to the wardrobe and enter Narnia. Tumnus has been taken by the Witch, and meet Mr.
Beaver, who tell them about Aslan. According to the beavers, Aslan intends to take control of Narnia from the Witch.
The four must help Aslan; it has been prophesied that if two sons of Adam and two daughters of Eve sit in the four thrones, the White Witch's reign will end. Edmund sneaks off to visit the Witch.
When he arrives at her castle, she is angry that he did not deliver his siblings. The Witch sends wolves to hunt down the children and the beavers, who barely escape. Edmund is chained in the Witch's dungeon, where he meets Tumnus. The Witch demands that Edmund reveal where his siblings are. After Tumnus claims that Edmund does not know anything, The Witch tells Mr. Tumnus that Edmund betrayed him, then turns Tumnus to stone. While Peter, Lucy, Susan and the beavers travel, they hide from what they believe to be the White Witch.
It is really Father Christmas, a sign that the Witch's reign is ending. Father Christmas gives Lucy a healing cordial, a drop of which will bring back to life anyone injured, and a dagger to defend herself. Susan receives a bow and arrows and a magical horn that will summon help when blown, and Peter a sword and shield. After evading wolves led by Maugrim, the group reaches Aslan's camp.
Aslan is revealed as a huge and noble lion who promises to help Edmund. Later, two wolves ambush Lucy and Susan. When Peter intervenes, Maugrim attacks him, and Peter kills him. Some of Aslan's troops follow the other wolf to the witch's camp and rescue Edmund. Peter is knighted by Aslan. The White Witch journeys to Aslan's camp and claims Edmund, but Aslan secretly offers to sacrifice himself instead. That night, as Lucy and Susan covertly watch, Aslan is killed by the White Witch.
In the morning he is resurrected because . Aslan takes Susan and Lucy to the Witch's castle, where he frees the prisoners that the White Witch turned to stone. Edmund persuades Peter to lead Aslan's army to fight the White Witch's forces. To stop the Witch from attacking and killing Peter, Edmund attacks the White Witch and destroys her wand, but is gravely wounded by her. As the Witch fights Peter, Aslan arrives with reinforcements and kills her. After Edmund is revived by Lucy's cordial, the Pevensies become Kings and Queens. Fifteen years later, the Pevensie children have grown into young men and women.
While chasing a white stag through the forest, they encounter the lamppost that Lucy saw on her first trip to Narnia. They make their way through trees, arriving in the wardrobe at the same time and day they left, becoming children again. Lucy later attempts to return to Narnia via the wardrobe, but Professor Kirke tells her he has tried for many years, and they will probably return to Narnia when they least expect it. William Moseley as Peter Pevensie, the eldest of the four Pevensie children.
Anna Popplewell as Susan Pevensie, the second eldest child of the four Pevensie children. Skandar Keynes as Edmund Pevensie, the third of the four Pevensie children.
Georgie Henley as Lucy Pevensie, the youngest of the four Pevensie children. Liam Neeson voices Aslan, the great lion who was responsible for creating Narnia. Tilda Swinton as Jadis, the White Witch, who holds Narnia under an eternal winter without Christmas or Spring or Summer. James Mc. Avoy as Mr. Tumnus, a faun who at first works for the White Witch, but befriends Lucy Pevensie and joins Aslan's forces. Ray Winstone voices Mr.
Beaver, a beaver who helps lead the children to Aslan. Dawn French voices Mrs. Beaver, a beaver who helps lead the children to Aslan. Kiran Shah as Ginarrbrik, the White Witch's servant dwarf. Jim Broadbent as Professor Digory Kirke, an old professor.
He lets the children stay at his country estate during the war. Elizabeth Hawthorne as Mrs. Macready, Kirke's strict housekeeper. James Cosmo as Father Christmas.
He gives Peter, Susan, and Lucy their Christmas gifts. Michael Madsen as the voice of Maugrim, a wolf who is captain of the White Witch's secret police. Patrick Kake as Oreius, a centaur who is second- in- command of Aslan's army. Shane Rangi as General Otmin, a minotaur who is second- in- command of the White Witch's army. Morris Cupton as Train Guard, the guard of the train Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy ride. Judy Mc. Intosh as Helen Pevensie, the mother of the four Pevensie children.
Rupert Everett as the voice of Mr. Fox, a fox who helps the children along their way to Aslan. Cameron Rhodes as the voice of a Gryphon who helps Peter in the war. Noah Huntley as the adult Peter Pevensie, who has grown up as a king in Narnia.
Sophie Winkleman as the adult Susan Pevensie, who has grown up as a queen in Narnia. Mark Wells as the adult Edmund Pevensie, who has grown up as a king in Narnia. Rachael Henley as the adult Lucy Pevensie, who has grown up as a queen in Narnia.
Producer Philip Steuer voices Phillip, Edmund's talking horse. The radio- announcer that Peter listens to on the rainy day near the beginning of the film is played by Douglas Gresham, co- producer of the movie and C.
Keynes' voice broke during filming, so some of his voice track had to be re- looped by his sister Soumaya. Pevensie is only glimpsed in a photo which Edmund tries to retrieve during the bombing, which is of Sim- Evan Jones' father.
Moseley and Popplewell came from the very start of casting, whilst Henley and Keynes were cast relatively late. Moseley was cast because casting director Pippa Hall remembered she cast him as an extra in a 1. Cider with Rosie. He quit school to learn all his lines and beat 3. Peter. Brian Cox was originally cast in the role on December 9, 2.
Lewis Estate in 2. This was changed in the movie because Adamson said he could vividly remember a huge battle, an example of how Lewis left a lot to the readers' imagination.
Other small changes include the reason all four children come to Narnia, in that an accident breaks a window and forces them to hide. Tumnus also never meets Edmund until the end in the novel. Minor details were added to the Pevensies, such as their mother's name, Helen, being the actual first name of Georgie Henley's mother.
Finchley as the home of the Pevensies was inspired by Anna Popplewell, who actually is from Finchley. He felt it was more natural that she first see the wardrobe while looking for a hide- and- seek hiding place, rather than just chance upon it exploring the house. The film also hints at Professor Kirke's role in The Magician's Nephew, such as the engravings on the wardrobe, when it is a simple one in the novel, and the Professor's surprise and intrigue when Peter and Susan mention Lucy's discovery in the wardrobe. When Lewis wrote the novel, it was the first of the series and the back- story later outlined by the subsequent books in the series did not exist.