The Chronicles of Narnia (film series)

 

The double DVD pack for the 1st and 2nd film
Directed by Andrew Adamson (1st and 2nd film)
Michael Apted (3rd film)
Produced by Mark Johnson
Written by The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
Ann Peacock
Andrew Adamson
Christopher Markus
Stephen McFeely
Prince Caspian
Andrew Adamson
Christopher Markus
Stephen McFeely
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Christopher Markus
Stephen McFelly
Steven Knight
Michael Petroni
Richard LaGraveneseC. S. Lewis (Novels)
Based on The Chronicles of Narnia by
C. S. Lewis
Starring List of Chronicles of Narnia cast members
Music by Harry Gregson-Williams (1st and 2nd film)
David Arnold (3rd film)
Studio Walden Media
Distributed by Walt Disney Pictures (2005–2008)
20th Century Fox (2010–present)
Release date(s) 2005–present
Running time Theatrical:
406 minutes
Extended Edition:
415 minutes
(to date)
Country United Kingdom
United States
Language English
Budget $545 million
Gross revenue $1,565,308,746

The Chronicles of Narnia is a series of fantasy films from Walden Media based on the series of novels, The Chronicles of Narnia written by C. S. Lewis. It currently consists of three films of a planned heptalogyThe Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005), Prince Caspian (2008), and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010).[1]

The series revolves around the adventures of children in fictional world of Narnia, guided by Aslan, a talking lion and the real king of Narnia. Most of the children featured were the Pevensie siblings and the prominent antagonist featured was the White Witch. While the films follow the novels’ traditional storyline and Christian themes, they also added deviations from the source material, including the Greek Mythology and British fairy tales.

The first two films were directed by Andrew Adamson, produced by Mark Johnson, and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. The third film is the first of the chronicles to be released in Digital 3D. It was directed by Michael Apted and distributed by 20th Century Fox.[2]

The series was considered to be one of the biggest movie franchises around the world due to the legacy of the novels. But while the first film was considered a financial success by being the 38th highest-grossing film of all-time, the second film fell short of expectations resulting in Disney relinquishing its involvement in the saga, though 20th Century Fox took their place as financial backer and distributor. The series has now grossed over $1.5 billion making it the 15th highest-grossing film series of all time.

Contents

Development

C. S. Lewis never sold the film rights to the Narnia series, being skeptical that any cinematic adaptation could render the more fantastical elements and characters of the story realistically.[3] Only after seeing a demo reel of CGI animals did Douglas Gresham (Lewis’s stepson and literary executor, and film co-producer) give approval for a film adaptation.[citation needed]

Films

 The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was directed by New Zealander Andrew Adamson and was shot mainly in New Zealand, though locations were used in Poland, the Czech Republic and England.

The story follows four British children who are evacuated during the Blitz to the countryside and find a wardrobe that leads to the fantasy world of Narnia; there, they must ally with the Lion Aslan against the forces of the White Witch, who has the world under an eternal winter.

The film was released theatrically starting on December 7, 2005. As of[update] April 2006, the film has grossed over US$700 million worldwide, making it the 35th highest grossing movie worldwide of all time.[4]

The DVD was released on April 3, 2006 in the UK and April 4, 2006, in North America and Europe.

Prince Caspian

Prince Caspian was the second adaption to the Chronicles of Narnia franchise. The whole production team from The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe returned but also new cast members joined the Narnia team such as Ben Barnes, Peter Dinklage and Eddie Izzard

The story follows four British children who were transported to Narnia in the previous film returning to Narnia and finding out that over 1300 years have passed and the land has been invaded by Telmarines. The four Pevensie children (William Moseley, Anna Popplewell, Skandar Keynes, and Georgie Henley) return to aid Prince Caspian (Ben Barnes) in his struggle for the throne against his corrupt uncle, King Miraz (Sergio Castellitto)

The film was released on May 16, 2008.[1] This film was the last in the Narnia film series to be distributed by Walt Disney Pictures.

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, based on The Voyage of the Dawn Treader was directed by Michael Apted and was the third official film in the series.

The story follows the two younger Pevensie children as return to Narnia with their cousin, Eustace. They join the new king of Narnia, Caspian, in his quest to rescue seven lost lords to save Narnia from a corrupting evil that resides on a dark island.[5]

Production was put on hold when Disney chose not to produce the film after a budget dispute with Walden Media, who then negotiated with 20th Century Fox to replace them.[6] Fox officially joined Walden Media on January 28, 2009.[7] They announced a December 10, 2010 release date shortly afterwards. It was released on December 10, 2010 in the US in Digital 3D in select theaters, along with its wide 2D release.

Additional films

As there are seven books in The Chronicles of Narnia, each book could potentially become a theatrical feature film.[8] The production of further films would be contingent on the profitability of previous films. The books that have not yet been adapted into movies are The Silver Chair, The Horse and His Boy, The Magician’s Nephew, and The Last Battle. Shortly before Perry Moore’s death in February 2011, he told his family that he had secured funding for a film based on The Magician’s Nephew, which recounts the creation of Narnia.[9]

Main cast

Children

Other recurring characters

  • Liam Neeson as the voice of Aslan, the magnificent and powerful lion who helps govern Narnia, his own creation. He is the only character to appear in all of the books.
  • Tilda Swinton as Jadis, the White Witch, the former queen of Charn and a witch who ruled Narnia after the events of The Magician’s Nephew and during the events of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
  • Ben Barnes as Prince Caspian, the Telmarine prince who becomes King of Narnia after overthrowing his evil uncle Miraz.
  • Eddie Izzard and Simon Pegg as the voice of Reepicheep, the noble and courageous mouse who fights for Aslan and the freedom of Narnia. Izzard played the character in Prince Caspian, and Pegg took over the role in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
Character Films
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Prince Caspian The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Aslan Liam Neeson
Lucy Pevensie Georgie Henley
Edmund Pevensie Skandar Keynes
Susan Pevensie Anna Popplewell
Peter Pevensie William Moseley
Caspian X   Ben Barnes
Eustace Scrubb   Will Poulter
Jadis Tilda Swinton
Miraz   Sergio Castellitto  
Reepicheep   Eddie Izzard Simon Pegg
Mr. Tumnus James McAvoy  
Digory Kirke Jim Broadbent  
Mr. Beaver Ray Winstone  
Mrs. Beaver Dawn French  
Ginarrbrik Kiran Shah  
Trumpkin   Peter Dinklage  
Lilliandil   Laura Brent
Glozelle   Pierfrancesco Favino  
Sopespian   Damián Alcázar  
Drinian   Gary Sweet
Tavros the Minotaur   Shane Rangi
Peter Pevensie (older) Noah Huntley  
Susan Pevensie (older) Sophie Winkleman  
Edmund Pevensie (older) Mark Wells  
Lucy Pevensie (older) Rachael Henley  

Reception

Box office

See also: List of Highest-grossing films
Film Release date Director Distributor Box office revenue Box office ranking Budget
North America Total Worldwide All time
domestic[10]
All time
worldwide
[11]
The Chronicles of Narnia:
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
9 December 2005 Andrew Adamson Walt Disney Pictures $291,710,957 $745,011,272[12] #43 #38 $180,000,000
The Chronicles of Narnia:
Prince Caspian
16 May 2008 Andrew Adamson Walt Disney Pictures $141,621,490 $419,664,778[13] #229 #120 $225,000,000
The Chronicles of Narnia:
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
10 December 2010 Michael Apted 20th Century Fox $104,132,696 $400,632,696[14] #430 #129 $140,000,000
Total $537,465,143 $1,565,308,746   #15 $545 million

Critical

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic Yahoo! Movies
Overall Top Critics
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe 75% (208 reviews)[15] 76% (38 reviews)[16] 75/100 (39 reviews)[17] B (13 reviews)[18]
Prince Caspian 67% (179 reviews)[19] 62% (37 reviews)[20] 62/100 (34 reviews)[21] B- (14 reviews)[22]
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader 49% (140 reviews)[23] 50% (26 reviews)[24] 53/100 (32 reviews)[25] C+ (10 reviews)[26]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Box Office Mojo
  2. ^ Disney opts out of 3rd ‘Narnia’ film
  3. ^ A general dislike of cinema can be seen in Collected Letters, Vol. 2, a letter to his brother Warren on March 3, 1940, p. 361; see also All My Road Before Me, June 1, 1926, p. 405
  4. ^ Worldwide Grosses Box Office Mojo
  5. ^ Alexonx (November 10, 2010). “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader-Spectacular trailer”. filmissimo.it. http://www.filmissimo.it/blog/le-cronache-di-narnia-il-viaggio-del-veliero-spettacolare-il-nuovo-full-trailer.html. Retrieved November 10, 2010. 
  6. ^ Borys Kit (2008-12-24). “Disney jumps ship on next ‘Narnia'”. The Hollywood Reporter. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/film/news/e3i13db0577bde6c55bef3697eead65b919. Retrieved 2008-12-24. [dead link]
  7. ^ Emily; Martin, Paul (2009-01-28). “Fox To Pick Up Dawn Treader”. NarniaFans.com. http://www.narniafans.com/archives/3269. Retrieved 2009-01-28. 
  8. ^ “NarniaWeb – Walden Media Outlines Narnia Series”. http://www.narniaweb.com/news.asp?id=895&dl=
  9. ^ “Virginia Beach Native and ‘Narnia’ Producer, Perry Moore, Found Dead at 39.” WTKR-TV. February 18, 2011. Accessed 2011-02-18.
  10. ^ Domestic Box Office Results
  11. ^ “All Time Worldwide Box Office Grosses”. Box Office Mojo. IMDb. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/alltime/world/. Retrieved July 22, 2010. 
  12. ^ http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=narnia.htm
  13. ^ Boxofficemojo.com
  14. ^ Boxofficemojo.com
  15. ^ “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”. Rotten Tomatoes. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/chronicles_of_narnia_lion_witch_wardrobe/. Retrieved ?. 
  16. ^ “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Top Critics)”. Rotten Tomatoes. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/chronicles_of_narnia_lion_witch_wardrobe/?critic=creamcrop. Retrieved ?. 
  17. ^ “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005): Reviews”. Metacritic. http://www.metacritic.com/video/titles/lionthewitchandthewardrobe. Retrieved ?. 
  18. ^ “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – Critics Reviews”. Yahoo! Movies. http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/1808475642/critic. Retrieved ?. 
  19. ^ “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian”. Rotten Tomatoes. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/chronicles_of_narnia_prince_caspian/. Retrieved ?. 
  20. ^ “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (Top Critics)”. Rotten Tomatoes. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/chronicles_of_narnia_prince_caspian/?critic=creamcrop. Retrieved ?. 
  21. ^ “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008): Reviews”. Metacritic. http://www.metacritic.com/video/titles/princecaspian. Retrieved ?. 
  22. ^ “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian – Critics Reviews”. Yahoo! Movies. http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/1809244324/critic. Retrieved ?. 
  23. ^ “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader”. Rotten Tomatoes. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/chronicles_of_narnia_the_voyage_of_the_dawn_treader/. Retrieved ?. 
  24. ^ “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Top Critics)”. Rotten Tomatoes. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/chronicles_of_narnia_the_voyage_of_the_dawn_treader/?critic=creamcrop. Retrieved ?. 
  25. ^ “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010): Reviews”. Metacritic. http://www.metacritic.com/movie/the-chronicles-of-narnia-the-voyage-of-the-dawn-treader. Retrieved ?. 
  26. ^ “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader – Critics Reviews”. Yahoo! Movies. http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/1809874898/critic. Retrieved ?. 

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