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I like those old made-for-TV Narnia movies better than the new ones...

aruman
Rivendell


Oct 15 2012, 3:36pm

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I don't know...Prince Caspian was pretty good I think. Need to watch the first one again, but was pretty disappointed with Voyage of the Dawn Treader, which was one of my favorite books. At this point I don't even follow them or care if/when the next one comes out.

Those really low budget British ones, those were extremely faithful to the books. I enjoyed them, and it's even more impressive when you compare the budget of the earlier films to that of the newer ones.

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DanielLB
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Oct 15 2012, 4:55pm

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The recent films were not the best adaptations. Sure, they were fun, and quite enjoyable, but they certainly don't capture the magic of the books.

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Aunt Dora Baggins
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Oct 15 2012, 5:18pm

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Warwick Davis in a mouse suit *was* Reepicheep, somehow. Those movies had pretty primitive special effects, but they had the True Narnia in their hearts.


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aruman
Rivendell


Oct 15 2012, 6:12pm

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It almost makes me wish someone would do the same thing with LOTR...really long, really cheap, really faithful to the books Wink

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Aunt Dora Baggins
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Oct 15 2012, 7:22pm

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sevilodorf
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Oct 15 2012, 11:13pm

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True to the books without being "untrue" to film necessities. And though the effects are a trifle (really) outdated as was said the spirit of the books is there.

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aruman
Rivendell


Oct 16 2012, 2:31am

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I worded my first post kind of weird...when I said I liked Prince Caspian I was referring to the new films. The other new ones...meh...not so much.


The old ones? All of them were cool! And yes Reepicheep was awesome LOL

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Eledhwen
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Oct 16 2012, 8:57pm

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Every Sunday teatime we religiously sat down to watch them - they're not films, they're three separate TV series. I got very excited a few years ago when I discovered the DVD box set.

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Ardamírë
Valinor


Oct 17 2012, 8:47pm

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I used to watch them all the time when I was little. I'd beg my parents to take me to the library to borrow them on VHS Laugh

Buuuuut, my absolute favorite Narnia movie is the 1970s animated version of the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Its magical, fantasy, and captures the book so perfectly.

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tennie75
Lorien


Oct 18 2012, 10:30pm

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My favorite part was Tom Baker as the, um, Boggle? That's not right, but he was something. (Sorry, I obviously need to read the series again).

We watched these after being Who-verized by Dr. #4, so it was fun to see him in a different role.

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aruman
Rivendell


Oct 20 2012, 6:49pm

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I also used to love to rent them from the Library! I'm pretty sure I got them all, I most vividly remember renting the Silver Chair...man those were great!

And I also grew up loving that cartoon! The White Witches voice was scary! The only thing about that flick was it left out Father Christmas (they got the gifts from Aslan)...that cartoon RULED!

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Malveth
Rivendell

Oct 21 2012, 12:36am

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Personally, I hate both series with almost equal vehemence. A few bright spots: Sam West as the grown Prince Caspian, Warwick Davis as Reepicheep (voice, not the awful costume), The Silver Chair was pretty solid, love the traditional animation effects, love the music.

But overall, both series are really terrible and don't need to exist, just read the books.

I do love the 70's animated special. That was nicely done, produced by the same man (John Coates) who produced Yellow Submarine, The Snowman, The Wind In The Willows (1994) and The Beatrix Potter Collection (1990's).


Ardamírë
Valinor


Oct 23 2012, 1:39am

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I still enjoy the animated film. It's the only adaptation that screams Narnia to me. I especially love the ending with the children growing as kings and queens and then being told about the White Stag and then hunting it. And then the professor's ending monologue was perfect. It's a shame the rest of the books weren't adapted.

I haven't seen any of the BBC videos in many years, but I remember loving them. The Silver Chair was especially great. But the new films were quite a let down, at least the last two were. There were a great many good scenes in them, but the overall films were just not The Chronicles of Narnia.

I hope someday someone else who loves the books will come along to adapt them for cinema again. And because of my love of the cartoon, I wouldn't even be averse to another animated version. The animation wouldn't have to be traditional. In fact, I'd rather it be more story-book and fairy-tale like. A painterly effect would be fantastic.

"...and his first memory of Middle-earth was the green stone above her breast as she sang above his cradle while Gondolin was still in flower." -Unfinished Tales

(This post was edited by Ardamírë on Oct 23 2012, 1:41am)


wendy woo
Rivendell


Oct 24 2012, 4:16am

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I also loved the cartoon version! [In reply to] Can't Post

It ticked me off that they felt it necessary to mess with Lewis' near-perfect dialogue when they made the new film, as if it needed "help" to be made relevant to a more modern audience. The cartoon was exceedingly faithful, in my opinion, whereas the movie lost some of its punch with a watered-down script. Boo! Hiss! Kids are brighter than you think, certainly brighter than Hollywood credits them. Narnia is an enchanted place, after all, where characters act differently, think differently and above all, speak differently. I don't see how an exposure to a wider vocabulary could be anything other than good to a child. They'll catch on quickly.

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