This is from way back when the BBC made great kids stuff all the time with seemingly no effort. Part of the charm of the series is how extremely dated it now looks. I’m amazed how enthralled I was at the time but it’s still a lovely romp through hilarious special effects and some wonderfully overdramatic acting.
Of the four books they made (The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Prince Caspian,The Voyage of the Dawntreader and The Silver Chair), it was Dawntreader that had the most effect on me and still does. Those silent windswept islands with their secrets and mournful solitude. They are still endlessly fascinating to this day, like a ghostly Polynesia if you will.
when rereading the books years later, I found that they are so much more wonderfully effective. Imagine everyone who has ever picked up The Magician’s Nephew seeing in their mind Narnia being created from the same words but with millions of different versions floating around the cosmos of collective imagination. Great stuff, not only that but each of these hundreds of thousands of Narnia’s grows ever more complex and old throughout the books, giving you the pleasure of your own ages old world to explore. Read the rest of this entry »