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greybeard
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My wife, my four adult children and I have just seen the trailer for new Disney movie of The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe at the website. All of us got the tingles. The Narnia books are by far one of the great bonding elements for our family. We spent one whole summer reading them and continued to read them together and individually thoughout our children's growing up years. Even though only one of our children is active in the Church all of them still love the Chronicles of Narnia. We can't wait to see the movie as a family. We've worn out three sets of books over the years. We now have three different sets in our library (one hardback, one paperback and a one volume paperback with all the stories). We also have a set of children's illustated versions and color maps. We even made a little Narnia world in the wooods behind our house when the kids were little. Sadly, we moved and had to leave that behind. Oh, by the way did I tell you that we really liked the books.
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nitasmile
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I only read the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. I don't remember much but I know I enjoyed the books. Is the movie going to be a cartoon or will it be "real people" ? Hopefully, it is real people vs. just animation.
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The people are real and the special effects for the creatures of Narnia look great. The music seems quite stirring also.
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lissa2061
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I am so excited for this movie too. That PBS miniseries or what ever it was truned out horrible and was bad to watch. I am very much looking forward to a quality movie.
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Michaela
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So, Greybeard, what did you think of the books?


[Big laugh]

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everdaygrace
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I discussed this thread with my 11 yo. She said "I hope Disney get's it right this time". She thought a minute and added "Nah, they won't get it right, they never do".

I hope she is wrong. But it is true that Disney has ruined some pretty great stories (Peter Pan anyone). Hopefully they will tread lightly here.

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The new Narnia movies are being funded by the same person the funded Holes and a few other family movies. The business man has a very interesting piece you can read entitled, "What ever happened to the Family Film" Very good reading.

http://www.hillsdale.edu/imprimis/2004/june/default.htm

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I feel better now. Thanks for sharing that.
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I'd like to see the film. I remember reading the books a long long time ago, and I thought they were good, so I tried to encourage my son to read them. He wasn't quite as captivated, however. Still, if the film is good and he likes it, maybe he'll give them another try.
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There was a preview shown before Star Wars, looks very impressive. I may just have to go and read the books.

ComingSoon has links to the previews here.

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I just started reading the book for the first time last night. I started with the Magician's Nephew, which is apparently the first book by C.S. Lewis's desires. (I always thought Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe was first).

I could not help but picture Jim Carrey as Count Olaf playing Uncle Andrew.

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Lion, Witch, and Wardrobe was the first book C. S. Lewis wrote, but according to the internal chronology of Narnia, Magician's Nephew comes first. I think it was a really misguided decision of the publisher to change the order of the books. They flow really well in the order they were written, as far as concepts introduced, continunity of character development, and development of the reader. If you can, I really suggest you read them in the order they were published. (LW&W, Prince Caspian, Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Silver Chair, Horse and His Boy, Magician's Nephew, Last Battle. I think that's the right order, the 5th and 6th may be switched.)
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Kalena
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[Note: Lazy "Jettboy" writing from my wife's computer.]

I too am excited to see this movie. Me and my wife (see above) pick one movie a year to see during the Holidays. For three years in a row it has been Lord of the Rings. This year it is sure to be LW&W. I agree that the BBC version of The LW
&W really stank with poor acting and bad special effects. We'll see, however, if Disney can pull this off better. They have a habit of messing with stories.

Another thing I agree with is reading the original order of the series. You miss a lot of the meaning and flow of the series if you start with The Magicians Nephew. I wouldn't be surprised if you got confused at first. On the other hand, I don't think you can leave it out either. Surprisingly, or not, it helps make sense of the later books while illuminating the former ones.

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Agreed on the order. I saw the trailer for the movie and am not sure what I think. Hard to tell from a trailer anyway. I also think I need to reread the books. It's been a couple years. [Big Grin]
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Kalena
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[Really and truly Kalena this time [Big Grin] )

I just reread the series and I have to say that LW&W is my least favorite of the series. I liked Magician's Nephew, Voyage of the Dawn Treader, and The Horse and His Boy. Rereading them as an adult, I didn't like the series as much as I did when I was younger. I guess life experience can change how one interprets and perceives what one reads. That aside, I am looking forward to seeing the film. With the absolute lack of anything watchable in the theaters right now, I hope this is as good as the previews.

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I absolutely love The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. I just hope that it isn't cut in half like Harry Potter.
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I'm new to The Nauvoo Forum, but wanted to put in my 2 cent's worth - - I saw the musical "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" at the Royal Shakespeare theater in Stratford (England) and it was one of the great experiences of my life (my then 6 year old came with - - I'd read the book to him) and he was enthralled. But even as good as the play was, it could never take the place of the book - - I enjoyed the play because I had loved the book so much (and the script stuck very closely to the book). My point - - no matter how good or bad the movie (I hope it's good!) the books are the real treasure. I've read each in the series over and over, and am now sharing them with my kids. C.S. Lewis was a genius. I recently read the story of him marriage to Joy Davidson - - gave a lot of insights.
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Welcome Noahsmom, I am excited for the movie because I too, loved the books, I am reading the Magcians Nephew to my grandson now -- we both wish we had more time to read more --it is so fun to see him loving it too!!! Again WELCOME !!!! [Big Grin]
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Thanks, OmeGa, for the welcome. Some other great kids' books are The Prydain Cycle (a series of 5) by Lloyd Alexander, the Little House books, the Anne of Green Gables books, the Bronze Bow (Elizabeth George Speare) - - I could go on and on. My mom and I were talking about good books for kids/young adults recently because she had heard that several inappropriate books were being promoted by schools/libraries and she wanted a list of good books for her Achievement Day girls. There are so many great books out there!
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You are welcome, and Thank You, I had not heard of the Bronze Bow or Prydian Cycle, I will add those to my list, there is thread called "Reading to Young Children" under Mormon Life, that also recommends a lot of good books --take a peak at it when you get a chance. Have a good night !!
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Hey Noahsmom, you can go to Introductions and tell us a little about yourself !! [Razz]
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