Steven Rea
December 08, 2006 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
140 minutes
Wide Release Date
12/09/05
performer
James McAvoy, Tilda Swinton, Jim Broadbent, Rupert Everett, William Moseley
director
Andrew Adamson
distributor
Walt Disney Productions
author
Andrew Adamson, C.S. Lewis, Ann Peacock
genre
Sci-fi and Fantasy

We gave it an B

Disney and Walden Media have piled on the goodies with their four-disc ”Extended Edition” of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the stately adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ fantasy classic. Director Andrew Adamson has added 10 minutes of new footage. There’s an extended battle between the good guys, led by the kids and the lion god Aslan, and the one-eyed trolls and minotaurs rallying behind Tilda Swinton’s ice sorceress. Want to know how many hairs there are on Aslan’s body? Twelve million CG-rendered follicles, according to a just-shy-of-asking-the-gaffer-what-he-had-for-breakfast making-of doc (James McAvoy, as Tumnus the faun, had to wear green pants so those goat legs could be digitally attached). Commentaries range from Georgie Henley (young Lucy) to Swinton. Some of the best stuff is in the doc C.S. Lewis: Dreamer of Narnia. Various interviewees paint a portrait of a brilliant thinker whose favorite pastimes through his 64 years remained ”eating and walking.”

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