The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a 2005 British-American high fantasy film co-written and directed by Andrew Adamson, based on The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the first published and second chronological novel in C. S. Lewis’s children’s epic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia. It was co-produced by Walden Media and Walt Disney Pictures and distributed by Buena Vista Pictures.
William Moseley, Anna Popplewell, Skandar Keynes and Georgie Henley play Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy, four British children evacuated during the Blitz to the countryside, who find a wardrobe that leads to the fantasy world of Narnia. There they ally with the Lion Aslan (voiced by Liam Neeson) against the forces of Jadis, the White Witch (Tilda Swinton).
- Starring : William Moseley / Anna Popplewell
- Genre : Adventure / Family / Fantasy
- Country : United States / United Kingdom
- Language : English / German / Brazilian Sign Language
- Director : Andrew Adamson
- Production : Walt Disney Pictures / Walden Media
- Distributor : Buena Vista Pictures / Buena Vista International / Cascade Film / Falcon / Forum Cinemas / Forum Hungary / 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment / ABC Family / American Broadcasting Company (ABC) / BYU TV / Buena Vista Home Entertainment / Disney Channel / Disney XD / Film1 / Gativideo / Hotstar / SBS6 / Syfy / Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe movie
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe release date
- December 7, 2005 : Switzerland (German speaking region)
- December 7, 2005 : Spain
- December 8, 2005 : Germany
- December 8, 2005 : UK
- December 9, 2005 : Canada
- December 9, 2005 : Ireland
- December 9, 2005 : USA
- December 21, 2005 : Switzerland (French speaking region)
- December 21, 2005 : France
- December 21, 2005 : Sweden
- December 22, 2005 : Israel
- December 22, 2005 : Singapore
- December 23, 2005 : Switzerland (Italian speaking region)
- December 26, 2005 : Australia
- January 8, 2006 : Philippines
- March 4, 2006 : Japan
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe cast
- Georgie Henley as Lucy Pevensie
- Skandar Keynes as Edmund Pevensie
- William Moseley as Peter Pevensie
- Anna Popplewell as Susan Pevensie
- Tilda Swinton as White Witch
- James McAvoy as Mr. Tumnus
- Jim Broadbent as Professor Kirke
- Kiran Shah as Ginarrbrik
- James Cosmo as Father Christmas
- Judy McIntosh as Mrs. Pevensie
- Elizabeth Hawthorne as Mrs. Macready
- Patrick Kake as Oreius
- Shane Rangi as General Otmin
- Brandon Cook as Boy on Train
- Cassie Cook as Girl on Train
The film was released on December 9, 2005, in both Europe and North America to positive reviews and was highly successful at the box office grossing more than $745 million worldwide, making it 2005’s third most successful film. It won the 2005 Academy Award for Best Makeup and various other awards. An Extended Edition was released on December 12, 2006, and was only made available on DVD until January 31, 2007, when it was discontinued. It was the best selling DVD in North America in 2006 taking in $332.7 million that year.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was the first of a series of adaptations of C. S. Lewis’ series, and was followed by Prince Caspian in 2008 and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader in 2010. The three films have grossed over $1.5 billion worldwide among them.
During World War II, the Pevensie children, Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy, are evacuated from a London suburb to Professor Digory Kirke’s country home. Mrs Macready, the strict housekeeper, explains he is unaccustomed to hosting children.
While the Pevensies play hide-and-seek, Lucy discovers a wardrobe and enters the fantasy world called Narnia. Seeing a lamppost, Lucy encounters the faun Mr. Tumnus, who invites her to his home. He puts Lucy to sleep by playing a lullaby on his flute. When Lucy wakes up, she finds Tumnus grieving. He explains that Jadis, the White Witch, has cursed Narnia to a hundred years of winter. If a human is encountered, they are to be brought to her. Tumnus cannot bring himself to kidnap Lucy, so he sends her home. When she returns to Professor Kirke’s house, hardly any time has passed, and her siblings disbelieve her story.
One night, Edmund follows Lucy into the wardrobe, entering Narnia. While searching for Lucy, he meets the White Witch, who claims to be queen. She offers him tea and Turkish Delight and the prospect of becoming king if he brings his siblings to her castle. After she departs, Edmund and Lucy meet again and return. Lucy tells Peter and Susan what happened, but Edmund lies. Professor Kirke suggests she is telling the truth, though they remain unconvinced.
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