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This is part 5 of a rambling compare-and-contrast on the BBC miniseries and Disney feature film versions of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, with extensive reference to the book (since the book is my only true canon). As of yet, I have no preference for one filmization over the other, since both have elements that make me happy and elements that annoy me to no end.

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The aftermath:

The BBC's battle staging also makes no emotional sense... )

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The coronation:

The BBC opens this section by showing everyone marching along the road... )

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The final return to England:

The BBC segues into Tumnus writing a chronicle of the Pevensies' reign... )

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A short note on music:

I love the BBC credit music to bits... )

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Summing up:

If I were watching these productions without the book as a frame of reference... )

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And that is that! \o/

(Unless, of course, you want to read some thoughts on Prince Caspian, written as real-time stream of reactions while I watched the Disney filmization. I have not watched the BBC version of that story, though I may get around to it someday, once Disney's version of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is released, since apparently the BBC combined those two books.)
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This is part 4 of a rambling compare-and-contrast on the BBC miniseries and Disney feature film versions of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, with extensive reference to the book (since the book is my only true canon). As of yet, I have no preference for one filmization over the other, since both have elements that make me happy and elements that annoy me to no end.

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Deeper Magic:

Interestingly, I think the BBC background music for Susan's and Lucy's approach... )

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Battle preparations:

The next several sections -- especially the battle -- take up hardly any time in the book... )

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In the Witch's house, part 2:

BBC Aslan flies over some very pretty British scenery... )

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The Battle of Beruna (or of a random highland plain, if you believe Disney):

The BBC's battle is a confused melee in constricted quarters... )

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One last post to go!

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This is part 3 of a rambling compare-and-contrast on the BBC miniseries and Disney feature film versions of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, with extensive reference to the book (since the book is my only true canon). As of yet, I have no preference for one filmization over the other, since both have elements that make me happy and elements that annoy me to no end.

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In Aslan's camp:

I confess to liking the BBC's version of the Stone Table much more... )

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Edmund's rescue:

Peter kills Maugrim in mid-afternoon, but dusk has fallen by the time... )

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Negotiations and battle plans:

The BBC follows the book closely in the immediate aftermath of Edmund's rescue... )

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The sacrifice:

The BBC segues into this with a little sibling conversation wherein Peter says... )

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Two more posts should get me to the end of the story. I will try to get through the battle tomorrow.

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This is part 2 of a rambling compare-and-contrast on the BBC miniseries and Disney feature film versions of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, with extensive reference to the book (since the book is my only true canon). As of yet, I have no preference for one filmization over the other, since both have elements that make me happy and elements that annoy me to no end.

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Edmund's betrayal:

The BBC has leisure to reproduce almost all of the book dialogue... )

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In the Witch's house, part 1:

Both versions of Jadis's castle are cold and creepy, but the blue, icy internal light... )

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Setting out for the Stone Table:

[NOTE: for the next three sections, I am using the BBC version to arrange the order of scenes and events, since it's generally faithful to the book. Disney is by now playing so fast and loose with the story that a lot of mental hopscotch or cut-and-paste is required to map their version of events onto Lewis's framework. Therefore, the order in which I discuss events is often not the order in which Disney shows them.]

The BBC keeps the moderate pace of the book, though they exaggerate Mrs. Beaver's preparations... )

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Father Christmas and his side-effects:

Disney skips right to the next morning, with the Beavers and the Pevensies looking out across... )

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The thaw:

The BBC shows this mostly via shots of running water and the Witch's sledge traveling through fog... )

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More to come soonish. I have finished writing up the BBC version and am perhaps 3/5 of the way through rewatching the Disney version critically and writing down my observations. (I also went back and edited part 1 of this review, to fix some inaccuracies that had crept into my memory of the Disney film version.)

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This is part 1 of a rambling compare-and-contrast on the BBC miniseries and Disney feature film versions of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. As of yet, I have no preference for one version over the other, since both have elements that make me happy and elements that annoy me to no end.

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link to part 2
link to part 3
link to part 4
link to part 5

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Opening:

The Disney version starts by showing us the London Blitz... )

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Lucy and Mr. Tumnus:

The Disney version is helped by a much larger budget... )

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Lucy's return:

The BBC makes an odd staging choice and has Lucy open the spare room door... )

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Edmund and Jadis:

The BBC neglects to have Edmund shut the wardrobe door... )

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The second return to England:

Both versions do a good job of showing Edmund realizing Jadis is probably evil, and then... )

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Into Narnia:

The BBC follows the book and has Mrs. Macready leading a tour group... )

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Mr. and Mrs. Beaver:

I like Disney better for exploring the wreck of Tumnus's home, but I have a great fondness for the BBC decision to... )

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Huh. All that, and I don't think I'm even halfway through the story. Anyway, more to come at some point.

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Wherein I compare and contrast three versions of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: the original book by C. S. Lewis, the 1988 BBC miniseries, and the 2005 Disney feature film. (Comments are not mirrored from LJ to DW or vice versa.)

part 1 on LJ / part 1 on DW

part 2 on LJ / part 2 on DW

part 3 on LJ / part 3 on DW

part 4 on LJ / part 4 on DW

part 5 on LJ / part 5 on DW

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