Friday, March 27, 2009

The Chronicles of Narnia

The Magician's Nephew
This one might not actually make it to theaters but I sure hope it does. (I would really like it if Disney made all of the books into movies like what Warner Brothers is planning to do with Harry Potter. After all if Warner Brothers can do it why can't Disney?) If they get around to making this movie I wonder what material they are going to use to make the green rings. The yellow rings should be easy enough to make (there are various yellow materials, especially gold) but the green ones might be painted, stained or who knows what. I don't doubt that the gold and silver trees will be shown which made the crowns of the first king and queen of Narnia (my reason for this is because in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe film Lucy's and Susan's crowns look like silver and gold garlands made of branches and flowers). The silver apple tree should also be pretty interesting. I wonder if the apples will be made of some silver-like metal or if they will be real apples with a silver candy coating. (It's just an idea.) Any way Weta Workshop has done a very good job on a lot of the props, weapons, etc. on the previous films so I am very sure they will do a good job on this one (on account that this book makes it to film).
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
I thought a lot of foreshadowing was done very well in this film. First if all the wardrobe had various scenes carved on it that (hopefully) will be shown in The Magician's Nephew when it comes out. Next thing to note is that the lamppost has roots at the bottom (which is also explained in The Magician's Nephew). Thirdly, the professor has a tobacco box in the shape of a silver apple. (This box is only in the movie not in the book.) Another thing to note is the fact that the crowns at the Pevensie siblings' coronation look like they were taken off the branches of trees (as I have already stated earlier in this blog).
I love how well Weta Workshop did very good work on the props like the book described(with some extra detail they decided to put in themselves). Peter's shield is supposed to look silver with a bright red lion on it and the handle of his sword is supposed to be gold. (Weta made it look like a Lion's head.) Both Susan's horn and quiver are supposed to be made of ivory (whether Weta just decided to make them look like ivory or actually made them out of ivory I don't know but they did a good job in at least making them look like the right material). Lucy is given a dagger which has no known detail about it (and is only mentioned in the first book) and a cordial in a vial made of diamond. (Weta could easily get away with this one if they wanted to make the bottle out of glass sicne diamond and glass are both transparent materials who's to be the wiser?) Mr. Tumness' flute, although beautifully designed in the film (and I am perfectly happy with the way it looks in the film to), was supposed to be made of straw (and according to a drawing by Pauline Baynes should have looked more like a pan flute). The wardobe was also supposed to have a mirror on the inside of the door. Both the witch's crown and wand were supposed to be made of gold, not ice. (I actually like the ice look on both objects in the film especially the fact that the witch's crown is shown melting when spring comes. I suppose the wand could have been made of white gold as well as ice and the witch did have an unusual gold crown like structue on her head during the final battle in the shape of Aslan's face with his mane inside as well as around it.) The stone knife seemed to be in perfect detail (it is never stated what colour it was or any other description except that it was made of stone). They also put the writing on the stone table that talks about the Deep Magic.

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