Co-producer Douglas Gresham's voice is heard early in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, as a radio announcer giving news of the German bombings in London. Gresham is C.S. Lewis's stepson, and the executor of Lewis's estate, who manages the rights to the “Narnia” books. He is one of the sons of the American poet Joy Gresham, Lewis's wife, but the only one depicted in the autobiographical 1993 movie Shadowlands.
When Peter is talking to Aslan in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, Aslan says “Beaver also mentioned something about you turning him into a hat”. That line was not originally in the movie. The smile you see is William Moseley smiling because a fly was buzzing around his head, which rendered the shot useless.
She is pretty BA. We’ll have some fun highlighting her this week! ^_^
Aslan is a Turkish word (as used in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe) meaning Lion. Lewis came up with the name during a trip to Turkey before 1922, where he saw the Sultan’s elite guards, called Aslan because of their bravery and loyalty. The name of the White Witch is “Jadis,” a French word meaning “of old.” Aslan explains that the witch practices the very old “deep magic,” but his “magic” is even older—from “before the dawn of time.” “Jadis” is the usual start to French fairy tales (much like the English phrase “Once upon a time…”).
While filming the snowball fight scene in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, the four kids had a snowball fight with director Andrew Adamson between takes.
In scenes where the children had to react or talk to CG characters in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, Andrew Adamson, the director, and Alina Phelan, his assistant, would provide the voices for those non-existing characters, to make it easier for the kids to respond to someone who really isn’t there.
It’s got a little bit of everything in it and I think that’s what makes so wonderful!
The Witch’s coachman is unnamed in the book. The filmmakers of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe named him Ginaarbrik, deciding that he is an ancestor of Nikabrik from The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. The two dwarves wear the same family ring in the films.
Several birds had made nests within the filming studio of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, and several scenes had to be filmed twice due to the noise these birds were making. A green screen was used to film one of these birds who leads the children from Tumnus’s house to the Beavers.
In The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, there are three versions of Peter’s sword: steel, aluminum, and rubber. William Moseley preferred working with the aluminum swords for the fighting scenes because they were a lot lighter and “they didn’t bounce like the rubber swords.”
That is such a cool opportunity to see all the stars! And I agree, I always have to look away during that scene.
Georgie Henley is the principal actress in the role of Lucy in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. Near the end of the film, her older sister Rachael Henley (seen on the right) plays her grown-up alter ego. Early in the film, when Mr. Tumnus refers to Lucy as a “Daughter of Eve”, a confused Lucy says her mother’s name is Helen, who is the mother of the two actresses.
The fur around the White Witch’s neck during the final battle scene in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe is Aslan’s mane that was cut off the night before. In the same scene she fights Florentine style with two swords.
Although C.S. Lewis wrote “The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe” first, it is actually chronologically the second book of “The Chronicles of Narnia.”
You’re very welcome! It’s going to be fun! These movies give me a lot to work with!