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Featured CED VideoDisc No. 38 - Fall 2005


The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe


The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe CED VideoDisc With the live-action version of "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" coming out on December 9, the animated CED version of this C. S. Lewis classic book was chosen as the featured CED for this season. Mr. Lewis published this tale in 1950, but the book dedication to his Goddaughter, Lucy Barfield, indicates he may have been writing it for some time before then:

"I wrote this story for you, but when I began it I had not realized that girls grow quicker than books. As a result you are already too old for fairy tales, and by the time it is printed and bound you will be older still. But some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again. You can then take it down from some upper shelf, dust it, and tell me what you think of it. I shall probably be too deaf to hear, and too old to understand, a word you say, but I shall still be your affectionate Godfather, C. S. Lewis"

Lucy also happens to be the name of one of the four children who are among the principal characters in the novel. The story takes place around 1940 (Earth time) during the London blitz, but only a small portion of the novel takes place in the mysterious countryside house the four children have been evacuated to. Most of the story takes place in the country of Narnia, a kingdom that can sometimes be entered by stepping into a wardrobe in that strange house. Once in Narnia, a land where it has been "always winter and never Christmas" the children experience adventures with many of the fantastic creatures found there, including Mr. Tumnus the faun, Mr. and Mrs. Beaver, Maugrim the wolf, Jadis the white witch, Father Christmas, and Aslan the lion.

The 1979 animated adaption available on CED is fairly true to the book except in one notable detail - the children never actually meet Father Christmas. Instead Aslan himself presents them with their gifts. The title of the animated feature also states that this is "the first book of the Chronicles of Narnia." That is true based on the year published, but in C. S. Lewis' chronology of the Chronicles of Narnia, it is actually Book Two:

Year Published
Book One The Magician's Nephew 1955
Book Two The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe 1950
Book Three The Horse and His Boy 1954
Book Four Prince Caspian 1951
Book Five The Voyage of the Dawn Treader 1952
Book Six The Silver Chair 1953
Book Seven The Last Battle 1956

From the previews that have been shown so far, it appears that the 2005 version of "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" will be an impressive production. If it proves popular enough, more of C. S. Lewis' books in the Chronicles of Narnia will no doubt be made into movies.

A previous CED feature The Hobbit has proved enormously popular in elementary school curriculums, as it tells the story in slide show picture form, complete with quotes from the book. For that reason, this feature for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is structured similarly. It's interesting to note that J.R.R. Tolkien, the author of "The Hobbit" and C. S. Lewis were, in life, good friends and colleagues.

Scenes from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Title Image The Professor's House Lucy Hiding
Lucy Inside Wardrobe Lucy into Narnia The Lamp-Post
Mr. Tumnus Approaching Lucy - A Daughter of Eve Mr. Tumnus' Flute
Mr. Tumnus Weeping Back to the Lamp-Post Out of the Wardrobe
Lucy, Edmund, Peter, Susan Lucy Not Believed Edmund Follows Lucy
Edmund into Narnia White Witch Approaching The Witch and Her Sleigh
Edmund - A Son of Adam Turkish Delight The Way to the Witch House
Between Two Little Hills Lucy Finds Edmund Lucy Betrayed
The Professor Theorizes Four into the Wardrobe Four into Narnia
Edmund Exposed Mr. Tumnus' Cave Smashed Queen Jadis' Decree
Susan Sees an Animal The Beaver Beckons Mr. Beaver Informs
Beaver Dam and House Mrs. Beaver Dinner with the Beavers
Edmund Vanished Edmund Is Betrayer White Witch's House
A Stone Lion Challenge from Fenris Ulf Stone Mr. Tumnus
An Audience with the Witch Escape to Stone Table Kill Whatever You Find
Wolves to Beaver House Witch in Pursuit Wolves Too Late
Secret Hiding Place Inside the Secret Cave A Merry Party
Merry Party Interrupted An Unmerry Party Enraged Witch
Party of Stone Statues Exhausted Reindeer The Witch Walks
A Hilltop Sighted The Stone Table Aslan and Company
We Have Come - Aslan Aslan Presents Gifts Peter - Shield & Sword
Susan - Bow, Quiver, Horn Lucy - Cordial & Dagger The Prince Wins His Spurs
Sir Peter Wolf's-Bane Deputy Wolf Reports Edmund to Die
Edmund Rescued Audience Requested Aslan and Witch Negotiate
Aslan Angered by Witch Witch Frightened The Fords of Beruna
A Forlorn Aslan Witch and Company Aslan Comforted
Approaching the Witch Aslan Bound Aslan Shaved
Aslan Muzzled Aslan Killed Witch Plans Attack
Children Remove Muzzle Mice Untying Dead Aslan Sunrise in Narnia
The Stone Table Broken Aslan Reborn A Magic Deeper Still
The Children Ride Aslan Battle at Fords of Beruna Edmund and Peter in Battle
Aslan at Witch Castle Aslan Revives Statues Mr. Tumnus Revived
Mr. Tumnus Greets Lucy Troops Turned to Stone Rallying the Former Statues
Edmund Challenges Witch The Witch is Amused No More Wand
Aslan Approaches Aslan Roars Aslan Bounds for Witch
A Doomed Witch Witch Destroyed Edmund Given Cordial
To the Sea At Mouth of River Castle of Cair Paravel
Kings and Queens Crowned On the Four Thrones Aslan Quietly Departs
Years Later White Stag at Lamp-Post In Pursuit of White Stag
Out of Narnia Out of the Wardrobe The Professor Elucidates

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