The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Question: Are Professor Kirke and Mrs. MacReady both aware of what the wardrobe really is and what it can do?

Chosen answer: While Professor Kirke is aware of the existence of Narnia, as he was there when it was created, he doesn't appear to be aware that the wardrobe can act as a portal (although he may suspect that it has unusual properties, as the tree from which the wood came to create it grew from a Narnian apple). Mrs MacReady doesn't know.

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Question: When Aslan and Peter are discussing the prophecy, Aslan lets slip that he's as concerned for his own family as Peter is for his siblings. I don't recall the books ever mentioning that Aslan had any relatives, so who is he referring to?

Chosen answer: Aslan is referring to the Narnians as his family.

Phixius

Question: Why do the beavers accuse the red fox of being a traitor? He seems perfectly dedicated to the side of good.

Chosen answer: I think it's because foxes and wolves are related, both being members of the dog family. Since the wolves are on the side of the Witch, I don't think it's much of a stretch for them to assume the fox is, as well.

Cubs Fan

Question: For his role as Maugrim, why was Michael Madsen uncredited?

Cubs Fan

Chosen answer: Actors sometimes choose not to be credited, particularly in cases where they're playing a role much smaller than one would normally expect them to be playing.

Tailkinker

Question: Does anyone know where a video interview can be found online of Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, Anna Popplewell, and William Moseley?

Chosen answer: Http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuMo80nink8.

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Question: The writers made a very deliberate attempt not to refer to "Santa Claus" by ANY proper name (St. Nick, Father Christmas, etc.), does anyone know why?

Chosen answer: In the Official Illustrated Movie Companion, it was stated that the presence of Father Christmas was very odd, and that they considered having Aslan give the Pevensies their presents. But since Andrew Adamson wanted to stay true to the story, they kept Father Christmas in there, but changed it so it was less blatant.

Question: A friend of mine noticed that despite it being winter in Narnia for a hundred years, no one's breath is visible. Is this a mistake, a director's choice (since it could've been added in post) or an element of Narnia (I am not very familiar with the books)?

Chosen answer: It was never mentioned in the book or the movie that breath wasn't visible, so it is a mistake.

Phixius

Question: It's made very clear in the movie that all of the animals in Narnia are intelligent, sentient beings. So what happens when the carnivorous animals have to eat? Since they all seem capable of working together to defeat the witch's army, it just seems very odd that they would then turn around and start killing each other. It may seem like an odd question, but is it explained in the book?

Chosen answer: It is not clearly explained in the books. But as Narnia and the creation of Narnia (The Magician's Nephew) is based on the Bible, you need to understand that animals used to all eat plants until the fall of the human race (Adam and Eve eating the apple). Another explanation is that not all of the animals talk, and the non-talking ones are preyed on.

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Question: Can anyone explain why, in the books, the chief of police is named Fenris Ulf, but in the movie (along with the 1988 BBC version) his name is Maugrim? Scarier sounding?

Chosen answer: The original name was actually Maugrim. It was changed to Fenris Ulf in early american publications. For more information, look here.

Garlonuss

Question: I was wondering if in the books, or in any other literature/discussion about the story, whether Professor Kirke is Mr. Tumnus' father? They certainly looked like each other in this movie and it seemed to be implied during the scene in the credits.

Chosen answer: The professor is not Tumnus's father. In the credits scene, the professor wants to get back to Narnia because he was there as a boy (in the book "The Magician's Nephew").

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Quotes

Susan Pevensie: Lucy thinks she's found a magical land...
Professor Kirke: Hmmm.
Susan Pevensie: In the upstairs wardrobe.
Professor Kirke: What? What did you say?
Peter Pevensie: Our sister... She thinks she's found a wood...
Professor Kirke: What was it like?
Susan Pevensie: Like talking to a lunatic...
Professor Kirke: No, no, not her, the wood!
Susan Pevensie: You don't mean you believe her?
Professor Kirke: And you don't?

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Mistakes

When Mrs. MacReady meets the Pevensie children at the train station, the reflector screen is reflected in the lenses of her glasses, as she looks down when she speaks to them. It is also visible when the children first arrive at the house, when Mrs. MacReady says, "There shall be no disturbing of the professor."

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Trivia

When Lucy finds Narnia the second time, the "wind" that blows out her candle is a crew member inside the wardrobe trying to blow the flame out.

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