November 29, 2005

After All, He Isn't A Tame Lion.

Rachel relays C.S. Lewis' opposition to the notion of a Narnia movie. Key quote:

"Anthropomorphic animals, when taken out of narrative into actual visibility, always turn into buffoonery or nightmare. At least, with photography."

I'm afraid the poor man didn't realize the half of it. And what he would say to the notion of the face of Aslan flogging every kiddy product under the sun from toothpaste to cereal to fast food to God know what else, I'm sure I could hardly imagine.

Posted by Robert at November 29, 2005 08:47 AM | TrackBack

It is a wise man who can anticipate a Jar-Jar Binks generations before anyone else.

Posted by: Gary at November 29, 2005 09:19 AM

I think even C.S. would have had difficulty maintaining his objections in the face of the big ol' mountain of cash that Aslan can summon. Not to be cynical, but who hasn't imagined himself living out the final scene of "Trading Places" instead of living in some place that requires a worn, patched, wool sweater and eating the thin gruel that is the reward for feeding Chaucer to undergraduates.

In fact, if I were C.S., and the check were big enough, I'd be perfectly willing to see Bert Lahr mugging his way through the final battle with the White Witch. And if I felt the littlest bit guilty, well, they got churches in Barbados I could donate to.

After all, wasn't it Kipling who said "There is no promise of God nor man that goes north of ten thousand dollars?"

Posted by: The Colossus at November 29, 2005 10:42 AM

To make a long comment short, there are many books that I've read that made big movies, usually a downer, but there are also many big movies I saw that made go get the books that told the real story.

So hopefully this one will encourage people to go out and read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

Posted by: Vinnie at November 29, 2005 11:42 PM