I’ve devoted so much attention to the upcoming The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe film that I feel compelled to note that C.S. Lewis didn’t want any live-action Narnia films. At least not in 1959, when he wrote to a BBC radio producer that “anthropomorphic animals, when taken out of narrative into actual visibility, always turn into buffoonery or nightmare. At least, with photography…” An animated film would’ve been alright, “if only Disney did not combine so much vulgarity with his genius.” As to what he’d make of the fact that Walt Disney Pictures is co-producing a live-action version of his novel, well, God only knows. But then again, there’s so much CGI that it might as well be half-animated…
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