OMIGOD, OMIGOD, OMIGOD, OMIGOD..........
OMIGOD - GOOD.......so good it was BRILL :-)
OK, time to flesh this out a bit..... :-)
I first read the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe at about 6 years old. It has remained my favourite childhood book for the last 35 years! :-)
As I previously said, I always wanted to be Lucy, but overall the four children matched my family. The eldest son, strong and reliable; the elder sister, watchful and careful of the little ones; the younger son, bitter and vengeful; the younger sister (that would be me!), misunderstood and mostly ignored.
The book covers the relationships much more than the film does, and you really learn to hate Edmund in the beginning!
OK, off to Narnia. Mr Tumnus was fantastic! Dunno who he was, but he was fabulous - just as I had pictured him. The beavers were excellent, little furry homebodies, Mrs Beaver packing for the trip (it's in the book, people!).
The White Witch - awesome. Tilda Swinton (the only face I really recognised) was superb, following on her performance as Archangel Gabriel in Constantine (the only good thing in THAT film!). She was a mix of Gabriel and the Borg Queen - eerily scary. And they got the hot cocoa and turkish delight in there too!
And the most controversial character - Aslan. Aslan is supposed to be a parody of God or Jesus. I just thought he was this cool talking Lion who led the revolt against the Witch - but then hey! I was a kid! Aslan was out of this world. He was earthy and ethereal at the same time. He was everything I dreamed of.
Oh, and one other thing? The film had many small scenes which were taken straight from the illustrative plates in my children's version all those years ago. The children in their fur coats, Edmund talking to Aslan and the Stone Table.
Can't wait for Prince Caspian......