TRAILER: Voyage of the Dawn Treader
June 17, 2010
Check out the first trailer for the Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
Voyage of the Dawn Treader is one of my favorite books in the Narnia series. Its not about witches or wars, but a seafaring adventure with sea monsters, curses, invisible foes, battles, and dragons.
A few questions:
1. Why is the White Witch here? – She’s absent from this book, and I don’t see any need for her to reappear in Dawn Treader. Apparently the team wanted to bring her back. My guess is that she shows up to “tempt” Edmund at the island of nightmares.
2. Why is Eustace only in 2 seconds of this trailer? – Eustace’s transformation from selfish brat to a young gentleman is truly the heart of Dawn Treader. My guess is that the first trailer wants to showcase the scenery and returning characters, not new ones. I hope that Eustace isn’t downplayed, because he’s handled terrifically by C.S. Lewis: “There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it. His parents called him Eustace Clarence and masters called him Scrubb. I can’t tell you how his friends spoke to him, for he had none.”
3. It’s in 3D? – Even though Dawn Treader was not filmed in 3D, it will be released in 2D and 3D formats. So if you’re expecting another cinematic experience like Avatar, don’t. I’ll cross my fingers that the 3D here works better than it did for Clash of the Titans, but don’t get your hopes up.
4. Where’s Disney and director Andrew Adamson? – Apparently budget and “creative differences” have led to Disney passing off the film on to 20th Century Fox and director Michael Apted. I was disappointed with Andrew Adamson, who directed the first two films. He didn’t really understand the heart of Narnia, and tried (and failed) to introduce pacifist themes between Aslan and the White Witch. (I wish I was kidding about that, but at least you couldn’t tell in the final product). I hope this team can take Narnia in the right direction. Producer Mark Johnson admitted that “We made some mistakes with Prince Caspian don’t want to make them again.” He said it’s “very important” that filmmakers regain that magic for Dawn Treader, now in the editing stages—and he’s convinced they’ve found it.
5. Who else isn’t coming back? – Eddie Izzard was unable to reprise his role as the valiant mouse Reepicheep, but I’m sure Bill Nighy will do a fantastic job. Harry Gregson-Williams is listed for the main themes but the music has been handed over to David Arnold(James Bond movies, Hot Fuzz). I’m definitely disappointed because the soundtrack was my favorite part about the Narnia films. He did some impressive work in Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, so maybe David Arnold can pull it off.