Would C.S. Lewis approve of this movie?

Narnia1Recently we wondered whether moviegoers will be able to watch the ever-so-serious talking animals in The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe without laughing inappropriately. Well, it turns out C.S. Lewis himself had reservations about the idea of live-action versions of his Narnia books. “Anthropomorphic animals, when taken out of narrative into actual visibility, always turn into buffoonery or nightmare,” Lewis wrote in 1959 to a BBC producer, in a letter published by nthposition and linked to by Cinematical. The ensuing discussion on Cinematical concerns, basically, whether the film violates Lewis’s vision or whether Lewis would change his mind today after witnessing CGI. Separately, here’s more from the Wall Street Journal on the grassroots marketing of the movie.

—Posted by Tim Nudd