The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader Trailer

Published 5 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 10:39 am,

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The first trailer for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader hit the web last night at the Brazilian Chronicles of Narnia fansite, MundoNarnia.

Voyage of the Dawn Treader is the third film in the Chronicles of Narnia series and picks up three years after the events of The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.

Here’s the synopsis for Dawn Treader:

This time around – Edmund and Lucy Pevensie, along with their pesky cousin Eustace Scrubb – find themselves swallowed into a painting and on to a fantastic Narnian ship headed for the very edges of the world. Joining forces once again with their royal friend Prince Caspian and the warrior mouse Reepicheep, they are whisked away on a mysterious mission to the Lone Islands, and beyond. On this bewitching voyage that will test their hearts and spirits, the trio will face magical Dufflepuds, sinister slave traders, roaring dragons and enchanted merfolk. Only an entirely uncharted journey to Aslan’s Country – a voyage of destiny and transformation for each of those aboard the Dawn Treader – can save Narnia, and all the astonishing creatures in it, from an unfathomable fate.

Check out the trailer embedded below:

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is widely considered to be the best (or at least the most exciting) book in the whole franchise, and there are moments in this trailer that capture that sentiment. Unfortunately, there are also moments that disappoint. One nitpick in particular is the CGI of the animal characters, Aslan and Reepicheep. It’s been five years since The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe hit it big at the box office, but it doesn’t look like the CG has improved much, if at all.

Of course, much of that has to do with financing. To truly capture the magic and fantasy of Narnia, a studio would have to shell out well in excess of $200 million on production costs (which is exactly why Disney pulled out of producing Dawn Treader back in December 2008).

After the relative box office disappointment of Prince Caspian, Disney didn’t want to commit too much money to a franchise that appeared to be on its way out. A month later, when Fox agreed to finance the film, it was obvious that Voyage of the Dawn Treader would be made on a much tighter budget than its predecessors.

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I enjoyed the first two films in the Chronicles of Narnia series. To me, they were solid. Not great, not terrible, but decent family entertainment. That being said, I have my doubts about Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Setting aside the trailer, which is just okay, there are a number of elements in the film that I’m not sure will translate well to the big screen.

For one thing, the Christian symbolism in Voyage of the Dawn Treader is much more conspicuous. I don’t necessarily think that’s a bad thing, but it presents a tricky decision. Will they go the Disney route and (more or less) embrace the Christian symbolism, or will they try and stow it at the expense of telling a deeper and more emotionally satisfying story. My gut says that Fox has done the latter, aiming to squeeze every bit of action out of their $140 million budget, with less regard for the “message” of the story.

Perhaps I’m over analyzing it. After all, it is only a trailer. What do you think? Does the first trailer for The Voyage of the Dawn Treader make you want to see the film? If you’re a fan of Chronicles of Narnia, where does Dawn Treader rank among the seven books?

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is directed by Michael Apted. The film hits theaters on December 10th, 2010.

Source: MundoNarnia via /Film

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  1. looks promising. too bad Disney let go of this project.

  2. Looks like the Price Caspian trailers..okay but no actual WOW!! moments that make me say I have to see this.

  3. I wish they’d been able to give it the budget it needs, but it still looks very promising. I hadn’t read Narnia before the first film. Although I was a huge Tolkein fan, I simply missed it when I was younger. Now, the books seem a bit juvenile, for obvious reasons. The films, however, have been surprisingly good. I’ll be happy to see this one, and hope it can keep enough steam to warrant further look into the series.

  4. I hope this film foes well enough to warrent another movie, as the next book is my personal favorite, The Silver Chair, and I think that it would make fir an awesome mainstream-budgeted movie (there was a straight to VHS version years ago, which while ok, was sorely lacking in budget and execution, and everything else). I think the Silver Chair has the potential to be the best in the series if they can actually get to do it. Another one which would be awesome is the prequel book, The Magician’s Nephew, which is arguably the largest scale book, involving multiple other worlds and the creation of Narnia’s dimension, along with a lot more time spent in the “real world” and the crossing over of beings from other worlds into our world; with the correct budget and vision, it could be epic.

    • I agree that the Silver Chair should translate to the screen in a fantastic way! It is a little slow in some places, but there is plenty of action (to keep Hollywood happy) and an interesting story (to keep the rest of us happy).

      Ever since The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe came out I’ve been looking forward to Dawn Treader. I still adore the book, and still re-read it every now and then. Best of the series, in my opinion. I believe it will work well as a movie if they don’t neuter it too much (time constraints will probably cut whole islands). It’ll definitely work better than A Horse and His Boy, imo. I loved that book (my second favorite), but I don’t think it would make an incredible movie except for Narnia fans.

      Foopher, I believe this is explained at the end of Caspian, isn’t it? In case it isn’t (possible spoiler alert), the older sibs aren’t allowed to come back to Narnia. It works though, the two new characters are perfect for this book.

      Jess, if you don’t like Christian symbolism you should probably avoid anything written by CS Lewis. Just sayin’.

  5. I’m not a huge fan of Narnia (books nor films) but I hope they continue to adapt the entire series. It would be a shame if they stopped half-way through. I’d especially like to see The Magician’s Nephew (my favourite – my mother read it to me when I was a child). But The Magician’s Nephew can wait until all the other films have been made, since it doesn’t share any child characters with them, and time is precious when you’re working with child actors…


  7. I didn’t know The Dawn Treader had religious symbolism, must have ignored it when I read the book.
    Personally I hope they don’t make The Horse and his Boy, the worst one in the series and it had nothing to do with the series.
    Why is th eWhite Queen showing up again!?! She died in the first one and didn’t show up again in the books. It was stupid when she showed up in the second one and it looks stupid here too.
    The movie does look promising though.

  8. GOD. They should made this one better than any franchise. For some good reasons that own by every single NARNIA series’ fans, this book (The Voyage of the Dawn Trader) is the BEST series that contained many adventure, magic, and conflict inside. Just like fantasy book it self and the title Voyage. For me, IT’S THE BEST BOOK of NARNIA! But when I looked the CG, oh my, CRAP, really intriguing and terrible. This one even worse than Jurassic Park animation. No one would want to see it.

  9. I think the CG, and animation looked ok, but they can polish that up b4 Xmas. I’m hoping it does well, this franchise deserved more than the beating’ its’ taking,what with the stories as classic as they are. Good Luck.

  10. Actually, the scene where they try to resurrect the White Queen in Prince Caspian was in the book, she just never talked in the book and she was just seen as a shadowy-visage thru the ice window/portal and the fight scene wasn’t as big; they just expanded it and gave it more depth for the movie, in order to tie it in better to the themes they were trying to convey thru Peter’s character, as well as for more obvious Holloywood reasons. Unless there was a passing mention on like one page or something, I am 99.99% that she was not in Dawn Treader. Could it be the Star Girl instead? Cause Caspian does come across, and subsequently marries, a girl in the book whose mother was a physical manifestation of a Star or something like that. If they do end doing the Silver Chair but replace the Green Witch with the White Queen for villian continuity, I’m gonna super pissed; same goes for Magician’s Nephew and the Crazy Amazonian-Witch.

    • The crazy amazonian witch in the magician’s nephew is the white witch, in case you did not know. She just goes by Jadis, before she is known throughout Narnia as the white witch.

  11. I like Tilda Swinton so I have no objection to them expanding the White Witch’s role in the films.

  12. I cannot wait to see the 3rd Chapter of CHRONICLES OF NARNIA this coming Christmas. Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy have grown up as Teenagers and took a Journey across Narnia to see whats going on ? These sequels are based on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Chapters I cannot believe that.

    This is alot is similar to “The Nevernending Story I, II, III” and “Harry Potter I-VI”

  13. I dont know,
    While watching this all I could think of was that it had a very Peter Panesque feeling to it .
    The ship looked like it came out Of Stepen Spielbergs Hook.

  14. it sucks they didn’t show eustace’s face, i can’t remember who it was they got to play him. not too sure about this, the first two were so…meh, it might seem shallow but i think they need maybe 2-3 big names in each movie, tilda swinton and the VOICE of liam neeson just isn’t really enough, we need to see a recognisable face do interesting things (i’m not saying unknowns can’t make a character interesting but the big name actors are famous for a reason)hopefully it’ll do well though because this and the silver chair were my favourite from the series, and i want to see the silver chair done right (bill nighey for puddleglum yo)

  15. @ Danny McKinney: Narina is NOTHING like Harry Potter! It should be the other way around. Narina was around YEARS before JK Rowling so it shouldn’t be even in the same catagory!

    I didn’t think the trailer looked half bad. It may need some work, but it wasn’t terrible. If they’re going to make any Narina book into a movie, they should do the Magican’s Nephew. That way we get to see where the whole series started from.

  16. Oh, no. It looks TERRIBLE. I loved the first two movies because they were fairly faithful to the books — and sure enough, “Prince Caspian” is probably the weakest of the books, so since they were producing the books in order they got “stung” on that one. But “Dawn Treader” is a marvel, and this movie clearly won’t do it justice. It looks as if they have changed the plot, the kids are too old, and if the snippets in the trailer represent the dialogue in the script …. ::shudder:: … sounds like a lot of ghastly cliches strung together.

    I am not looking forward to this one. What a shame.

  17. I’m not impressed with the trailer. They really didn’t show us anything the movie has to offer. The scenes seemed pretty random. Minus the beginning portion, which I thought enticing, yet it didn’t really take us anywhere. Also i’m wondering how much of the book they are going to put in. The creatures in the book are really random and easily corny on film. Anywho, back to the trailer, i wish they had’ve showed us something of the story line. All we got is “oh hey they nearly drowned on their way back to narnia and they are on a boat this time..the end.” I love the narnia books, they are some of my personal favourites, but slightly…maybe more…disappointed by this trailer. okay rant done.

  18. I’m glad that Disney isn’t producing anymore. Narnia felt tainted, or something. The first movie was decent, but Prince Caspian was made of Lame. It was all action, obnoxious kids, and teen ANGST. Isn’t that what Twilight is for?
    What annoys me is that they take the simple fun of the books, where we don’t see too much into the kid’s personal lives in the “real” world, but we still get an idea of who they are, and they take every measure possible to make the Pevensie kids more and more angsty. It’s simply not necessary. I understand that the writers are trying to add more depth to the story, but it’s not fitting with the spirit of the books, and it just doesn’t seem to work well. The kids come off as more obnoxious than 3-dimensional. I like the concept of exploring how the kids feel after returning to regular mundane life as London kids after living as royalty in another world, but the writers, actors, or whoever aren’t pulling it off. I’m not relating to these brats! You’d think former kings and queens would have a little more wisdom in dealing with life rather than having a whine-fest. Although I am glad it’s just Lucy and Edmund this time around. The two older kids were awful actors, but the younger ones have much more of an edge, particularly Skandar Keynes.
    Hopefully with some fresh blood at the helm of “Dawn Treader,” awful pun intended, this next Narnia movie could be something fresh, but judging by the trailer, it doesn’t look like it.
    Side note: Although the CG effects might be lacking, it’s the actors that make the story and the world real. The effects are decent, but they by no means give a movie a heart. See Transformers 2.

    OK, I’ve ranted myself out again. My apologies. Carry on!

    • I think Hollywood doesn’t believe there can be teenagers in this world who aren’t angsty. One of the points of them going to Narnia was to learn about life+ – I think the film makers just didn’t get that point.

  19. It’s definitely my favourite book of the series but I don’t know – the trailer doesn’t look all that good :S

    But I’ll be watching it anyways. I really enjoyed the previous two movies :)

  20. Is it just me? or does the C.G.I. look a bit… well “downgraded” ?

  21. I can honestly say as a huge fan of the Chronicles that I am very much looking forward to this movie. I’ve read a lot about work with religious groups to try and keep the message there, so I am hopeful.

    As for the best book of the series, not a chance. That distinction, imo, goes to A Horse and His Boy, which is full of action, war, hidden identities, little intrigues and fun with the 4 Pevensies and their allies. To me, it was always the one that was most action packed. My biggest concern for the franchise movie-wise has always been The Silver Chair, which for me is the slowest of the books.

    • totally with you! The Horse and His Boy has always been my favorite though I have trouble explaining why. Favorite bit is the part in the fogged over mountain pass.

      I find parts of The Silver Chair move slowly, but it has some great bits too. I actually wonder if it will feel smoother as a film in comparison to the book

  22. Well I love it!!

  23. NO 3D!!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. Where are the two older siblings?

    • they don’t come back until later in the series – this was actually true to the books

      except toward the end of the trailer it looks like they’re there anyway
      made me wonder if they were merging this one with part of the story in The Last Battle (the last bk in the series)

  25. just too much christian symbolism in these stories for me. i don’t want religion pushed in my face

    • Oh man, well here’s a spoiler alert for you buddy: C.S. Lewis wrote those books with the intention of making it a symbolism of religion, and the best part it is- it works in his favor.

  26. Looks better thank the second film! I think I will be watching this one. However, I agree with @Darren, CS Lewis focus of the movie’s symbolism was religious, hopefully this is what is being portrayed. I do hope that this will be the last film. Lets not Narnia us to death!

    • Well said. But I wanna see all the movies made as soon as possible!

  27. Just saw an interview with Tilda Swinton, who will be playing the White Witch in Dawn Treader. Apparently she has a very small part, probably Edmund’s nightmare on the Dark Island. No big deal, if that is all. :)

    • Hey I read your previous comment but it’s not here in in the forum, wonder what happened to it? But you nailed it in that comment :-)

  28. Using the Mass Effect 2′s game trailer soundtrack is just awful.

    • I thought it sounded good even though I didn’t know that it was until you said it ;-) Thanks for the info

  29. The trailer made it seem sort of kiddish to me….

    I really hope they don’t turn this into a Narnia action film. What makes the books great is the message and symbolism….also the sense of discovery along the journey….

    Prince Caspian was better than the first one, imo – because I felt it focused on a message more, i.e, the importance of having faith and humility – which Peter lacked, but Lucy had.