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.
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