Long ago, when my children were little, I read them some books, mostly short funny stories (Berenstain Bears, Dr Seuss ... "Marvin, Marvin, Marvin, will you PLEASE GO NOW!" ... read with GREAT expression to my son, especially... "You can go in a crunk car if you wish.... " ) before bed. But as they got just a little older, I went to just a little bigger books, The Hobbit and the Chronicles of Narnia.
We watched the cartoon versions of both, but they really did not bring the stories to life. Then the film version of three of the Narnia stories came out on PBS, and we watched those together.
I never really read the Lord of the Rings Trilogy to them, because by that time, they were getting older and I was working full time and in school full time. Kevin would have loved me to have read it to him, but there was no real time (sorry Kev). He went to bed with Dan and Louie Bible Stories and other books on tape. He wore out at least five tape recorders, and possibly six over the years! Most of the tapes made it, not really getting destroyed with all of the use. But I wish that I knew where they went to.
I waited with anticipation for the Trilogy to come out each year from the first day that I had heard that they were being filmed, early in the process! I watched the progress online over the time it was in preparation. And then, each year, for three years, went at Christmas time to watch the newest release. I bought them video and DVD each time they came out. And when the extended version came out, I got that, too, and enjoyed watching them over and over when I had server/cable problems for about ten days.
Now, I am waiting for another to come out. I want to take my grandchildren to see The Chronicles of Narnia!
I have put off writing about this for awhile, but tonight, I learned that there are free downloads of activity books online when I read the article here and went to this site!
IMPORTANT information I heard on Relevant Radio the other day about this movie is the fact that everything is gauged for the opening weekend figures, and they said it is imperative that we go that weekend if at all possible in order to let Hollywood see that people do have an appreciation for good films.
They said that yes, we can go again, but that first weekend is the gauge that is used.
So, mark on your calendar to watch for the opening in your area, and take the children and or grandchildren. Or the neighbor's kids... or just go.
Hallmark Channel will also be showing a program about CS Lewis.
"Prince Caspian" to be Sequel After "The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe"
Daily Mail is reporting a few nice tidbits about the next Chronicles of Narnia film to be made... here's what they say:
"We've got a script nearly ready, but The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe has to come out and do well first before we get the green light," Perry Moore, the film's executive producer, told me.
Moore, who has written the lavish illustrated companion book about the making of the picture, added that Prince Caspian was the next logical choice because it features all four of the children.
"We want the kids back before they get too old to do it again," he said of the young actors, who all live in Britain and were chosen during a two-year search in which 4,000 children were auditioned. "In Prince Caspian the story is set a year later and they're called back to Narnia in another crisis," said Moore, who works for Walden Media, studio behind the movie.
Prince Caspian would, like The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe, shoot on location in New Zealand using the Weta Workshop special effects company where The Lord Of The Rings trilogy and the forthcoming King Kong were filmed. It was Moore who spent several years pursuing the rights to the collection of seven books.
Sigh, and it looks like I may be waiting each year for the next one of the series to come out once more....