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The Narnia Code (2009/E One DVD)


Picture: C     Sound: C     Extras: C     Main Program: B


The Chronicles of Narnia, a children’s series that has been well loved, adored through the ages recently became a set of feature films.  In his original books, C.S. Lewis has captured the imagination of book lovers for generations, created several animations and movies, but what inspired him to write the Chronicles of Narnia, what was his inspiration?  Like so many famous authors of the time, was he influenced by the surrounding world events in his life, the people he knew or by something else?  Michael Ward explains the various ideas and influences from cosmology to mythologies in which C.S. Lewis created his masterpiece in The Narnia Code.
C.S Lewis based his series on more than just fairy tales, but a balance of the myths of old analogies, mixed with the religion and folklore of his times.  Beyond the realm of talking animals, magic and hidden worlds within the stories itself, C.S. Lewis based his stories on the planetary stories of the ancient Gods, and then told through the eyes and imagination of children created for the world of Narnia.  His themes within each story reflect many of spiritual values of the religion of his times Christianity, values such as honesty, friendship, faith and hope.  Understanding Lewis's influences makes his story richer and gives the audience a much more appreciation the Chronicles of Narnia.
Lewis is one of my favorite children's authors.  He was known to be a close friend with famous author J.R.R. Tolkien, like him Lewis was no doubt influenced by World War of his time, both served on the frontline, both of them wrote stories of a struggle between good and evil.  However, unlike Tolkien, Lewis based his novels on the mythologies of a previous age, the old gods and importance of faith.  Perhaps both of them after their experiences in the war wanted to believe, create a world in which symbolized the struggles of their generation was not in vain.  Their story is filled with imagination on the possibility of a better world.  Their stories remind children of themes of friendship, fellowship, sacrifices, all virtues and values that will never change regardless of the times.  The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image and Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo are a bit underwhelming, but adequate in playback.  Extras include 'Three Friends', 'Hearth and Home', and 'Heart of the Code' of C.S. Lewis.


-   Ricky Chiang


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