By Stephanie Ciccarelli
May 27, 2008
Based on C.S. Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia : Prince Caspian, this action-packed movie from Disney is tops at the box office and boasts a great voice cast as well.
The movie starts off with a noblewoman woman giving birth. This woman bears a son and gives her husband, the brother of the late Telmarine king, reason to do away with his nephew and rightful heir to the throne, Prince Caspian X.
Prince Caspian's tutor Doctor Cornelius is tipped off and sends the prince riding into the night to escape certain death, providing him with a gift (a horn) that he must only use in the time of his greatest need.
Coming upon that greatest need somewhat early in the film, Prince Caspian blows the horn, summoning the kings and queens of old to return to Narnia, the human rulers of a nation that the Telmarines despised and nearly drove to extinction.
At the time of Prince Caspian's horn blowing, Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy Pevensie have been away from Narnia for one year and long to return. At the sound of the horn the kings and queens of old are pulled back into the ruins of their home in Narnia which has become a more savage place than they remember it.
While the children have been gone only a year 1300 years have passed in Narnia.
In brief, there is a lot of fighting between the Narnians and the Telmarines as the Narnians attempt to defend their land and people.
Without giving too much away, there is a happy ending, however there are many lessons to be learned first, primarily about the importance of faith and humility.
The voice acting was very good and I must say that I was particularly fond of the voice of the badger, Trufflehunter, voiced by Ken Stott.
There was some great comic relief from a sword-wielding mouse, Reepicheep, voiced by Eddie Izzard.
I was taken aback by just how few Liam Neeson's lines as Aslan were in the film. For all of the hype I expected that his character Aslan would have played a larger role in Prince Caspian. I haven't read this particular Narnia book and am unaware if portions of the novel were left out to keep the film to 2 hours and 20 minutes.
One observation I made as the credits rolled by on the screen was that there were no female voice actors!
The movie was male dominated, both on-camera actors and off, so it wasn't a huge surprise to see a lack of female voice talent listed in the credits. I've heard that you need to have a certain number of lines in a film before you are credited, so it's possible that there were female talent who provided voice overs but because their lines were so few, they were not mentioned.
Liam Neeson as the voice of Aslan
Ken Stott as the voice of Trufflehunter
Harry Gregson-Williams as the voice of Pattertwig the Squirrel
Sim Evan-Jones as the voice of Peepiceek
David Walliams as the voice of Bulgy Bear
Eddie Izzard as the voice of Reepicheep
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