New Dawn Treader Synopsis

Posted July 21, 2010 12:53 pm by fantasia_kitty

Walden Media’s website has added a new synopsis to their page for The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

Return to the magic and wonder of C.S. Lewis’ beloved world – via the fantastic Narnian ship, the Dawn Treader.  In this new installment of the blockbuster “The Chronicles of Narnia” motion picture franchise, Edmund and Lucy Pevensie, along with their cousin Eustace, their royal friend King Caspian, and a warrior mouse named Reepicheep, find themselves swallowed into a painting and on to the Dawn Treader.  Their mission – on which rests the fate of Narnia itself – takes the courageous voyagers to mysterious islands and a river that turns to gold, to fateful confrontations with magical creatures and sinister enemies, and to a reunion with their friend and protector, the “Great Lion” Aslan.

You can check out all of the previous synopses here.

Thanks Grant for the heads up!

47 Comments For This Story

  • Aslan's Meadow says:

    First Post!
    I have to admit, I really like this synopsis.
    I also read another Synopsis where it says they go on a "Bewitching" voyage.

  • daughter of the King says:

    "on which rests the fate of Narnia itself" *rolls eyes*
    The river that turns to gold must be on Goldwater. I wonder why they chose to include that in the synopsis. "fateful confrontations" is typical synopsis wording. "sinister enemies" is also rather typical, but I wonder who it’s referring to. And why is the "Great Lion" in quotation marks? At least they’re referring to Caspian as "King Caspian" in this one.

  • LadyCourage says:

    "Rests the fate of Narnia itself", huh? Can’t stand that… I know we saw it in the trailer, but I’m rather concerned about it. And a river that turns to gold? That sounds like Deathwater, but it didn’t turn to gold itself, it turned OTHER things to gold! This sounds really odd…

    • Starlily says:

      The synopsis writers never get every detail right. Maybe they just don’t think it through like we Narnia-fans do.

      • elanor says:

        "The synopsis writers never get every detail right."

        That is so true! I don’t know why that is, but whether it be a movie or even a book, very often the synopsis is as at least slightly different or at worst totally different from the actual story. How hard can it be to write an accurate, short summary on a theme or plotline?

        Out of all the story summaries I have ever read, I have only encountered maybe two or three that, after I read the book or saw the movie, I thought, "That really embodies what that book was about." That just seems so funny to me! (Or maybe I was the one that read the book wrong…:))

      • Starlily says:

        You know, it’s funny, just yesterday I read a book (not Narnia) and then was reading the synopsis, and it actually got one of the character’s NAMES wrong! The name in the book was Aunt Ruth, but in the synopsis it was Aunt EDNA!! How could they have made that mistake, and not been caught? To me, that’s a prime example of why we shouldn’t take any synopsis too seriously. And we shouldn’t blame the writers too much, because it seems like everyone can make the same mistake. Although I like to analyze the synopsis too, I think I’ll wait for more information before I freak out about anything. 🙂

    • coracle says:

      "a river that turns to gold" – should either be "a river that turns things to gold" or it simply uses a rather poetic form that omits the object of the sentence.

      • FriendOfNarnia2 says:

        And for some reason I thought it as a pool, and not a river. I could be wrong though.

      • QueenLucy12 says:

        FriendofNarnia2 I thought that it was a pool too,
        but looking at the picture in the book it looks like a river. but why turns to gold? the synopsis is alright but its not as good as it could be.

  • Not Of This World says:

    I think so too.

  • Mark Sommer says:

    What a terribly written synopsis. It sounds like the writer hasn’t a clue!

    • wolfloversk says:

      Yeah, if it were up to me I’d reword it to make it less confusing for the reader. But, its better than some of the previous ones.

  • 220chrisTian says:

    So VDT has a rating now? PG? Is this something new?

  • 220chrisTian says:

    Other changes: Petroni isn’t the only screenwriter. Pegg is confirmed as Reepicheep…

    • icarus says:

      I think they’ve had Markus, McFeeley, LaGravenese and Petroni all credited on the Walden site for a while, though for some reason LaGravenese wasn’t credited on the trailer, and Stephen Knight hasn’t been credited anywhere since the leaked script debacle, even though his name was on the final shooting script – the cover of which Tony Nixon showed to some of his fans on his official facebook page.

  • Starlily says:

    I suppose the "fateful confrontations with magical creatures" might include the Dufflepuds and maybe the mermaids and the dragon Eustace sees. And maybe "sinister enemies" includes Pug and Gumpas, and perhaps has something to do with the Dark Island–the White Witch is going to be a nightmare there, remember.

    Despite some odd parts, I think the synopsis is pretty good. Except for that "fate of Narnia" bit. *rolls eyes along with daughter of the King*

  • glumPuddle says:

    "on which rests the fate of Narnia itself"
    This is what really makes me nervous. VDT is not about a quest to save Narnia from something. That totally misses the point. It’s a personal journey about the longing for one’s true home, and ultimately the joy of finding it.

    • Not Of This World says:

      I totally agree.

      • King_Cor_the_Great says:

        Yes that is true, but Fox and Walden had to think of those who aren’t fans of books (or the people who are fans of the movie, but haven’t read the books) and they are going to have to pull them in because they already know we’re pulled in so they can’t just be thinking of us!

    • Eliseo says:

      I dont know why everyone seems to think that the addition of the seven swords is taking away from the original VDT theme of longing for one’s true home… the trailer’s summary seems to indicate that its still intact "..you have an extraordinary destiny..more than you could ever imagine".

      • daughter of the King says:

        Because presumably they have to find the seven swords to save Narnia from an unfathomable fate. In the book, Narnia does not need to be saved. Nearly all of what we have heard about the movie indicates that Narnia will have to be saved from something and the seven swords will somehow affect the outcome. It’s not the seven swords themselves that are upsetting people, it’s how they affect the story.

  • Movie Aristotle says:

    Haven’t we known about this synopsis for a while now? I’m pretty sure we’ve discussed "Caspian and Reepicheep being swallowed into the painting" a long time ago on the forum. I just can’t remember where we saw it…

  • Aslan's Country says:

    That’s weird, I really remember reading this synopsis before, but I haven’t a clue where. It sounds familiar.. :/

  • HighQueen_Of_LanternWaste says:

    Yeah, this sounds familiar. Just sounds like a typical movie synopsis to me, promoting adventure and stuff like that.

  • FriendOfNarnia2 says:

    If the movie was following the book even remotely it would have said something about the seven lost lords… :-/

    • breehy-hinny-brinny-hoohy-hah says:

      yeah, really. the seven lost lords are the complete point of the entire journey and even the entire story. everything else is just added along to it. if they go to far from the main story plot i can assure you that i will NOT be happy.

      • Laura Elizabeth says:

        I won’t be happy either, but neither will I be surprised. And that synopsis made me cringe. "fateful encounters"; what, does one of the characters die? I don’t recall that in the book :/ "on which hangs the fate of Narnia"; okay, how is that? Caspian said in the book: "You don’t suppose I’d have left my kingdom and put to sea unless all as well…It couldn’t be better." Another thing is the odd inclosure of "Great Lion". Is Aslan just supposedly the Great Lion? I don’t think, when making a movie from a book, that the movie makers should care much about what people who have never read the book think. They should think about the people who have read the book, and make it as true as possible so that they will be happy. The Prince Caspian movie obviously pandered to an un-Narniafied audience, and I’ve read reviews where people said they had never read the books before and were confused about what was going on. I think that if you stick to the book as much as is possible, and keep the storyline intact, then it’s going to be much more enjoyable for both sets of viewers. Sorry for the long comment :S

  • Waleed Sajjad Khan says:

    Not the best synopsis, but well whatever I still am impatient for December 10th! By the way, I realized that that is my aunt’s birthday XD.

  • narnian resident says:

    the river that turns things to gold must be an important part of the story if they included it in the synopsis. im quite interested on what the whole "Narnia’s fate" thing is about, and what these "sinister enemies" are. i like it. maybe it could have been better, but i think its good.

  • pselpevensie says:

    awesome new synopsis! "a river that turns to gold"!!!!! YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DEATHWATER ISLAND!!!!!!!! LOVE THAT SCENE! 🙂

  • HighQueenofNarnia says:

    Oh dear. They’ve got a bit confused. First of all, King Caspian and Reepicheep aren’t swallowed into the painting. And "on which rests the fate of Narnia itself"- oh, puh-leeze. Really now!
    Otherwise it was nice. Except that there was no mention of the seven lords, and, unfortunately, it seems like they won’t really be a part of the movie.
    It was close. One faux-pas and a couple odd additions: that’s close. But close only counts for horseshoes and hand grenades. 🙂
    But I still think that the movie will be great!

  • Bookwyrm says:

    Sometimes I wonder if these synopsis-writers aren’t native English speakers. It would make sense, considering the quality of their writing.

  • Narnia Girl says:

    Oh brother. Can you make me roll my eyes any more than that?? I honestly doubt the person who wrote this synopsis knows anything about the original story C.S. Lewis wrote. And a literature class may be of some use to them.
    However, you have to remember that this synopsis was written about the MOVIE. Unfortunately, the movie will derail quite a bit from the book. We’ve seen that already. So the last half of the synopsis may be quite accurate…..
    But I’m still hoping that the movie blows us all away!

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