The Voyage Begins in One Month…

Reflections: One Month to Go…
by GlumPuddle

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader releases on Friday December 10… just one month away. The anticipation for this film has been an interesting journey.

Before Prince Caspian even finished shooting, it was announced that Michael Apted would take the reins from Andrew Adamson and direct The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. I think this was the beginning of fans starting to view the film as a fresh start.

Prince Caspian hit theaters on May 16, 2008. Fans were divided, and its box office numbers were disappointing. The DVD release included pre-viz from Dawn Treader, and fans started getting excited. But, just a few weeks later, after several production delays and release date changes, Disney announced that they were dropping out. For five weeks, fans waited anxiously and pondered if the series was already over. Finally, Walden Media was joined by Fox. The final release date was announced as December 10, 2010.

As production began in Australia, the first pictures of the Dawn Treader herself started popping up. But instead of the big “ta-da!” revelation I think fans were waiting for, we slowly watched the ship evolve before our eyes and start to take shape. Spy videos of the filming started appearing on YouTube, and a few were controversial.

After production was complete, it was announced that the film would be converted to 3D. The reactions to this were mixed. I personally don’t love 3D, but I think it is safe to say that Walden is putting a lot of effort into making the 3D in this film as good as possible. This will not be Clash of the Titans where Warner Bros had to rush to convert it at the last minute.

Fox has taken a different approach to the marketing than Disney. The first trailer revealed very little about the plot, and there was not much advertising in the months that followed. But now, with the release just around the corner, Fox seems to have started really pulling back the curtain.

And that brings us to today.

I think, from the beginning, many fans have viewed this film as a chance for redemption. Prince Caspian‘s box office was disappointing, but the book is also generally considered the least-favorite in the series. Dawn Treader, on the other hand, is generally at the top. Was Prince Caspian‘s disappointing box office just a one-time fluke due to a poor release date and difficult source material? Or have audiences really lost interest in the series? Can Dawn Treader, with its better release date and more popular source material, get the series back on track? The answers are coming… in one month.

But even if Dawn Treader is a hit, the future of the series is still uncertain. The discussion and anticipation continues…

Further up and further in!

(When will you see the film? Vote in our poll, located on the bottom-right side of the homepage)

83 Responses

  1. geoffry says:

    The pain then pleasure sounds like a plot for an adventure in Narnia

  2. Hahaha I have my finals the day before it comes out…which is good in one way. It makes it kind of a celebration of the end of this school semester. And I can't think of any better way to celebrate than to watch VoDT!

  3. NarnianRebel says:

    Just to be random… I think the 3rd and 4th trailers where the best. Or maybe it would be the 3rd 4th and 5th? I don't know; the last couple of trailers where great anyway. I am really incouraged. I think one of my fav. parts of the movie will be the colors though. They look A-MAZ-ING!

  4. Moonwood says:

    Guys, check out the Narnia music video just added to the other 2 narnia trailers on Yahoo!

  5. Scarlet13 says:

    ATTENTION! For those that Are watching The CMT Awards You might of just saw a Commercial for The MOVIE!!! I almost Freaked Out!!!!!! Anyone esle saw it????????????? ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. Scarlet13 says:

    Sorry CMA awards!

  7. Beyond Narnia says:

    I saw the CMA Awards commercial and FLIPPED OUT the new footage they showed was AMAZING!!! {thank God I'm a country music fan so I got to see that!!}

    I was jumping up and down and clapping so loudly that my entire hallway came to see what was going on, then they all joined in too!

  8. Wow! Only one month left? I've never followed a movie before. Prince Caspian was followed only the slightest bit right at the end, but I've pretty much kept up with everything this time around. I'm ready to go see it, and to see who was right: the worry warts (that's me!), the unquenchably cheerful people, or those who can't make up their minds (that's me sometimes). Either way, I'll enjoy going to the theatre (I've only gone three times. Two were going to see the other Narnia movies), especially if they have it in 3D where we live.

  9. elanor says:

    Before the 10th?!?! I wish!!!

  10. Gem says:

    Hard to believe it's already here. This film has so much resting on it's shoulders. If it fails, the series is going to be most likely over. With Prince Caspian not doing well, in box office AND with the fans, VDT really is the redeeming film. I hope it lives up to it's expectations!!

  11. Princess Lucy says:

    hahaha…i just read the book again so i can analyse the film when it comes out…but in an enjoying way…hehehehe

  12. Princess Lucy says:

    just curious…why do you not like The Horse and His Boy….

  13. Princess Lucy says:

    was there new clips

  14. Mina says:

    I was merely saying that I'll probably enjoy it more as I won't be constantly comparing the two. I read PC right before I saw it, and was disappointed initally (I got over it.) I'll reread the book afterward, but for my sake (and mostly for whoever goes with me) the movie will turn out better if I don't remember details. Of course, I think I'll enjoy the adaptation as long as it isn't completely off course, and with positive "reviews" I'm hopeful.

  15. Reepicheep says:

    I have been extremely anxious about this film ever since Disney dumped the series, but now with Fox's ever expanding marketing and very strong early reviews, i'm very sure it will be a success.

  16. Manuel says:

    Have you seen the Carrie Underwood's Music Video in Aslan's Country? There are new images from the film, Iยดm very moved!:

  17. Amelia says:

    I agree with Glumpuddle! It's changed my life too! Anyway, it's not *just* a book, or *just* a story. The themes in it, particularly Eustace's redemption, are as real as real can be. I know from experience. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. jill pole says:

    I see the film 9 december because i'm living in holland!

  19. Scarlet13 says:

    I KNOW! My Mom and my Sister Saw it too! I was Speechless!!! I was like *GASP OH MY GOSH! OH MY GOSH!* Awesome!

  20. Queen Elizabeth says:

    Goodness. I was just defending CM on their right an opinion even if you don't agree with them you don't have to shoot them down. They probably feel the same way about your opinion. And if any one knows more about the "themes" of Narnia it would be me. Yes some of us weren't huge fans of the change ups but that is what the popular vote wanted.

  21. always narnian says:

    Yes…It's been a long wait….Let's just hope…that this long of waiting wasn't a disappointment…But I'm afraid it will be …

  22. elanor says:

    Wow, what a legacy!

  23. Queen Elizabeth says:

    I'm so glad the movie ties in with the origional themes of the book. And even thought the sea monster is not the same as in the book, it's not a cliche monster everyone thinks of.