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Official Movie Companion for Prince Caspian a treasure all its own

I was greatly pleased to be given the chance to review the Official Illustrated Movie Companion to The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. The book is chock full of amazing photos and rich detail that provides wonderful insight into the mind and actions of the film’s creators.

To top it off the writing is easy to follow, but shows a real love and knowledge of the property. Which is what you’d expect from, Ernie Malik, the unit publicist for both Narnia films, but it doesn’t come off as publicity laden text. It’s authentic and heart felt.

I would say the one thing I thought was missing from the companion book was a bit more concept art. But that may arise from the fact that this is a sequel film and that much of the film was done using a concept called ‘pre-visualization’.

Cast of Narnia: Prince CaspianMy favorite part of the book was the re-introduction to the four main stars from the first film and the introduction to this films new stars, including Ben Barnes, who plays Prince Caspian. We lose two of the stars after Prince Caspian and you really feel the goodbyes.

Readers will also find out how the screenplay adaptors and storyboard artists brought C.S. Lewis’s story to graphic life, how director Andrew Adamson’s screenplay differs from Lewis’s original story, and secrets of costuming and makeup.

Will “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian” become a classic for the ages? That remains to be seen, but it’s official illustrated companion book certainly is.

The Chronicles of Narnia Prince Caspian
The Official Illustrated Movie Companion

By Ernie Malik
Published by Harper One, 212 pages

Read a special excerpt from the book below the cut:

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Ben Barnes is Prince Caspian

As recently as February 2007 Ben Barnes was your typical struggling actor trying to make his way in London’s theatre district. Then Walt Disney Pictures cast him in the title role of the second film in their Narnia series and Barnes will forever be known… Read More »Ben Barnes is Prince Caspian

New Narnia Prince Caspian Poster

A new poster for the latest movie in the Disney Walden partnership “The Chronicles of Narnia” series has hit the web. This one features Prince Caspian all by himself. None of the other characters from the first film (I’ve included the original poster below the cut for comparison purposes). I wonder how much they’re planning to downplay the original four characters in this movie.

Visit the official Narnia: Prince Capsian website.

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Trailer for Prince Caspian

In case any fans hadn’t seen it yet, the trailer for The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian debuted last night and was rolled out across the web. NarniaWeb has the trailer as well as links to download it in HD. Overall it looks good. The CGI animals from the first movie were well done and… Read More »Trailer for Prince Caspian