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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
• Tagline: Return to magic. Return to hope. Return to Narnia.
• Director: Michael Apted
• Writers: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, Michael Petroni & C.S. Lewis (novel)
• Release Date: 10 December 2010 (USA)
• MPAA Rating: PG for some frightening images and sequences of fantasy action.
• Parents Guide: View content advisory for parents
• Genre: Adventure | Family | Fantasy
• Runtime: 113 min
Lucy and Edmund Pevensie are stranded in Cambridge, living in the house of their obnoxious cousin Eustace, while the grown-ups Susan and Peter are living in the USA with their parents. When a painting of a ship sailing on the sea of Narnia overflows water in their room, Lucy, Edmund and Eustace are transported to the ocean of Narnia and rescued by King Caspian and the crew of the ship The Dawn Treader. Caspian explains that Narnia has been in peace for three years but before he took his throne back, his uncle tried to kill the seven lords of Telmar, who were the closest and most loyal friends of his father. They fled to The Lone Island and no one has ever heard anything about them. Now Caspian is seeking out the lords of Telmar with his Captain Drinian, the rat Reepicheep and his loyal men. Sooner they discover that an evil form of green mist is threatening Narnia and the siblings and their cousin join Caspian in a quest to retrieve the seven swords of the seven lords of Telmar to save Narnia from evil.
From the Gallery
• Georgie Henley … Lucy Pevensie
• Skandar Keynes … Edmund Pevensie
• Will Poulter … Eustace Clarence Scrubb
• Tilda Swinton … The White Witch
• Liam Neeson … Aslan (voice)
• Simon Pegg … Reepicheep (voice)
Watch The Trailer
After The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian didn’t fare too well at the box office, the Walt Disney Company decided for budgetary and logistical reasons not to co-produce and co-finance this or any of the following chapters of the Narnia series.
When Michael Apted signed on to direct in June 2007, filming was set to begin in January 2008 for a release date of May 1, 2009. Shooting would have begun in Malta and then moved to Prague and Iceland. A few months later, the Walt Disney Company announced, “In consideration of the challenging schedules for (its) young actors,” it was delaying the release date to May 7, 2010, and filming was moved to October 2008. The shoot got rescheduled to Playas de Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico, where two-thirds of the film would be shot at the water tank that was used for Titanic and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. Filming was also scheduled for Australia. Disney and Walden eventually grew concerned over Mexico’s safety, and Australian officials at Warner Roadshow Studios in Queensland offered to become the project’s base for the whole shoot.
The first trailer was released online at midnight EST on June 16, 2010, and theatrically on June 18, 2010, attached to Toy Story 3. On screens where Toy Story was shown in 3D, the Dawn Treader trailer was also 3D.
Prince (now King) Caspian is once again played by Ben Barnes. Reepicheep, however, is voiced by Simon Pegg, replacing Eddie Izzard.
At the end of the film, we hear Eustace’s mother announce that Jill Pole has come by for a visit. Jill becomes Eustace’s companion on his two subsequent adventures in Narnia in the books ‘The Silver Chair’ and ‘The Last Battle’.
In the scene in which Susan writes from America, a picture of the Pevensies rests on the table before her. This is actually a candid behind the scenes shot of the four actors from The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.
When the main characters are all sitting looking at the stars and they comment they have never seen those constellations before you can see Aslan’s face in the stars.
Steven Knight and Richard LaGravenese each wrote drafts of the script during preproduction, but were uncredited.
In the main cabin of the Dawn Treader with the map of Narnia there are also paintings of places in Narnia on the walls of the cabin. Tashbaan, the capital of Calormen and a city visited in the Narnia book ‘The Horse and His Boy,’ is frequently shown.
The drawings of the characters during the end credits are the same drawings that appeared in in the book. This is a tribute to Pauline Baynes, the series’ illustrator, who passed away on August 2, 2008 at the age of 85.