The Silver Chair Announced As Next Narnia Movie

I got excited when I saw the announcement that The Silver Chair was going to be the next Chronicles of Narnia to be released.  This is one of my favorite books in the series and it’d be awesome to see this book come to life in a big way.  I don’t know about the rest of you , but The Chronicles of Narnia were a big part of my childhood. My parents read us the books, we watched the cartoon and we owned (and watched repeatedly) the BBC movies.

The BBC movies had their issues admittedly. The people in animal costumes, the horrible casting of Lucy, and the special effects in general.

They grew and learned (some) from their mistakes. Granted the special effects by the time The Silver Chair was made weren’t much better. The owls were very odd and the serpent at the end with the purple blood was not very believable. The really good bad thing was definitely the earth men jumping down into the lava. I laugh every time I see that sequence. They did, however, do a much better job casting Scrub and Pole and the biggest, most amazing thing they did was cast Tom Baker as Puddleglum.

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I can’t say that I had really understood his character before or appreciated the humour behind it until Tom made him come to life. The dry, straightforward delivery is genius. I can’t re-read this book without Tom Baker as my Puddleglum in my imagination. All the other characters change and evolve, but Tom Baker IS Puddleglum.
So here’s my request/hope/desire please, please casting people recast Tom Baker in this role.  If he could revisit this character again with a larger special effects budget it could be epic.  Or if Tom is too old or not what they are going for visually I really hope that the person cast in this role will watch how Tom plays it and take notes.

Most importantly I hope that Hollywood doesn’t feel the need to add a new plot line to this awesome story like they did with The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (which admittedly is one of my least favorite of the books).  I do believe Dr. Jon Sprinkle summed it up best when he said:

“I’m glad they’re making it, because what we’ve had too much of in Hollywood lately is bobance and bounce and high spirits. We’ve got to learn that life isn’t all fricasseed frogs and eel pie. We want something to sober us down a bit.

Now a movie like this — an adaptation that will be compared to a version shown chiefly on VCRs, with actors who will mostly be in front of a green screen, shot in 3D for its limited run in the theater and filled with action sequences that aren’t in the book — will be just the thing. If that doesn’t steady a chap, I don’t know what will.”

(Who is Dr. Jon Sprinkle?  From UA’s website: Dr. Jonathan Sprinkle is an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Arizona. In 2013 he received the NSF CAREER award, and in 2009, he received the UA’s Ed and Joan Biggers Faculty Support Grant for work in autonomous systems. Until June 2007, he was the Executive Director of the Center for Hybrid and Embedded Software Systems at the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests and experience are in systems control and engineering, through modeling and metamodeling, and he teaches in controls and systems modeling.—- and he’s also my brother, but doesn’t all that other crap sound more impressive?)

Remember, “many fall down, but few return to the sunlit lands.”

Here’s a clip from the BBC version to leave you with:

Robin Hood and Maid Marian: A Journey from Sherwood Forest to Hollywood

So I have shown you how big of a nerd I am when it comes to cosplay and that I’ve dragged my family into it too (more than once).  Therefore it shouldn’t be surprising to you to know that I’m quick to throw together a costume for my kids with the slightest provocation.  A few weeks ago my son had me come running into the living room expecting a broken bone, swarming bees, or at least a large spider.  When I got there it turns out he was just screaming because he was so excited about The Hub’s new Halloween contest and we had to enter.  Not only did we have to enter, but we needed to win because he wants that $25,000 for a new Bruder truck (evidently an expensive Bruder).

After reading all the rules I realized that of course none of the costumes that I made for Dragon*Con qualified and I would need to make something new.  After much deliberation I decided on doing Robin Hood and Maid Marian.  Not the Disney version so much as the Errol Flynn.

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While I was making it I had to continually show Langley pictures of this Robin Hood to let him know that it was OK that he wasn’t wearing green from head to foot (once again he stressed me the importance of winning).  What do you think?

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Doesn’t he look like a stunning Robin Hood?  The boots and bow are from Amazon, the white undershirt and pants from Target, but the arm guards, vest, green undershirt, hat and quiver I made.  It is very loosely based on Simplicity pattern 5520, but I made many many changes and additions to it.  The hat I made just messing around and the quiver is a wine gift box covered in fake leather.  I was really happy with the results.

Now on to Gillian’s.  Her Maid Marian is 100% Simplicity pattern 5520.  Well by 100% I mean 95%– I added a gold circlet crown, made the arm bands wider and made it a little more fitted (but it is somewhat adjustable so it will fit her as she grows).  She picked out the fabric so it’s a little gaudier than I was looking for, but she loves it.  And by she loves it I mean that she would wear it every second of every day if I let her.  Which It wouldn’t surprise me if we made a few Target runs in it.  Whatever.  I spent that much time making it, I should let her get as much wear out of it as possible.

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I don’t have to WIN to make Langley happy, I just need to get to Hollywood.  That means I just have to be better than everyone else in Tennessee.  I don’t know that mine is better than everyone’s over all, but I really really hope that no one else in the Volunteer State put this much time or effort into their costumes.  The Hub’s website lets you view the other entrant’s costumes and I would say that perhaps only 15 or so are this fabulous, so here’s hoping that all of those people are good Midwestern folk.  Or perhaps Yankees.  Either is fine with me.  I have my fingers crossed and have a feeling that if we don’t make it to the semi-finals that I might be buying a broken hearted boy that new Bruder truck he’s been wanting.

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