For a while now, “Chronicles of Narnia” had to be worried that “Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” the follow-up to “Prince Caspian” might ever make it to the big screen. But thanks to (Fox rescuing the franchise after Disney dropped it, the third film in the series (or fifth, depending upon how you’re counting) finally has a rendezvous with the big screen this holiday season, and I couldn’t be more excited. “Dawn Treader” has always been my favorite, since it’s ultimately just a fantastical version of “The Odyssey.” Sure, there are plenty of Christian undertones in the book that may or may not make it into the film, but my 11-year-old self missed all those when I read it the first time anyway.
The latest trailer has hit the Internet and gives us a better look at the film than the previous teasers have. Finally there’s a good look at newcomer Will Poulter, who will be playing the Pevensie’s obnoxious cousin Eustace Scrubb.
For anyone who’s read the book, they’ll be excited to see a certain golden dragon featured pretty heavily in the first half of the trailer, which is a wonderful surprise considering that’s one of the bigger moments in the story.
The “Narnia” films have always been pretty CGI-heavy, but considering “Dawn Treader”’s long voyage and many new worlds and characters, it is understandable that this is the most CGI-heavy of them all. That’s why it makes sense that the majority of the trailer is just epic CGI sequences instead of verbal exchanges between the film’s stars: Ben Barnes, Skandar Keynes and Georgie Henley.
The animation does look like a bit of a step down from when the Mouse House was in control of the films, and Fox has created a product that looks more “Clash of the Titans” than “Avatar.” Hopefully the Digital 3-D that has been added to the film will make up for what the film lacks in mind-blowing and realistic fantasy CGI, because “Dawn Treader” really is (arguably) the best “Narnia” story, and I hope that the film portrays it as such.
What did you think of the “Voyage of the Dawn Treader” trailer? Did the animation bother you as much as it did us?