I took this picture at the Elizabethan Gardens on Roanoke Island, NC. I think it counts as an Aslan sighting, although as I remember it, Aslan is the one who frees the other animals from their stony fate.
Even though I have been stunned and delighted by Peter Jackson’s “The Lord of the Rings,” I’m still uneasy when I learn that a book I love is being made into a movie (especially fantasy books, which make such vivid pictures in my mind). So, I can’t say that I don’t worry about the upcoming adaptation of “The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.”
I may never have read “The Chronicles of Narnia” if it hadn’t been for the animated “The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe” that I watched (repeatedly) in the early 1980s. I watched it again a few years ago, and while it brought back welcome memories, I can’t say that it is really that good, at least compared to my experience with the book. (It isn’t that bad, either.) When I was a child, though, it pulled me in, and for nostalgic reasons, I still love it.
So, I will allow myself high hopes for the new movie. At the least, I’ll like it a little just cause it’s Narnia. At the best, it will be grand. (Everyone says Shrek—which I still haven’t seen—is great. This movie will have the same director.)
I guess Peter Jackson has changed me. (Besides just making me aware of my favorite Legolas, Orlando Bloom.)