March 03, 2004

Disney to do Narnia


If there is one set of fantasy fiction that would rival The Lord of the Rings, it would be The Chronicles of Narnia, by Tolkien’s contemporary, C.S. Lewis. Both feature timeless examples of the battle between good and evil. Both authors were also Christians who explored elements of their own faith in their written works.

Disney acquiring the rights to the Narnia tales for film is not encouraging. I’m sure none of the faith lessons, so clearly evident in The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, will be promoted. You can be sure to see an incredible marketing blitz, with toys and other products abounding, that is typical of Disney fare.

This is also further proof that Disney has run its course creatively. It has ridden the shoulders of Pixar for the past nine years, and will continue to do so for the next two, as the animation house finishes its contractual film commitments to Disney. One doesn’t have to wonder why Eisner and company have fought so hard against the loosening of copyright law in this country; without Mickey and the gang as corporate copyright figures and trademarks, Disney wouldn’t survive. I’m still not sure if that wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing.

Posted by retrophisch at March 3, 2004 07:42 PM | TrackBack