May 14, 2010
First 'Dawn Treader' Poster Revealed
Aslan, Reepicheep, and a reflection of the ship highlight the film's new one-sheet
Fox Walden has released the first one-sheet poster for The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, the third film in the Chronicles of Narnia series, coming to theaters this December.
The image here pretty much speaks for itself -- Aslan's face, the mouse Reepicheep standing atop the title, the Dawn Treader reflected in Aslan's eye. And the text: "Return to Magic. Return to Hope. Return to Narnia." All well and good, except for one thing, IMHO: The heavy emphasis on 3-D. The type size for those letter is almost as big as the word "Narnia" itself.
Sigh. I knew this film was going to be in 3-D, and have just kind of ignored that point for months. But now that I see the term so prominent on the poster, it's right there, in your face, and there's no getting around it. I agree wholeheartedly with Roger Ebert's essay -- about why he hates 3-D -- which we posted earlier today.
Narnia doesn't need a gimmick. Just tell the story and show us the characters -- who are already quite three-dimensional -- and by Aslan's mane, everything else will take care of itself.
Despite that gripe, I have high hopes for this movie, after being somewhat disappointed by The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, and quite disappointed in Prince Caspian. I think Walden has righted the ship, so to speak, with a renewed commitment to the source material, and based on some early buzz, I've got a good feeling. And, of course, I don't have to see it in 3-D; I'll enjoy one of my favorite fictional worlds -- and some of my favorite characters -- in two dimensions just fine, thank you!
(Hat tip to Rachel at NarniaWeb.)