Cory at Boing Boing has a copy of a letter from C.S. Lewis insisting that Narnia should never be adapted with live actors, calling it “blasphemy” and saying that he’d consider a cartoon (but not from Disney), but never allow human actors to portray his Narniacs. Interesting . . .
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(Why do you ‘Dr’ me? Had we not dropped the honorifics?) As things worked out, I wasn’t free to hear a single instalment of our serial [The Magician’s Nephew] except the first. What I did hear, I approved. I shd. be glad for the series to be given abroad. But I am absolutely opposed – adamant isn’t in it! – to a TV version. Anthropomorphic animals, when taken out of narrative into actual visibility, always turn into buffoonery or nightmare. At least, with photography. Cartoons (if only Disney did not combine so much vulgarity with his genius!) wld. be another matter. A human, pantomime, Aslan wld. be to me blasphemy.
All the best,
C. S. Lewis