THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: PRINCE CASPIAN
Whatever the case, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian is weakened by its relatively short length (the videotape version runs at just under an hour long). The story feels decidedly truncated one minute, Caspian has run away and is found by woodland creatures; the very next scene he is being crowned their king and is ordering around an entire army; next Miraz is attacking them. The end of the tape also abruptly segues into the start of The Voyage of Dawn Treader without any transition.
Prince Caspian is marginally better than the previous adaptation made of The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe. The children seem more grown up and grate less in their snobbery, although Jean-Mare Perrets Prince Caspian still manages to seem insufferably precocious. A major improvement comes in the replacement of Lion director Marilyn Fox with Alex Kirby, who would also direct all the subsequent stories. Alex Kirby, for one, is capable of directing fight scenes that look like halfway credible fights, especially the climactic scenes running through the camp. We even see kids killing adults, something you never would in an American production.
Prince Caspian is certainly a better, tighter production than The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe, although ultimately the adaptation truncates the story too much to be entirely effective. Some scenes like the raising of the White Witch should have been more dramatic than they are after all in C.S. Lewiss Christian allegory, the scene is the equivalent of being in a spot of bother and asking The Devil for help. The story could easily have worked more effectively with even one more episode. Prince Caspian is also weighed down by the same weak special effects as the first series was dodgy blue screen mattes and the same unconvincing animation effects, although to its advantage Prince Caspian is not reliant on these latter as The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe was.
As usual with C.S. Lewiss Narnia books, Prince Caspian is a parable about Christian faith pitched in the guise of a childrens tale. Each of the Narnia books took up some aspect of Christianity here the story is about having faith in unseen guidance. The series somewhat unbelievably begins with the four children all in the space of a year having forgotten most of the details about Narnia (even though they spent from youth to adulthood in the land in the first series). When they set out on their own, only Lucy believes in the now unseen Aslan, for which now one is supposed to read a parable about trusting in the guidance of The Holy Spirit. For Caspian, one can read an analogue of St Paul or Peter, trying to sustain a belief in the true gospels long after the fact, when the truth is being clamped down on.
The story was later remade on the big screen as part of the series of big-budget Narnia films made in the 00s with The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008).
Full mini-series available online in several parts beginning here:-