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Film is a classic.

It's the film we've all been waiting for. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe has finally opened at cinemas across the nation and looks set to break a string of box office records this weekend.

As part of the celebrations, UCI Cinemas at the Silverlink invited some local schoolchildren along to the very first screening of the epic movie. Portobello Primary and Carr Hill Primary, both in Gateshead, went along after reading the classic CS Lewis novel the film is based on in class.

They watched the two hours and 20 minutes long fantasy film where four evacuated World War II brothers and sisters discover a magical land at the back of a wardrobe.

Having spent around pounds 100 million on the blockbuster, Disney need this movie to be a success. We don't think they have too much to worry about. Judging by the reaction of our mesmerised youngsters, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe is going to be an almighty hit.

Chief Features Writer BETH NEIL went along to see what all the fuss was about

PORTOBELLO PRIMARY

CHANTELLE McMAHON, 10

"I didn't even have a favourite bit because I loved everything. Aslan was my best character though. I thought he was brilliant."

JORDAN BASTOW, 10

"It was really exciting when they went to battle. But I thought the best bit was when Aslan came back alive."

LAURA BROOKSBANKS, 11

"I thought there were some bits that were quite sad. Like when the children all got evacuated at the start. I was trying hard not to cry."

LAURA NICHOLSON, 11

"The Queen of Narnia was my favourite character. She was really good. I'd love to go to Narnia. But I don't think I'll be climbing into my wardrobe tonight to see what's there!"

AMY KRYHUL, 11

"I've read the book but the film was much better. The special effects were absolutely brilliant. Everything seemed so real."

SARAH TIFFIN, 10

"I liked it when Lucy first went through the wardrobe and ended up in Narnia. But the whole film was fantastic. It's a very long film but I kept concentrating the whole time because there's so much going on."

SEAN ATKINSON, 10

"Peter was my favourite character because he was dead brave and got into lots of fights. I'd like to be Peter. I'd give the film nine out of 10.

LIAM RADBOURNE, 10

"I liked it when they were all fighting and everyone was killing each other. It was really exciting. But my best bit was when you thought Edmund was dead but he wasn't really. I thought that was very emotional."

CARR HILL PRIMARY

JASON TRON, 11

"The big battle near the end was the best bit. I thought Peter was the best in the film because he was funny. Narnia looked a great place."

MICHAEL WEBB, 10

"Aslan was my favourite. I loved it when he told Lucy and Susan to close their ears and then let out a huge roar! There were a few bits that made me jump like when the wolf pounced on Peter. I've just read the book and the film has made it come alive."

DANIEL SMYTH, 9

"I got a bit scared in some parts. But in others I felt sad and then in others I felt happy. I really enjoyed it."

CONNOR HALL, 10

"I thought it was brilliant. Edmund was my favourite because he was a bit naughty."

JORDAN SPEDDING, 10

"Peter was really good because at first he was frightened and then he got brave and was made king."

RHYS NELSON, 10

"I liked the queen the best because she was really evil. But I thought Mr Tumnus was very funny and I laughed at the bits he was in."

SCOTT WILCZEK, 9

"Aslan the lion was the best because he was so brave. Mr and Mrs Beaver were hilarious and I liked then as well."

DYLAN JOHNSON, 9

"The fighting was great and I wasn't scared at all. I really want to go and see it again if I'm allowed."

DEREK TAIT, 10

"I really enjoyed it and can't wait to go and see it again"

With thanks to UCI Silverlink. Call 0871 224 4007 for more information. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a certificate PG.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Dec 9, 2005
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