Well quoted point about Rand's view of 'fantasy' in literary works. The 'wonder' in such (especially for children), when done by a good writer, is of fantastical realms that might (or may have once) exist(ed), but, for children, acquisition of familiarity with the reality around them causes 'wonderness' of reality to fade away...until you take them somewhere NEW and DIFFERENT (like, you know what they say about 'familiarity'...though for kids I'd say it breeds boredom.) At least until they discover (epistemologically?) new perspectives to use in seeing the formerly familiar around them. --- Methinks that good 'fantasy' can be a metaphor for discovery of new perspectives in looking at the familiar, (apart from the usual metaphors often used therein anyway) but, I digress.
If I may iterate a point or two you implied about children, they really are not Randian adults who should all be expected to think like Rearden in a given (as in Narnia) situation. Most children never were (or are) of Rand's mental calibre around the ages in that story. I know that *I* certainly wasn't. Were all such, 'developmental' child-psychology'd be pointless to attempt discoveries about. We all know that 6 and 13 yr-olds don't 'think' like Roark did...or Rand. That plus children written about by C.S. Lewis would be expected to be 'christian' oriented, non?
Interestingly, I didn't see much of 'christianity' per se in the movie-version, given all I've read about Lewis' books being oriented so. Indeed, I suspect many Narnia-book purists see a lot left out of the movie (like, what's new 'tween book-writers and Hollywood? Alan Moore didn't want to be associated to the movie-version of his "V".) --- Yes, the lion (whatever his name) was 'resurrected', but, unlike the biblical version of Christ, such wasn't exactly a 'miracle' in Narnia so much as a result of an oversight by The Wicked Queen re some small print in some kind of contract/cosmic-law 'twixt the realms of good and evil. She blew it, ergo, he gets to return to fight another day.
That last aside though, for all that Pat Robertson rode on the popularity of the movie, (attempting to buttress his choir...and monetary prayer send-ins) re the known background reputation of Lewis, the movie itself didn't really push 'christian' themes, all said and done that I saw. Indeed, akin to LOTR (and H. Potter) it seemed to push its major stress on the idea of courage and commitment in the face of intimidatingly lethal threats (especially to children), and, unlike LOTR (but akin to SW!), redemption possibilities for wrongs done (betrayal, for one): redemption for 1 child seduced, then extorted, by The Wicked Queen, as well as for the satyr (I forget his name) re the 1st youngest discoverer he (it?) met...and reported to the Queen about. Indeed, the scene re the satyr's regret...and attempt to recompense...I found very moving.
Most noteworthy of all though, was...The Wicked Queen. She (I forget the actress' name, unfortunately) was absolutely great as EVIL INCARNATE. If one's going to look at this with christian-glasses, her name should have been Satana The Demonatrix (or, Lilith). She outdid Disney's noted (by many commenters re presentation of scariness for kids) wicked witch in Snow White, Cinderella's step-mother, Maleficient in 'Sleeping Beauty', etc. She could give Hannibal a run for his...menus. The Wicked Queen was seduction, extortion, and then finally and ultimately her goal: obey my arbitrary demands...or else! --- For kids, the moral obviously was: "Don't take candy from strangers, even if they smile at you...and it tastes really good" :D
Movie-wise, it was not only worth seeing, it was also worth HAVING your kids see. (Need I add, with conversation about it 'twixt you and them? But then, re kids seeing any movie, that applies to all movies, non?) On its own, re all us 'Objectivists', it was a cinematically very-well-done (as LOTR)...fairy tale fantasy. --- Such should be let go at that.
P.S: My wife's favorite fantasy-character is a cousin of the unicorn. Pegasus. The scene in Disney's (original) "Fantasia" with the herd of them traipsing through the clouds to land in Olympia's lake to the strains of Beethoven's 9th IS a favorite scene of hers. Every year I search for a new figurine/statue of Peggy. --- The only thing 'wrong' with fantasy is how literal some wish (to be redundant) to see it, rather than how metaphorically meaningful it can be about 'reality'.
(Edited by John Dailey on 9/01, 12:27pm)