Why Were The Children's Ages Changed?

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Why Were The Children's Ages Changed?

Postby Future Narnian » Jun 26, 2015 1:09 pm

Something I've always wondered is why were the Pevensie children's ages changed starting with LWW? Obviously they couldn't do anything about them growing older for PC and VDT (I still say they should have pulled a Peter Jackson and filmed all three together, which would have no doubt also eliminated any of the marketing fiascos we're having now) but it's like they intentionally made Peter and Susan older for LWW when they didn't have to. (Edmund and Lucy were about right). Don't get me wrong, I adore the actors, but I just don't understand why they made the decision in the first place. I don't know much about the HP movies but I'm pretty sure those kids were younger than William and Anna and nobody objected to them having dangerous adventures in movies.
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Re: Why Were The Children's Ages Changed?

Postby Anhun » Jun 26, 2015 5:22 pm

In another thread, I posted a Narnia timeline I pieced together based on details from canon; see below. The "official" time line definitely conflicts with the books, and it might not have been written by Lewis at all, since it wasn't discovered until after his death.

1927-Peter is born
1928-Susan is born
1930-Edmund is born
Late in the year 1931-Lucy is born
Somewhere between 1934 and 1937-Jill and Eustace are born
1944, July-events of LWW
1945, Sept-events of PC
1946, summer-events of VDT
1946, Oct-events of SC
1948, April-events of LB

According to this, Peter and Susan are in their mid teens in LWW. William and Anna actually were in their mid teens when they filmed LWW, the perfect age for Peter and Susan. Georgie was a bit young for the role, but then I don't think it killed the movie.
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Re: Why Were The Children's Ages Changed?

Postby wolfloversk » Nov 07, 2015 12:52 pm

Actually, based on my math Georgie was about right on target age-wise, Skandlar was 2 or 3 years older than his book counter part, and Will and Anna were 4 or 5 years older. (The bombing of London was in 1940 & 1941, so that's when LWW started. [The movie at least, the book might be a bit more lenient, but there's really no mention of a date that I know of except that they were sent away because of the blitz, or the timeline that may or may not be official.])

I believe partly this was so the kids would look more alike, and I'm guessing partly because it's sort of a "coming of age" story for Peter, and now kids aren't really considered of age until they hit their late teens/ early twenties. I will note though Will and Anna both looked younger than their actual age in the movie, in my opinion.

Then of coarse they cast Caspian and Eustace older to match the ages of the aging Pevensie actors.
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Re: Why Were The Children's Ages Changed?

Postby parableproductions » Nov 16, 2015 8:31 pm

When I read the books, I've always had the kids ages in LWW as:

Lucy 8 or 9
Edmund 9 or 10
Susan 10 or 11
Peter 11 or 12

And they've probably been those ages in my mind because they are referred to as children.

And Caspian was also too old in the movies - he also should have still been a child.

Also, when I'm reading the books, I get the impression that Eustace is the same age as Edmund - simply because he refers to Lucy as "just a kid after all."

I've never looked at the timeline before, but it just doesn't seem to go with what I read in the books. And no matter what anyone else says - these characters have been living in my head for a long, long time - and they're ages are not going to change for me. I wouldn't expect whatever age you have imagined them to be to change.
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