The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, with Liam Neeson as the voice of Aslan. It wasn't until my own children became interested in the Narnia books some 15-20 years ago that I first "met" the characters. And only a few years ago did I actually read the books for myself. Then one summer during a prolonged illness when I didn't have the energy even to hold a book in my hand, my daughter suggested to my husband that he read to me. So he picked up the Narnia books and off we went, one after another, until I was well enough to take my turn reading chapters to him. It was a blessed time, one I'll always treasure.
And it was definitely worth the wait for technology to catch up before they made this story into a movie. Another blogger (http://faithinfiction.blogspot.com/ --"Coming Out of the Wardrobe") made the point that C.S. Lewis never wanted his story made into a movie or television show. But I seriously wonder how Lewis would feel about the Disney version, seeing his imagined creatures appear so real and alive. Cartoons or actors dressed as animals just wouldn't have the impact of human actors and lifelike computer-generated creatures.
The Pevensie children were almost exactly as I'd pictured them. I loved Mr. Tumnus and the Beaver family. And Aslan was there in all his golden-maned glory (although I'd imagined him as an even bigger lion). Various reviewers have had less than glowing praise for Tilda Swinton as the White Witch. I must admit, her costuming left a lot to be desired. I pictured her in much more regal attire, more like the queen in Snow White. She seemed to be having a horribly "bad hair day" throughout the movie, and those shoulder pads! Sheesh!
Could it have been a better movie? Certainly. But it was good enough for me. The only time I felt the story dragged was at the very start, when the children were being sent to the country to escape the bombing of London. I wanted them to find the wardrobe and get right to Narnia so I could finally meet Aslan on the screen.