Oh boy. In a recently published letter written in 1959, C. S. Lewis informed the bigwigs at the BBC that his opposition to a live-action version of his Narnia story was "adamant," because "Anthropomorphic animals, when taken out of narrative into actual visibility, always turn into buffoonery or nightmare." Though he was in this case referring to a TV adaptation, his feelings would certainly also have extended to a big-screen version as well. Lewis was more than OK with an animated Narnia, however - it was the thought of someone trying to make his animal characters "realistic" that horrified him.
On one hand, then, The Chronicles of Narnia
totally violates Lewis' vision for his books. On the other, however, he was writing in 1959 and could surely never have imagined the insane things that CGI would be able to do in the 21st century - personally, I've yet to run across an early review that is anything less than wildly complimentary about how the animals turned out. So is this just a molehill that the collective media is trying to expand into a nice, controversial mountain? Any Lewis fans care to weigh in?
[The full letter is here