Grady Smith
June 17, 2010 AT 03:24 PM EDT

Though it was sailing on stormy waters for a while, Fox 2000’s The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader has reached smoother seas.  At least that’s how it looks, based on the new trailer.  In the same way that the characters of C.S. Lewis’ classic books often make mistakes and then find redemption, the preview for The Voyage of the Dawn Treader looks like a return-to-form for the Narnia franchise after a major misstep with Prince Caspian. Take a look:

This clip reminded me of The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe, and I mean that in the best way possible. There was a sense of wonder present in the discovery of Narnia. There were a slew of gorgeous creatures and sets. There was a grand, sweeping score that built throughout the preview. There was exciting action. And perhaps most importantly, there was a focus on deeper themes of family, temptation, and insecurity, which make me feel that The Voyage of the Dawn Treader will be more than just a vessel for CGI effects. The fantasy sequel invites us to “Return to hope,” “Return to magic,” and “Return to Narnia,” and from the looks of this, that’s a return I’ll gladly make come Dec. 10.

I love the trailer like Edmond loves Turkish Delight, but what do you think? Are you excited to hop aboard the Dawn Treader?

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