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Bridge to Terabithia
Josh Hutcherson and Zooey Deschanel




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Animation master Gabor Csupo directs his first live-action film in this adaptation of the novel The Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson, whose son David co-wrote the screenplay and serves as a producer. Jess (Josh Hutcherson) is misunderstood. Despite Jess' talents as an artist, the school bullies pick on him, his father (Robert Patrick) belittles his dreams, and his four sisters invade his space in the family's cramped house. Jess' bleak world changes when Leslie (Annasophia Robb) moves into the house next door. Bright, creative and outspoken, Leslie also finds herself an outsider in their school. Soon the two are thick as thieves, spending their after school hours exploring the woods beyond their backyards and on the others side of a creek, which Leslie deems the kingdom of Terabithia. Here, they create their own magical world, complete with a Dark Master and his minions, dragonfly soldiers, giant trolls and a treehouse fortress. In Terabithia, the two friends let their imaginations run wild and control their destiny, far away from school bullies and the pressures of adolescence. Hutcherson and Robb are well cast as Jess and Leslie in this coming-of-age tale. Hutcherson handles both the melancholy intensity and unbridled joy of his character beautifully, and Robb's smile and charisma are infectious. Zooey Deschanel also stars as Miss Edmunds, the music teacher who befriends Jess. Parents should read the book or learn more about the story before taking young children to see this film, as the story includes not only some scary creatures, but also the death of a young person. Terabithia and its creatures are created by WETA Digital LTD, the same company that did the effects for the LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy and KING KONG.

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Overview

Animation master Gabor Csupo directs his first live-action film in this adaptation of the novel The Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson, whose son David co-wrote the screenplay and serves as a producer. Jess (Josh Hutcherson) is misunderstood. Despite Jess' talents as an artist, the school bullies pick on him, his father (Robert Patrick) belittles his dreams, and his four sisters invade his space in the family's cramped house. Jess' bleak world changes when Leslie (Annasophia Robb) moves into the house next door. Bright, creative and outspoken, Leslie also finds herself an outsider in their school. Soon the two are thick as thieves, spending their after school hours exploring the woods beyond their backyards and on the others side of a creek, which Leslie deems the kingdom of Terabithia. Here, they create their own magical world, complete with a Dark Master and his minions, dragonfly soldiers, giant trolls and a treehouse fortress. In Terabithia, the two friends let their imaginations run wild and control their destiny, far away from school bullies and the pressures of adolescence. Hutcherson and Robb are well cast as Jess and Leslie in this coming-of-age tale. Hutcherson handles both the melancholy intensity and unbridled joy of his character beautifully, and Robb's smile and charisma are infectious. Zooey Deschanel also stars as Miss Edmunds, the music teacher who befriends Jess. Parents should read the book or learn more about the story before taking young children to see this film, as the story includes not only some scary creatures, but also the death of a young person. Terabithia and its creatures are created by WETA Digital LTD, the same company that did the effects for the LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy and KING KONG.

Main Cast & Crew

Gabor Csupo - Director
Josh Hutcherson
AnnaSophia Robb
Bailee Madison
Robert Patrick
Zooey Deschanel
Lauren Clinton
Erin Annis
Carly Owen
Cameron Wakefield
Katrina Cerio

 

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DVD Format
  • Format: DVD (Full Screen)
  • Run Time: 96
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 786936715743
  • Genre: Family
  • Rating: PG (MPAA) (For thematic elements including bullying, some peril and mild language)
  • Release Date: June 2007

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
Fantasy
Kids Adventure
Theatrical Release
Family (General)
Fantasy Worlds
Based On A Novel

 

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Theatrical Release: February 16, 2007

Reviews:
"[A] thoughtful and extremely affecting story of a transformative friendship between two unusually gifted children." - 02/16/2007 New York Times, p.E12


"[W]ith a positive message about seeing the troubled person behind the bully and the importance of keeping an open mind....A sweet family-friendly film..." - 02/16/2007 USA Today, p.3E


"[With] the powerful and bittersweet spirit that has, for decades, continued to make the story a favorite." - 04/01/2007 Box Office, p.127


"An engaging film with its big heart in the right place....What a pleasure for a children's film to offer nothing but an honest depiction of emotions..." - 05/01/2007 Sight and Sound, p.54


4 stars out of 5 -- "It's the performances that really bring the film alive. AnnaSophia Robb is a particular find -- a future star if ever there was one..." - 06/01/2007 Ultimate DVD, p.105


4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his consummate charmer couldn't be more wholesome..." - 11/01/2007 Total Film, p.131


3 stars out of 5 -- "There are fine performances -- particularly Robb's -- and touching moments, notably in an emotional final reel..." - 11/01/2007 Empire, p.186

 

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