Bridge to Terabithia

Bridge to Terabithia

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Director: Gabor Csupo

Cast: Gabor Csupo, Josh Hutcherson, AnnaSophia Robb, Zooey Deschanel

     
 

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From the producers of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and the mind of author Katherine Paterson comes a rousing fantasy adventure about family, friendship, and the wondrous power of imagination. A perpetual outsider both at home and at school, Jess Aarons (Josh Hutcherson<See more details below

Overview

From the producers of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and the mind of author Katherine Paterson comes a rousing fantasy adventure about family, friendship, and the wondrous power of imagination. A perpetual outsider both at home and at school, Jess Aarons (Josh Hutcherson) just never seems to fit in no matter how hard he tries. When his goal to become the fastest runner in middle school is unexpectedly thwarted by newly arrived classmate Leslie Burke (AnnaSophia Robb), who enters in an "all boys" race and leaves her competitors in the dust, Jess soon strikes up a friendship with the imaginative outsider. Their bond is soon cemented thanks to Leslie's love for storytelling and Jess' skill as an artist, and the two lonely kids create a secret kingdom called Terabithia that is only accessible by swinging over a stream on a nearby rope. Though Jess and Leslie may be considered outcasts by their classmates, their adventures in Terabithia find the pair doing battle against the dreaded Dark Master and his malevolent creatures while plotting revenge against the schoolyard bullies. Now, thanks to his adventures in Terabithia and his friendship with Leslie, Jess finally finds the confidence needed to stand tall and be himself.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Dealing with subjects of life and death in a story aimed at kids befuddles many storytellers. The best aspect of Gabor Csupo's adaptation of the classic novel Bridge to Terabithia is the very personal, unique way the character responds to the profound events that affect him. Jess Aarons (Josh Hutcherson) is a shy boy, unable to express his frustrations with bullies, his father, and the fact that he's forced to wear hand-me-down sneakers from his sister. Only by drawing can he get these feelings out. That is until a new family moves in next door, and soon he has a friend for life in Leslie (AnnaSophia Robb), the daughter of authors who love her but let her spend a great deal of time alone. She can create a story with as much facility as Jess can draw, leading to their creation of Terabithia, a fantasy world where the pair symbolically confront the problems they face in the real world. Csupo manifests this fictional world in the most natural ways -- the magical creatures they create in their minds simply appear without any fanfare. These sequences become more and more ornate as the film progresses, but Csupo manages to keep them grounded in an uncomplicated psychological truth. By staying true to these characters' unique personalities, the audience can see them not as symbols but as real people with familiar problems. When fate deals Jess a very painful life lesson in the film's third act, the filmmakers have gotten so far inside the character that the they don't have to overwhelm the viewer with any gaudy emotional excess. For a film that deals with powerful feelings of mourning and grief and guilt, the screenwriters and the director earn profound emotions without magnifying them into melodramatic excess. The viewers experience the pain and catharsis exactly as Jess does. It would be enough that Bridge to Terabithia never talks down to its preteen audience, but it turns out to be something much better because it doesn't talk down to the adults in the audience either.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/19/2007
UPC:
0786936715743
Original Release:
2007
Rating:
PG
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Color]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:36:00
Sales rank:
2,934

Special Features

"Digital Imagination: Bringing Terabithia to Life"; "Behind the Book: the Themes of Bridge to Terabithia"; Music Video "Keep Your Mind Wide Open" Performed by AnnaSohpia Robb; Audio Commentary with Director Gabor Csupo, Writer Jeff Stockwell and Producer Hal Lieberman; Audio Commentary With Actors Josh Hutcherson and AnnaSophia Robb and Producer Lauren Levine.

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Josh Hutcherson Jess Aarons
AnnaSophia Robb Leslie Burke
Zooey Deschanel Ms. Edmonds
Robert Patrick Jack Aarons
Bailee Madison Actor,May Belle Aarons
Kate Butler Actor,Nancy Aarons
Devon Wood Actor,Brenda Aarons
Emma Fenton Actor,Ellie Aarons
Grace Brannigan Actor,Joyce Aarons
Latham Gaines Actor,Bill Burke
Judy McIntosh Actor,Judy Burke
Patricia Aldersley Actor,Grandma Burke
Lauren Clinton Actor,Janice Avery
Isabelle Rose Kircher Actor,Carla
Cameron Wakefield Actor,Scott Hoager
Elliot Lawless Actor,Gary Fulcher
Carly Owen Actor,Madison
Jen Wolfe Actor,Mrs. Myers
James Gaylyn Actor,Principal Turner
Ian Harcourt Kenny (Bus Driver)
Philip Grieve Mr. Bailey
Aaron Zigman Conductor

Technical Credits
Gabor Csupo Director
George Acogny Musical Direction/Supervision
Anita Aggrey Makeup
Todd Michael Amateau Asst. Director
Simon Ambridge Production Manager
Mike Bain Camera Operator
Daniel Barrett Animator
Adam Bradley Animator
Brent Burge Sound/Sound Designer
Alex Burt Animator
John Cavill Cinematographer
Fintan Cestelloe Stunts
Michael Chapman Cinematographer
Tim Coddington Co-producer
Stephanie Corsalini Casting
Jonathan Costelloe Stunts
Tyron Costelloe Stunts
Darcy Costelloe Stunts
Aaron Cubis Editor
Barbara Darragh Costumes/Costume Designer
Jason Durey Special Effects Supervisor
Shea Farrell Stunts
Hayley French Editor
John Gilbert Editor
Robert Gillies Production Designer
Peter Godden Animator
Kevin Halloran Co-producer
Ben Hatton Editor
Michael Hedges Sound Mixer
Richard Hopkins Animator
Kylie Howell Makeup
Victor Huang Animator
Victoria Ingram Costumes/Costume Designer
Tony Johnson Sound/Sound Designer
Patrick Kalyn Animator
David Kaufmann Associate Producer
Lars Kramer Camera Operator
Michael Krehl Makeup
Gilbert Lake Sound Mixer
Lauren Levine Producer
Hal Lieberman Producer
Rob Marsh Camera Operator
Cameron McLean Camera Operator
Joris Melchers Stunts
Dominic Melchers Stunts
Simon Millanta Animator
Liz Mullane Casting
Jane O'Kane Makeup
Amelia Owen Makeup
Michael Pangrazio Art Director
David L. Paterson Producer,Screenwriter
Jessica Ria Stunts
Alex Schwartz Executive Producer
Meyer Schwarztein Co-producer
Brett Skinner Editor
John Sore Animator
Jeff Stockwell Screenwriter
Ruth Stoffels Makeup
Samuel J. Storey Set Decoration/Design
Vanita Thomas Makeup
Denis Trutanic Animator
Petra Verweij Costumes/Costume Designer
Jennifer Ward Art Director
Aaron Zigman Score Composer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Bridge to Terabithia
1. Jess Aarons [5:55]
2. Leslie Burke [2:21]
3. Fastest Kid in the Fifth Grade [4:36]
4. "Why Can't We Be Friends?" [7:13]
5. Enchanted Rope [7:15]
6. Rulers of Terabithia [11:27]
7. Prince Terrien, Giant Troll Hunter [9:38]
8. The Golden Room [6:28]
9. Church Sunday [2:30]
10. Lost Keys [:08]
11. The Perfect Day [8:10]
12. Noi [4:04]
13. Stranded [3:17]
14. Building the Bridge [10:41]
15. Credits [6:45]

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