Bridge To Terabithia

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The small amount of fantasy and the death of Leslie turned me off.

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on 2/22/2008

The small amount of fantasy and the death of Leslie turned me off.

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by Gloria on 9/19/2008

this was a very good movie, my grandchildren love it and I was plenty surprised that I also enjoyed it. It had it's sad moments but it can be helpful learning for children.

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Fifth grader jesse aaron's hopes of becoming the fastest runner in his class are dashed when new girl leslie burke outruns everybody, including him. However, jess and leslie soon begin a friendship and discover a magical fantasy kingdom in the forest, where the two of them reign as king and queen.


Studio Buena Vista Home Entertainment
SKU 204448272
UPC 786936715781
UPC 14 00786936715781
Format DVD
Release Date 12/24/2011
Rating Rating
Based On A Novel
Family (General)
Fantasy Worlds
Kids Adventure
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note 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.
New York Times "[A] thoughtful and extremely affecting story of a transformative friendship between two unusually gifted children." 02/16/2007 p.E12
USA Today "[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 p.3E
Box Office "[With] the powerful and bittersweet spirit that has, for decades, continued to make the story a favorite." 04/01/2007 p.127
Sight and Sound "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 p.54
Ultimate DVD 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 p.105
Total Film 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his consummate charmer couldn't be more wholesome..." 11/01/2007 p.131
Empire 3 stars out of 5 -- "There are fine performances -- particularly Robb's -- and touching moments, notably in an emotional final reel..." 11/01/2007 p.186
Gabor Csupo
AnnaSophia Robb
Robert Patrick
Josh Hutcherson
Zooey Deschanel
Cast & Crew
Aaron Zigman - Original Music By
AnnaSophia Robb - Actor
David Paterson - Screenplay
Gabor Csupo - Director
Jeff Stockwell - Screenplay
John Gilbert - Editor
Josh Hutcherson - Actor
Katherine Paterson - Based On Novel By
Kevin Halloran, et. al. - Producer
Michael Chapman - Cinematographer
Michael Pangrazio - Art Director
Robert Gillies - Production Designer
Robert Patrick - Actor
Zooey Deschanel - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2007
Catalog ID 5237203
UPC 00786936715781
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 96 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Bridge to Terabithia is an example of a movie that does not deliver what the marketing campaign promises. Instead, it delivers something richer and more meaningful. Disney, in its infinite wisdom, is trying to make the film look like a watered down Harry Potter or Chronicles of Narnia...This is a movie about imagination and friendship, not about swords and sorcery...Despite what Disney is promising, Bridge to Terabithia is not filled with special effects. When employed, the CGI works, but it's not used often...The movie is magical but not in the same sense that The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is. Bridge to Terabithia touches the heart without pulling too hard at the strings, and it reminds us that creativity should be encouraged in children, if only to give them a temporary refuge into which they can retreat when the colors of reality turn gray. This is easily the best family feature of the early year.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Variety
Review The imaginary world dreamed up by two youngsters in Katherine Paterson's coming-of-age classic has been realized imperfectly, but with intelligence and sensitivity nonetheless, in "Bridge to Terabithia." Some literal-minded attempts at magical realism are redeemed by the film's emotional texture, winning chemistry between the tyke leads and scrupulous adherence to a childlike point of view...Viewers familiar with the novel will anticipate the story's shift into darker territory, and they'll be relieved to know that it's handled as delicately as possible, and all the more moving because of it...The dark earth tones of Michael Chapman's cinematography invest the forest sequences with an enticing sense of mystery and danger, counterbalanced by the more benign wonderment of Aaron Zigman's score. Costume designer Barbara Darragh deserves mention for her smart decision to clothe and accessorize Robb like a tyro hippie.
Reviewer Justin Chang
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Widescreen
Product Attributes
Actor Hutcherson,Josh
Label Buena Vista Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Alex Chun, Los Angeles Times A wonderfully heart-wrenching love story for tweens, teens, and even adults...
Angie Errigo, Empire A thoroughly pleasing family film with fine performances and honest, affecting real situations...
Ann Hornaday, Washington Post The beloved children's book has not just survived but thrived in its adaptation to the screen.
Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News Csupo needed two very gifted leads to do this beloved story justice, and found them in [Robb and Hutcherson].
Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times Consistently smart and delicate as a spider web...the kind of children's movie rarely seen nowadays.

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