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THE MOVIE: Bridge to Terabithia

THE STARS:
Josh Hutcherson • AnnaSopia Robb • Robert Patrick • Zooey Deshanel
DIRECTOR: Gabor Csupo

AnnaSopia Robb and Josh Hutcherson with Gabor Csupo behind THE CONCEPT:
Based on the popular novel, two fifth graders, Jesse (Hutcherson) and Leslie (Robb) meet, become friends and discover a magical realm that is part of a nearby forest – one in which they become King and Queen.

U.S. RELEASE: February 16 2007, Nationwide
• Rated: PG

THE COMMENTS:

GABOR CSUPO:
“The book is such an amazingly emotional, beautiful story. I wanted to keep the real-life parts very realistic, so when they got into the Terabithian adventure part, it was going to have a big contrast to it. I think it was very important in the tone of the movie. It might feel a little bit too serious for some very young children, but I think that you’re never supposed to talk down to kids, they’re a lot more intelligent and smarter than most people give them credit for.”

ANNASOPHIA ROBB:
“I read the book and the script at the same time. I thought it transitioned into a movie beautifully. They did a real good job of capturing the heart and soul of it. I fell in love with the story; it’s a timeless tale about friendship and imagination.”

JOSH HUTCHERSON:
“For me, imagination is such an important part of everybody’s life, and that’s what I do every single day in my life as an actor. I’m always acting and imagining that everything is going on. Imagination I think is kind of lost in a lot of kids because they play so many video games. I was always raised outside playing and imagining, making up games and pretending that there is an army crawling on the ground, or playing with squirt guns.”

CSUPO:
“It was a very conscious decision from the very beginning that we were not going to overdo the visual effects, just because of the story’s integrity and the book’s integrity. If you’ve ever read the book, it’s just briefly mentioned that the kids are having fights against the imaginary creatures in the forest. Obviously, we can’t do this in the movie, you have to put something up on the screen; we just tried to do the absolute minimum.”

ROBB:
“My ‘Terabithia’ is in books. I just get really involved in the characters in the books, and I love to escape. And I daydream a lot, when I fall asleep or when I’m waking up in bed, just imagining things and sometimes if I have a really good idea, I’ll write it down. I try to keep my imagination alive as possible because that’s what’s really important, and that’s how people are individuals.”

HUTCHERSON:
“One of the great messages in this movie is accepting people for who they are. It’s okay for girls and guys to be friends. I’ve grown up having really good friends that are girls, not girlfriends, but friends that are girls are great. I think people need to realize that they’re humans too, it’s not a different species; you can be friends with them.”

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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