Item description for Bridge To Terabithia (Full Screen Edition) by Josh Hutcherson & Zooey Deschanel...
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 & LESLIE SOON BEGIN A FRIENDSHIP & DISCOVER A MAGICAL FANTASY KINGDOM IN THE FOREST, WHERE THE TWO OF THEM REIGN AS KING & QUEEN.
Outline Based on Katherine Paterson's young-adult novel and filmed in picturesque New Zealand, Bridge to Terabithia has lessons to impart about empathy and self-expression, but the tone is never heavy-handed. Jesse (sleepy-eyed Josh Hutcherson, Zathura), a fifth-grade loner, lives in the country with his parents and four sisters, including pesky May Belle (Bailee Madison), who adores him. His strict father (Robert Patrick, The Terminator 2) works in a hardware store. Money is tight and classmates make fun of his hand-me-downs, so Jesse finds refuge in running and drawing. Everything changes when two writers and their daughter Leslie (wide-eyed AnnaSophia Robb, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) move in next door. Leslie is faster than all the boys, which initially puts Jesse off, but the two soon bond over their love of make-believe. In the forest, they find a creek that can only be crossed by rope. Leslie names the land on the other side Terabithia, where they imagine themselves rulers of the kingdom. Jesse and Leslie also connect with their unconventional music teacher, Ms. Edmonds (Zooey Deschanel, Elf), who encourages their creativity. Despite the tension at home, Jesse's personal life is finally coming together when the unthinkable happens. Will he revert to his anti-social ways or will he grow from the experience? Though aimed at all ages, pre-school students may find Terebithia's creatures frightening. For grade-school kids and up, however, there's much to savor in this smartly written, sensitively acted film. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
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Actors: Josh Hutcherson, AnnaSophia Robb, Zooey Deschanel, Robert Patrick, Bailee Madison
Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
Language: English, French, Spanish
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Region Code: 1 (USA & Canada Only)
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Audience Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Studio: Walt Disney Video
Running Time: 96.00 minutes
Record Label Walt Disney Video
Format AC-3 / Color / Dolby / Dubbed / DVD
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.47" Width: 5.32" Height: 0.55" Weight: 0.25 lbs.
Binding DVD Video
Release Date Dec 24, 2011
Publisher CHORDANT ACNT# 3707
ISBN 0012463396 ISBN13 0786936715743 UPC 786936715743
Reviews - What do customers think about Bridge To Terabithia (Full Screen Edition)?
Bridge to Terabithia - Wanting More. Feb 9, 2008
The Lead into Terabithia was what I was expecting. I was expecting more action from being within Terabithia. The Giants, and other imagined characters. I wanted more imagination from the kids. More terabithian landscape.
Bad news Jan 29, 2008
I thought this would be a innocent tale of childhood escapism. To my surprise this movie addressed some of the more challenging issues young teens face: bullying, acceptance, family conflict, parental [mis]understanding, loss, to name a few. As such it was a breath of fresh air from most teen fare. However, I was shocked by a pivotal scene which revealed what I consider to be the main thrust of film. As my title indicates, it is a subtle setup for rejection of the "good news".
The critical scene occurs in a car ride home from church where an unchurched Leslie, the guest of Jesse, is told by Jesse's sister May Belle that people are damned by God if they don't believe in Jesus. Leslie objects to this tenet of biblical Christianity. And considering its source--the indoctrinated brats of some unflatteringly characterized Christians--who would not side with the sympathetic Leslie.
To a largely biblically ignorant viewing public this scene will leave an indelible but mistaken impression. In the Gospel of John, chapter 3, Jesus makes it very clear with one of the hard truths of the faith: "Unless a man be born again/from above, he cannot enter the kingdom of God." Not even the good man Nicodemus is so entitled. God is accused of damning unrepentent sinners to hell, but no mention is made to His mercy and His costly provision, namely the sacrificial death of God Himself in the person of Jesus to save man from eternal 'damnation.' A Christian-friendly film would have made these essential differences clear.
This film initially showed great promise with its talented young cast, great supporting actors and engaging plot elements, but takes a disappointing turn from which it never recovers. Christian parents who are thus blindsided should sit down with their pre-teens and teens and discuss the film's misstatements and omissions.
Great Film Jan 29, 2008
I love this movie before this movie came out last year Josh and AnnaSophia Robb and the author came to my work so I got to get there authorpgh and I was so excited about getting to meet them they also got to answer questions that the kids had question for them. I love this movie because I get memories when I got to meet them and how nice they are in person.
Deserves the Oscar for Best Feel Good Movie Jan 28, 2008
Don't hold your breathe for that nomination, because the category doesn't exist and how sad for the awards ceremony that there is probably an award for best assistant on set. I was really surprised by this film considering the misleading marketing of this film. By the way it begins though, I was saying, "Man, what did I get myself into?" I stuck through it, thinking that I had rented some High School Musical, but then was drawn by the energy of the children acting superbly. This movie all of the sudden pulls the trigger on you and I was left flacid, weak, and sobbing. I never in my wildest dreams would have guessed it. I mean, By the cover of this thing I was hoping for some uppity Chronicles of Narnia or something. I had no idea I was in for some well acted movie that operates on multiple levels, yet never loses sight of its simplistic yet pure messege. This movie was more like Some Robert Redford Film back in the days when he tackled depressed adolescents coping with torturous loss. This movie is an infusion, a gratifying injection of tenacious feel goodness. Thank God that I stumbled upon this, and NO thanks to marketing.
Spoiler alert!!! Tell your children what to expect! Jan 27, 2008
Don't read this unless you don't mind knowing the trajedy that happens in this movie.... I just watched this with my family--husband and three boys ages 10, 7, and 5. I absolutely loved it. It is full of beautiful life lessons. It shows in a profound way the power of imagination, and that magical thinking in children is very healthy and helps them make sense of their world and work through issues and difficulties. I was touched by so many things. One was when we saw the face of the giant. I think that was profound. For parents reading this and wondering if it would be too sad for their children, I think they should know what happens. My oldest son had been told at school that the girl dies. I told my kids it would be sad, and that the girl dies and that it is just a movie telling a story. I think this helped VERY much. If we had been surprised by the death, which was shocking even though I knew it was eventually going to happen, it would have been very upseting. My boys were fine and enjoyed the movie. I am grateful for the beautiful lessons they saw illustrated. Yes, it is sad. But so is life. And for so, so many children life is full of trajedy. In some cities in this country eighty percent of adolescents have experienced severe violence or family trajedy. We need to get real. This movie isn't to traumatize--it's to help show how the human spirit can overcome trajedy. ALSO, it is important to know that this movie is not at all violent. The make believe scenes are very mild, and even fun. The shadows or creatures represent things that are scarey for the children in their lives, and they conquer them! Also, the commercials for this movie misrepresented its genre, I think. This is not a movie FILLED with the fast action make believe. That is a very small part of the movie. This is a thinking movie about human relationships and emotion. This is one of the best movies I've ever seen!!!