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Visual Review

Everything you need to

know about

BRIDGE TO

TERABETHIA

…and how it relates to you

and the world around you.

Includes info on the

actors, director, with news,

reviews, and photos.

visual review by

david bruce

visualhollywood.com


SHORT SYNOPSIS

Based on the popular novel,

BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA is a

fantasy/adventure story of

friendship, family and the

power of imagination.

Movies Contain the

Essence of Being Human

Jess Aarons (JOSH HUTCHERSON)

is an outsider at school and even in

his own family. Jess has trained all

summer to become the fastest kid in

his middle school class, but his goal

is unexpectedly thwarted by the new

girl in school, Leslie Burke

(ANNASOPHIA ROBB), who

competes in the "boys only" race

and wins.

Despite their awkward introduction,

the two outsiders quickly become

best friends. Leslie opens a new

world of imagination for Jess.

Together, they create the secret

kingdom of Terabithia, a magical

place only accessible by swinging

on an old rope over a stream in the

woods near their homes.


KEY ACTORS

The Cinematic Arts Have

the Power to Transform

AnnaSophia Robb

(Leslie Burke)

She has previously

starred in Tim

Burton’s Charlie and

the Chocolate

Factory, , and in

Because of Winn-

Dixie

Josh Hutcherson

(Jesse Aarons)

He appeared in RV, co-

starring as Robin

Williams’s son. Also:

Journey to the Center

of the Earth 3D and

Firehouse Dog

Zooey Deschanel

(Ms. Edmonds)

has also starred in

Failure to Launch,

The Hitchhiker’s

Guide to the Galaxy,

and opposite Will

Ferrell in Elf


KEY TALENT

Our Artists Are

Our Liberators

Photo by Mark Fellman

© 2002 Paramount Pictures

Gábor Csupó

(Director)

is a Hungarian-born

animator and co-

founder of the

animation studio

Klasky Csupo, which

has produced shows

like Rugrats and

Duckman.

David Lord Paterson

(Producer and writer)

When he was a boy,

his best friend, 8 year

old Lisa Hill, was

fatally struck by

lightning. His mother,

Katherine Paterson,

used this experience

as the basis for her

novel Bridge to

Katherine Paterson

(novelist)

wrote the original

novel and is also the

Vice President of the

National Children's

Book and Literacy

Alliance, a that actively

advocates for literacy,

literature, and libraries.


ARTIST HIGHLIGHT

Actors are Liberators

in Masquerade

AnnaSophia Robb

AnnaSophia enjoys singing,

snowboarding, rafting, dancing, and

reading, especially fantasy and historical

fiction. She competes in gymnastics and

dance; she attends school and has stated

that she is "quite serious" about it.

After starring in a commercial for

McDonald's, AnnaSophia made her

acting debut in 2004, appearing in a

television special titled Samantha: An

American Girl Holiday and in an episode

of the TV series Drake & Josh, "Number

One Fan".

AnnaSophia appeared in two 2005 films;

playing Opal, the lead character in

Because of Winn-Dixie, , and starring as

Violet Beauregarde in director Tim

Burton's remake of Charlie and the

Chocolate Factory.


ARTIST HIGHLIGHT

Actors help us: laugh, be happy, cry, get angry,

and even think. Can there be any better gifts?

Josh Hutcherson

Josh was born in Union, Kentucky

to Chris and Michelle Hutcherson.

He has a younger brother, Connor,

as well as several pets, including a

dog (Diesel), two cats (Jell-O and

Paws), and a turtle. He also has a

girlfriend from his home town

whose name is Shannon.

Hutcherson has wanted to be an

actor since he was four years old,

but had only began auditioning for

roles in 2002, after a successful

screen test. His first role was in the

2002 made-for-television film, , House

Blend. He is best known for his role

is in RV, playing the son of Robin

Williams's character.


ARTIST HIGHLIGHT

GABOR CSUPO (Director)

CSUPO makes his live-action debut with

BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA. Born in

Budapest, Hungary, Gabor studied music

for eight years and attended art school for

four, before commencing his professional

training in animation at Hungary’s famed

Pannonia Studios in 1971. Leaving

Communist Hungary in 1975 for artistic

opportunities in the West, Csupo and four

fellow artists and musicians escaped into

Austria through a darkened train tunnel.

With few resources and no passport, he

traveled first to West Germany, then to

Denmark and ultimately to Stockholm,

Sweden. While employed there in the

animation studio of a friend, Csupo

contributed to Sweden’s first animated

feature and has since expanded into all

areas of entertainment media.

Filmmakers are

Revolutionaries

Posing as Entertainers

Photo © 2000 - Paramount Pictures

and Viacom International Inc.


EXTENDED SYNOPSIS

Stories are

Transforming

Deep in the woods, far beyond the road, across a stream, lies a secret

world only two people on Earth know about—a world brimming with

fantastical creatures, glittering palaces and magical forests. This is

Terabithia, where two young friends will discover how to rule their own

kingdom, fight the forces of darkness and change their lives forever

through the power of the imagination.


EXTENDED SYNOPSIS

All Kids are Born Artistic

What is Natural is Essential

The story begins with Jess Aarons (JOSH HUTCHERSON), a young

outsider on a quest to become the fastest kid in his school. But when the

new girl in town, Leslie Burke (ANNASOPHIA ROBB), leaves Jess and

everyone else in her dust, Jess’s frustration with her ultimately leads to

them becoming fast friends.


EXTENDED SYNOPSIS

Stories Embody the

Essence of Being Human

Despite their awkward introduction,

the two outsiders quickly become

best friends.


EXTENDED SYNOPSIS

Cinematic Story Telling is a

Profoundly Humanizing endeavor.

Leslie loves to tell stories

of fantasy and magic. Jess

loves to draw, but until he

met Leslie it was

something he kept to

himself. Leslie opens a new

world of imagination for

Jess.

Together they create the

secret kingdom of

Terabithia, a magical

place only accessible by

swinging on an old rope

over a stream in the

woods near their homes.


EXTENDED SYNOPSIS

Film making is a

Community Event.

Here, Leslie and Jess rule as King and Queen among the incredible

creatures they create, and not even the forces of evil can break their

bond. Now, no matter what happens in the real world, in Terabithia,

Leslie gives Jess a magical place that will always be filled with

amazing stories and dreams.


LIFE CONNECTIONS in BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA

Art is a

Liberating Force

Imagination is more important than

knowledge...

--Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)

You cannot depend on your eyes

when your imagination is out of

focus.

--Mark Twain

The importance

of imagination

Love is the triumph of imagination

over intelligence.

--H. L. Mencken

There is only one admirable form of

the imagination: the imagination that

is so intense that it creates a new

reality, that it makes things happen.

--Sean O'Faolain

As created beings we bear the hallmark of the creative character of god.

To neglect ‘hearing’ the creative artistic voice is deafness to god.


CRITICAL OPINION of BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA

Critics are

nearly 100%

positive!

The Free Speech

Discussion of the Arts is a

Mark of a Free Society

"Bridge" should play well theatrically

but may connect better with audiences

on homevid

--Justin Chang,

Variety

A tenderly executed adventurefantasy.

--Michael Rechtshaffen,

Hollywood Reporter

There's something endearingly

quaint

--Christy Lemire,

Associated Press

A classic contender… Far from a

computer generated escapist

fantasy, this film is an unpretentious

and touching tale of preteen

companionship and loss.

--Jessica Grose,

Village Voice


FILM REVIEW: BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA

FROM VISUAL HOLLYWOOD

Art is the

Language of

Liberation

David Bruce

This story comes from the depth of human

tragedy and grief. What do you do when

unspeakable joy turns into unimaginable grief?

In this case, it was allowing the grieving soul to

work through the event through story telling,

and the cinematic arts!

The swinging rope is the

“bridge” to an imaginary

world of bliss. The rope

also becomes the symbol

of tragedy when it breaks.

When producer and screenwriter David

Paterson was a boy, his best friend, an eight-

year-old girl named Lisa Hill, was struck by

lightning and killed. His mother, author

Katherine Paterson, used this real-life

experience as the basis for her children's novel

Bridge to Terabithia. David Paterson has now

produced and wrote the screenplay for this film

adaptation of the novel. This film is powerful

because it comes from the depth of the soul.

Stories can come from no better place.

--David Bruce


FINDING TRUTH in BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA

Society is only as free as its

arts. Art is the voice of

human freedom.

THE POWER OF

FRIENDSHIP AND

IMAGINATION

OVER GRIEF

The only cure for grief is action.

--George Henry Lewes

When griping grief the heart doth wound,

and doleful dumps the mind opresses,

then music, with her silver sound,

with speedy help doth lend redress.

--William Shakespeare

Friendship improves happiness, and abates

misery, by doubling our joys, and dividing

our grief.

--Joseph Addison

Life is a series of experiences, each one of

which makes us bigger, even though it is

hard to realize this. For the world was built

to develop character, and we must learn that

the setbacks and griefs which we endure

help us in our marching onward.

--Henry Ford


TRIVIA AND NEWS

re: BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA

Movie Making is the Convergence

of Many Talents and Art Forms

Because of the novel's content it has been

the frequent target of censors and appears

on the American Library Association list of

the 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books

of 1990-2000 at number nine.

The censorship attempts stem from death

being a part of the plot .

Jesse's frequent use of the word "lord"

outside of prayer, and concerns that the

book promotes secular humanism and New

Age religions, occultism, Satanism, and for

accusations of sexual content .

The book is studied in English studies

classes in Australia, Canada, United

Kingdom, and the United States.


WHY MOVIES ARE SO IMPORTANT

"The meaning of life is the most urgent of

questions" --Albert Camus (Existentialist thinker).

To Restrict Creativity is

to Restrict the very

Nature of the Creator

In “Movies and the Meaning of Life” author Kimberly

Blessing points out that movies can help us reflect

on five of life’s most important questions:

1) What is reality and how can I know it?

2) How can I find my true identity?

3) What the significance of my interactions with

others?

4) What’s the point of my life?

5) How ought I to live my life?

The idea behind Visual Hollywood is that Movies can

and must play an essential role helping us explore

the meaning of our existence and our life together.

No other quest is more necessary or important.

Movies are powerful. Movies bring personal

meaning, and can contribute to a peaceful world.

Cinematic story telling can be a transforming event.

Visual Hollywood takes

an existential approach

to life. We celebrate

with human freedom.

We use movies and the

arts as a means of

understanding the

human condition and

our collective relation to

the world around us.

Our basic quest is:

1. To know what it

means to be human in

the world.

2. The pursuit of human

freedom.


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