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An unusual friendship forms between loner Jesse Aaron (Josh Hutcherson) and new girl Leslie Burke (AnnaSophia Robb) when they combine his artistic skills with her incredible imagination. Creating a land of make-believe, the two have many adventures in Terabithia, which in turn affects their real world too.
Why Is Bridge to Terabithia Rated PG?
Bridge to Terabithia is rated PG for thematic elements including bullying, some peril and mild language
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Life in the country isn’t as romantic as it is sometimes appears for the families in this film. A lack of money and a houseful of kids cause a couple to struggle over finances. The tension affects the father who at times yells at his son. At school, this same boy is the target of bullies who physically and verbally abuse him, causing him to punch another boy in the nose. Another tyrant refuses to let the girls use the bathroom unless they pay her and gives a fellow student a bloody nose. Later a girl admits her father routinely hits her. Even church doesn’t offer solace to the souls of the children that believe God is a mean and unjust ruler who will condemn them to eternal misery. In the mythical world of Terabithia, two children fight off a pack of wild dog-like creatures. Squirrels, hawks and a huge troll also attack them. In the real world, characters must deal with the sudden loss of a loved one. The script includes some mild profanities.
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Other children’s novels have also made it to the big screen. In Tuck Everlasting, a young girl finds the fountain of eternal life in the forest behind her home. Holes is the story of a young man wrongly accused of stealing and sent to a youth detention center in the middle of the desert. And Because of Winn Dixie (also starring AnnaSophia Robb) tells the tale of a motherless child who finds comfort in a four-legged friend.
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DVD Release Date: 19 June 2007
Cross the Bridge to Terabithia with this DVD release from Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media, and explore the enchanted tale through two audio commentaries (one by director Gabor Csupo, writer Jeff Stockwell and producer Hal Lieberman, and the other by actors Josh Hutcherson, AnnaSophia Robb and producer Lauren Levine). You can also run wild with the featurette Digital Imagination: Bringing Terabithia To Life, as well as crack open Behind the Book: The Themes of Bridge to Terabithia. In the later you will get to meet author Katherine Paterson and discover how her son David played an inspirational role in the book’s creation. (David Paterson worked on the screenplay and helped produce this movie too.) Last, but not least, the talented AnnaSophia Robb shows off her singing abilities in the music video Keep Your Mind Wide Open. This DVD is available in either wide or full screen presentations, with audio tracks in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English, French and Spanish).