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Directed by
Gabor Csupo 
Writing credits
Jeff Stockwell (screenplay) and
David Paterson (screenplay)

Katherine Paterson (book)

Produced by
Tim Coddington .... co-producer
Kevin Halloran .... co-producer
David Kaufmann .... associate producer
Lauren Levine .... producer
Hal Lieberman .... producer
David Paterson .... producer
Alex Schwartz .... executive producer
Meyer Shwarzstein .... co-producer
Original Music by
Aaron Zigman 
Cinematography by
Michael Chapman 
Film Editing by
John Gilbert 
Casting by
Stephanie Corsalini 
Production Design by
Robert Gillies 
Art Direction by
Jennifer Ward 
Set Decoration by
Jackie Gilmore 
Costume Design by
Barbara Darragh 
Makeup Department
Anita Aggrey .... hair stylist
Anita Aggrey .... makeup artist
Kylie Harris .... hair stylist: extras (as Kylie Howell)
Kylie Harris .... makeup artist: extras (as Kylie Howell)
Michael Krehl .... hair stylist: Zooey Deschanel
Michael Krehl .... makeup artist: Zooey Deschanel
Jane O'Kane .... hair designer
Jane O'Kane .... makeup designer
Amelia Owen .... hair stylist: extras
Amelia Owen .... makeup artist: extras
Vinnie Smith .... key hair stylist
Vinnie Smith .... key makeup artist
Ruth Stoffels .... hair stylist: extras
Ruth Stoffels .... makeup artist: extras
Vanita Thomas .... hair stylist: extras
Vanita Thomas .... makeup artist: extras
Production Management
Simon Ambridge .... production manager
Kevin Halloran .... unit production manager
Pamela Harvey-White .... post-production supervisor
Douglas Jones .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Todd Amateau .... first assistant director (as Todd Michael Amateau)
Emma Hinton .... second second assistant director
Siobhan Nolan .... assistant director
Sarah Rose .... additional second second assistant director
Anton Steel .... second assistant director
Art Department
Warren Boswell .... carpenter
Milton Candish .... leadman
Wayne Chittenden .... carpenter
Matt Cornelius .... property master
Alistair Gillies .... graphic designer
Fraser Harvey .... construction manager
Brendan Heffernan .... production illustrator
Dima Malanitchev .... concept designer
Ben Milsom .... stand-by props
Roger Murray .... props designer
Birgitta Nilsson .... art department coordinator
Karin Reinink .... props buyer
Sam Storey .... set designer
Sound Department
Neil Aldridge .... assistant dialogue editor
Brent Burge .... sound designer
Jason Canovas .... dialogue editor
Hayden Collow .... foley recordist
Kevin Globerman .... digital recordist
Melanie Graham .... sound effects editor
Michael Hedges .... sound re-recording mixer
Justin Herman .... sound stage technician
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer
Frederick Howard .... sound effects editor
Tony Johnson .... production sound mixer
Martin Kwok .... dialogue editor
Gilbert Lake .... sound re-recording mixer
Matthew Lambourn .... sound editor (as Matt Lambourn)
Robyn McFarlane .... foley recordist
Polly McKinnon .... additional adr editor
Polly McKinnon .... additional dialogue editor
Chris Navarro .... adr mixer
Morten Folmer Nielsen .... adr editor
Morten Folmer Nielsen .... adr recordist
Jay Petach .... adr recordist: Cincinnati
Tim Prebble .... supervising sound editor
Kelly Stewart .... sound assistant
Chris Ward .... supervising sound editor
Justin Webster .... assistant dialogue editor
Mark Williams .... boom operator
Buster Flaws .... mix assistant (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Phil Addenbrook .... special effects engineer (as Phil Addenbrooke)
Raymond Allen .... special effects on-set standby
Dean Clarke .... special effects on-set key
Jason Durey .... special effects supervisor
Ken Durey .... special effects supervisor: creek
Oliver Gee .... special effects technician
Aaron McLachlan .... special effects technician
Richard Schuler .... special effects technician
Tim Watson .... special effects technician
Mark White .... special effects technician
Steve Yardley .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Malcolm Aitchison .... technical support team lead
Matt Aitken .... visual effects supervisor: Weta Digital
Belinda Allen .... texture artist: Weta Digital
Jon Allitt .... Massive supervisor: Weta Digital
Svend Andersen .... database administrator
Malcolm Angell .... camera lead: Weta Digital
Christine Arboit .... creature technical director
Dan Ashton .... scanning and recording technician: Weta Digital
Mia Askew .... visual effects artist: shaders and textures, Weta Digital
Sindharmawan Bachtiar .... systems coder
Michael Bain .... camera technical director: Weta Digital (as Mike Bain)
Ned Barraud .... visual effects artist: shaders and textures, Weta Digital
Daniel Barrett .... animator: Weta Digital
Peter Baustaedter .... lead visual effects artist: shaders and textures, Weta Digital
Kelly Bechtle-Woods .... lighting technical director
Lyse Beck .... lead compositor: Weta Digital
Adrian Bell .... lighting/effects technical director
Paula Bell .... lead digital rotoscope and paint artist: Weta Digital
Teresa Berus .... visual effects coordinator (as Teresa Shand)
John-Michael Bills .... rotoscope and paint artist: Weta Digital (as J Bills)
Nick Booth .... scanning and recording supervisor: Weta Digital
Fernando Borges-Pacheco .... visual effects artist: creatures, Weta Digital
Adam Bradley .... roto/paint artist: Weta Digital
Lee Bramwell .... camera supervisor: Weta Digital
Kristie Breslin .... pre-production coordinator: Weta Digital (as Kristie Breslin Husson)
Matthew Bullock .... modeler: Weta Digital (as Matt Bullock)
Joerg W. Bungert .... digital colourist: Weta Digital
Chris Burness .... modeler: Weta Digital
Alex Burt .... animator: Weta Digital
Julian R. Butler .... lead character setup: creatures, Weta Digital (as Julian Butler)
Darren Byford .... lighting technical director
Sonia Calvert .... lead compositor: Weta Digital
Cedric Canlas .... modeler: Weta Digital
Lars Cawley .... visual effects artist: PRPVFX
Clifford Chan .... visual effects artist: PRPVFX
Tim Cheng .... rotoscope and paint artist: Weta Digital
Evan Christie .... rotoscope and paint artist: Weta Digital
Glen Christie .... visual effects artist: creatures, Weta Digital
Rob Conn .... lead lighting and effects artist: Weta Digital
Peter Connelly .... compositor
Shane Cooper .... software developer
Shane Cooper .... visual effects software engineer
Jessica Cowley .... digital effects artist
Jim Croasdale .... senior digital rotoscope and paint artist: Weta Digital
Steve Cronin .... compositing lead
Francisco DeLaTorre .... visual effects artist: shaders and textures, Weta Digital (as Francisco Delatorre)
Graeme Demmocks .... lighting and effects artist: Weta Digital
Marco Di Lucca .... modeler: Weta Digital
Stephen Donoghue .... visual effects artist: PRPVFX
Rebecca Downes .... visual effects digital producer
Simeon Duncombe .... lead visual effects artist: shaders and textures, Weta Digital
Shawn Dunn .... animation technical supervisor: Weta Digital
Frank Dürschinger .... lead lighting and effects artist: Weta Digital (as Frank Duerschinger)
William J. Earl .... modeler: Weta Digital (as William Earl)
Erich Eder .... digital compositor
Samuel Edwards .... render wrangler
Paul Everitt .... rotoscope and paint artist: Weta Digital
Christine Feistl .... lead rotoscope and paint artist: Weta Digital
Florian Fernandez .... lead modeler: Weta Digital
Fiona Foster .... pre-production manager
Richard Frances-Moore .... animation lead
Brian Freisinger .... lead modeler: Weta Digital
Nick Gabchenko .... lead visual effects artist: shaders and textures, Weta Digital
Nicholas Gaul .... modeler: Weta Digital
Abigail Gee .... visual effects artist: PRPVFX
Mark Gee .... 3D sequence supervisor: Weta Digital
Chris George .... lead lighting and effects artist: Weta Digital
Kenneth Gimpelson .... lighting and effects artist: Weta Digital (as Ken Gimpelson)
Peter Godden .... camera technical director: Weta Digital
Jason Grindlay .... technical support
David 'Rudy' Grossman .... lead lighting and effects artist: Weta Digital (as Rudy Grossman)
Geoff Hadfield .... digital compositor
Ben Hall .... systems administrator: Weta Digital
David Hampton .... scanning and recording technician: Weta Digital
Makiko Handa .... digital modeller: Weta Digital
Ed Hawkins .... lead compositor: Weta Digital (as Edward Hawkins)
Quentin Hema .... digital paint and roto supervisor
Matt Holland .... lead compositor: Weta Digital
Matt Holmes .... supervising visual effects editor: Weta Digital
John Homer .... visual effects artist: creatures, Weta Digital
Richard Hopkins .... camera effects artist: Weta Digital
Sandy Houston .... roto and paint co-supervisor
Victor Huang .... animator: Weta Digital
James Jacobs .... creature technical director: Weta Digital
Mel James .... lead visual effects artist: shaders and textures, Weta Digital
Paul Jenness .... modeler: Weta Digital
Mia Jewett .... modeler: Weta Digital
Lars Johansson .... visual effects artist: creatures, Weta Digital
Danny Jones .... rotoscope and paint artist: Weta Digital
Simon Jung .... compositing lead
Patrick Kalyn .... animator: Weta Digital
Miae Kang .... lead lighting and effects artist: Weta Digital
Stephen Karl .... visual effects artist: PRPVFX
Bill Kent .... visual effects supervisor
Lonnie Kraatz .... visual effects artist: creatures, Weta Digital
Alex Kramer .... visual effects on-set surveyor: Weta Digital
Lars Kramer .... camera effects artist: Weta Digital
Laure Lacroix .... lead compositor: Weta Digital
Andrew Lambert .... wrangler
Michael Lanzensberger .... digital film compositor: Weta Digital
Kim Lavery .... visual effects line producer
Jason Lazaroff .... lead lighting and effects artist: Weta Digital
Jacob Leaf .... visual effects artist: PRPVFX
Dan Lemmon .... digital effects supervisor
Ruth-Anne Loveridge .... modeler: Weta Digital
Robyn Luckham .... senior animator
Steve McGillen .... digital compositor
Merrin McLeod .... visual effects artist: PRPVFX
Matthias Menz .... lead lighting and effects artist: Weta Digital
Andrea Merlo .... senior lead visual effects artist: creatures, Weta Digital
Simon Millanta .... camera effects artist: Weta Digital
Seth F. Miller .... digital rotoscope and paint artist: Weta Digital (as Seth Miller)
Kaori Miyazawa .... modeler: Weta Digital
Giles Molloy .... visual effects artist: PRPVFX
James Moore .... modeler: Weta Digital
Eileen Moran .... visual effects producer: Weta Digital
Ben Morgan .... compositor: Weta Digital
Pamela Morrow .... visual effects artist: PRPVFX
Chris Moss .... visual effects
Nicky Muir .... visual effects coordinator
Arwen Munro .... vfx coordinator: Weta Digital
Alfred Mürrle .... compositor: Weta Digital
Wolfgang Niedermeier .... senior camera technical director
Stephen Nixon .... visual effects production coordinator: Weta Digital
Keven Norris .... visual effects artist: shaders and textures, Weta Digital
Jane O'Callaghan .... lead lighting and effects artist: Weta Digital
James Ogle .... lead modeler: Weta Digital
George Oliver .... rotoscope and paint artist: Weta Digital
David Owen .... rotoscope and paint artist: Weta Digital
Michael Pangrazio .... visual effects art director: Weta Digital
Helen Paul .... compositor: Weta Digital
Dana Peters .... creatures supervisor
Carol Petrie .... visual effects artist: PRPVFX
Emrys Plaisted .... rotoscope and paint artist: Weta Digital
George Port .... visual effects supervisor: PRPVFX
Niklas Preston .... modeler: Weta Digital
Lucas Putnam .... visual effects editor
Pascal Raimbault .... lead modeler: Weta Digital
Troy Ramsey .... lead rotoscope and paint artist: Weta Digital
Dane Rapaport .... digital effects artist
Paul Redican .... digital compositor
Raine Reen .... visual effects artist: shaders and textures, Weta Digital
Stephan Remstedt .... camera lead: Weta Digital
Marco Revelant .... models supervisor: Weta Digital
Eric Reynolds .... animation supervisor
Mark Richardson .... digital compositor: Weta Digital
George Ritchie .... visual effects artist: PRPVFX
Anne Ritter .... visual effects artist: shaders and textures, Weta Digital
Bill Ryder .... system engineer
Sean Santiago .... executive in charge of visual effects
Jennifer Lee Scheer .... lead rotoscope and paint artist: Weta Digital (as Jennifer Scheer)
Caterina Schiffers .... digital compositor: Weta Digital
Hamish Schumacher .... compositor: Weta Digital LTD
Jens Schwarz .... creature technical director
Abigail Scollay .... digital compositor
Brad Selkirk .... lead rotoscope and paint artist: Weta Digital
Adam Shand .... digital operations manager: weta digital
Glen Sharah .... visual effects artist: shaders and textures, Weta Digital
Roger Shortt .... lead td: Weta
Martin Simcock .... compositor: Weta Digital
Gershom Sissing .... modeler: Weta Digital
Jed Soane .... software developer: Weta Digital
John Sore .... senior animator
Brett Stapleton-French .... digital compositor (as Brett Dix)
Justin Steel .... modeler: Weta Digital
Albrecht Steinmetz .... senior camera technical director: Weta Digital
Mike Stevens .... animation lead: Weta Digital
Petra Stueben .... rotoscope/paint lead
Roxanne Sutherland-Valentine .... rotoscope and paint artist: Weta Digital
Peter Syomka .... modeler: Weta Digital
Gaku Tada .... lead lighting and effects artist: Weta Digital
Charles Tait .... compositing supervisor
Mark Tait .... lead lighting and effects artist: Weta Digital
Chu Tang .... lead visual effects artist: shaders and textures, Weta Digital
Eric Tang .... lead creature technical director: Weta Digital
Taisuke Tanimura .... animation technical director
Jon Thorsen .... visual effects artist: PRPVFX
Geoff Tobin .... Massive lead: Weta Digital
Denis Trutanic .... camera technical director: Weta Digital
James Van Der Reyden .... motion capture
Phil Van Der Reyden .... rotoscope and paint artist: Weta Digital
Kara Vandeleur .... visual effects artist: shaders and textures, Weta Digital (as Kara Vendeleur)
Jenny Vial .... visual effects coordinator
Marco Vidaurre .... visual effects artist: creatures, Weta Digital
Don Waller .... senior animator
Tamara Watts Kent .... visual effects consultant
Matt Welford .... head of compositing department: Weta Digital
Christian Wieser .... digital compositor: Weta Digital
Pania Williams .... visual effects artist: PRPVFX
Pete Williams .... digital imaging manager: Weta Digital
Kirstin Wright .... visual effects artist: PRPVFX (as Kristin Wright)
Kwan Wayne Yu Yee .... technical support
Dennis Yoo .... animation lead: Weta Digital
Jade Mansueto .... software developer (uncredited)
Darcy Costelloe .... stunts
Fintan Costelloe .... stunts
Jonathan Costelloe .... stunts
Tyrone Costelloe .... stunts
Augie Davis .... utility stunts
Shane Dawson .... stunt rigger (as Shane Manwa Dawson)
Shane Dawson .... utility stunts
Dominic Melchers .... stunts
Joris Melchers .... stunts
Allan Poppleton .... stunt coordinator
Jessica Ria .... stunts
Stuart Thorp .... stunt rigger (as Stuart Charles Thorp)
Stuart Thorp .... utility stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Kane Asher .... key grip: second unit
Sam Bailey .... film loader
Jonathan Bixley .... best boy
John Cavill .... director of photography: splinter unit
Kirsty Griffin .... still photographer
Simon Hawkins .... key grip
Brenden Holster .... first assistant camera
Aaron Keating .... electrician
Jono Kouzouyan .... gaffer
Luke Macready .... lighting technician
Rob Marsh .... additional photographer
Rob Marsh .... camera operator: "b" camera
Henare Mato .... rigging gaffer
Chris McAllister .... next best boy
Cameron McLean .... camera operator
Evan Pardington .... technocrane technician
Kerry Peck .... lighting technician
Ulric Raymond .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Christopher Rudkin .... video assistant
David Sargison .... grip
Philip A.T. Smith .... second assistant camera
Dean Thomas .... digital video assist operator
Helen Ward .... key second assistant camera
Kim Worthington .... key rigging grip
Animation Department
Jeremy Hollobon .... technical director: Weta Digital
Gary Mau .... animator: main title animation
Casting Department
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
Charley Medigovich .... casting assistant
Liz Mullane .... casting: New Zealand
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nicola Clegg .... costume buyer
Amanda Craze .... key costumer
Dianne Foothead .... costume supervisor
Samantha Morley .... set costumer
Sarah Shepherd .... costume textile artist
Amy Wright .... costume props maker
Editorial Department
Clare Burlinson .... digital intermediate colorist
Ryan Chavez .... first assistant editor: United States
Shanon Moratti .... DI editor
Jon Newell .... digital intermediate manager
Francisco Ramirez .... editorial production assistant: Los Angeles
Lynne Reed .... film color grader
James A. Rota .... production IT supervisor
Adam Scott .... digital intermediate supervisor
Peter Skarratt .... first assistant editor: New Zealand
Peter Williams .... colorist: dailies
Lee Wimer .... color timer (as Lee Weimer)
Nathaniel Park .... editor: main title sequence (uncredited)
Music Department
George Acogny .... music supervisor
Christine Bergren .... music clearance
Gisela Garcia Brugada .... music preparation
Sandy DeCrescent .... music contractor (as Sandy De Crescent)
George Doering .... musician
Lindsay Fellows .... music supervisor
Kaylin Frank .... music executive
Jerry Hey .... orchestrator
Steve Juliani .... music preparation
Steve Kempster .... score mixer: opening sequence
Mateo Laboriel .... electronic score programmer
Bryan Lawson .... music editor
Ernest Lee .... music recording engineer
Larry Mah .... digital score recordist
Sean McMahon .... music preparation
Satnam Ramgotra .... musician: percussion
Peter Rotter .... orchestra contractor
Dennis S. Sands .... music scoring mixer (as Dennis Sands)
Dennis S. Sands .... score recordist (as Dennis Sands)
Michael Stern .... additional music engineer
Michael Stern .... additional music scoring mixer
Michael Stern .... additional score recordist
Jesse Voccia .... additional orchestrator
Jesse Voccia .... electronic score programmer
Brad Warnaar .... orchestrator
Sam Zeines .... assistant music editor
Aaron Zigman .... conductor
Aaron Zigman .... orchestrator
Transportation Department
Spencer Faulkner .... unit driver
Reg Gibson .... transportation captain
Graham Hughes .... driver: cast
Chico Morehu .... driver
Linda Musson .... transportation
Kay Taylor .... driver: cast
Scott Chiplin .... driver: cast (uncredited)
Other crew
Cathy Adams .... location coordinator
Cassandra Barbour .... rights and clearances
Tim Basevi .... accounting clerk
Stephen Bridgewater .... drama coach
Pat Brown .... on-set tutor
Andrew Cochrane .... production coordinator
Kyle Cooper .... title designer
Tim Cooper .... assistant: Gabor Csupo (as Timothy Cooper)
Judy Dale .... assistant production coordinator
Marty Elfalan .... first assistant accountant
Ruben Ferguson .... payroll accountant
Sandra Finestone .... first assistant accountant
Kendall Finlayson .... on-set production assistant
Kylie Gaudin .... production assistant
Diana Goulding .... unit publicist
Jeff Gross .... production resources
Felicity Hamill .... lead stand-in
Harry Harrison .... location scout
Doris Hellmann .... financial controller
Brett Higginson .... location scout
Mike Holloway .... location scout
Luke Homeres .... Coordinator: Physical Production - Walden Media
Tamie James .... assistant: Gabor Csupo
Seth Kleinberg .... technical producer: main and end titles
Lisa Knight .... marketing coordinator
David Lenna .... pipeline engineer
Debbie Levy .... assistant: Hal Lieberman
Sally-Ann Louisson .... assistant: Gabor Csupo
Kristi McLaren .... location assistant
Diana Mendez .... assistant: Hal Lieberman
Dianne Moffatt .... script supervisor
Damian Molloy .... safety supervisor/medic
Tony Monk .... helicopter pilot
Mihi Morehu .... craft service manager
Jill Newman .... animal wrangler
Kelvin J. Padfield .... assistant: Tim Coddington
Gabriel Reid .... production assistant
David Rowell .... production accountant
Karen Sadler .... animal trainer
Michelle Sergeant .... assistant: Lauren Levine
Laura Sevier .... rights and clearances
Bonnie Sumner .... assistant: Hal Lieberman
Alex Theurer .... production assistant
Angela Thomas .... assistant production coordinator
Clayton Tikao .... location scout
Sasha Veneziano .... assistant production coordinator: Los Angeles
Katya Wilson .... assistant to producer
Katya Wilson .... second script supervisor
Mylan Stepanovich .... physical production executive (uncredited)
Lisa Jane Walker .... stand-in (uncredited)
James P. Schramm .... thanks

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Rated PG for thematic elements including bullying, some peril and mild language
96 min
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In addition to rigging a camera to shoot down the rope swing when the kids were looking up at the sky, they used a second camera rig shooting up for a POV (point of view) shot of what the kids saw.See more »
Continuity: The painting scene at Leslie's house: The paint on the wall changes considerably between shots, appearing, then disappearing.See more »
Leslie Burke, May Belle Aarons, Little Kids:[chanting] Free to pee! Free to pee! Free to pee!See more »
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297 out of 340 people found the following review useful.
"Terabithia . . . enthralls and absorbs the viewer in the magic of imagination and the reality of every-day life., 3 March 2007
Author: balaenaglacialis from United States

Review: By Morgan Stewart

It is hard to put into writing just how marvelous and wonderful Bridge to Terabithia really is, yet as I attempt it, I can't help feeling disturbed at how ridiculous people are being about the marketing of this film. Thank goodness most real critics have looked past the agreeably deceptive marketing, into the heart and beauty of this film, which, with or with the misleading advertisements is impressive. After seeing it, I struggled to think of a better way of marketing this film, without giving away its ending or taking away the only audience that still seems to watch PG movies, kids.

After watching it, however, I couldn't imagine taking anyone under ten to see it, nor could I imagine anyone under ten enjoying it as much as young adults, or even older audiences would. So, as deceptive as the advertising was, I myself realize that the fascinating story, the charm and skill of the actors, and the good direction of newcomer to live action film-making, Gabor Csupo, more than makes up for the slightly skewed first impressions. And I am eternally grateful that it did not turn into what everyone seemed to want, a cheesy Narnia rip-off. If anything, the movie was a lot better than the preview made it seem to be, and I was pleasantly surprised.

Instead of the brash and rude approach to filming movies, that seems to be the standard today with effects driven movies, Terabithia focuses on the characters, the story, and the heart when telling this beautiful tale. Which, is part of the reason why I enjoyed it so much. Too often now days the story is built around the effects, not around the characters. A rather cumbersome and annoying way to tell a story, or be told a story, if you ask me. Instead, Terabithia uses the talents of both the amazing young actors, and its adult cast to enthrall and absorb the viewer in the magic of imagination and the reality of every-day life.

The story focuses on young Jess Aarons, whose school life and home life aren't all that ideal. He deals with bullies at school, and four sisters at home. Josh Hutcherson, who I haven't particularly enjoyed before, plays the part of Jess perfectly, his emotions and reactions spot on, throughout.

What is a school without the new girl? Leslie Burke, played by AnnaSophia Robb, takes on the part of the imaginative and friendly new girl and brings to Jess gifts of imagination and friendship. Robb truly does a superb job in bringing to life the thoughtful and imaginative Leslie Burke.

All of the supporting cast was also brilliantly portrayed. I especially enjoyed the performances of Robert Patrick as Jess's father, and young Bailee Madison as Jess's little sister May Belle.

Together, Jess and Leslie create a world to call their own. A place that no one else can get to, a place in their imaginations. Terabithia, a land of beautiful creatures and dangerous enemies, springs forth from their imaginations, and becomes a place to call their own, away from the bullies and monotony of everyday life.

What really struck me as brilliant was the limited, yet still perfect number of glimpses into the children's' imaginations. We don't see a lot of Terabithia, which is good, because it is more about the journey of the characters, than the land of Terabithia. That said, it still has quite a few more scenes of adventure than the book by Katherine Patterson, all of which add to, not take away from the story.

The writing, also is quite good. David Patterson, son of the novel's author takes great care when adapting the beloved work of his mother into a screenplay. Most of the lines from the book aren't there, but there are a few which make it in, revealing the care and love that was put into the scripting of this movie. Personally, I enjoy the screenplay of the movie more than the words of the book, but that is just my opinion. The movie's script greatly aided in the believability of the characters, and the motion of the scenes, which were crisp and well-planned.

The movie touched on my every emotion, bringing me to tall peaks of happiness and leaving me teary-eyed and disconsolate, but still had a perfect and satisfying ending. I also, personally thought, the scenes and situations were more powerful, poignant, and realistic, than the book, which surprises me. Usually, the movie can't live up to the book. In this case, the phrase seemed switched around. The book didn't live up to the movie. As weird as it is for me to say this about a movie, Terabithia touched my heart like no film has ever before. And I doubt any film will give me quite the same feeling, ever again.

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