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Bridge To Terabithia- Awakening a Child's Imagination

Updated on April 4, 2014

Bridge To Terabithia- Movie Cover Pic

Excellent movie! You should buy it!
Excellent movie! You should buy it!

Some Pics from the film

Leslie, Jess and Chaos
Leslie, Jess and Chaos
collage of clips
collage of clips
The bully...The giant
The bully...The giant
Weird little creatures
Weird little creatures
The Finished Bridge
The Finished Bridge

The Inspiration:

Kids these days seem to have a lack of imagination. This is mainly because they don't do much more than play Playstations, and Nintendo's, and computers and such. I'm not against these inventions, as I play around with them, myself, but kids are allowed too much time with these things.

I remember being young, and all I wanted to do was go outside! I didn't care if it was sunny, raining, snowing, POURING WITH WINDS EXCEEDING 100mph! I had (and still do have) a vivid imagination, full of far away lands where I was the "fairy queen", or the "princess of .....", and nothing was going to change that. Not then- Not now.

My kids, fall into that group of "PS2" and "Wii" fans. Well, I have to admit, that sometv shows, and movies are beneficial for kids of all ages. One of these movies, I am praising up like crazy right now, is a movie filled with adventure, imagination, friendship, fantasy,magic, loss... The movie is brilliant. Every since my two younger girls watched this movie, their imaginations have SOARED! They are ages 3 and 6.

Bridge To Terabithia: This is a Walt Disney movie that just came out not too long ago. (From the studios that brought us The Chronicles of Narnia)

It's about a boy named Jess Aarons, (played by Josh Hutcherson) and a girl, Leslie Burke (played by AnnaSophia Robb). They are both loners, so-to-speak, not very popular, in other words. Leslie starts at Jess's school, as a "new kid", and everyone thinks she is "weird", just because she is herself, dresses different, expresses herself differently than everyone else... Her and Jess were a lot alike, and they became friends, and find out they are neighbors. They start hanging out after school, and every chance they could. They also build a place called "Terabithia" in the woods behind their homes.

Leslie teaches Jess how to use his imagination to make everything real, and eventually they become best friends, learn some very important lessons, and in the meantime, create ogres, giants, and other fantastical creatures.

In watching this movie as an adult, it brings back memories of when I was younger, more imaginative, and definitely a lot more naïve. But those were happy days, days I had a lot less worry and a lot less stress. I was free to imagine what I wanted! Now, even though I haven't changed much, I tend to not use my imagination like I did then.

My girls' imaginations took off like crazy after watching this movie! They playoutside more, and as I watched them one day, I realized that they were "playing" Bridge To Terabithia! They do this every day now. They fight goblins, they are "Queen Taegan" and "Princess Piper"... They crowned each other with twigs they intertwined, made swords out of fallen limbs, tried to build a "castle", (but they found they needed a little more experience with a hammer!) Our dog, Nanook, became "Princess Piper's" horse!... THAT was funny!...

Besides Bridge To Terabithia being an awesome movie that teaches a couple good lessons, I totally recommend it to all parents of children who seem to need a little push inthe imagination direction. And, of course to all of you who love a great heartwarming, "fantasy-adventure"... This movie truly deserves an award for "best, and most inspiring movie of the century" (In MY book, anyway...)

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The Music Behind The Movie

 AnnaSophia Robb is not only an awesome new little actress, but also multi-talented! She sings this song to remind everyone to "Keep Your Mind Wide Open".  Your imagination is something you should never lose touch of...


Music Video by AnnaSophia Robb


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      8 years ago


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      Percy Dee 

      9 years ago

      Hi MamaDragonfly2677,

      Here are some other great AnnaSophia Robb films:

      'Because of Winn Dixie'

      'Have dreams will travel'

      'doubting Thomas' also under the title 'Spy School'


      'Race to witch Mountain'

      'The reaping'

      'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'

      etal...check out the following for more.

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      9 years ago from malang-indonesia

      great movie. I like this movie. suitable for family

    • MamaDragonfly2677 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from New York

      "August Rush" is also an all-time favorite of mine... I recommend it to anyone!

    • MamaDragonfly2677 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from New York

      Ms Chievous- Bridge to Terabithia is awesome for kids AND adults... also a tearjerker! I haven't seen Big Fish, but will look for it! Thanks for the comment!

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      9 years ago from Wv

      Another movie that teaches you that you are never too old to have an imagination is Big Fish! It is about a man who is dying who tells "big fish stories" to his adult son. His son gets tired of his father spinning his yarns but learns his lesson at the end... It is also a tearjerker ...

      I haven't watched the Teribithia movie yet but intend to!

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      9 years ago from New York

      I agree! She did an awesome job in this movie! Do you know of any other movies she plays in?

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      Percy Dee 

      9 years ago

      Awesome flick! It’s one of my all time favorites. Annasophia Robb is, imho, one of the best child actors around.

    • MamaDragonfly2677 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from New York

      Yes, this movie captured my heart, so I had to share it!

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      9 years ago from Virginia

      quah......disney with no mention of Robin Hood? Or Peter Pan (aka Batman aka The Real Truth aka Ya Know Ya Muddah....HA)

    • MamaDragonfly2677 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from New York

      I defenately suggest it! I actually just got done watching it...AGAIN, and of course, I ALWAYS cry!

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      9 years ago from Free and running....

      I never read the book or the movie, and its stuck in my mind all my life as I was presented a choice in sixth grade which to read, that, or the Hobbit, I chose Bilbo and was hooked on Lord of the Rings after that. I think maybe one day, I will open the book, probably with the my kids when they're old enough.

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      Debra Allen 

      9 years ago from West By God

      I loved that movie but it was soooo sad at the end. It's fun and a tear jerker too.


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