Trivia / Bridge to Terabithia

  • Actor Allusion: One of Leslie's first scenes has her offering him a stick of gum. AnnaSophia Robb previously played Violet Beauregard in the remake of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - a champion gum chewer.
  • Actor-Inspired Element: The "Dark Master" name was chosen by AnnaSophia Robb. Early in production it was known as the Key Monster.
  • The Cast Showoff: Zooey Deschanel plays a music teacher when she was in a band in real life and is a professionally trained singer. AnnaSophia Robb plays with this, as she does have a song - but it's in the credits.
  • Creator Backlash: A variation. Filmmakers were not happy with the studio marketing the film as a fantasy adventure. The screenwriter was the author's son and the partial inspiration for Jess no less.
  • Creator Breakdown:
    • The Bittersweet Ending is inspired by a real life event that happened to the author's son. That same son would become the producer and co-writer for the 2007 film.
    • In a 2009 radio interview, Paterson recalled that it took weeks to summon up the courage to write the ending, to kill off the girl she had brought back to life.
  • Fake American: Everyone except the main cast of the movie.
  • Non-Singing Voice: Josh Hutcherson claimed his singing voice is terrible, and the extras in the classroom were all New Zealand children - so their singing was dubbed in post production. It's credited as "Zoey Deschanel and the Terabithia choir."
  • Playing Against Type: Robert Patrick - usually villains or jerkasses - as a kind father.
  • Promoted Fanboy: AnnaSophia Robb was a huge fan of the book and wrote a letter to the director when she heard the film was being made.
  • Real-Life Relative: Director Gabor Csupo's daughter appears during the "free the pee" scene.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
  • So My Kids Can Watch: Robert Patrick aka T-1000 described his reason for taking the part in the film with precisely these words.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Leslie was almost Spared by the Adaptation before the film was made, since several studios wouldn't touch the project because of the death. It was suggested that the character have a mild accident or be left in a coma instead.
    • An oppossum was meant to be trapped in the greenhouse, but they are not native to New Zealand and the production was not allowed to import one. So it was changed to a Common Brushtail Possum instead.
    • Allison Krauss was hired to score the film but she backed out and was replaced by Aaron Zigman.
  • Write Who You Know: The characters and story are based off events and people from Katherine Paterson's own life - Jesse off her son David, Leslie off his best friend Lisa Hill, etc., and Jesse's loneliness reflects Paterson's own inability to fit in at school with others. Plus the poverty of the situation during the Seventies post the Vietnam War era. And the religious connotations off her own upbringing, since she learned from her father (a missionary who often traveled as part of his duties).

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