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A Fistful Of Production Art From BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA!!

Hey, everyone. ”Moriarty” here. If you haven’t read the book this film is based on, there are some fairly sizeable things that can be spoiled for you when discussing the film. I’ll try to tread lightly and warn you if I’m going to cross a line. Katherine Paterson’s book is well-known to a generation of kids, and it was a Newberry Award winner when published. It was based in part on the experiences of her own son, David. David’s a writer/producer now, and he adapted the novel himself for this new production, something that should give fans of the book some hope that the intent remains pure. I know some of our earlier talkbacks and some of your e-mails to me indicate that you’re worried by the fantastic imagery you’ve been seeing in the trailers. It seems that the private world of Terabithia that existed between two characters in the book has been externalized in the movie. Now we get to see what they’re imagining as they play together. At no point are the visions of Terabithia “real,” but they’re definitely brought to life. Gabor Csupo is an excellent choice for the material, making his directorial debut with the film. He’s a producer, part of the Klasky-Csupo company that’s been so successful with RUGRATS, THE WILD THORNBERRYS, DUCKMAN, and, in the very early days of the show, THE SIMPSONS. It’s not obvious that he’d be the right guy to direct this sometimes sweet but mostly dark film about dealing with pain and disappointment. His work in animation gives him a fairly nimble imagination when bringing the bits and pieces of Terabithia to life. Here’s some of the production art created as he worked on his vision of things:

You don't see a lot of these guys in the movie, and they don't quite look like this.

This thing, though, pretty much looks exactly like this in the movie, and it's a pretty good creature overall.

Nice design. Scary. And the scenes with these in the film are suitably menacing.

More design work on the teeny tiny magic guards, like that first picture.

This is a design from the very end of the film, and it's pretty much exactly what it looks like when it shows up in the movie. Nicely executed. I’ll have an actual review of the film a little closer to release. For now, this is a nice primer on what to expect if you see it.

Drew McWeeny, Los Angeles

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  • Jan. 30, 2007, 5:59 a.m. CST


    by VFXpert

    Damn, I mean first...

  • Jan. 30, 2007, 5:58 a.m. CST

    wait a second...

    by TheBort

    moriarty's avatar will be in the film?

  • Jan. 30, 2007, 6:08 a.m. CST

    The WETA artwork is fantastic as always but

    by VFXpert

    It'll be interesting to see how they handle this. The trailer is kind of all over the place...

  • Jan. 30, 2007, 6:57 a.m. CST

    That last design...

    by Frijole

    would have been right at home in Mirrormask. That's actually really cool.

  • Jan. 30, 2007, 7:03 a.m. CST

    If Harry was the last picture he would have a turkey...

    by ChileanSeaBass the cage.....damn bong hits and AICN do not mix...

  • Jan. 30, 2007, 7:18 a.m. CST

    Gymkata is out on DVD today. . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . and all you give us is THIS????

  • Jan. 30, 2007, 7:41 a.m. CST

    I stand corrected

    by Thomas Cromwell

    This might actually be good. Love the birdcage guy.

  • Jan. 30, 2007, 7:47 a.m. CST

    that Squogre looks crazy

    by triplefive

    me likey the art

  • Jan. 30, 2007, 8:16 a.m. CST


    by The Ghoul

    no comments about the Gymkata release? I'm disappointed. This talkback needs some Stompkata!

  • Jan. 30, 2007, 8:19 a.m. CST

    Zoey Drascheclerachal is in this

    by CTU Mole

    She's a hottie. What's with that first pic? It's Jango Fett with wings and chicken legs.

  • Jan. 30, 2007, 8:29 a.m. CST

    Is this movie actually good?

    by godzillasushi

    As opposed to whatever crap that was called 'Narnia.' I hope this isn't a bore-fest....

  • Jan. 30, 2007, 8:29 a.m. CST

    Is this movie actually good?

    by godzillasushi

    As opposed to whatever crap that was called 'Narnia.' I hope this isn't a bore-fest....

  • Jan. 30, 2007, 8:30 a.m. CST

    See I got so angry I double posted

    by godzillasushi

    damn Narnia....

  • Jan. 30, 2007, 8:35 a.m. CST

    Pull my finger

    by PwnedByStallone


  • Jan. 30, 2007, 8:35 a.m. CST


    by The Ghoul

    The skill of gymnastics, the kill of karate.<p> You are invited to witness the deadliest martial art of them all...GYMKATA!!!!!!

  • Jan. 30, 2007, 8:34 a.m. CST

    Whoops, it's *Zooey*

    by CTU Mole

    Zooey Descherasherhaale. Not Zoey. Anyway, she's still a hottie.

  • Jan. 30, 2007, 8:46 a.m. CST

    Its "Newbery", not "Newberry"

    by Gilderoy

    My apologies for my analness...

  • Jan. 30, 2007, 9:48 a.m. CST

    Children of Fucking Men.

    by Gilkuliehe

    Pull my finger.

  • Jan. 30, 2007, 9:51 a.m. CST

    aaaah weta

    by occula

    you know why i love those guys and gals at weta? because unlike ILM or R&H all their design work has a bit of scrappy charm to it. even the NGE stuff isn't your typical slobbering manga-love. so great.

  • Jan. 30, 2007, 11:22 a.m. CST


    by Pound Sand

    great concept art! Looks a little Dungeons and Dragons, but that how these things always look.

  • Jan. 30, 2007, 12:42 p.m. CST

    I hope the commercials are misleading

    by jccalhoun

    I know that the author's son did the movie, and it has been something like twenty years since I read the book, but every time I see the commercial I keep asking myself, "Did the person that made this even read the book???" because it looks absolutely nothing like the story I remember reading as a kid. I really really hope that the commercials are misleading because they make it look like Narnia Part II, which the book isn't at all.

  • Jan. 30, 2007, 1:19 p.m. CST

    This Film is About Building Bridges....

    by DarfurOnTheRocks the citizens of TERABITHIA.

  • Jan. 30, 2007, 1:22 p.m. CST


    by DarfurOnTheRocks

    What the the best movie with the word Bridge in it?!

  • Jan. 30, 2007, 1:23 p.m. CST

    WTF is with this shit.

    by Nozoki

    Maybe I'm remembering the book wrong, but were the inhabitants of Terabithia described anywhere near this detailed? The book is about the relationship between the 2 young friends who play in the woods and pretend to visit a magic land, not the magic land itself. And they better not have a happy sunshine ending either.

  • Jan. 30, 2007, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Darfur - Airplane! Lloyd Bridges' best work...

    by just pillow talk

    Oh, you are looking for movie titles..A Bridge too Far

  • Jan. 30, 2007, 4:25 p.m. CST

    Cheadle moths. Interesting

    by finky089

  • Jan. 30, 2007, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Looks like Labyrinth mashed with Narnia mixed w/ shlock

    by finky089

    But who's to judge from pictures alone? <p> Oh, wait, we are.

  • Jan. 30, 2007, 4:30 p.m. CST

    If Terebithia is a "ladies only" paradise, count me in

    by finky089

    but from the looks of the above, I'm guessing it's nowhere near it.

  • Jan. 30, 2007, 4:31 p.m. CST

    Damn, now I see the folly of the above Subject title

    by finky089

    ah, fuck it! Fuck PROOFREADING!

  • Jan. 30, 2007, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Lloyd Bridge's is close enough

    by DarfurOnTheRocks

    Roger, Roger.

  • Jan. 30, 2007, 8:22 p.m. CST

    anything that walden media makes sucks

    by hif4life

    walden media produces movies based on kids books but they really suck at them, hoot, holes,narnia, all of them were bad movies and im sure this onew wont be any different... screw you walden media

  • Jan. 31, 2007, 3:42 a.m. CST

    Was Brian Froud involved in the design work?

    by LittleDudes

    I keep seeing designs which echo his work, then some, like the last image above, which seem foreign to his stylings. Just read the synopsis on, think I'll buy the book tomorrow.

  • Jan. 31, 2007, 10:58 a.m. CST

    MICHAEL PANGRAZIO is at Weta now?

    by Bones

    Is this the same Pangrazio, who is probably the best matte painter in the world? Painted the mattes for ILM in the eighties and Matte World in the nineties?<p> He is doing concept art now?<p> F'ing Sweet!

  • Jan. 31, 2007, 11:05 a.m. CST

    and it's Zooey DESCHANEL...

    by Bones

    ..You know, from "Almost Famous" and "Hitchhiker's Guide", sister to Bones on BONES (not to be confused with my Dr. McCoy-inspired nickname)and the daughter of amazing Cinematographer Caleb Deschanel (Black Stallion, The Right Stuff, The Natural, Passion of the Christ)?

  • Jan. 31, 2007, 2:42 p.m. CST

    I thought it was Ziggy Chana-Dhall

    by DarfurOnTheRocks

    My bad..

  • Jan. 31, 2007, 11:27 p.m. CST

    no life

    by CornsilkSW

    they used tons of shitty CGI to make this movie, instead of the ambiance of a child's imagination. It's going to suck the life right out of this story.