I was a bit worried when I first saw the trailer for Bridge to Terabithia, the Disney movie opening this Friday and based on the young adolescent novel by Katherine Paterson. But thankfully, the director is now claiming that special effects-heavy trailer, which makes the movie look like a Harry Potter-esque fantasy, isn't really an accurate representation of film's story about friendship and imagination.
I'm relieved to read that, since I was afraid that one of my beloved childhood books was getting too Disney-fied. As director Gabor Csupo told Sci-Fi Wire:
"We don't really think that it's an appropriate way of selling the movie, but they're convinced that that's the way to get kids interested, and hopefully they will be positively surprised. If they are anticipating a Harry Potter movie, then we are in trouble. It is not a Harry Potter kind of a movie."
Look for my review of the movie next week, and until then, you can watch the trailer if you
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