LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Hollywood’s legendary El Capitan Theatre is offering students a chance to win some valuable prizes for themselves and their teachers by entering an essay contest themed to the new Disney/Walden Media fantasy feature, “Bridge to Teribithia,” it was announced today by Lylle Breier, senior vice president of worldwide special events for Buena Vista Pictures Distribution. The engagement is scheduled to run from February 16th through March 29th. Participants can enter by providing answers and descriptions to the following essay question – “If You Ruled a Land of Make-Believe, What Would You Name It and Why?” The prizes being offered are two 20” iMac computers (Grand Prize); two Kodak EasyShare digital cameras and printers (First Prize); two $200 gift certificates for Disney’s Soda Fountain and Studio Store (Second Prize); and two Walt Disney Home Entertainment Packs valued at $120 (Third Prize). Contestants must purchase a ticket to see “Bridge to Teribithia” at the El Capitan Theatre and be residents of California. A panel of three judges will select the winners on or about May 14th. Tickets for the entire run at the El Capitan Theatre can be purchased at the box office, online at www.elcapitantickets.com, or by calling 1-800-DISNEY6. Special group rates for parties of 20 or more are available by calling 1-818-845-3110. Daily showtimes are 10:00 a.m., 12:20 p.m., 2:40 p.m., 5:00 p.m., 7:20 p.m., 9:40 p.m. (March 2-29 10:00 a.m. show only).
Commenting on the announcement, Breier said, “‘Bridge to Teribithia’ is a wonderful family film that stirs the imagination and completely engages the audience. We thought it would be lots of fun to challenge our student moviegoers to invent a world of their own and let their imaginations run wild. The contest offers some great prizes to the winning students and their teachers. We know our audience is going to enjoy the journey to Teribithia and want to make a return visit or two. We’re looking forward to reading about some of the exciting new lands of make-believe that our contestants will create.”
Based on the popular Newbery Award-winning novel, BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA is a fantasy/adventure story of friendship, family and the power of imagination from the producers of "The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe." Jess Aarons (JOSH HUTCHERSON) is an outsider at school and even in his own family. Jess has trained all summer to become the fastest kid in his middle school class but his goal is unexpectedly thwarted by the new girl in school, Leslie Burke (ANNASOPHIA ROBB) who competes in the "boys only" race and wins.
Despite their awkward introduction, the two outsiders quickly become best friends. Leslie loves to tell stories of fantasy and magic. Jess loves to draw, but until he met Leslie it was something he kept to himself. Leslie opens a new world of imagination for Jess. Together they create the secret kingdom of Terabithia, a magical place only accessible by swinging on an old rope over a stream in the woods near their homes. There, the friends rule the kingdom, fight the Dark Master and his creatures and plot against the school bullies. Thanks to his friendship with Leslie, Jess is changed for good. Brimming with fantastical creatures, palaces and beautiful forests, the world of Terabithia is brought to life by the amazing Academy Award®-winning visual effects wizards at Weta Digital ("The Lord of the Rings," "King Kong"). The cast includes rising young stars AnnaSophia Robb (“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “Because of Winn-Dixie”) and Josh Hutcherson (“RV,” “Zathura”), along with Zooey Deschanel and Robert Patrick. Gabor Csupo directed from a screenplay by Jeff Stockwell and David Paterson. The film is presented by Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media.