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Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005)

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Two young brothers are drawn into an intergalactic adventure when their house is hurled through the depths of space by the magical board game they are playing.

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Jon Favreau

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Chris Van Allsburg (book), David Koepp (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jonah Bobo ... Danny
Josh Hutcherson ... Walter
Dax Shepard ... Astronaut
Kristen Stewart ... Lisa
Tim Robbins ... Dad
Frank Oz ... Robot (voice)
John Alexander ... Robot
Derek Mears ... Lead Zorgon
Douglas Tait ... Zorgon
Joe Bucaro III ... Zorgon (as Joe Bucaro)
Jeff Wolfe ... Zorgon
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Storyline

An old and forgotten game develops magical powers in this fantasy for the whole family. Twelve-year-old Walter Budwing (Josh Hutcherson) and his younger brother, Danny (Jonah Bobo), figure they're going to be in for a boring time when their father (Tim Robbins), who was supposed to spend the day with them, is suddenly called away on business, and gives them strict orders not to leave the house. Walter, who doesn't have much use for Danny, is motivated by boredom more than anything else when he agrees to play a board game Danny has found in the basement during a round of hide-and-seek. However, the boys quickly discover the space-themed game Zathura has some unusual qualities -- a roll of the dice unexpectedly launches the Budwing home into outer space, and Walter and Danny are suddenly fending off menacing robots, angry aliens, and showers of interstellar debris outside the Earth's atmosphere. As the boys try to figure out a way back home, they get some unexpected help from an ...

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A new adventure from the world of Jumanji See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for fantasy action and peril, and some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 November 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jumanji 2 See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,427,872, 13 November 2005

Gross USA:

$29,258,869

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$64,321,501
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS (8 channels)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Walter opens the living hall of the house after the game was finished, at the bottom of the left can be seen the iconic Steve McQueen poster from Bullitt (1968). See more »

Goofs

When the astronaut sets fire to the sofa and kicks it out of the door into space, the couch shouldn't burn because there is no oxygen. Given that the characters can go outside and breathe without any harm, such a detail can to be excused. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dad: [playing catch] Oh, man. That's it. Nice grab. Oh, yeah.
Dad: All right, Danny, your turn.
Walter: What? l didn't get my full turn!
Dad: Yeah you did. I counted. That was 25. That's what we said.
Walter: That's not fair!
Dad: lt's exactly fair. Come on, Danny. Time for your turn, then l gotta work for an hour.
Danny: [getting into place] You know, you're not the only one who gets a turn.
Walter: [miming] "The only one who gets a turn."
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Alternate Versions

In the UK, two sequences where an aerosol is used as a blowtorch and where fire is set to a sofa with the use of an accelerant (around 1 min 17 secs) were cut by the distributor. This is because the BBFC have a very strict policy on imitable techniques (headbutts etc.) and decided that the scene was unsuitable for anything lower than a 15 certificate. Since this would have excluded the entire target audience, Sony asked for the scene to be cut in order to obtain a PG certificate. See more »

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I though the visuals in this movie were first rate and there was a good moral to the story.
8 November 2005 | by Movieguy_blogs_comSee all my reviews

In 'Zathura' Jonah Bobo plays Danny, a kid who is being ignored. He just wants some attention but his older brother (Josh Hutcherson) does not want to play with him, his dad (Tim Robbins) is too busy, and his sister (Kristen Stewart) has other things to do. But once he finds a board game called 'Zathura' down in the basement, his family starts to take notice.

In this movie, Danny and his brother and sister (and the house) get drawn into a sci-fi adventure that takes them across the galaxy. With the help of a stranded astronaut (Dax Shepard) the family are able to make it to Zathura before dad gets home.

I was not a big fan of 'Jumanji' (another book by Chris Van Allsburg) and 'Zathura' did not impress me much either. I though the visuals in this movie were first rate and there was a good moral to the story. However, it really dragged on in parts and took to long to get its point across. Plus, I did not think the aliens were very believable.


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