Zathura: A Space Adventure

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Zathura: A Space Adventure
Directed byJon Favreau
Screenplay byDavid Koepp
John Kamps
Based onZathura by Chris Van Allsburg
Produced by
CinematographyGuillermo Navarro
Edited byDan Lebental
Music byJohn Debney
Distributed byDreamWorks Pictures
Release date
November 11, 2005 {United States)
Running time
101 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$65 Million
Box office$65.1 Million

Zathura: A Space Adventures or simply as Zathura is an 2005 science fiction adventure movie directed by Jon Favreau. It was adaptaion on 2002 childern's book Zathura by Chris Van Allsburg, author of the 1981 childern's book Jumanji. It is an standalone spin-off of the 1995 movie Jumanji and also the second installment of Jumanji franchise. The movie stars by Josh Hutcherson, Jonah Bobo, Dax Shepard, Kristen Stewart, and Tim Robbins.

Plot[change | change source]

Walter and Danny are two brothers who do not get along with each other, or with their cantankerous teenage sister, Lisa. While their divorced father is away at work and Lisa, whom he left in charge, is napping. Danny discovers an old science fiction-themed board game called Zathura in the basement. When he starts playing, the game produces a card that details a meteor shower. After an actual meteor shower occurs in the living room, Walter and Danny realize the game is affecting reality.

The boys discover the house is floating in outer space. Lisa thinks she has overslept and it is evening and prepares to go out. The next card puts her in cryonic sleep, for the next five turns of the game, leaving her frozen solid. And Walter soon concludes they must win the game to return everything back to normal. As they continue to play, they overcome the dangers presented by the game, including the appearance of a detective robot, passing too much close to a star, and an attack on the house by the race of reptilian alliens called Zorgons. One of Danny's turns causes an astronaut to appeared, who methodically eliminated the house's heat sources, as the Zorgons are attracted to heat. He tells Walter to pilot light on the turnface, out of the fear of getting attacked by robot. The astronaut lures the Zorgons' ship away by setting the boys' father's couch on fire and ejecting it from the house.

Board games[change | change source]

A board game that sought to mimic the movie's eponymous game was released by Pressman Toy Corporation. Titled Zathura: Adventure is Waiting, the board game incorporated a springh-driven, clockwork card delivery mechanism, an astronaut, the Zorgons, the haywire robot and thje disintergrating house in various ways.

Video game[change | change source]

A video game tie-in was released on November 3, 2005, developed by High Voltage Software and published by 2K Games for PlayStation 2 and Xbox.