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Still shot from the movie: Zathura.


Danny (Jonah Bobo) has no idea of the consequences when he talks his older brother Walter (Josh Hutcherson) into playing a mysterious board game. Flinging the squabbling siblings into the far reaches of the universe, the two must work together if they hope to navigate their way home. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: B+
Violence: C
Sexual Content: A
Language: C+
Drugs/Alcohol: A
Theater Release: 10 Nov 2005
Video Release: 14 Feb 2006
MPAA Rating: PG
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In Jumanji (which is also penned by Zathura’s author—Chris Van Allsburg), a girl (played by a young Kirsten Dunst) and her brother magically unleash a whole jungle of characters when they begin playing a mysterious board game. Space enthusiasts can take an animated intergalactic ride in Treasure Planet. Older viewers may enjoy the quirky adventures of a group of travelers who trek through the cosmos in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Home Video Extra Features

Bring the magical universe of Zathura right into your family room with this DVD release from Sony Home Entertainment. Reach into the far corners of the film maker’s vision with a commentary by director Jon Favreau and producer Peter Billingsley, take a peek into the world of Chris van Allsburg, the author who’s story inspired the movie, and learn all about the cast. Understand the microcosmic elements by watching making-of featurettes for the film and game, as well as documentaries about the visual effects (including Zorgons, Robots and ‘Frozen Lisa’) and miniatures used to create the world of Zathura. The audio track is available in English (Dolby Digital 5.1), with subtitles in English and Spanish.

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