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 earthling astronaut (Dax Shepard) who has also lost his way. Based on the book by children's author Chris Van Allsburg -- who also wrote The Polar Express and Jumanji -- Zathura was directed by Jon Favreau, the actor-turned-filmmaker who enjoyed a breakthrough success with Elf.~Mark Deming
Jon Favreau and Peter Billingsley commentary
The Right Moves - The Making of Zathura
Race to the Black Planet: A visual effects documentary
The Cast of Zathura
Zorgons, Robots and "Frozen Lisa"
Making the game
Miniatures and the World of Zathura
The World of Chris Van Allsburg
Chris Van AllsburgBook Author
John DebneyComposer (Music Score)
J. Michael RivaProduction Designer
Richard MaysArt Director
Louis D'EspositoExecutive Producer
Ted FieldExecutive Producer
Laura Jean ShannonCostume Designer
Mark UlanoSound/Sound Designer
Stephen FlickSound/Sound Designer
Bruce FranklinFirst Assistant Director
Joe BauerVisual Effects Supervisor
Jon G. BelyeuSpecial Effects Supervisor
Childrens and Family,Fantasy
Children's Fantasy,Space Adventure
Year of Release
DVD, Special Edition
Dolby Digital w/ sub-woofer channel
Enhanced Widescreen for 16x9 TV
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Zathura: A New Adventure From the World of Jumanji [Special Edition] [DVD] 
Here’s the thing about this movie it’s good but there’s no denying it’s an updated twist on the timeless Robin Williams classic Jumanji if you watch the movie expecting it to rival the classic movie Jumanji then you will be disappointed but if you try to let the movies stand on its own nation you will understand that they were trying to bring that same magic to a different generation and it’s pretty enjoyable you get to see you Young Josh Hutcherson long before he gained his fame in the hunger games trilogy his acting in this movie isn’t great though but I think some of that has to do with age and some of that has to do with writing But it is fun to see how he has progressed as an actor Tim Robbins plays a small role As the father of the family I feel like he could’ve been utilized more he’ great dax ShepardTurns in the strongest performance and really helps to bolster the movie for those of you who are fans you also get to see A young Kristen Stewart I personally didn’t like her character but maybe you will feel differently the story is well told My only complaint is the whiny dialogue between the two brothers but then again sometimes that’ is realistic when it comes to sibling relationships the CG is not groundbreaking but it is not bad either and you really do feel like you go on the adventure with the characters the movie also has a strong ending which I feel elevates it So while this movie might have some limitations that keep it from being out of this world I think most people will find it an enjoyable adventure for the whole family
This was Jon Favreau’s follow up project after Elf and I think a much better film. Based on the book by the same name from the writer of Jumanji; the story shares similar elements. Instead of a jungle the board game transports two quarreling brothers into outer space via their house. A good kids’ film that adults will get a kick out of too.
This movie will keep the audience watching because of the unexpected twists and surprises in the story. In the beginning, the two brothers in the story have a very strained relationship. The story pushes them together and forces the pair to work on their issues, making them both better people in the end.
Great family movie for the holidays. Great science fiction story with evil aliens, time travel and two brothers who find a a game that transports the two brothers, their sister, and their house into an alternate dimension in space. If you enjoyed Jumangi then you will enjoy this story.
A little scary for my grandson, but I love this movie. The fighting between the brothers is believable. The action is well paced and the move looks great. I love the twist towards the end and watching how my grandson understood it. Definitely recommend this movie.