Danny finds an older board game called Zathura under the basement steps, so he brings it up stairs to the front room and startes playing it on the floor. He asks his older brother Walter to play, but Walter doesn't want to play at first, until things start happening! So, everytime Danny makes a "move" on the game boared, he gets a game card, and whatever the game card states, it happens! The first thing that happens, is Danny gets a game card that states-"meteor shower". So, a meteor shower! As Danny and Walter start playing, their older sister Lisa gets frozen upstairs in the bathroom! Eventually they meet up with an astronaut, who later they find out is Danny's older brother Walter, whom he is playing the game with! Later on, their older sister Lisa, gets unfrozen and falls for the astronaut, until they all find out that it's their older brother Walter, because Walter gets a second wish and wishes the astronaut's younger brother back, hence Danny! Eventually they all get sucked into a black hole and everything goes back to the moment that they started playing the game.

Other mistake: It's been stated that Danny doesn't know how to read. This is evidenced by the fact that Walter has to read every card that Danny gets. When Danny first finds the game, he's able to read and even pronounce Zathura accurately even though he is illiterate.

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Trivia: To make the robot in the movie, first they used a small puppet and had the puppeteers under the floor controlling it through sticks. To make the huge robot, they had a "bam bot" for ramming through walls and windows, a technical robot that had all the circuitry to make the antennae move and the nose to steam, and a version where there were only the feet and the body (they would later animate the arms and legs.) The robot was more mechanics than electronics.


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Question: When Danny presses the button, the red spaceship moves onto a white space. Later in the movie, after accepting the astronauts' help, all three discover that the red spaceship is now on a blue space. How could it have gotten there? Neither Danny or Walter kicked the board and Danny never actually moved it from its original position since they had to deal with getting rid of the Zorgons.

Answer: If you are talking about the part where Walter says that Danny cheated and Danny says "someone must have kicked the board", you're right, no one did kick the board. After again being asked if he moved the piece, Danny says "maybe I moved the piece by accident." I think this implies that Danny cheated and moved the piece himself, which is why it was on a different coloured space.

Except, it never showed Danny moving the piece at all. When Walter moved Danny's piece back to the space it was originally on, the game shot out a card accusing Walter of cheating and tried ejecting him out of the house. If Danny had moved the piece by accident and therefore technically cheated, it kind of raises the question as to why he never received a card accusing him of cheating and ejecting him from the house as well.

I think the answer to this is in the card's text - "Caught cheating" I believe this implies that since Walter was observed physically moving a piece by the other player, that is what triggered the cheating detection. Nobody saw Danny move his piece, so he was technically not caught cheating in the moment. So, ostensibly, one may be able to cheat as long as they are not caught by the other player.


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