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Jonah Bobo lost 4 teeth during filming, so the filmmakers made him fake teeth.
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Kristen Stewart is only two years older than Josh Hutcherson.
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Kristen Stewart admitted she was disturbed to see the life-size replica made of her for the scenes where Lisa is frozen.
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Originally conceived as a direct sequel to Jumanji (1995). The visual effects supervisor on that film, Ken Ralston, was lined up to direct before Columbia abandoned the project in favor of adapting Zathura.
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The beginning and end of the movie were shot on the same, intact, set. Throughout the movie the set was damaged and destroyed forcing the film to be shot in sequence except for the beginning and the end.
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Filmed in the same house that would later be used in Disturbia (2007).
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In every Chris Van Allsburg book, there is a bull terrier named Fritz. Jon Favreau put Fritz in the movie - look for a Beanie Baby bull terrier behind Walter near the end of the movie.
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Josh Hutcherson, Jonah Bobo and Kirsten Stewart would all end up starring in films in which Julianne Moore would play their mother. Hutcherson in The Kids Are All Right (2010), Bobo in Crazy, Stupid Love (2011) and Stewart in Still Alice (2014).
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Near the beginning of the film, Tim Robbins walks into Kristen Stewart's room. When he walks in, a "Tenacious D" poster can be seen behind him on the wall. Tim Robbins played a part in the film "Tenacious D and the Pick of Destiny" a year later.
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Despite not being a sequel to Jumanji (1995) there are however some references to the film. *Both feature an event when landing on a corresponding space. *The players must finish the game in order to return to reality.
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The trailer used background music from the 1989 James Cameron movie The Abyss.
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In Kristen Stewart's first scene, she mentions to her dad: "we should have never rented Thirteen." Thirteen stars Nikki Reed, a future costar in the Twilight saga. It was also directed by Twilight director, Catherine Hardwicke.
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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).
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Tsouris-3 is the name of the planet whose gravity field Danny and Walter enter. "Tsouris" is a Yiddish word meaning trouble, distress, or problem.
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When Walter is telling the Astronaut that he is eating all their food, and that he should leave, the Astronaut says, "The card said 'Rescue stranded astronaut'" This is a hint towards the Astronaut being an older version of Walter, considering the Astronaut hadn't read the card. He knows what the card said because he himself got the card many years ago.
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As Danny's ship reaches the final space on the game board, and the large Z starts spinning, he's heard shouting 'Zathura!'. This is most likely a reference to Jumanji (1995) (also based on a book by 'Chris Van Allsburg') as in that game, in order to end it, the winning player must shout 'Jumanji!' when they reach the final space.
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When the kids see the astronaut through the windows for the first time, you can see Walter's face in the helmet's reflection, giving a hint of his real identity.
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The Astronaut being Walter is hinted at in the kitchen scene when Walter yells at Danny, "Who's brother are you, his or mine?!" Foreshadowing that they are the same person and Danny's brother is both of them.
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The astronaut having an old, frayed version of the Fleet Admiral card hints that he is in fact Walter, that he kept the card all that time.
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There are a couple Easter eggs that give away scenes related to the film A Christmas Story (1983), given that Peter Billingsley, who plays Ralphie in that film, is a co-producer in this film. In a beginning scene when the father tells Danny how special he is, a bobblehead that resembles Ralphie is visible on Danny's desk. In the final scene before Zathura is reached, the leg lamp is visible behind the characters.
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The numbers spun by Danny and Walter (respectively) are as follows: (5, 9+Move ahead 2 spaces), (4,8), (7,6+Move ahead 4 spaces), (6,8), (6,0 [walter get's ejected]), (8 - Move back 2 spaces, 9), (9 - Move back 1 space, 3 - Move back 3 spaces), (1 + Move ahead 9 spaces - Danny wins the game).
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Walter wishes for a football autographed by Bret Favre. At the time of the film's release Favre was a member of the Green Bay Packers.
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After he leaves his to get a new piece of paper after it is spilled on by Danny, the dad is absent for most of the film and does not re-appear until the end when he gets Walter and Danny ready to go to their mother's house.
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Danny can be seen watching SpongeBob SquarePants (1999) in one scene before Walter changes it to SportsCenter.
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It is implied that Danny and Walter's parents are divorced when he mentions that they will be going to their mother's house.
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At the end of the film a bicycle can be seen falling out of the sky.
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Zathura came out 10 years after Jumanji, it is prior to the 10 anniversary of the release of Jumanji.
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