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Zathura is a 2005 American science fiction fantasy adventure film about two squabbling brothers who start a simple game that becomes a space adventure.

A New Adventure From the World of Jumanji (taglines)


  • [reads card] "REPROGRAM"? [to Danny] What the heck does that mean?!
  • [to Danny; gently] I'm your brother. And that's what being a brother means. Means I'll never let anything happen to you.


  • [card reads "FLUNK SPACE ACADEMY Go back 1 space"] I'm not even going to comment on that.
  • One. God! I suck.

Astronaut (25-Year-Old Walter)

  • [to Lisa] The Astronaut, from the game we're in. [pointing at Danny] Danny spun me.
  • Zorgons. They're big gnarly lizards. Cold blooded heat seekers and the tiniest spark of warmth will bring them in like moths. Flying all around in the galaxy. Looking for anything they can find to burn up. (Walter: Why don't they just burn up their own planet?) Oh, they already did. That's not even the worst of it. Their problem is their ravenous appetite. They never stop eating. (Walter: What do they eat?) Meat. (Danny: That's good.) Dude, You're meat.
  • Burning gas! That's probably what brought 'em here in the first place!
  • Nope. I'm doing this is because I've been eating paste out of a tube for 15 years.


Dad: Alright, Danny, your turn.
Walter: What? I didn't get my full turn.
Dad: Yeah, you did. I counted, that was 25. That's what we said.
Walter: But that's not fair.
Dad: It's exactly fair. Come on, Danny. Time for your turn, then I gotta work for an hour.
Danny: You know, you're not the only one who gets a turn.
Walter: [mocks] You're not the only one who gets a turn.
Dad: [annoyed] Guys. Alright, keep your eye on the ball. You got it this time. Ready? [misses] Alright, that's a good try. It was a bad throw, bad throw. Sorry. My bad. Okay. Here we go. You can do this. Here we go, buddy. Ready? A deep fly ball to the right field. Clemente back running on his horse real fast. Can he get it? Can he get it?
Walter: Oh, and Milton Bradley with his dive-and-roll catch. Dodgers win!
Danny: [throws the baseball mitt at Walter] You're such a dick!
[Dad stares at Walter, not happy at what just happened.]
Walter: What? It was a great grab.
Dad: Danny? Danny? Danny, you really should not be using that kind of language with your brother.
Danny: But it's true.
Dad: Listen, kiddo, when I was six years old--
Danny: 6 3/4.
Dad: When I was 6 3/4, catching was hard for me, too.
Danny: Well, it's not hard for Walter?
Dad: Well, Walter's ten.
Danny: So? He's still better than me at everything.
Dad: No way. He's not better than you at piano.
Danny: I hate that stupid thing.
Dad: Someday you're gonna be really happy I got you that piano. You'll be at a party, there'll be this pretty girl...
Danny: Like you and Mom? [runs to his and Walter's room, Dad follows]
Dad: Look, Danny, you and Walter are different people. He's good at some things, you're good at other things. That's how people are.
Danny: He beats me at everything.
Dad: Listen, this is important. You're a very special kid.
Danny: That's what people say when they can't think of anything.
Dad: You know how you always make up games and pretend to be characters? You have an incredible imagination. Amazing imagination. A whole universe of an imagination. And I use my imagination for a living, so I know what I'm talking about.
Danny: Is it better than Walter's?
Dad: What?
Danny: Is my imagination better than Walter's?
Dad: You're different than Walter.

Dad: Don't do that!
Walter: You wanna play catch?
Dad: We just played catch.
Walter: No, football catch.
Dad: I have to work for an hour.
Walter: But it's Saturday.
Dad: Tell me about it.
Walter: All you ever do is work.
Dad: Nice try.
Walter: This is so unfair.
Dad: Hello? Uh, Bill, I am so sorry. I'll call you back in two minutes. Is that okay? Thanks. I have a really important meeting this afternoon, Walter. I really have to be ready for it.
Walter: You're going out?
Dad: Yes, I'm going out. Well, I'm going to a meeting. You're gonna be at Mom's house anyway. She's coming to get you at three.
Walter: We go to Mom's house tomorrow.
Dad: No, today.
Walter: This is a four-day Dad week.
Dad: No, three-day Dad week. Four-day last week, four-day next week, three-day this week. Four-day Mom week this week.
Walter: But that's not fair!
Dad: To whom?
Walter: To anyone!
Dad: I have to work.
Walter: We'd have all the time we want if Danny wasn't around.
Dad: Well, Danny is around.
Walter: All right, Five throws.
Dad: How do I put this? Um, let me think. I have to work.
Danny: Dad, I'm ready to play (Super) Smash Bros.
Walter: What?! You told him you were gonna play (Super) Smash Bros.?!
Dad: No, I didn't tell him I was gonna play (Super) Smash Bros.
Danny: You're playing catch with Walter?!
Walter: He might if you weren't around!
Dad: Guys! Guys!
Danny: You're so mean! Everybody wants to ruin my life!
Walter: You never keep your promises!
Danny: All you care about is Walter!
Dad: [fed up with the boys bothering him] THERE'S ONLY ONE OF ME, OKAY?! I don't like this situation either! It sucks is what it does, but this is the best I could come up with! So, climb off my back and give me about two inches of space, will you, please?! [sits down and sighs] There are some days, boys, when you gotta grow up all at once. I need today to be one of those days.

Danny: Wanna play Chutes and Ladders?
Walter: No, you'll cheat.
Danny: Stratego?
Walter: No, you cheat at board games.
Danny: But you can't even cheat at Stratego.
Walter: Trust me, you'll find a way.
Dad: Hey. Sorry about that. Oh, no, no, it's fine. I'm not meeting him till 3:30, I can finish by then.
Danny: Walter, look what I found.
Walter: Those belong to me. Put them back.
Danny: But you never play with them.
Walter: So? They're still mine.
Danny: When did you get so mean?
Walter: I'm not mean, Danny. I'm in fourth grade. I have a girlfriend. You know how Dad said we have to grow up? Well, this is what it looks like.
Danny: Can we please play Army Men?
Walter: Copy that.
Danny: Sergeant, there's a helicopter on fire. Let's get it!
Dad: The drawings all match the foam mockup.
Walter: Get back here!
Danny: Let me hold it!
Dad: Yes, red.
Danny: Give me!
Dad: Cranberry, right. It's whatever color they picked.
Danny: Let me hold it!
Dad: I worked from the chits.
Danny: Ow! Walter! Let me look at it!
Dad: Can I call you back one more time? It's a small domestic emergency here.
Walter: Danny!
Dad: I-I-I know. I know.
Walter: DAD!!!!
Dad: It's not a problem. Okay. Okay, thanks.
Walter: [showing his dad his "broken" walkie-talkie; angrily] Look what he did.
Dad: I was on the phone.
Danny: [remorsefully] It was an accident.
Walter: You're such a baby!
Danny: I'm not a baby!
Walter: You break all my stuff, you can't catch a ball...
Dad: [to Walter] That's enough!
Danny: It was an acc--
Walter: ...and nobody wants you around!
Dad: [to Walter] That's enough!
Danny: You shut up! [hurls a football at Walter, but Walter dodges the football and it spills Walter's fruit punch all over Dad's painting causing Walter to get shocked] I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry!
[Walter and Danny are on the couch as punishment for bothering him and not getting along]
Dad: It's ten minutes to the office. I have to run off another copy. I'll be right back.
Danny: You're gonna leave us alone in this creepy old house?
Dad: It's not creepy, it's old.
Walter: I like Mom's better.
Dad: Well, so did she, and now it's hers. Look, this is a very special house. The reason I'm working so hard to fix it up is I wanna make a home for us here. Now, I know it's not Mom's house, and I know it's a little creaky, but give it some time, it's gonna grow on you.
Danny: Well, I don't wanna stay here alone.
Dad: Well, you're not gonna be alone. I'm going to wake up Lisa.
Walter: What, are you crazy? Don't do that!
Danny: No, don't wake up Lisa. She's sleeping. Let her sleep.
Dad: [knocks on Lisa's door] Honey. [enters Lisa's room] Lisa. Honey. Get up. I need to go out. [opens up blinds] I need you to look after your two favorite people in the world. Come on.
Lisa: I can't. I have a date tonight.
Dad: What time?
Lisa: We're hookin' up at, like, 8:00.
Dad: It's 2:00.
Lisa: So?
Dad: So, that's 6 hours from now.
Lisa: What's your point?
Dad: My point is I need you to look after the boys. And by the way, it makes me uncomfortable when you say "hooking up".
Lisa: Why? It's not like it means anything.
Dad: Hope it doesn't.
Lisa: [annoyed] It doesn't. It's just an expression.
Dad: I hope it is.
Lisa: [annoyed] It is. God. We never should've rented Thirteen.

Danny: [after Walter turns off MegaRace 3; to Walter] Hey!
Walter: [to Danny] Dad said no video games.
Danny: He did not. Fine.
[Walter changes the channel to SpongeBob SquarePants episode, "Bubblestand"]
Patrick Star: [on TV, laughing at the bubble elephant] It's a giraffe!
[Danny laughs until Walter changes the channel]
SportsCenter Announcer: This is SportsCenter!
Danny: Hey! I was watching that!
SportsCenter Announcer: It is Oakland. It is Boston. It is Manny Ramirez.
Danny: Can we watch SpongeBob?
Walter: No.
Danny: You used to like it.
Walter: Times change.
Danny: Tartar sauce. I'm hungry.
Walter: So, what do you want me to do about it?
Danny: Make me macaroni and cheese.
Walter: I don't know how.
Danny: I'm hungry. What do you know how to make?
Walter: Water.
Danny: [Danny goes to get a baseball and some gloves] How about you and me play catch?
Walter: No. [He throws the ball to Walter, then Walter rolls the ball back to Danny. They do it again, but the third time, Danny throws the baseball, then it hits Walter in the face, causing him to get up from the chair, furiously] YOU'RE DEAD!!!
Danny: I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry! [Walter chases after Danny]
Walter: [looking for him] Danny. Where are you? Danny. Where are you, Danny? [Danny hides in the dumbwaiter] Danny. Where are you? [he opens the dumbwaiter door and finds him hiding in there] There you are.
Danny: I said I was sorry. [Walter starts to lower him down to the basement] Don't. No. Don't do that, it's not funny.
Walter: You'll be safe in here until Dad gets back.
Danny: You're just jealous, because Dad thinks I'm smarter than you! [he slams the dumbwaiter door, but Walter immediately opens it again] I didn't mean that. [He continues lowering him down to the basement] Walter, no! Pull me up! Don't!
Walter: What's the matter, Danny?
Danny: Pull me up!
Walter: Not still scared of the basement, are you?
Danny: Walter! No, Walter! It's not funny! NO! PULL ME UP!!! [shrieking] WALTER!!!!!!
Walter: Three-year-olds are scared of basements! [slams the dumbwaiter door]

Danny: You're really mean.
Walter: Dad said not to play in there.
Danny: [shows Walter a board game] Look what I found in the basement.
Walter: Looks dumb and old.
Danny: I like it.
Walter: Yeah, you would. It's for babies.

Walter and Danny: Lisa, no, wait, Lisa!
Danny: Oh, man!
Walter: Wait, that one didn't count. Let me go again. [tries to push the GO button, but it's jammed] It's stuck!
Danny: Maybe we have to take turns. [pushes button and number on panel spins] See, it was my turn.

Walter: "Zathura. Attention space adventurers, Zathura awaits. Do you have what it takes to navigate the galaxy? It's not for the faint of heart. For once you embark upon your journey, there's no turning back until Zathura is reached. Pieces reset at the end of each game. Play again and again for different adventures." That's it. We gotta keep playing.
Danny: I'm not playing that thing.
Walter: Yes, we are. It says we go home if we win.
Danny: It, it didn't say that.
Walter: Yes, it did. "Pieces reset at the end of each game." That means we go home when we're finished.
Danny: All I know is that when we play this game, bad things happen.
Walter: All I know is that when I played that game, I got promoted. So I'm gonna win this thing and get us home.
Danny: Wait, wait, wait. Can we stop...?
Walter: Don't be a baby.
Danny: I'm not a baby.

Danny: That's your robot?
Walter: At least I got one.
Danny: Well, what does it do?
Walter: Anything I want. Get me a juice box, biatch!
Danny: Don't do that!
Walter: Why not? It's my robot.
Danny: You might make it mad.
Walter: It's three inches tall, I'll punt it across the room. It's my robot, the card says.
Danny: I never said it wasn't your robot; You don't have to be such a jerk.
Walter: Dude, you're just jealous 'cause I have a robot and you don't.
Danny: Why would I want--?

Danny: Where are you going?
Walter: I'm taking my turn.
Danny: Are you crazy? That thing's messed up!
Walter: "YOU ARE PROMOTED TO FLEET ADMIRAL Move ahead 4 spaces". [spaceship moves four spaces, offscreen] Okay, your turn.
Danny: I'm not playing!
[Walter shakes his head]
Walter: What are you doing?
Danny: Making mac 'n cheese.
Walter: There's no water, dummy. We're in outer space. Why are you doing that?
Danny: Because I'm hungry and I know that you're not gonna take care of me.
Walter: Don't bother. The gas won't work.
Danny: (The gas works) Any more advice?
Walter: [angrily] You've gotta turn it up more! Can we at least talk about this?
Danny: There's nothing to talk about, I'm not going.
Walter: Danny, I just wanna go home, and I can't unless you play. Don't you wanna get home?
Danny: What's so great about home, anyway?
Walter: What do you mean? Everything was great until you came along.
Danny: See? You treat me like everything's my fault!
Walter: You're the one who pushed the button in the first place!
Danny: I just wanted to play a game with you, Walter.
Walter: Fine, what do you want?
Danny: I want you to not to be mean to me, and not ignore me, and I want you to treat me like your brother.
Walter: Fine.
Danny: Do we have an understanding?
Walter: Yeah.
Danny: Wasn't that easy?

Walter: We'll figure it out later. Go.
Danny: No.
Walter: Go.
Danny: NO!
Walter: GO!
Danny: [misreads card] "Rest on standing AstroTurf."
Walter: What?
Danny: "Rest on standing AstroTurf."
Walter: Let me read it.
Danny: No, I know how to read. I know how to read!
Walter: Let me read it! God! [correctly reads the card] "RESCUE STRANDED ASTRONAUT."
Danny: What stranded astronaut?
Walter: I guess there's gonna be some stranded astronaut or some--

Astronaut: Okay, why haven't you guys started yet?
Danny: We're waiting for you.
Astronaut: Okay, well, I'm here, so, turn that clockwise, and--
Walter: Yeah, I know how to play the game.
Astronaut: Okay.
Walter: Hang on a second. Something's wrong.
Astronaut: What?
[Danny’s ship was ahead of Walter's in the next spot]
Walter: [to Danny] I was ahead of you.
[Astronaut looks to Danny]
Danny: Somebody must have kicked the board?
Walter: [angrily] No, nobody kicked the board. You cheated.
Danny: No, I didn't.
Walter: You cheated! I knew you were gonna cheat!
Astronaut: Ch-- "Cheater's" a strong word!
Astronaut: Guys, guys, please. Bring it down. Indoor voices. Now, did you move the piece?
Danny: Maybe I moved the piece by an accident.
Astronaut: Okay, it was an accident.
Walter: [not believing Danny] How can you move the piece by accident if it's stuck to the game? That's impossible; You cheated!
Astronaut: Okay, no, no, no, let's not use that word. No, stop saying "cheated."
Walter: You cheated! Cheater!!!
Astronaut: Hey, hey, hey. Come on. Okay? Now, where did you move from?
Danny: [pointing to his rocket ship] I was right here.
Walter: No, you weren't; You were back there.
Danny: [insistently] Nuh-uh.
Astronaut: Well-- Okay. [cringes as Walter moves Danny's ship] Uh-- Okay, care-- careful. [Walter moves Danny's ship back to the same spot where he spun the astronaut]
Walter: God.
Astronaut: Okay, it's fixed.
Walter: You're such a baby.
Danny: I'm not a baby!
Astronaut: [overlapping Walter and Danny] Slow down, slow down, slow down.
Walter: Yes, you are a baby!
Danny: I'm not a baby!
Walter: You're a baby!
Astronaut: [trying to stop Walter and Danny’s argument] Nobody is a baby here!
Danny: I'm not a baby!
Walter: [dismissively yelling] You're a little baby!
Danny: [angrily shrieking] I'M NOT A BABY--
Astronaut: [covering Danny’s mouth, stopping the argument] JEEZ!!! It won't stop! Please! [Danny stops shrieking] Okay, let's play the game.
Walter: [annoyed] Fine! [pushes the "Go" button, but the number on the panel keeps spinning because Danny's ship was moved back to the same spot where he spun the astronaut] It won't stop spinning.
Danny: What's wrong with it?
Walter: You broke it.
Astronaut: [sees yellow card] Oh, look. There's the card. See? It fixed itself.
Walter: [reads card] "CAUGHT CHEATING? Automatic ejection"? [confused] Does it mean me?
Danny: [insistently innocently] Well, you did move the piece.
Walter: [points to Danny; denying it] He's the one who cheated. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!!!!!!!! [flies up out through the hole in the house's roof and gets sucked into space while screaming, and loses one of his Nike sneakers]
Danny: Walter! [astronaut gets his turbo-jet-pack] [runs up the stairs] Hang on, Walter! I'll save you!
Walter: Help!
Danny: Wait a minute! I got an idea! [Walter hangs on by his fingertips and Danny gets the lamp] I'm going to swing this lamp up to you and you grab it and I'll pull you down.
Walter: [about to slip off] I CAN'T HANG ON ANY LONGER!
Danny: [throws the lamp and breaks it] Don't worry! I'll get another lamp!
Walter: [slips off] AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Astronaut: [comes with a turbo-jet-pack on his back] Stand back. [blasts off to get Walter down]
Danny: [waiting for Walter to come down] Walter! [looking at the hole] Walter. Oh, no. [Astronaut brings Walter down] You okay? Are you okay?
Walter: [annoyed] Get away from me.
Danny: Sorry. [gives the other shoe to Walter]
Walter: [sternly] Don't talk to me 'til we get home. [puts his other shoe on]
Astronaut: That look cool from down here? Because up there it was... it was pretty intense. My heart's pumping pretty good. That was fun.
Walter: Can you just play so I can get the heck out of here and get away from you?
Danny: I told him I was sorry.
Walter: [annoyed] Whatever.
Astronaut: Okay, you know what we need to do? We need to get our heads right, okay? Pull it together, as a team, the three of us. [Walter stares ahead and thinks] You're up, big man. Bring us home. I got you, buddy. I promise. [Danny reluctantly takes his turn, rolls an 8, his ship moves forward to the same spot before the cheating card popped out] What's it say?
Walter: He can't read. [Danny gives Walter the card] "LOSE MAP OF GALAXY Go back 2 spaces". [spaceship move back two spaces, and he throws the card away]
Lisa: [meanwhile; after waking up from her cryonic sleep] I'm freezing my ass off. [annoyed] 40 degrees? [turns up heat] Those savages. [the furnace in the basement turns on, indicating The Zorgons to strike any minute. Lisa plays the song "Can't Be Bothered" by The Fight on her music player, and takes her shower.]

Walter: [rolls a 9] Yes! 9!
Danny: Good roll.
Walter: "Good roll"? 9's a great roll.
Danny: I meant, "great". [sees gold card] It's gold.
Walter: [pulls out gold card] "SHOOTING STAR Make a wish as it passes". [excitedly] Oh, that's got to be the best card in the whole game! I'm almost to the end. Look, a few more, and I win!
Danny: [not caring] I hope you win. I don't care who wins.
Walter: [angrily and dismissively] It's because you never win at anything, Danny.
Astronaut: Hey.
Walter: [to the Astronaut] What? That's why he cheats all the time, because he can never win!
Danny: No, I don't!
Walter: Yeah, you do! And you almost got me killed!
Danny: It wasn't my fault!
Walter: It's not your fault?! How's it not your fault? This is all your fault. Everything's your fault! IT'S YOUR FAULT MOM AND DAD GOT DIVORCED!!
Astronaut: [angrily] HEY!
Danny: [had enough of Walter being mean to him] YOU SUCK! [he throws the game away and runs upstairs]
Astronaut: Danny...!

Walter: [appears, holding what he actually wished for] The card worked.
Astronaut: [thinking Walter made a bad wish; sarcastically] Yeah, it worked. Congratulations. We're stuck in space now forever.
Danny: [appears from under his bed] Leave him alone.
Astronaut: [sees Danny alive and well; shocked] What did you wish for?
Walter: This.
Astronaut: [confused] You wished for a football?
Walter: [innocently] Signed by Brett Favre.
Danny: Why'd you wish for a football? You could've just wished the game over. You could've wished us out of here.
Walter: I was under a lot of pressure! He was yelling at me!
Danny: [concerned] Why were you yelling at him?
Astronaut: Okay, guys. Here's the thing. [he sits down on Danny's bed] I've played this game before. Okay? I played it with my own brother 15 years ago.
Walter: You were a player?
Astronaut: Yeah. Just like you guys. We were fighting a lot back then. And when the game started, it got even worse. Every time we spun, we got madder and madder at one another. And then, I landed on a star space, the same one that Walter just landed on. Well, I was so mad at him, that when the star passed, I made my wish.
Walter: What did you wish for?
Astronaut: I wished that my brother had never been born.
Danny: [shocked] Oh, my God.
Astronaut: As soon as I did it, I felt horrible. I thought-- you know if I could spin again, maybe-- I can-- I can land on another star space and-- and wish him back, but the game wouldn't let me. Because it wasn't my turn. Walter. There are some games you can't play alone.
Walter: So, what do we do, now?
Astronaut: We go back downstairs, and we finish this thing once and for all. No more cheating. No more arguing. All you guys have to do is spin a few more times. I'll help you fight off whatever comes out. Deal?
Walter: Deal.
Danny: Deal.

Lisa: [Lisa prepares to go downstairs for her date, and sees smoke coming over her] Walter? [she goes downstairs to the kitchen and sees the boys making a pyre] YOU GUYS ACTUALLY SET THE HOUSE ON FIRE!!!!
Walter: Lisa's back!
Danny: Lisa's unfrozen! [The boys rush over to embrace her saying "Lisa, you're okay"]
Lisa: [angrily] GET OFF ME!!!! GET OFF ME, TRY TO FIND THE FIRE EXTINGUISHER!!!! [Lisa puts the fire out while Walter and Danny plead her not to, to no avail]

Robot: [breaks through the door] EMERGENCY. [The Zorgons all growl] ALIEN LIFE-FORM MUST DESTROY.
Walter: He still wants to kill me! [robot grabs his neck]
Danny: Use the card, quick!
Walter: [holding the card to the robot] "REPROGRAM"!
Robot: [repair bot appears to fix the robot and shuts it down and turns back on. The robot then releases it grip from Walter's neck] ALIEN LIFE-FORM-- [Zorgons growling] MUST DESTROY. [uses his jet booster to chase them, Danny and Walter follow them, the Zorgons try to escape to their battleship and the robot uses his jet booster again to attack their battleships] ALIEN LIFE-FORM MUST DESTROY. [Zorgon's second battleship explodes while the robot is still attacking the first one causing it to roll around]
Walter: Guess that's what the "REPROGRAM" card's for.
Danny: I like that card.
Walter: It's a good card.
[The boys are not noticing a surviving Zorgon coming down the stairs behind them]
Danny: Where's Lisa?
[a piano suddenly crashes down the stairs and flattens the Zorgon. Lisa is revealed to have been the one to push it]
Lisa: Lisa... is upstairs.
Astronaut: What fell? [sees the crushed Zorgon] Wow. Little excessive, but I like it. Come on.

[The kids have just returned from the Zathura world, Danny has his finger at the "GO" button on the board.]
Danny: [looking around] Walter?
Walter: [to Danny; concerned] Don't push that button.
[Danny listens to Water as he slowly takes his finger off the "GO" button.]

[last lines]
Lisa: We never speak of this, okay?
Walter: Never happened.
Danny: It never happened.
Walter: Still think I have gorgeous eyes? [Lisa stares at Danny and Walter, who laugh]
Danny: Walter.
Walter: What? [they start playfully tackling each other for a second and run straight to their mother's Volvo SUV, and their bike comes down after being up in space, ending the movie]


  • A new adventure from the world of Jumanji.
  • Adventure is waiting.


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