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Continuity mistake: After Danny gets mad at Walter for catching the ball that his Dad threw for him, he throws his glove down on the floor and runs inside. In the next shot the glove is in a different location.

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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.

Continuity mistake: After the ball knocks the glass of juice over, the juice spills all over a drawing that the Dad needs for work. Between shots the position of the spilt juice on the drawing changes.

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Continuity mistake: In the shots before Danny throws the ball which knocks the glass over, the position of items on the desk keeps changing, and a computer mouse appears next to the glass of juice between shots.

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Continuity mistake: When the Dad is playing catch with Walter in the front garden, in the first shot he is standing right in the middle of the lawn. In the next shot he is standing right beside the pavement.

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Continuity mistake: During the meteor shower, the books on the shelves change position and the way they're stacked a couple of times, and the mess of books around the cabinets differs a few times as well.

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Continuity mistake: When Danny throws the ball across the table at Walter, which knocks the glass of juice over, the ball also knocks a photo frame over. In the next shot the photo frame is standing upright again.

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Deliberate mistake: The turn count for Lisa's stay in the Cryogenic Sleep Chamber is off. The card reads she should be there for 5 turns. 'Turn' can either represent a single move made by either Danny or Walter, or a complete game cycle where both Danny and Walter have made a move. If we count the turns by player, it comes to 8 and she's awake 2 turns too late as it should have happened at the start of 6th. If we count both players' moves together as a start of a turn, then she's awake 2 turns too early as its turn 4 and not turn 6. It seems obvious from showing us the shower suddenly start up that this is the correct point in the film they wanted her awake, so it's unlikely she was actually awake off-camera during the Astronaut's arrival and we just didn't see.

Continuity mistake: Danny has plasters on his right elbow. During various scenes, they appear and disappear. Also they once changed design. And around the end of the movie, the plasters disappear from his elbow and appear on his right hand.

Continuity mistake: In the opening scene, when Tim Robbins is playing catch with his son, the cars in the background keep appearing and disappearing.

Continuity mistake: When Danny gets up to go out of the room to get the baseball and catching gloves, after Walter turns off his game and puts the TV on, as he leaves the room, Walter's legs change position on the chair.

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Continuity mistake: When Walter is watching SportsCenter, and Danny is complaining that he was watching SpongeBob, he changes his position between the a closeup of his head and a wideshot of him.

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Continuity mistake: When Danny and Walter are in the kitchen, the zorgons shoot at them and blow out the kitchen windows above the sink. Later when they go back into the kitchen to start a fire to bring the zorgons back, Lisa goes into the kitchen and the windows are not broken. (00:40:00 - 01:07:00)

Continuity mistake: When Walter and Danny are trying to show Lisa what the Zathura game does, Walter lays the "Promoted to star ship captain" card on the game board in front of the card console. Two shots later the card vanishes. The camera had only changed for two seconds, so it's unlikely that either of them had enough time to take it away. (00:25:55)


Visible crew/equipment: In the end of the film, when the bicycle falls, we can see two shadows that are cranes for both the camera and the bicycle. These shadows cannot be seen in the first scene where Danny, Walter and their father are playing. (01:36:40)

Revealing mistake: When Walter, Danny and the astronaut are in the kitchen breaking stuff to burn, the smaller boy tries to smash an old style broom on the table. He tries three times, on his final try the shank breaks in half, revealing where it had been sawn nearly all the way through in nice clean line, with only a splintery piece showing where it really snapped.


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Continuity mistake: Dad goes to wake up Lisa before leaving the house. She's sleeping on a pile of white pillows. A purple pillow later appears underneath her elbow before disappearing again when Dad leaves the room.


[The astronaut is throwing food onto the table.]
Danny: Are you doing this to keep Zorgons away?
Astronaut: No, I'm doing this because I've been eating paste out of a tube for fifteen years.

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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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