Friday, June 3, 2016

Friday's Film Adaption: Zathura by Chris Van Allsburg

On the last page of the Caldecott-winning book Jumanji, young Danny Budwing is seen running after his brother, Walter, with a game tucked under his arm. Now after twenty years, Chris Van Allsburg is ready to reveal what happens when Danny and Walter roll the dice. This time the name of the game is Zathura and the battling Budwing boys are in for the ride of their lives.

Zathura unleashes intergalactic challenges that require even the quarreling Budwing brothers to work as a team.

Zathura hit bestseller lists when it was first published in 2002 and it's sure to visit them again this fall, along with an exciting selection of six movie tie-in editions when Zathura blasts into movie theatres nationwide!

Two young brothers are drawn into an intergalactic adventure when their house is hurled through the depths of space by the magical board game they are playing.

Release Date: November 11, 2005
Release Time: 113 minutes

Josh Hutcherson as Walter Budwing
Jonah Bobo as Danny Budwing
Dax Shepard as Astronaut/Future Walter Budwing
Kristen Stewart as Lisa Budwing
Tim Robbins as Mr. Budwing
Frank Oz as Robot (voice)
John Alexander as Robot (in-suit performer)
Derek Mears as Lead Zorgon
Douglas Tait as Head Zorgon
Jeff Wolfe as Master Zorgon
Adam Wills as Captain Zorgon

Author Bio:
Chris Van Allsburg is the winner of two Caldecott Medals, for Jumanji and The Polar Express, as well as the recipient of a Caldecott Honor Book for The Garden of Abdul Gasazi. The author and illustrator of numerous picture books for children, he has also been awarded the Regina Medal for lifetime achievement in children's literature. In 1982, Jumanji won the National Book Award and in 1996, it was made into a popular feature film. Chris Van Allsburg was formerly an instructor at the Rhode Island School of Design. He lives in Rhode Island with his wife and two children.




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