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North American release poster
|Directed by||Joe Johnston|
|Produced by||Robert W. Cort
|Screenplay by||Greg Taylor
by Chris Van Allsburg
David Alan Grier
|Music by||James Horner|
|Edited by||Robert Dalva|
|Distributed by||TriStar Pictures|
|Running time||104 minutes|
Jumanji is a 1995 American fantasy adventure film directed by Joe Johnston. It is an adaptation of the 1981 children's book of the same name by Chris Van Allsburg. The special effects were provided by Industrial Light & Magic for computer graphic elements and Amalgamated Dynamics for animatronics components.
The story centers on 12-year-old Alan Parrish, who is trapped in Jumanji while playing the game with his friend Sarah in 1969. Twenty-six years later siblings Judy (Kirsten Dunst) and Peter (Bradley Pierce) begin playing and unwittingly release the now-adult Alan (Robin Williams). After tracking down Sarah (Bonnie Hunt), the quartet resolve to finish the game in order to undo all of the destruction it has wrought. The movie also stars David Alan Grier as a hapless shoemaker-turned-police officer, and Jonathan Hyde in a dual role as both Alan's father and Van Pelt, a big-game hunter intent on killing Alan.
Jumanji was shot in Keene, New Hampshire, though the story is set in the fictional town of Brantford. Additional filming took place in Vancouver, British Columbia. Despite its lukewarm critical reception, the movie was a box office success, earning $262,797,249 worldwide on a budget of approximately $65 million, and was the tenth highest-grossing movie of 1995. In 2005, a spiritual sequel to Jumanji called Zathura was released; it, too, was adapted from a Van Allsburg book.
In 1869, two boys bury a mysterious chest, which produces the sound of beating drums, in the woods. A century later, 12-year-old Alan Parrish flees from a group of bullies to the local shoe factory owned by his father, Sam. When Alan accidentally damages a machine, Sam's employee Carl takes responsibility and loses his job. Outside the factory, the bullies beat Alan up and steal his bicycle. Alan follows the sound of tribal drumbeats to a construction site, where he finds a chest containing a board game called Jumanji, which he takes home.
After an argument with his father about attending a boarding school, Alan is about to run away when his friend Sarah arrives with his stolen bicycle, and they begin playing Jumanji. With each roll of the dice, the player's piece moves by itself and a cryptic message appears in a crystal ball in the center of the board describing the outcome of the roll. Alan's first roll results in a message telling him that he will spend time in a desolate place until someone rolls 5 or 8. Alan is sucked into the board, and a group of bats appears, causing Sarah to flee the house.
Twenty-six years later, siblings Judy and Peter Shepherd move into the vacant Parrish house with their aunt Nora after losing their parents Jim and Martha in a vehicular collision. Judy and Peter hear Jumanji's drumbeats and play the game in the attic, causing giant mosquitoes to attack, and a troupe of monkeys to destroy their kitchen. The game states that everything will be restored when it ends, so they continue playing. Peter rolls a 5, releasing both a lion and Alan, who is now an adult covered in hair and wearing jungle clothing. Alan locks the lion in a bedroom and heads to his father's factory. On the way, he meets Carl, who is now a police officer. In the now derelict factory, a homeless man reveals that Sam was distraught after Alan's disappearance and abandoned the business to search for him until his death. The factory's closure has left the town's economy devastated.
Watching Judy and Peter play, Alan soon realizes that they are continuing the game that he and Sarah started, and he joins in. After finding Sarah, who has been devastated by Alan's disappearance, they persuade her to help finish the game. Sarah's move releases fast-growing man-eating vines, and Alan's next roll causes a big-game hunter named Van Pelt to hunt Alan, until he runs out of ammunition. When he returns, he steals the game to lure Alan to him. Peter, Sarah, and Judy fight him in a department store and manage to retrieve the game, but when the four return to the mansion, now completely overrun by jungle wildlife, they release one calamity after another, until finally an earthquake destroys the house. As Van Pelt corners Alan and prepares to kill him, Alan makes the winning roll, causing everything that has happened as a result of the game to be reversed.
Alan and Sarah find themselves returned to 1969 as children, but with full memories of the game's events. Alan reconciles with Sam and admits that he damaged the machine in the factory. Carl gets his job back, and Sam tells his son that he does not have to attend the boarding school. Realizing that Judy and Peter have not yet been born, Alan and Sarah throw the Jumanji board into a river, weighed down with bricks. Sarah then kisses Alan, beginning a romantic relationship between them.
Twenty-five years later, Alan and Sarah, now happily married and expecting their first child, meet the Shepherds for the first time at a Christmas party. Alan and Sarah offer Jim a job at Parish Shoes, convincing him and Martha to cancel their upcoming skiing trip to Canada and thereby preventing their deaths.
At a beach in another part of the world, two young girls hear drumbeats while walking, as Jumanji lies buried in the sand.
- Robin Williams as Alan Parrish, a man trapped in Jumanji for twenty-six years
- Bonnie Hunt as Sarah Whittle, Alan's friend who is devastated due to his disappearance
- Kirsten Dunst as Judy Shepherd, a young girl in the Shepherd family and Peter's elder sister
- Bradley Pierce as Peter Shepherd, a young boy in the Shepherd family and Judy's younger brother
- David Alan Grier as Carl Bentley, Alan's oldest friend and an employee at Sam's shoe factory who later becomes a police officer
- Jonathan Hyde as Sam Parrish, Alan's father; and Van Pelt, a big-game hunter from the game
- Bebe Neuwirth as Nora Shepherd, Judy and Peter's aunt and legal guardian
- Adam Hann-Byrd as the younger Alan Parrish
- Laura Bell Bundy as the younger Sarah Whittle
- Malcolm Stewart as Jim Shepherd, Judy and Peter's father
- Annabel Kershaw as Martha Shepherd, Judy and Peter's mother
- Patricia Clarkson as Carol-Anne Parrish, Alan's mother
While Peter Guber was visiting Boston, he invited author Chris Van Allsburg, who lives in Providence, Rhode Island, to option his book. Van Allsburg wrote one of the screenplay's drafts, which he described as "sort of trying to imbue the story with a quality of mystery and surrealism".
|Jumanji: Complete Motion Picture Score|
|Film score (Digital download)/Audio CD by James Horner|
|Released||February 29, 1995|
All music composed by James Horner.
|1.||"Prologue and Main TItle"||3:42|
|4.||"A New World"||2:40|
|5.||""It's Sarah's Move""||2:36|
|7.||"Rampage Through Town"||2:28|
|10.||"A Pelican Steals the Game"||1:40|
Commercial songs from film, but not on soundtrack
- "Una Voce Poco Fa"
- "Serenade in D, Op. 44"
- "The Ballad of Gilligan's Isle" (Theme from Gilligan's Island)
The film earned mixed reviews from critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 50% of 32 critics gave the film positive reviews, with a rating average of 5.6 out of 10. Metacritic posts an average rating of 39%, based on 18 reviews. Van Allsburg approved the movie despite the changes and its not being as "idiosyncratic and peculiar" as the novel, declaring that "[t]he film is faithful in reproducing the chaos level that comes with having a jungle animal in the house. It's a good movie."
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A television series was produced between 1996 and 1999. While it borrowed heavily from the movie, incorporated various characters, locations and props, and modeled Alan's house and the board game on the way they appeared in the film, the series rebooted rather than continued the movie's storyline. In the television version, on each turn the players are given a "game clue" and then sucked into the jungle until they solve it. Alan is stuck in Jumanji because he has not seen his clue. Judy and Peter try to help him leave the game, providing their motivation during the series. Sarah is absent from the series.
In July 2012, rumors emerged that a remake of the film was already in development. In a conversation with The Hollywood Reporter, Columbia Pictures president Doug Belgrad said: "We're going to try and reimagine Jumanji and update it for the present." On August 1, 2012, it was confirmed that Matthew Tolmach would be producing the new version alongside William Teitler, who produced the original film.
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