Jumanji (franchise)

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The current logo of the franchise.
Created byChris Van Allsburg
Original workJumanji (1981)
Owned byColumbia Pictures Industries
Print publications
Films and television
Animated seriesJumanji (1996–1999)
  • Jumanji: The Game (1995)
  • Zathura: Adventure is Waiting (2005)
  • Jumanji: The Game (2017)
Video game(s)List of video games

Jumanji is an American multimedia franchise created by American author Chris Van Allsburg and owned by Columbia Pictures Industries.

This franchise follows the adventures of various people who find themselves imperiled when playing a magic game of different types that will either unleash its dangerous elements into the real world or trap the players within the game itself. Ultimately, the only way to end the disruptions is to finish the game while enduring its resulting dangers with each succeeding move.

The franchise spawned two books, Jumanji (1981) and its sequel Zathura (2002), and includes three theatrical films, Jumanji (1995), Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005) and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017), with an upcoming fourth film, Jumanji: The Next Level, set to be released in December 2019. An animated television series aired from 1996 to 1999. The films received generally positive reviews from critics and has collectively grossed $1.2 billion to date. The first Jumanji film received mixed reviews from critics, while Zathura: A Space Adventure and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle received positive critical reception.


Jumanji (1981)[edit]

Two children, Peter and Judy, find and play a game in which each roll of the dice brings the jungle from the game (as well as the creatures that live in it) to life around them. In order to reset the world around them, they must finish the game. Afterward, they get rid of the game which is found by their next-door neighbors, two young brothers.

Zathura (2002)[edit]

Brothers Danny and Walter, neighbors of Peter and Judy from the previous book, find Jumanji but ultimately choose not to play it. Instead, they find a similar game with a space theme, Zathura, which they begin to play. As with Jumanji, playing Zathura brings elements of the game into reality, and in order to set everything back to normal, the boys must complete the game.


Film U.S. release date Director Screenwriter(s) Story by Producers Status
Jumanji December 15, 1995 (1995-12-15) Joe Johnston Jonathan Hensleigh and Greg Taylor & Jim Strain Greg Taylor & Jim Strain and Chris Van Allsburg Scott Kroopf and William Teitler Released
A Space Adventure
November 11, 2005 (2005-11-11) Jon Favreau David Koepp & John Kamps William Teitler, Scott Kroopf and Michael De Luca
Welcome to the Jungle
December 20, 2017 (2017-12-20) Jake Kasdan Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers and Scott Rosenberg & Jeff Pinkner Chris McKenna Matt Tolmach and William Teitler
The Next Level
December 13, 2019 (2019-12-13) Jake Kasdan and Jeff Pinkner & Scott Rosenberg Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, Hiram Garcia, Matt Tolmach, and William Teitler Post-production

Jumanji (1995)[edit]

Two children find and play a magical board game. In doing so, they release a man trapped for decades in it and a host of dangers that can only be stopped by finishing the game.

Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005)[edit]

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. Furthermore, the brothers surmise the only way to return home is to finish the game.

Though there are no direct references to Jumanji in Zathura: A Space Adventure and the movie's plot is self-contained, the studio marketed it as being set within the same fictional universe, and is thematically similar to the other franchise installments. The film is based on the children's book Zathura, also written by Van Allsburg, which was a sequel to the Jumanji novel.

Director Jon Favreau discouraged the notion that the film is a sequel to the earlier Jumanji, having not particularly liked that film. Both he and author Van Allsburg stated Zathura is very different from Jumanji.[1]

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)[edit]

Twenty-one years after the events of the original film, the board game evolves into a video game. Four high school teenagers are transported to the game's jungle setting and become the avatars of the characters they chose, and later discover another victim trapped in the game as well. The only way out is to complete the game, and in doing so, they each discover the best of themselves and win with a newfound heroism to see the challenge through. The film served as a direct sequel to the 1995 film.

Jumanji: The Next Level (2019)[edit]

A team of friends return to Jumanji to rescue one of their own but discover that nothing is as they expect. The players need to brave parts unknown, from arid deserts to snowy mountains, in order to escape the world's most dangerous game.

Following the release of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, the film's cast discussed in interviews what a potential Jumanji sequel (referred to as Jumanji 3) could be about. Karen Gillan also stated that an alternate ending left the door open for another movie, but that the scene was removed from the final cut of the film.[2][3][4][5] In February 2018, it was announced that a Jumanji sequel film is in production with Kasdan returning to direct and Rosenberg and Pinkner returning to write the film, respectively. Johnson, Hart, Black, Gillian, and Jonas are scheduled to reprise their roles.[6] In February 2019, Alex Wolff, Ser'Darius Blain, Madison Iseman and Morgan Turner returned as the game's players from the previous film.[7] On February 22, 2019, Black confirmed the new film as being a fourth Jumanji film, because of Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005), served as the second film and sharing continuity with the other films of the series, with Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle serving as the third film.[8] The film is called Jumanji: The Next Level and slated to be released on December 13, 2019.[9]


Jumanji (1996–1999)[edit]

An animated television series inspired by the 1995 film ran for three seasons from 1996 to 1999.

Cast and characters[edit]

  • A Y indicates the actor portrayed the role of a younger version of the character.
  • An O indicates a role as an older version of the character.
  • An A indicates a role as a video game avatar of the character.
  • A V indicates the actor or actress lent only his or her voice for his or her film character.
  • A C indicates a cameo appearance.
  • A dark gray cell indicates the character was not in the film.
Character Films Animated series
Jumanji Zathura:
A Space Adventure
Welcome to the Jungle
The Next Level
1995 2005 2017 2019 1996–1999
Alan Parrish Robin WilliamsO Bill FagerbakkeV
Adam Hann-ByrdY Justin Jon RossYV
Judith "Judy" Shepherd Kirsten Dunst Debi DerryberryV
Peter Shepherd Bradley Pierce Ashley JohnsonYV
Cam ClarkeOV
Sarah Whittle Bonnie HuntO
Laura Bell BundyY
Van Pelt Jonathan Hyde Bobby Cannavale Sherman HowardV
Samuel Parrish
Carl Bentley David Alan Grier Richard AllenV
Nora Shepherd Bebe Neuwirth Melanie ChartoffV
Walter Budwing
The Astronaut
Josh HutchersonY
Dax SheppardO
Danny Budwing Jonah Bobo
Lisa Budwing Kristen Stewart
Mr. Budwing Tim Robbins
Robot John Alexander
Frank OzV
Dr. Smolder Bravestone Dwayne JohnsonA
Martha Kaply
Ruby Roundhouse
Morgan Turner
Karen GillanA
Franklin "Mouse" Finbar Kevin HartA
Prof. Sheldon "Shelly" Oberon Jack BlackA
Jefferson "Seaplane" McDonaugh Nick JonasA
Spencer Gilpin Alex Wolff
Anthony "Fridge" Johnson Ser'Darius Blain
Bethany Walker Madison Iseman
Alex Vreeke Colin HanksO Colin Hanks
Mason GussioneY
Nigel Billingsley Rhys Darby
Mr. Vreeke Tim MathesonO
Sean BuxtonY
Eddie Gilpin Danny DeVito
Milo Walker Danny Glover
TBA Awkwafina
Dania Ramirez

Additional crew & production details[edit]

Role Films
Jumanji (1995) Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005) Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) Jumanji: The Next Level (2019)
Composer(s) James Horner John Debney Henry Jackman
Cinematography Thomas E. Ackerman Guillermo Navarro Gyula Pados
Editor(s) Robert Dalva Dan Lebental Mark Helfrich
Steve Edrwards
Steve Edwards
Production companies Interscope Communications
Teitler Film
Radar Pictures
Teitler Film
Michael De Luca Productions
Columbia Pictures
Matt Tolmach Productions
Seven Bucks Productions
Columbia Pictures
Matt Tolmach Productions
Seven Bucks Productions
Hartbeat Productions
Distributor TriStar Pictures Columbia Pictures Sony Pictures Releasing
Running time 104 minutes 101 minutes 119 minutes TBA
Release date December 15, 1995 (1995-12-15) November 11, 2005 (2005-11-11) December 20, 2017 (2017-12-20) December 13, 2019 (2019-12-13)


Box office performance[edit]

Film Release date Box office gross Budget Ref.
North America Other
Jumanji December 15, 1995 $100,475,249 $162,322,000 $262,797,249 $65 million [10]
Zathura: A Space Adventure November 11, 2005 $29,258,869 $35,062,632 $64,321,501 $65 million [11]
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle December 20, 2017 $404,515,480 $557,562,066 $962,077,546 $90 million [12]
Total $534,249,598 $754,946,698 $1,289,196,296 $220 million

Critical and public response[edit]

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic CinemaScore
Jumanji 54% (37 reviews)[13] 39 (18 reviews)[14] A-[15]
Zathura: A Space Adventure 75% (158 reviews)[16] 67 (30 reviews)[17] B+[15]
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle 76% (224 reviews)[18] 58 (44 reviews)[19] A-[15]

Video games[edit]

Jumanji: A Jungle Adventure Game Pack (1996)[edit]

Jumanji: A Jungle Adventure is a video game released exclusively in North America for Microsoft Windows on October 9, 1996.[20] It was developed by Studio Interactive and published by Philips Interactive Media. It contains five different action-arcade-based minigames that are based on popular scenes from the film.[21]

Zathura (2005)[edit]

Zathura is an action-adventure video game developed by High Voltage Software and published by 2K Games. It was released on November 3, 2005 for PlayStation 2 and Xbox.[22]

Jumanji (2006)[edit]

Jumanji is a party video game released exclusively in Europe for the PlayStation 2 on 2006, developed by Atomic Planet Entertainment and published by Blast! Entertainment.[23]

Jumanji (2007)[edit]

Fujishoji released a Pachinko game in 2007, using clips from the film and also 3D rendered CGI anime character designs for the game as part of the screen interaction.[24]

Jumanji: The Mobile Game (2017)[edit]

Jumanji: The Mobile Game was a mobile game based on the 2017 film Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle developed by Idiocracy Games and published by NHN Entertainment, and released for Android and iOS on December 14, 2017.[25][26] The game was removed from Google Play and App Store on May 2, 2018, and its service ended on May 24, 2018.[27]

Jumanji: The VR Adventure (2018)[edit]

Jumanji: The VR Adventure was a virtual reality experience based on the 2017 film Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. Developed by MWM Immersive and published by Sony Pictures Virtual Reality, it was released on Steam for HTC Vive on January 17, 2018.[28] Although it was announced that the experience would be released on Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR,[29] the releases were canceled, as the game was heavily criticized for its poor graphics and hardware performance.[30] It was delisted from Steam on February 9, 2018.[28]

Jumanji: The Video Game (2019)[edit]

Jumanji: The Video Game is an upcoming video game developed by Funsolve and published by Outright Games. Based on Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and Jumanji: The Next Level, it will be released on November 15, 2019 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Microsoft Windows.[31]


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