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Jumanji

  • 1995
  • PG
  • 104min
  • 48%
  • 6.9 / 10

After Jumanji, a unique and dangerous board game falls into the hands of Alan Parrish. He starts a journey far beyond his greatest dreams. Upon an unlucky roll, Parrish finds himself sucked into the game until another player rolls a 5 or 8. The child is locked in the wild and magical forests of Jumanji for 26 years until siblings Judy and Peter Shepherd unknowingly cross the game. The now adult Parrish is welcomed into a world where he knows no one and no one knows him. He is hesitant to continue the game that is now seeping into present day reality.

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The writer of the 1981 children's book Jumanji, Chris Van Allsburg, is said to have been inspired to write the book out of frustration with the well-known board game Monopoly. When interviewed in 2004 by Scholastic Van Allsburg said “When I was a little boy and I would play games like Monopoly, they seemed kind of exciting, but when I was done with the game, all I had was fake money. So I thought that it would be fun and exciting if there were such a thing as a game board where, whenever you landed on a square and it said something was going to happen, then it would really happen.”

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Jumanji was released in 1995. This American fantasy adventure film was based off a book written in 1981 by Chris Van Allsburg. The film was directed by Joe Johnston. The screenplay was written by Van Allsburg, Greg Taylor, Jonathan Hensleigh, and Jim Strain and stars Robin Williams. The film starred Robin Williams, Bonnie Hunt, Kirsten Dunst, Bradley Pierce, Jonathan Hyde, Bebe Neuwirth, and David Alan Grier. The film was released in December of 1995 and had rather unfavorable reviews from critics, which was surprising as it was a box office success. With a budget of $65 million box office sales worldwide reached $263 million. Jumanji spawned a sequel, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle in 2017 as well as a TV series that ran from 1996 to 1999.