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General

"Jumanji" is a 1995 American fantasy adventure film about a supernatural board game that makes wild animals and other jungle hazards materialize upon each player's move. It was directed by Joe Johnston and is based on Chris Van Allsburg's popular 1981 picture book of the same name. Industrial Light & Magic provided computer graphics and animatronics for the special effects.

The film stars Robin Williams as Alan, a man who emerges from the game's unseen jungle world, along with Kirsten Dunst as a kid named Judy Shepherd who plays the game with her brother, Peter Shepherd (Bradley Pierce), David Alan Grier as Carl Bentley, a hapless shoemaker-turned-police officer, Adam Hann-Byrd as Alan when he was a boy, Laura Bell Bundy as little Sarah Whittle, the girl who played the game with Alan when they were children, while his adult version was interpreted by Bonnie Hunt, Jonathan Hyde plays a double role as Alan's father and Van Pelt, a big-game hunter intent on killing Alan--Van Pelt is patterned after Alan's father. The cast also features Bebe Neuwirth as Judy and Peter's aunt. It was shot in Keene, New Hampshire, where the story is set, North Berwick, Maine (the Parrish Shoes factory) and Vancouver, British Columbia.

Cast

Soundtrack

All music composed by James Horner. Total length: 52

Track Number Track Name Track Length Image
1. Prologue And Main TItle 3:42
Jumanji 1995 Title
2. First Move 2:20
Bats
3. Monkey Mayhem 4:42
Jumanji-Monkeys-Party
4. A New World 2:40
Alan-Parrish-Jungle
5. It's Sarah's Move 2:36
Jumanji Elephant Token
6. The Hunter 1:56
JumanjiiJungleGun
7. Rampage Through Town 2:28
Rampage through town
8. Alan Parrish 4:18
Parrish Shoe Company
9. Stampede! 2:12
Jumanji Stampede
10. A Pelican Steals The Game 1:40
Jumanji Pelican
11. The Monsoon 4:48
Jumanji Monsoon
12. Jumanji 11:47
Jumanni Film Win
13. End Titles 5:55
Jumanji End

Commercial songs from film, but not on soundtrack:

Song Writer Performer Chorus
Una Voce Poco Fa Gioacchino Rossini Agnes Baltsas and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra Ian Marin
Night & Day Cole Porter N/A N/A
Serenade in D, Op. 44 Antonin Dvořák Neville Marriner & Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields N/A
Locomotive Breath Ian Anderson Jethro Tull N/A
The Ballad of Gilligan's Isle (Theme from Gilligan's Island) Sherwood Schwartz & George Wyle N/A N/A

Reception

"Jumanji" did well in the box office; it took in $100,475,249 in the United States and Canada and $162,322,000 overseas, totaling to $262,797,249.

The film earned mixed reviews from critics, with review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reporting that 50% of 32 professional critics have given the film a positive review, with a rating average of 5.6 out of 10. Metacritic posts an average rating of 39%, based on 18 reviews.

Legacy

In 1995, a novelisation of the film was written by George Spelvin with contributions from Chris Van Allsburg, the author of the original picture book. It is a largely faithful adaptation with some backstory and wording differences and scenes that did not appear in the film or were cut from the final release.

In 1996, a cartoon adaptation known as simply "Jumanji" was released. It is an abridged adaption of the 1995 film with some elements also taken from the original picture book were added. The gameplay of "Jumanji" is an alternative method to the film, while Sarah Whittle did not appear.

In 1996, Milton Bradley released a board game adaptation of "Jumanji", based on the game board and rules seen in the film, with some new gameplay elements added and new consequences as danger cards.

In 2005, an adaptation of the original "Jumanji" book's sequel Zathura, was released. While the movie does not make any references to "Jumanji", it is advertised as being a spiritual sequel to the 1995 film, taking place within the same universe.

In celebration of the original picture book's 30th anniversary, an audiobook read by "Jumanji" film star Robin Williams was released.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle was released in December 2017. It serves as a sequel/soft reboot of the series, being in continuity with the original film, but not featuring any of the characters.

After the surprising critical and financial success of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, in 2018, an untiled sequel was announced by certain individuals such as Dwayne Johnson, making it the third "Jumanji" film chronologically.

Trailers

Trivia

  • The 1995 Christmas scene was the first scene to be shot on location, back to back with the Parrish Mansion in it's much "cleaner" state to allow the crew to start creating the damaged effects needed to film.
  • This is the last film that I.L.M. special effects supervisor Stephen L. Price worked on before his death. The film is dedicated to his memory.
  • As the film credits draw to a close, "Jumanji's" drumbeats can be heard during the reprisal of the opening titles and menacing child's play scores, indicating that "Jumanji" will return to be played again.