The Monkeys in Jumanji just tear that kitchen apart! And that’s actually pretty accurate. In fact, Monkeys make terrible pets! They require constant supervision, and if they get bored, become extremely destructive. Forget knives, Monkeys even through their own poo around! And Monkeys will often bite and pinch their owners for reason. He’s right to run, with a reputation like that, it’s probably best that the Monkeys just take off!

Monkeys are haplorhine primates, a group generally possessing tails and consisting of about 260 known living species. Many monkey species are tree- dwelling (arboreal), although there are species that live primarily on the ground, such as baboons. Most species are also active during the day (diurnal).

In the dimension of Jumanji, Monkeys are one of the main animals that inhabit the jungles, even having a portrait carved onto the game's front diorama and even a game playing piece. The Monkey is also represented on the legal tender of Jumanji's Central Bank "15" note.


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A Monkey on Jumanji's legal tender.

The Monkey social structure is very interesting to observe. They are very intelligent animals and need socialization for them to be able to thrive in their natural environment. The overall structure can vary based on the species of Monkey. There social feelings can also change based on stress from their environment just like it can for humans. They enjoy having fun too and bring amazing games and spontaneous events to their lives. Vocalization is the most common method of socialization for the Monkey. They have a variety of sounds that they use. This can be low chatter, clicking, and even high pitch yelling that can be heard for long distances. These sounds allow them to be able to create strong bonds, to take care of their young, and even to warn other groups of Monkeys to stay away. They will warn each other of potential risks and predators when they can too. Monkeys of Jumanji are a highly intelligent species, able to adapt to whatever environment they inhabit and can communicate with anyone who speaks their language. Using their dextrous hands, feet and tails they can interact with their environment and are able to climb and scale almost any surface. Unfortunately they are a highly excitable, energetic, curious and very mischievous race, making them very destructible when they get bored and sometimes resorting to throwing whatever they find at observing humans, even their own faeces. They range from dangerous to mildly annoying Jumanji animals depending on their mood.


Jumanji Book Storm

The Monkeys in the storm illustration.

In the original picture book, one of Judy's rolls lands her piece on a square which reads: "Monkeys steal food. Miss one turn". When the children hear the sounds of screeching, they find a dozen Monkeys wreaking havoc over the kitchen, but they are sacred out of the kitchen by the thunderstorm. The Monkeys are later scared by the arrival of the Python and bunch up onto a couch with the Guide from a safe distance. The Monkeys and the damage they made disappear when the game is completed.


The board game's Monkey portrait.

In the 1995 film, Monkeys are one of the main dangers of the game, evident by having a portrait on the game's front diorama and a jade like game piece which is used by Peter Shepherd, the 4th player. Like the picture book, one of Peter Shepherd's dice rolls summons a gang of local Jumanji Monkeys into the Parrish Mansion, where they have a party in the kitchen, but one throws food at Judy and Peter, while another throws knives. After the kids retreat upstairs, the Monkeys leave the mansion and spread out all over Brantford, causing mass hysteria by raiding shops, stealing vehicles and eventually infiltrating the police station.

A lone Monkey got trapped inside the Parrish mansion's refrigerator and ran off, which later attempts to hitch a ride with a frightened Nora Shepherd on her way home, which scares her into swerving off road and crashing.

Jumanji Peter Monkey

Peter transformed into a Monkey.

When Peter attempted to finish the game early by deliberately dropping the dice to land a 12, Jumanji became furious that he tried to cheat and slowly transformed him into a monkey to match his token. In the novelisation, his speech and mind also starts to de-evolve and endures temptation with joining in with other Monkeys in town.

Once Alan Parrish finally reaches Jumanji's crystal ball and calls out the name, all the Monkeys and other animals were pulled back into the game's dimension and everything from the altered timeline was undone.

Board Game


Monkey card.

  • Secret symbol: Open Door
  • Number: 1

In the Milton Bradley board game, like the film, a Monkey portrait is on the front cover, while having a danger card. Rolling an Open Door on the rescue die within 1 second will defeat the Monkey threat.

Jigsaw Puzzles

1995 Jumanji Painting Jigsaw

In 1995, Milton Bradley produced three variant Jigsaw Puzzles as promotional tie-ins for the 1995 Jumanji film. Each Jigsaw has a different style but all three have 100 pieces each.

  • Jumanji Painting

An identical print of the Jumanji board game's painting as it was also depicted on the Milton Bradley Board Game. Against a jungle green background, the bronze zig-zag binds the stylised portraits of Van Pelt, a Monkey, a Rhinoceros and an Elephant against deep jungles, the vast lake and volcanic activity all unified by the speared Jumanji name.

Jumanji PC game

In the Jumanji (1996 Video Game), Monkeys appear both in the game and on the game's box art.

  • Monkey Mission (Monkey Totem): The player controls Peter Shepard in the kitchen and collects plates and pick up snacks that appear on the ground to earn points, while dodging pots and pans thrown by monkeys. The monkeys can be stopped by catching them and throwing them into the refrigerator.

Jumanji board game (animated series)

Link= Jumanji (TV Series)

In the animated series, Monkeys are prominent animals within Jumanji's dimension, having a portrait on the game's from box diorama and game playing piece, even appearing within the closing credits. Some Monkeys are shown to follow the leadership of a more sophisticated simian known as the Judge, a harsh but just lawgiver.

Monkey Trio

Banana brains.

One particular trio of monkeys are frequent nuisances to the trio, and even have the audacity to irritate Van Pelt despite him being armed with a powerful gun. The trio who Alan calls the "banana brains" are made up of a smaller and most annoying brown Monkey who closely resembles the Monkeys that appear in the 1995 film, a larger grey brute who resembles a Gorilla despite having a tail, and the middle sized blue Monkey with a lazy eye who appears to be the leader.

Jumanji TV Simians

Monkeys released from the Simian behaviour book.

In Price, Van Pelt's lodge is raided by a pack of Monkeys, including the main trio who take a crossbow to have fun with, only to be scared off by Van Pelt's gunfire, but return to open fire at Alan and the kids when escaping the hunter. Like the original film, Peter discovers a monkey shaped puzzle and is transformed into a Monkey for cheating by not completing it properly. When Jumanji decides to come to Brantford, the Monkey trio arrive as well, stealing Officer Bentley's cruiser and going for a joy ride. After escaping Van Pelt a second time, the trio hand the Monkey puzzle over to the Manji tribe after claiming the crystal to be rightfully theirs, Tribal Bob completes it and solves their clue for that session of gameplay.

Get Out Of Jumanji Card

Slick's Get-Out-Of-Jumanji-Free Card.

A Flying Monkey appears on the Get-Out-Of-Jumanji-Free Cards that are sold by Trader Slick, referencing Monopoly and The Wizard Of Oz a nod to the 1995 film's scene involving Monkeys watching the 1939 film adaptation.

In Brantford: The Game, when Alan inspects a library book concerning Simian Behaviour, a gang of Monkeys are instantly released from within. Mechanical Monkeys also dwell in the warped Brantford observatory as minions of a fusion between Judy's teacher and Ibsen.

A Monkey appears in the LCD game as one of five possible dangers. The Monkey appears to be the smaller of the particular Monkey trio from the animated series, referred to as "Fang" on the rear packing leaflet. The Monkey is quite a michevious character and can be defeated by an axe, spear, or rifle. If the player decides to roll the dice against him, the dice must match anything from a 1 up to a 6.

When Jumanji transformed it's board game form into a new video game design, a Monkey was represented on the start-up title screen.


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