- Jumanji (film)
name = Jumanji
Chris Van Allsburg, Greg Taylor, Jonathan Hensleigh(screenplay)
Robin Williams, Jonathan Hyde, Kirsten Dunst, Bonnie Hunt, Bebe Neuwirth, David Alan Grier, Adam Hann-Byrd, Patricia Clarkson
Robert W. Cort,
Ted Field, Larry J. Franco
budget = ~$65,000,000
December 15, 1995flagicon|Japan March 20, 1996
country = flagicon|USA
United Statesflagicon|Japan Japanflagicon|Africa Africa
runtime = 104 minutes
language = English
imdb_id = 0113497|
"Jumanji" is a 1995
fantasy filmdirected by Joe Johnstonand based on Chris Van Allsburg's popular 1981 book of the same name. The story is about a supernatural and ominous board gamewhich makes animals and other junglehazards appear upon each roll of the dice. Expensive, state of the art computer graphics and animatronics were employed by Industrial Light & Magicfor the special effects sequences. The film stars Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunstand Bonnie Hunt.
It is dedicated to the memory of
Stephen L. Price, an ILM visual effects supervisor who was involved with the film.
1869, two brothers, Caleb and Benjamin, go into the woods, start digging, and bury a box. Benjamin asks what would happen if someone found it. Caleb replies, "May Godhave mercy on his soul."
100 years later, 12-year-old Alan Parrish, a member of a wealthy and respectable upper-class family in Brantford, New Hampshire, is escaping bullies on his bike. He flees to his father's shoe factory where he meets his friend Carl, who works for his father. Carl has designed a trainer that he hopes will be successful; however, Alan accidentally damages it and costs Carl his job.
After being ambushed by the bullies outside the factory and having his bike stolen, Alan is drawn to a strange sound of drumbeats in a construction site, which lead him to a locked trunk containing a mysterious
board gamewithin, called "Jumanji". He takes it home and later has a row with his father Samuel, who is proposing to send him to a boarding-school that other Parrishes have also attended.
Alan prepares to run away after his parents go out for the night; however, before he can leave, his friend Sarah Whittle arrives, having brought back his bike. They play the game, the instructions of which read:
"A game for those who seek to find
a way to leave their world behind.
You roll the dice to move your token,
doubles get another turn.
The first player to reach the end wins."
The tokens move by themselves and writing appears in the black sphere in the game's center. Sarah reads the riddle ("At night they fly, you'd better run. These winged things are not much fun") and strange squeaking comes from the
fireplace. In an attempt to put the game away, Alan accidentally drops the diceon the board, and his piece moves. Alan's riddle reads: "In the jungleyou must wait till the dice read five or eight". Before Sarah's eyes, Alan is sucked into the game and she is chased out of the house by a flock of bats that fly out of the fireplace.
26 years later, a pair of
siblings, Judy and Peter Shepherd ( Kirsten Dunstand Bradley Pierce), move into the old Parrish estate with their aunt, Nora. Judy and Peter's parents died in a car crashin Canadathe previous winter. Ever since, Judy has become a pathological liar and Peter refuses to speak except when he and Judy are alone. While moving their stuffin, Peter enters the attic and discovers a lone African bat that has been living up there. The two children start to hear drum beatsfrom upstairs, which their Aunt Nora cannot hear and one morning they go up to investigate. They discover Jumanji, which still has Alan and Sarah's tokens stuck to their current positions on the board and curious about the game, they set it up and read the rules. Peter is about to place two tokens on the board when they unexpectedly leap from his hand and fuse themselves onto the game. Peter allows Judy to go first.
The two watch in amazement as her token moves by itself and orange writing appears in the center of the game. After she reads the riddle, ("A tiny bite can make you itch, make you sneeze, make you twitch") three giant
mosquitoes fly in and Judy scares them off with a tennis racket. Peter rolls the dice, getting snake eyes. After reading the riddle ("This will not be an easy mission, monkeys slow the expedition"), loud noises come from downstairs and they find a group of menacing monkeys in the kitchen, which then run out into the neighborhood. Judy then spots another notice written on the side of the game board reading:
DO NOT BEGIN UNLESS YOU INTEND TO FINISH.
FOR THE EXCITING CONSEQUENCES OF THE GAME WILL VANISH ONLY
WHEN A PLAYER HAS REACHED JUMANJI AND CALLS OUT ITS NAME."
Judy reminds Peter that he rolled doubles, so he must roll again. Peter rolls a five, and a
lion("His fangs are sharp, he likes your taste. Your party better move, poste haste") emerges from the shadows. It chases the two downstairs, where they are saved by a bearded man dressed in leaves ( Robin Williams) who traps the lion in Aunt Nora's bedroom.
Finding the man in a locked room, the children realize that he is 38-year old Alan Parrish: Peter's roll of the dice has finally freed him from the game after nearly three decades. He runs out after learning his house has been abandoned for years. He runs out into the street and is nearly run over by a
police car, driven by none other than Carl. Though Alan recognizes him from his nametag, Carl does not recognize Alan, and is puzzled by Alan's appearance and behavior. A couple of monkeys sneak into Carl's car, blow a hole through the roof with a shotgun, and steal it, with Carl in pursuit on foot.
Alan runs to his father's factory and learns that his father gave up on life when he believed his son had run away. He is directed to the Parrish gravestone where he learns they died just four years before. Judy tells Alan their parents died as well, however she also immediately begins to make up another story, prompting Peter to break his silence in front of Alan. Judy asks if Alan can help them finish the game, but he refuses. The trio then witness a car crash and they discover that the driver of the car was bitten by one of the giant mosquitoes. As a pair of paramedics load her into the ambulance, Alan, Peter and Judy get into the car where they are attacked by another mosquito. Alan starts up the car and drives the car back to his house.
Alan locks himself in the bathroom to sort himself out and he emerges with cut hair, clean shaven, and dressed in new clothes. He initially refuses to help them with the game, instead wishing to start his life again where he left off. Peter uses
Reverse psychologyon Alan by accusing him of being afraid of the game, but Alan, clearly affected by his years in the jungle, speaks to him coldly about what dangers lie within the game. He then reluctantly agrees to watch them play. However, Judy cannot take her turn and Alan realizes he must play, but it is not his turn; it is Sarah Wittle's turn.
They find Sarah (
Bonnie Hunt) at her old house and she faints in shock when Alan reveals who he is. They take her back to the Parrish estate where they learn she has been in therapy for years, trying to get over her experience of Alan being sucked into Jumanji as well as the resulting social isolation of being known as "the person who saw Alan Parrish die." Sarah is extremely frightened when she sees Jumanji and Alan tries to reassure her that nothing will go wrong. He tricks a terrified Sarah into taking her turn and the next riddle appears ("They grow much faster than bamboo. Take care, or they'll come after you"). The loungeis suddenly overgrown with vines and plants from the game. A giant yellow plant known as a "pod" rips its way through the fireplace and tries to eat Peter. Alan saves Peter using a sword on display above the mantle. Carl, meanwhile, finds his car crashed into a tree. He then heads off to arrest Alan.
Back at the house, Alan traps the plants in the lounge and guides a frightened Sarah into the
library. Alan and Sarah have a heart-to-heart moment about how the game ruined their lives. The four reluctantly agree to finish the game. Alan rolls, but leaps up in fright when he reads the inscription: "A hunter from the darkest wild, makes you feel just like a child".
A gun goes off and
Hunter Van Pelt, a hunter armed with a rifle, appears and chases Alan out of the house. Carl appears and tries to arrest Van Pelt, only to have his car shot at multiple times. Alan gets away and returns to the house, while Van Pelt runs out of ammunitionand goes in search of a new supply of bullets. Back at the house, Sarah and Alan get into a heated argument, but they stop when Judy's turn causes the walls and floor to shake. Realising it is a wild stampede of animals, "("Don't be fooled, it isn't thunder. Staying put would be a blunder")" the group flee with the game as a stampede of rhinoceroses, elephants, zebras, and pelicans charges through the house. One pelican lands and steals the game. The group give chase, oblivious that the plants are spreading further throughout — and out of — the house.
Van Pelt goes into a gun shop and is able to replace his
elephant gunwith a modern automatic rifle. Peter saves the game from the pelican when it accidentally drops it in a river. Carl finds the group soon after and arrests Alan. Realizing that Van Pelt is hidden somewhere nearby and looking for an opening to shoot him, Alan lets Carl drive him away from the others. After this, Judy and Sarah discover Peter has tried to cheat the game. He was only 10 spaces away, so he tried to drop the dice so they would land on 12, but he only got a six. As a punishment for cheating ("A law of Jumanji having been broken, you will slip back even more than your token"), the game transforms him into part monkey.
Alan reveals to Carl who he is and apologises for ruining his career in the shoe industry. Jumanji has also had several effects on the town. The mosquitoes have hospitalized nearly 100 people, the monkeys have hijacked several cars and caused storefront damage, and the stampede has plowed its way through town. All of this has led to widespread
looting. Van Pelt steals Jumanji and Peter is nearly crushed by the raging stampede of animals while hiding in a car after he regains the game, but Van Pelt manages to find him and take it back. After Sarah and Judy free Peter, they follow Van Pelt to a discount storeand battle breaks out as both sides fight to claim the game.
Carl releases Alan, but Alan handcuffs him to the car door to keep him away from the danger. After hearing of Sarah's
predicament, Alan and Carl drive off to save her, Alan driving badly. They smash their way through the shop, causing a stand of paint cans to collapse on Van Pelt. Meanwhile, Aunt Nora is returning home in her car. She hears news of the mosquito bites' effects on people and sees the stampede go by. A monkey attacks her in her car, causing her to crash it.
On the way back to the house, Alan scolds Peter, but he then apologizes when he sees the young child-monkey cry as it reminds him of his own row with his father. When they arrive at the house, it is to discover that the plants in the lounge have freed themselves, turning the place into a jungle. Carl finds Nora on the road, but before he can drive her home, a plant attacks and devours his car.
At the house, Sarah rolls and creates a
monsoon("Every month at the quarter moon, there will be a monsoon in your lagoon"). Things take a turn for the worse when the lower areas of the house are flooded, and a crocodileattempts to eat the group. Sarah is nearly caught in the crocodile's jaws, forcing Alan to pounce and wrestle the crocodile to save her. Outside, Carl and Nora arrive, and Carl kicks the doors in, causing all the water to blast out of the house and to sweep him and Nora away, taking the crocodile with them.
The group goes to finish the game in the attic. Alan rolls, but the riddle summons
quicksand"("Beware the ground on which you stand. The floor is quicker than the sand")" and he begins quickly sinking into the floor. While Judy rolls the dice, Sarah puts her arms into the sand to try and save Alan, but Judy's turn freezes the floor, trapping most of Alan's body and Sarah's arms. Peter rolls the dice and the group are surrounded by giant spiders and while fighting them, Judy collapses after being poisoned by a jungle plant.
Sarah rolls using her mouth and an
earthquakeoccurs, freeing Alan, but causing both him and the game to fall through the house. After landing safely and finding the game, he notices that he can finish if he rolls a three. Before he can do so, Van Pelt appears, covered in paint. He prepares to shoot Alan and tells him to stand up and to drop the dice he is holding and ask why isn't he running. Alan says that he's not scared anymore and tired of running (suggesting that Alan had an encounter with Van Pelt before in the jungle). The dice roll and give a three and noticing his counter moves in the center of the game, Alan says "Jumanji" out loud. Before Van Pelt can shoot him, Sarah runs in front of Alan to save him, but now that the game is finished, everything that came from it is sucked back inside the center in a giant tornado of colors while Alan and Sarah hold each other tightly.
The game has ended, but Alan and Sarah are now children, back in
1969, with the knowledge what they did grow up. Judy and Peter aren't born yet. Alan and Samuel make up and Alan confesses to damaging the shoe; his father is proud that he told the truth. Alan and Sarah decide to dump Jumanji in the nearby river, free of it at last. Sarah kisses Alan and the two walk off.
Twenty six years on, at the Parrish home, the two are now adults and are married with Sarah pregnant. They are celebrating
Christmaswith family and friends (including Carl, that was presumably promoted in the ranks of Parrish industry) with Alan being Santa Claus. Alan is speaking to his dad on the phone, but he and Sarah have to dash off to meet some new friends: Jim (who has been hired by Alan and Sarah to work on the advertising for Parrish shoes) and Martha. The two are in fact Judy and Peter's parents. The two meet a happy Judy and Peter (again) and offer them presents. Jim informs the two that they might be going on a skiing trip to Canada, but Alan and Sarah, knowing that they would die in the car crash there, save them from their fate by asking Jim to start on his work as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, on a beach in France, a pair of children walk along, hearing some strange drums beating. Not far from them, almost fully buried in the sand, is Jumanji...
Robin Williamsas Alan Parrish
Bonnie Huntas Sarah Whittle
Jonathan Hydeas Samuel Alan Parrish / Van Pelt
David Alan Grieras Carl Bentley
Kirsten Dunstas Judy Shepherd
Bradley Pierceas Peter Shepherd
Bebe Neuwirthas Nora Shepherd
Adam Hann-Byrdas Young Alan Parrish
Laura Bell Bundyas Young Sarah Whittle
* There was an animated series based on the movie that ran from 1996-1999. In 1996 it was carried by the
UPNnetwork, but later seasons were syndicated by BKN. While it followed the movie's plot, there were a few changes such as the exclusion of Bonnie Hunt's character, and the age and relationship of the David Alan Grier character was changed somewhat. Each turn the player was given a "game clue" and then sucked into the jungle until they solved their clue. Robin Williams' character had missed his clue and was continually searching for it in order to escape the board game.
* Milton Bradley released a board game that was equipped with not only the game clues from the movie, but also some new ones. The elephant, zebras, pelican, crocodile, man-eating plants, and barb-shooting plants have their own clues. The board game has a doomsday grid where a card would go if the other players don't roll the required rescue item in time. If the grid fills up, the game will end if a card lands on this space: "A card placed here brings dreadful news: The game is done, all players lose."
* "" is a spiritual sequel that was based on a book of the same name.
US Gross Domestic Takings:
Other International Takings: $162,322,000
Gross Worldwide Takings: $262,797,249 [ [http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=jumanji.htm Jumanji (1995) ] ]
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