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Jumanji -- When two kids play an old magic board-game they found, they release a man trapped for decades in it and a host of dangers that can only be stopped by finishing the game.

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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Jonathan Hensleigh (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
15 December 1995 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Roll the dice and unleash the excitement! See more »
Plot:
When two kids find and play a magical board game, they release a man trapped for decades in it and a host of dangers that can only be stopped by finishing the game. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
4 wins & 8 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Exciting Family Adventure See more (138 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Directed by
Joe Johnston 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Jonathan Hensleigh (screenplay) and
Greg Taylor (screenplay) &
Jim Strain (screenplay)

Greg Taylor (screen story) &
Jim Strain (screen story) and
Chris Van Allsburg (screen story)

Chris Van Allsburg (book)

Produced by
Robert W. Cort .... executive producer
Ted Field .... executive producer
Larry J. Franco .... executive producer
Scott Kroopf .... producer
William Teitler .... producer
 
Original Music by
James Horner 
 
Cinematography by
Thomas E. Ackerman (director of photography) (as Thomas Ackerman)
 
Film Editing by
Robert Dalva 
 
Casting by
Nancy Foy 
 
Production Design by
James D. Bissell  (as James Bissell)
 
Art Direction by
Glen W. Pearson  (as Glen Pearson)
David Willson 
James Hegedus (uncredited)
 
Set Decoration by
Tedd Kuchera 
Cynthia T. Lewis 
 
Costume Design by
Martha Wynne Snetsinger 
Jane E. Still (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Sandy Cooper .... key makeup artist
Alec Gillis .... special makeup designer and creator
Sherry Linder-Gygli .... key hair stylist (as Sherry Linder Gygli)
Beth Mackie .... assistant makeup artist
Charles Porlier .... special makeup effects artist
Pauline L. Tremblay .... assistant hair stylist (as Pauline Tremblay)
Tom Woodruff Jr. .... special makeup designer and creator
Stacey Butterworth .... wig maker (uncredited)
Rob Fitz .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
Paula Kelly .... key makeup artist: New Hampshire (uncredited)
Katalin Lippay .... assistant hair stylist (uncredited)
Doug Morrow .... makeup effects assistant (uncredited)
Brad Proctor .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Trish Seeney .... additional makeup artist: New Hampshire (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Marty P. Ewing .... unit production manager (as Marty Ewing)
Brent O'Connor .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Christine Derek .... third assistant director
Betsy Magruder .... first assistant director
Sandra Mayo .... second assistant director
Wendy Newton .... trainee assistant director
Jonathan Schneider .... second second assistant director
David W. Rose .... assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Timothy Burgard .... production illustrator
Dave Conway .... construction foreman
Marc Green .... leadman
Kent Jones .... sculptor
Pamela Klamer .... set designer
Mike Kruger .... assistant property master (as Michael Kruger)
Beth Kushnick .... set decorator: New Hampshire
Elizabeth Lapp .... set designer
Charles Leitrants .... construction coordinator
Hank Mayo .... storyboard artist
Dan Sissons .... property master
Michael J. Siver .... head greensperson (as Mike Siver)
William James Teegarden .... art director: New Hampshire (as James Teegarden)
Paolo G. Venturi .... graphic artist (as Paolo Venturi)
Ken Wells .... head painter (as Kenneth Wells)
John G. Anderson .... construction buyer (uncredited)
Janice Lynn Coats .... scenic carpenter (uncredited)
Bruno Coupe .... set dresser (uncredited)
Laurie Edmundson .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sean Haworth .... set designer (uncredited)
Steven E. Lawler .... construction foreman: New Hampshire (uncredited)
Butch McCarthy .... key greens (uncredited)
Lorne Poole .... carpenter (uncredited)
Robert Schleinig .... leadman: New Hampshire (uncredited)
Terry Weaver .... props (uncredited)
Terryl Whitlatch .... artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Sandina Bailo-Lape .... foley editor
Tom Barwick .... foley artist
Sara Bolder .... dialogue editor
Christopher Boyes .... assistant sound designer
Donald D. Brown .... boom operator (as Donald Darcy Brown)
Lisa Chino .... assistant sound editor
Dean Drabin .... adr mixer
Tony Eckert .... foley mixer
Teresa Eckton .... sound effects editor
Frank E. Eulner .... sound effects editor (as Frank Eulner)
Andre Fenley .... assistant sound editor
Richard Hymns .... supervising sound editor
Shawn Murphy .... re-recording mixer
Cheryl Nardi .... assistant sound editor
Jonathan Null .... assistant sound editor
Gary Rydstrom .... sound designer
Michael Silvers .... dialogue editor
Gary Summers .... re-recording mixer
Randy Thom .... sound designer
Randy Thom .... sound re-recording mixer
Dennie Thorpe .... foley artist
Ethan Van der Ryn .... sound effects editor (as Ethan Van Der Ryn)
Hugh Waddell .... adr supervisor
Rob Young .... sound mixer
Sean England .... machine room operator (uncredited)
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer (uncredited)
Jeff Kliment .... sound (uncredited)
Ronald G. Roumas .... sound re-recordist (uncredited)
Tom Williams .... utility cable (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
George Bernota .... key mechanical designer: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.
Tom Blacklock .... special effects best boy
Joanne Bloomfield .... key fabricator: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.
Yancy Calzada .... key mechanical designer: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.
Robert Clark .... key painter: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.
Rory Cutler .... special effects coordinator
Steve Davis .... special effects technician
Kim Derry .... special effects technician
André Dominguez .... special effects technician
Brian Dott .... special effects technician (as Bryan Dott)
Yuri Everson .... chief coordinator: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.
Corbin Fox .... special effects technician
Steve Frakes .... lab foreman: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.
Alec Gillis .... animatronic effects designer and creator
Hiroshi 'Kan' Ikeuchi .... key mechanical designer: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc. (as Hiroshi Ikeuchi)
James Kagel .... key sculptor: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.
Karen Keener .... key fabricator: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.
Tom Killeen .... key painter: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.
Karen Lafler .... key fabricator: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.
John Lundberg .... key mechanical designer: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.
Josselin Mahot .... lab technician: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.
Tony Matijevich .... lab technician: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.
Stan Parks .... special effects coordinator
David Penikas .... key mechanical designer: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc. (as Dave Penikas)
Ryan Peterson .... key sculptor: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc. (as Ryan K. Peterson)
Andy Schoneberg .... chief coordinator: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.
Russell Shinkle .... key mechanical designer: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc. (as Russ Shinkle)
Daniel Sudick .... special effects best boy (as Dan Sudick)
Marc Tyler .... key fabricator: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc. (as Mark Tyler)
Mark Viniello .... lab technician: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.
Tom Woodruff Jr. .... animatronic effects designer and creator
Evan Brainard .... animatronic effects: Stan Parks Effects (uncredited)
Evan Brainard .... special effects (uncredited)
Alex Burdett .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Robbie Clot .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Mike Curry .... creature effects (uncredited)
John Deall .... special effects crew (uncredited)
Mike Elizalde .... mechanical designer (uncredited)
Jake Garber .... creature effects (uncredited)
Lance Gilmer .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Robert Hall .... creature effects crew (uncredited)
Jeff Himmel .... fabricator: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc (uncredited)
Steve Koch .... sculptor: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc. (uncredited)
Scott Kodrik .... special effects technician (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Philip Edward Alexy .... computer graphics animator: ILM
David Andrews .... computer graphics animator: ILM (as David Kelly-Andrews)
Eric Armstrong .... computer graphics animator: ILM
Joel Aron .... computer graphics artist: ILM
Okan Ataman .... technical assistant: electronic editorial, ILM
Kyle Balda .... animation supervisor: ILM
Greg Beaumonte .... camera engineering: ILM
David Benson .... software engineer: ILM
Joe Biggins .... location measuring technician: ILM
Patricia Blau .... senior staff: ILM (as Patricia Blau Price)
Jean Bolte .... digital texture artist: ILM
Scott Bonnenfant .... digital plate restoration: ILM
Barbara Brennan .... digital compositor: ILM
Jill Brooks .... visual effects coordinator: ILM
Elizabeth A. Brown .... visual effects coordinator: ILM
Robert Bruce .... computer graphics technical assistant: ILM
Geoff Campbell .... digital model supervisor: ILM
Sean M. Casey .... chief model maker: ILM (as Sean Casey)
Eric Chauvin .... matte artist: ILM
Doug Chiang .... visual effects art director: ILM
Caitlin Content .... sabre compositing artist: ILM
Theresa Corrao .... computer graphics technical assistant: ILM (as Theresa R. Corrao)
Betsy Cox .... digital roto artist: ILM
Chuck Cross .... computer engineering: ILM
Gail Currey .... computer graphics production crew: ILM
Peter Daulton .... computer graphics animator: ILM
James Doherty .... digital modeler: ILM (as Jim Doherty)
Lisa Drostova .... digital roto artist: ILM
Mike Ellis .... scanning operator: ILM
Jenn Emberly .... computer graphics animator: ILM
Carl N. Frederick .... computer graphics supervisor: ILM (as Carl Frederick)
George Gambetta .... senior scanning operator: ILM
Brian Gernand .... chief model maker: ILM
Susan Goldsmith .... digital roto artist: ILM
Grant Guenin .... technical assistant: electronic editorial, ILM
Jack Haye .... chief 3d camera matchmover: ILM (as Jack Edsel Haye)
Christophe Hery .... computer graphics artist: ILM
Rebecca Heskes .... digital texture artist: ILM
Mark Holmes .... sabre compositing artist: ILM
John Horn .... software engineer: ILM
David Horsley .... computer graphics artist: ILM
Guy Hudson .... 3d camera matchmover: ILM
George Hull .... visual effects art director: ILM
Paul Hunt .... digital modeler: ILM
Peg Hunter .... digital compositor: ILM
Polly Ing .... computer graphics resource assistant: ILM
Daniel Jeannette .... computer graphics animator: ILM
Doug Jones .... negative cutter: ILM
Florian Kainz .... software engineer: ILM
Paula Karsh .... production services: ILM
Bill Kimberlin .... visual effects editor: ILM
Ed Kramer .... computer graphics artist: ILM
Dan Large .... digital video engineering: ILM
Julija Learie .... computer graphics animator: ILM
James Lim .... optical line-up: ILM (as James C. Lim)
Nancy Luckoff .... computer graphics production crew: ILM (as Nancy Jill Luckoff)
Michael Lynch .... chief model maker: ILM
Harish Mandyam .... computer engineering: ILM
Jeff Mann .... senior staff: ILM
Bill Mather .... matte artist: ILM
Dale McBeath .... computer graphics animator: ILM
Tim McLaughlin .... computer graphics artist: ILM
Dan McNamara .... sabre group supervisor: ILM
Fred Meyers .... digital video engineering: ILM
Dan Michalske .... stage technician: ILM
Mark S. Miller .... visual effects producer
Richard Miller .... maquette sculptor: ILM
Jim Mitchell .... computer graphics supervisor: ILM
Steve Molin .... computer graphics artist: ILM
Jack Mongovan .... chief digital roto artist: ILM
Tim Morgan .... stage technician: ILM (as Tim J. Morgan)
Jim Morris .... senior staff: ILM
Claudia Mullaly .... visual effects art director: ILM
Melissa Mullin .... 3d camera matchmover: ILM
Michael Olague .... stage technician: ILM
Lorne Peterson .... chief model maker: ILM
Joshua Pines .... scanning supervisor: ILM
Vance Piper .... vistavision camera assistant
Ellen Poon .... computer graphics supervisor: ILM
Stephen L. Price .... visual effects supervisor
Ken Ralston .... visual effects supervisor
Carolyn Ensle Rendu .... digital texture artist: ILM (as Carolyn Rendu)
Christian Rouet .... software engineer: ILM
Penny Runge .... location production coordinator: ILM
Douglas Smythe .... computer graphics supervisor: ILM (as Doug Smythe)
Damian Steel .... computer graphics artist: ILM
John Stillman .... computer graphics technical assistant: ILM
James Straus .... supervising animator: pre-production, ILM (as James Satoru Straus)
Larry Tan .... chief model maker: ILM
David Tanaka .... visual effects editor: ILM
Catherine Tate .... digital roto artist: ILM
Danny Gordon Taylor .... digital modeler: ILM (as Dan Taylor)
Suzie Vissitzky Tooley .... computer graphics production crew: ILM (as Suzie Vissotzky Tooley)
Barbara Townsend .... computer graphics artist: ILM (as Barbara L. Nellis)
Marjolaine Tremblay .... computer graphics animator: ILM
Lisa Van Cott .... production coordinator: filmgroup, ILM
Bruce Vecchitto .... digital timing supervisor: ILM
David Washburn .... 3d camera matchmover: ILM
Robert Weaver .... computer graphics artist: ILM
Steve 'Spaz' Williams .... computer graphics animator: ILM (as Steve Williams)
Tom Williams .... senior staff: ILM (as Thomas A. Williams)
Jeffery Yost .... software engineer: ILM (as Jeff Yost)
Habib Zargarpour .... computer graphics sequence supervisor: ILM
David Dozoretz .... concept artist: ILM (uncredited)
Sheena Duggal .... flame artist: ILM (uncredited)
Marshall Richard Krasser .... digital rotoscoper: ILM (uncredited)
Rosa Novello .... visual effects intern (uncredited)
Jason Ortenberg .... sabre digital compositor (uncredited)
Chad Taylor .... Sabre artist: ILM (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Roy T. Anderson .... stunts (as Roy Anderson)
Charles Andre .... stunts
Stan Barrett .... stunts
Stanton Barrett .... stunts
Becky Bates .... stunts
Lauro Chartrand .... stunts
Jim Dunn .... stunts
Delaina-Lu Gamblin .... stunts
David Jacox .... stunts
William Lawrence .... stunts
Paul Marini .... stunts
Cotton Mather .... stunts
David McKeown .... stunts (as Dave McKeown)
Mike Mitchell .... stunt double: Mr. Williams
Scott Nicholson .... stunts
Brent C.S. O'Connor .... stunts (as Brent O'Connor Jr.)
Bobby Porter .... stunts
Dawn Stofer-Rupp .... stunts (as Dawn Stofer)
Betty Thomas Quee .... stunt coordinator (as Betty Thomas)
Joren Titus .... stunts
Morgan Titus .... stunts
John Walsh .... stunts
Kevin J. Andruschak .... stunts (uncredited)
Claude Bouchard .... key stunt rigger (uncredited)
Marny Eng .... stunts (uncredited)
Michael Langlois .... stunts (uncredited)
Melissa R. Stubbs .... stunt double: Bebe Neuwirth (uncredited)
Claire Webb .... stunt performer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John Adams .... best boy electrical
Norman Buck .... key grip: New Hampshire
Robert Ennis .... additional camera operator (as Bob Ennis)
Les Erskine .... chief lighting technician
Michael Ginsburg .... still photographer: New Hampshire
Nick Kuchera .... key grip (as B. Nick Kuchera)
John McCallum .... camera operator (as Sandy McCallum)
Rob McEwan .... still photographer
Terry McEwen .... second assistant camera
Klaus Melchior .... video playback
Rick Stadder .... dolly grip
Attila Szalay .... additional camera operator (as Atilla Szalay)
Joe Vitagliano .... camera operator: New Hampshire (as Joseph Vitagliano)
Dave Walker .... grip
William Ward .... chief lighting technician: New Hampshire
Gary J. Williams .... best boy grip (as Gary Williams)
Andrew D. Wilson .... first assistant camera (as Andy Wilson)
Lecily Corbett .... camera trainee (uncredited)
Michael DiIeso .... rigger (uncredited)
Tim Driscoll .... grip (uncredited)
Pauline Heaton .... underwater cinematographer (uncredited)
Tim Heller .... best boy lighting: second unit (uncredited)
Guy Holt .... electrician (uncredited)
David Knox .... camera operator: USA (uncredited)
David Larue .... grip (uncredited)
Kevin McKenna .... video assist operator (uncredited)
Christian Murray .... grip (uncredited)
Rob Parisien .... video assist operator: second unit (uncredited)
Brian A. Pitts .... set electrician (uncredited)
William M. Weberg .... grip (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Lynne Carrow .... casting: Canadian
James Forsyth .... extras casting
Wendy O'Brien .... casting assistant: Canada (as Wendy O'Brien Livingstone)
Marshall Peck .... casting: New England
Suzy Sharp-Kane .... casting associate
Jennifer Madeloff .... casting assistant (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Derek J. Baskerville .... dresser: Mr. Williams
Tracey Boulton .... costume supervisor
Caroline Cranstoun .... assistant costume designer
Debbie Holbrook .... costumer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Cheryl Buckman .... second assistant editor
Melinda Friedman .... second assistant editor (as Melinda Seabrook)
Bruce Giesbrecht .... first assistant editor (as Bruce Allan Giesbrecht)
Mo Henry .... negative cutter
Robert Marty .... first assistant editor
Dana Mulligan .... first assistant editor
David Orr .... color timer
Ryan Hogan .... colorist: dailies (uncredited)
Eric Rigney .... avid technician (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Bob Bornstein .... music preparation
Steven Bramson .... orchestrator (as Steve Bramson)
Jim Henrikson .... music editor
Nathan Kaproff .... orchestra contractor
Shawn Murphy .... music mixer
Christine Cholvin .... assistant music editor (uncredited)
James Horner .... conductor (uncredited)
James Horner .... music producer (uncredited)
Joe E. Rand .... assistant music editor (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: French horn (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Blue Angus .... transportation coordinator (as Mark Angus)
Don Dykens .... transportation captain
Jimmy Flynn .... transportation coordinator: New Hampshire (as James P. Flynn)
Lawrence Albright .... driver (uncredited)
Michael Avallon .... driver (uncredited)
Rick Harasyn .... driver (uncredited)
Paul Irvine .... driver (uncredited)
William O'Brien .... transportation captain (uncredited)
Ian Thompson .... production driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Mary Arnold .... assistant: Mr. Johnston
Carra Braveman .... assistant: Mr. Franco
Adam Bryant .... stand-in: Mr. Williams
Ken Cosci .... assistant: Mr. Kroopf
Tink Ten Eyck .... production accountant
Rick Fearon .... assistant location manager
Elaine Fleming .... additional office coordinator
Kyla Foley .... production assistant
Lara Fox .... script supervisor
Liam Gadsby .... production assistant (as Liam Gadsby Hailstone)
Gretchen Goode .... additional office coordinator
Dow Griffith .... location manager: New Hampshire
Derek Guiley .... production assistant
Nancy Larman .... location manager
David Linck .... unit publicist
Paul Lougheed .... production assistant
Fausto Mazzuto .... production assistant
Patti McReynolds .... craft service (as Patty McReynolds)
Patti McReynolds .... first aid (as Patty McReynolds)
Yvonne Melville .... production office coordinator
Doug Moreno .... assistant accountant (as Douglas Moreno)
Rebecca Erwin Spencer .... assistant: Mr. Williams
Andrew Ward .... production assistant
Michael Besman .... production executive (uncredited)
Mandy Butler .... payroll accountant (uncredited)
Yancy Calzada .... puppeteer (uncredited)
Fred Folger .... mechanic (uncredited)
Jennifer Harland .... background coordinator (uncredited)
Jeff N. Maclean .... assistant location manager: New Hampshire (uncredited)
Lori Merchant-O'Dwyer .... first-aid/craft service (uncredited)
Leonard Mitalas .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jamie Payton .... wrangler (uncredited)
Kim Quam .... set medic (uncredited)
Bill Terezakis .... puppeteer (uncredited)
Will Weiske .... office production assistant: New Hampshire (uncredited)
Roger Yergeau .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Stephen L. Price .... in memoriam: (1960 - 1995 )
 
Crew believed to be complete


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MPAA:
Rated PG for menacing fantasy action and some mild language
Runtime:
104 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital (Dolby Digital 5.1) (5.1 Surround Sound) (L-R) | Dolby SR (Dolby 5.1) (5.1 Surround Sound) (L-R) | SDDS (8 channels) (5.1 Surround Sound) (L-R) | 3 Channel Stereo (5.1 Surround Sound) (L-R)
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Trivia:
When Van Pelt enters the gun store, the music playing on the radio has been modified for the Mexican release due to the fact that, at least in the U.S. release, it originally featured Mexico's national anthem. It is an infringement of Mexican law to play the anthem for commercial or mockery situations, deliberately or not, although in the U.S. Territories it is in the public domain.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: In the scene after the brakes go out in the police car and it crashes into the store, the policeman simply refills the master cylinder with brake fluid to fix the brakes. The previous scene showed that there was a hole in the line that released fluid, which would cause the brakes to not work again, yet the policeman continues to use the brakes with no ill-effect.See more »
Quotes:
Gun salesman:[Van Pelt hands an empty elephant gun shell to the gun store salesman] You know they stopped making these in 1903...?
Hunter Van Pelt:Damn. I'll be needing a replacement weapon.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Welcome to Hollywood (1998)See more »
Soundtrack:
Himno Nacional MexicanoSee more »

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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Exciting Family Adventure, 30 December 2008
Author: James Hitchcock from Tunbridge Wells, England

In 1969, in a small town in New Hampshire, a twelve-year-old boy named Alan Parrish finds a Victorian-era board game called "Jumanji", and starts to play it with his friend Sarah. What the children do not realise, however, is that the game has strange, mysterious powers, and when Alan's token lands on a particular square he is suddenly sucked into the game. Unsurprisingly traumatised by the disappearance of her friend, Sarah runs out of the house shrieking, leaving the game unfinished.

Twenty-six years later two more children, Peter and Judy, orphaned by the death of their parents in a car crash, move into the former Parrish family home with their Aunt Nora. They find the old Jumanji set and start playing the game; when Peter rolls a five Alan suddenly reappears, now a grown man. He explains to them that he has been trapped inside the game for the last twenty-six years and that they must now finish the game which he and Sarah started. This, however, is easier said than done. Not only must the children find Sarah and persuade her to take part, they must also cope with the magical effects of the game. Each roll of the dice results in strange happenings in keeping with the game's jungle adventure theme; animals such as lions, monkeys, elephants and rhinoceroses suddenly materialise and proceed to wreak havoc in the town. Just as deadly is a white hunter named Van Pelt who will take pot-shots at anything that moves, animal or human.

The big-name star in this film is Robin Williams, although it also features a young Kirsten Dunst, later to become a big name herself. This isn't Williams' best role- I generally prefer him in his more serious films like "Dead Poet's Society" or "Good Morning, Vietnam"- but it's a lot better than many of his comedies, which can descend into either silliness or sentimentality.

This is the sort of family film that offers something to entertain the adults as well as the children, and has some underlying serious themes. The main theme is that of courage and of confronting one's fears; the horrors unleashed by the game can (if one is in a particularly serious, analytic frame of mind) be seen as symbolic of the problems that the characters need to overcome. Although (or perhaps because) he is from a wealthy, privileged family, the young Alan is a shy, lonely boy who finds it difficult to make friends and who is neglected by his cold, distant parents. Nevertheless, he does win his father's approval when he finds the courage to stand up to a gang of bullies who have been tormenting him. There is doubtless some Freudian significance in the fact that Alan's father and the murderous Van Pelt are played by the same actor.

Children, of course, could not care less about Freudian symbolism and are generally allergic to underlying serious themes. When I was a child the one thing that would kill a book or a film stone dead for me was the suspicion that it was being used by the adult world to preach some morally improving message to me. (C.S. Lewis was a particular bête noire of mine after an intellectually precocious classmate, who even at the age of nine cherished the long-term ambition to become Archbishop of Canterbury, pointed out to me the Christian allegory behind the "Narnia" stories).

Fortunately, any moralising in "Jumanji" is fairly light, and I suspect that children will simply see it as an exciting adventure story, even if the final twist in the tale involves the intellectually difficult concept of "alternative timelines". The special effects used to create the scenes of the rampaging animals seem to have aroused some excitement when the film first came out, although thirteen years on they have a rather retro, nineties feel to them. (And from the point of view of today's techno-literate youngsters the 1990s probably seem only slightly less technologically backward than the 1890s). 7/10

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