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(1995)

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According to author Chris Van Allsburg, the word "jumanji" is Zulu for "many effects," which alludes to "the exciting consequences of the game" as mentioned in the film.
Robin Williams admitted that he did not need to act startled for the scene where Van Pelt is shooting at him, as the blank gunfire was extremely loud on-set.
The Jumanji game board was very popular throughout the years, to the point where a replica was sold in 2014 for 60,800 dollars.
There are 110 spaces in the board game.
Although Carl Bentley is shown to have still been an adult when Allen Parrish was a child, David Alan Grier, who plays Carl, is actually four years younger than Robin Williams, who plays the adult Allen. Williams was also ten years older than Bonnie Hunt, although they play characters who were children together.
Scarlett Johansson auditioned for the role of Judy Shepherd.
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.
Kirsten Dunst and Bonnie Hunt greatly enjoyed working with Robin Williams, as he made everyone laugh on set. Dunst particularly liked his impression of Jodie Foster in Nell (1994) ordering at a drive-thru.
The novel contains an explanation of why Nora had to talk with the principal after Peter and Judy's first day: the realtor's son called Judy out on her lies, and Peter started a fight with him.
In spite of the events in the film and where it was set and filmed, New Hampshire is one of the few U.S. states to not have a zoo.
During a guest appearance on Clive Anderson All Talk (1996), a UK chat show, Robin Williams told a story about filming the scene where Alan wrestles a crocodile. He said that in one take he got a little carried away and thumped the crocodile with his elbow, forgetting that there was a man inside the suit. He heard a voice inside the crocodile yell "Hey!" in protest.
While Robin Williams was filming this movie, he was also filming a small supporting performance in Chris Columbus's movie Nine Months (1995).
When asked in a roundtable interview whether Parrish's father was like Robin Williams' own, the actor admitted a slight comparison. "He was a bit stern and kind of elegant," Williams said. However, the actor likened the disconnected relationship between Alan and his father to the fractured relationship between his dad and grandfather. "The wonderful thing about [my dad] is he would never force me to do anything ... because something had happened early in his life where he didn't want that to happen to me. He had to give up a dream," Williams continued. "His father had been very wealthy and when his father died, they lost all of that and he was forced to work at a strip mine in Pennsylvania ... When I found something I loved, [my dad] saw that ... That's what makes it nice, when you can connect on that level."
The gun shop owner asking Van Pelt if he's a postal worker. Around the time of the movie, there had been a lot of news stories about postal workers going crazy and shooting up their workplaces, from which we get the expression "Going Postal."
Roger Ebert criticised the film for being marketed as a family film, yet being far too scary for children. Even Robin Williams wouldn't let his children watch it.
In the Christmas party scene at the end, "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" is being being played on the piano and sung by the guests; this is an homage to the closing scene in It's a Wonderful Life; which has a similar theme of an imaginary alternate reality that returns to reality at the end of the movie.
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Despite receiving top billing, Robin Williams doesn't appear until twenty-eight minutes into the film.
Robin Williams would often give fake answers to people who asked him what the title meant. "I tell them it's an island in the Caribbean. Book your travel there early."
Kirsten Dunst and Bradley Pierce subsequently played siblings in the film The Siege at Ruby Ridge (1996).
The music heard on the radio while Van Pelt is in the gun shop (the Mexican national anthem in the U.S. release) is from a Berliner Gramophone disc record performed by Sousa's Band, recorded April 7, 1898.
When Judy and Peter finally find the Jumanji board in the attic, another old game - this time from the '60s - reads: 'PASSWORD'.
The Sir-Save-A-Lot sequence was shot at 56th Street & 12th Avenue, Tsawwassen, BC, in what had been the Tsawwassen Shoppers Mall. The store had been a Super Valu grocery store before it closed. At the time of filming, the store was vacant, and although the exterior was repaired after the movie was shot, the store never re-opened. The mall has since been redeveloped, with Safeway being the anchor tenant. The Sir-Save-A-Lot/Super Valu in the old mall was along the west perimeter of the current mall, what is now a parking lot/entranceway.
The song that Alan (Robin Williams) sings while shaving in the bathroom is the theme to Gilligan's Island (1964).
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Gary Joseph Thorup (who played the bully Billy Jessup) had only other acting credit: on Law & Order: Wannabe (1995), in which he ironically plays a bullying victim.
The characters played by Robin Willams and Bonnie Hunt are portrayed as being the same age in the film but in real life they are actually 10 years apart.
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Bonnie Hunt and David Alan Grier worked together in "Life With Bonnie" in 2002-2004.
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Bonnie Hunt and Robin Williams were both born in Chicago
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Kirstie Alley was considered for the role of Sarah. But due to her shooting It Takes Two (1995), she was unavailable.
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A person can be bitten to death by mosquitoes so the ones from Jumanji are a real threat to the people of Brantford, New Hampshire.
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In a jungle, massive rainfall and dense humidity can rot flesh in no time so Alan's advice about getting to higher ground to escape the monsoon is sound.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Though the movie's plot differs greatly from that of the book on which it is based, the ending of the film is very similar, in which the game is found by two other young children. In the book, the two children who find the game at the end are named Walter and Danny, the main characters from Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005).
In the French version (at least as dubbed in Quebec), Judy's line, "I'm sorry, dear, you have the wrong number," which she speaks in a fake British accent, is still in English, but spoken in a North American accent. Additionally, the two French girls who hear the game at the very end speak Spanish instead of French.
In the version of reality where the game is unfinished, Samuel Alan Parrish was born on June 18, 1921 and died on May 6, 1991. Carol Anne Parrish was born on November 20, 1930 and died on August 19, 1991. They are still alive in the post-game version.
It was actually a crocodile -- as opposed to an alligator -- that Alan wrestled for Sarah during the monsoon that floods the house. Alan points out the difference to Sarah afterwards, explaining that alligators don't have that "fringe".
Title characters Alan and Sarah are not in the book.
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