Jumanji (1995) Poster



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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.
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.
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.
The Jumanji game board was very popular throughout the years, to the point where a screen used board was sold in 2014 for 60,800 dollars.
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.
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.
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."
Breaking the Fourth Wall: Peter looks directly at the viewer after he tries to break the padlock of the shed with the axe.
When Van Pelt enters the gun store, the music playing on the radio is the national anthem for Mexico.

When the film was released in Mexico itself it was changed to feature another musical score. 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.
The dual casting of Jonathan Hyde as both Alans father and the villainous Van Pelt is similar to the custom in adaptations of Peter Pan, with Mr. Darling and Captain Hook being played by the same actor. Robin Williams played a grown-up Peter Pan in Hook (1991).
Scarlett Johansson auditioned for the role of Judy Shepherd.
Although Carl Bentley is shown to have still been an adult when Alan Parrish was a child, David Alan Grier (Carl) is actually four years younger than Robin Williams (adult Alan). Williams was also ten years older than Bonnie Hunt (Sarah Whittle), although they play characters who were children together.
Despite receiving top billing, Robin Williams doesn't appear until twenty-eight minutes into the film.
There are 110 spaces in the board game.
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.
The song that Alan sings while shaving in the bathroom is the theme to Gilligan's Island (1964).
While Robin Williams was filming this movie, he was also filming a small supporting performance in Chris Columbus's movie Nine Months (1995).
Kirsten Dunst and Bradley Pierce subsequently played siblings in the film The Siege at Ruby Ridge (1996).
Joe Johnston had reservations over casting Robin Williams because of the actor's reputation for improvisation, fearing that he wouldn't adhere to the script. However, Williams understood that it was "a tightly structured story" and generally filmed the scenes as outlined in the script, but where he was allowed to improvise (usually in scenes with Bonnie Hunt) he would often film duplicate scenes.
Of the four actors who play the Jumanji players, three have starred in Disney films:

Only Kirsten Dunst (Judy) has not starred in any Disney films to date.
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Bradley Pierce underwent three and a half hours of applying prosthetic makeup, over a period of two and a half months, for his scenes as a monkey.
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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.
Bruce Willis was considered for the role of Alan. But due to him shooting Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995), he was unavailable.
Kirstie Alley was considered for the role of Sarah. But due to her shooting It Takes Two (1995), she was unavailable.
When John Calley took over as Sony chief in 2000, one of his priorities was a "Jumanji" sequel. Despite getting one with Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005), an actual sequel did not happen till 2014.
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 find the Jumanji board game in the attic, it is next to another board game: Password, which was based on a TV show, Password All-Stars (1961).

Password was played by two teams of two people: one person had a mystery word and the other person had to guess what it was, with only a limited number single-word clues to assist.
Alan Parrish makes a joke about the board game "Clue". The game itself was adapted into a film Clue (1985) starring Tim Curry, who would later play Trader Slick in Jumanji (1996).
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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.
When Alan is sucked into the board game, Alan shouts at Sarah to "ROLL THE DICE!". If, Sarah had rolled the dice and not ran out of the house when she was attacked by the bats, Alan would had gotten out of Jumanji if Sarah tried to roll a 5 or 8 and they could had finished the game.
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 film is dedicated to its VFX supervisor Stephen L. Price, who died the year the film released.
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David Alan Grier and Bonnie Hunt, who don't meet in the film, later starred together as close friends in Life with Bonnie (2002).
In the superstore scene, Van Pelt slips on green slime and buckets of paint collapses on top of him. The same thing happened to Marv Merchants (Daniel Stern) in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992).
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An 1982 advert for Pitfall! (1982) featuring a young Jack Black predicted the actor starring in the film. The video game is about the treasure hunter Pitfall Harry as he dodges obstacles in the South American jungle as he collect treasures.
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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.
The 2017 re-issued Blu-Ray features two never before seen deleted scenes which appear at the ending:
  • The first scene features Carl as the new president of the shoe factory discussing a new shoe with Alan and a co-worker.
  • The second one shows an extended version of the Christmas party where Judy and Peter open their presents, in which they get a new pair of brand shoes named Jumanjis.
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 (1946), which was like this film a fantasy about a protagonist who is dissatisfied with his life and finds a reality where everything has turned out bad due to his absence, and so learns to appreciate his life more.
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".

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