Photo by TriStar Pictures
In December 15 1995, was released the movie ‘Jumanji’. The iconic film talk about a boy who finds a magic board game, which becomes a nightmare, he needs to finish it or the game will never end. 26 years later, while everyone thought he was dead, two kids again find the game and have to have the help of the boy to finish Jumanji.
Stars: Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst, Bonnie Hunt, Jonathan Hyde, Bradley Pierce
Director: Joe Johnston
To celebrate the 20th anniversary, here are some of the curiosities about this movie.
- Little Scarlett Johansson auditioned for the role of overall-clad Judy Shepherd, made by Kirsten Dunst.
- When Van Pelt goes to fetch a new rifle, the Mexican national anthem is playing in the background. When the film played in Mexico, that track was wisely removed.
- Van Pelt is also Alan’s dad, played by the incomparable Jonathan Hyde.
- If you visit Keene, New Hampshire, one of the town’s where “Jumanji” was filmed, you’ll still see this fictional Parrish Shoe sign painted on the side of a building.
- “Jumanji” means “many effects” in Zulu.
- David Alan Grier plays Carl Bentley in the film, a man who’s an adult when Alan goes into the game, and is meant to be much older when he comes out. However, in real life, David is four years younger than Robin Williams.
- In the scene where Judy, Sarah, Alan, and Peter are playing Jumanji in the attic, Judy says she can win if she rolls a twelve, but then fails when she rolls a three. And on her next roll, Alan tells Judy she can win if she rolls a seven. Turns out she’d really need a nine, because twelve minus three is definitely not seven.
- “Jumanji” was supposed to be the next big thing in CGI development and had an estimated budget of fifty million.
- The film earned back that budget, though, and grossed $262,797,249 worldwide.
- The concept for “Jumanji” was based off of the 1981 award-winning picture book by Chris Van Allsburg.