15 Dec 1995
Behind the Scene and other Major Plot Points
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
The Jumanji game board
..was very popular throughout the years, to the point where a replica was sold in 2014 for 60,800 dollars.
Working with Robbin Williams
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.
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 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.
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).
RT/Meta Critic Review
A calculated but very entertaining special effects extravaganza.