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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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."
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Bradley Pierce underwent three hours of applying prosthetic makeup for his scenes as a monkey, for about 15 to 20 days. He enjoyed going through the process and wearing the makeup.
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The gun shop owner asks 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."
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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.
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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."
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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.
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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.
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Robin Williams was beloved by Keene, NH townsfolk during filming. He was even presented with the keys to the city by Keene's mayor in 1994! After his death, Keene residents crafted a makeshift memorial of flowers and candles below the Parrish Shoes sign, and even organized a public screening of the film.
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Breaking the Fourth Wall: Peter looks directly at the viewer after he tries to break the padlock of the shed with the axe.
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The line "Of course she'll know where Sarah went. She's a psychic" was improvised by Bradley Pierce.
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The Parrish Shoes sign is still on display in Keene, New Hampshire.
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The film is dedicated to its VFX supervisor Stephen L. Price, who died the year the film released.
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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.
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The dual casting of Jonathan Hyde as both Alan's father and the antagonistic hunter 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).
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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.
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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.
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Despite receiving top billing, Robin Williams doesn't appear until twenty-eight minutes into the film.
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Scarlett Johansson auditioned for the role of Judy Shepherd.
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The Jumanji board from the film sold on eBay for $60,800.
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There are 110 spaces in the board game.
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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.
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The final Christmas scene was shot on location in Vancouver, BC. Located near Seattle in the Pacific Northwest, Vancouver isn't known for its snowy winters-it's mostly rainy all season. Jumanji's production crew had to shovel fresh snow down from the mountains in order to film the outside of the mansion.
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The song that Alan sings while shaving in the bathroom is the theme to Gilligan's Island (1964).
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Kirsten Dunst and Bradley Pierce subsequently played siblings in the film The Siege at Ruby Ridge (1996).
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To film the rhinoceros stampede, the production crew rigged a hydraulic ram to launch a steel rhinoceros through the wall of the library. The steel rhino was replaced by a herd of animals with CGI during post-production.
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Kirsten Dunst plays Bradley Pierce's older sister, and in the film she is noticeably taller than him. However, Dunst (then 13) was only 6 months older than Pierce.
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Robin Williams said acting alongside CGI effects in Jumanji was like "taking LSD" because you had to "hallucinate everything." As special effects and graphics are inserted into the film in post-production, actors must "interact" with animals and objects that aren't really there.
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While Robin Williams was filming this movie, he was also filming a small supporting performance in Chris Columbus's movie Nine Months (1995).
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There was a rumor that an elephant was killed during one of the Jumanji stampede scenes, but in fact no live animals were used - it was all CGI.
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Tom Hanks, Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase, Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Michael Keaton, Bill Paxton and Arnold Schwarzenegger were all considered for the role of Alan Parrish. Tom Hanks' son Colin Hanks appears in the sequel as an adult Alex Vreeke in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017).
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Bruce Willis was considered for the role of Alan. But due to him shooting Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995), he was unavailable.
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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), a sequel for Jumanji did not happen till 2017.
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While filming the stunt where the monkeys steal a police car, stuntwoman Betty Thomas lost control of the car and hit a tree at 60mph. Luckily she wasn't injured. Director Joe Johnston had to plead with paparazzi who filmed the accident to not to release it to the news.
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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.
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When Alan is sucked into the board game, he shouts to Sarah "ROLL THE DICE!". If Sarah had rolled a 5 or an 8 and not run out of the house when she was attacked by the bats, Alan would have gotten out of Jumanji.
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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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The Sir-Save-A-Lot sequence was shot at 56th Street & 12th Avenue, Tsawwassen, BC, in what was the open-air Delta Fair 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 until 2016, when Safeway was eventually closed and replaced by Save-On Foods. The Sir-Save-A-Lot/Super Valu store in the old mall was along the west perimeter of the new mall, which is now a parking lot/entrance way.
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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 (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.
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Bryan Cranston was considered for the role of Alan Parrish.
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The film was made into a board game by MB Games in 1996 and it was re-released in 2018.
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The film takes place in 1969, 1995 and alternate 1995.
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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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The longer (2:45) trailer narrated by Hal Douglas. The shorter (1:42) trailer narrated by Nick Tate.
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Van Pelt's hunting rifle is a modified Winchester M1901 rifle, modified with an amended stock (complete with a custom checkered pattern and "cheek cushion"), a false box magazine, a rear sight, a large tube placed over the barrel with a foresight and muzzle "bell" in order to make it appear to be an elephant gun. When it runs out of ammunition, which cannot be replenished since it's been discontinued since 1903, he ends up replacing it with a Daewoo USAS-12 CQ outfitted with an unusually large scope, a drum magazine, and a suppressor to make it look like a sniper rifle, after bribing the gun shop owner into bypassing the mandatory waiting period.
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Bradley Pierce provided the voice of Miles 'Tail' Prower, sidekick of Sonic the Hedgehog in Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog (1993) which is based on a video game.
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Kirsten Dunst and Bebe Neuwirth had appeared on two episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987). Neuwirth had appeared in the Season 4 episode First Contact. Dunst had appeared in the Season 7 episode Dark Page.
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The Venus Fly Trap-like man eating plant that attacks Peter is called a "Pod".
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Kirsten Dunst & Jack Black were considered for Land of the Lost (2009). Black starred in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017).
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When Sarah freaks out over the board game she mentions she had spent hours in therapy. It's likely, although it's not mentioned or confirmed in the movie, Sarah may had been diagnosed with possible Delusional Disorder due to the town of Brantford not believing her about what happened to Alan and thinking she was a lunatic. Delusional Disorder is a disorder where a person has trouble recognizing reality.
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Scarlett Johansson's future Avengers: Infinity War (2018) co-star Karen Gillan would be cast as Martha/Ruby Roundhouse in the sequel Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017). Scarlett Johansson auditioned for Judy Shepherd but lost out to Kirsten Dunst.
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In a scene, Alan, Sarah, Judy and Peter get attacked by spiders. Kirsten Dunst (Judy) later went on to star as Mary Jane Watson, love interest of Spider-Man in Spider-Man (2002).
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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).
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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.
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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 brand new pair of shoes named Jumanjis.
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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.
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Gary Joseph Thorup, who played the bully Billy Jessup in the movie, had only one other acting credit throughout his life. He appeared on the Law & Order episode "Wannabe" (1995), in which he, ironically, plays a bullying victim.
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It was a crocodile, not 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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Adult Alan and Sarah meet Judy and Peter again 1 year before Alex Vreeke's father finds the board game on a beach and Alex Vreeke got sucked into Jumanji when it changes from board game to video game. See Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017).
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First and only film appearance of Gary Joseph Thorup.
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Judy and Peter's mother is called Martha. This foreshadows Martha/Ruby Roundhouse in the sequel Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017).
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