Jumanji

Jumanji

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Director: Joe Johnston

Cast: Joe Johnston, Robin Williams, Bonnie Hunt, Kirsten Dunst

     
 

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Jumanji is a visually elaborate fantasy about an enchanted board game that opens a magical portal to a jungle universe. Two young children, Judy (Kirsten Dunst) and Peter (Bradley Pierce), discover the game in an abandoned home and suddenly are greeted by Alan (Robin Williams), an adult who has spent his life trapped inside the game since playing it at age 12.See more details below

Overview

Jumanji is a visually elaborate fantasy about an enchanted board game that opens a magical portal to a jungle universe. Two young children, Judy (Kirsten Dunst) and Peter (Bradley Pierce), discover the game in an abandoned home and suddenly are greeted by Alan (Robin Williams), an adult who has spent his life trapped inside the game since playing it at age 12. Alan's only hope for freedom involves finishing the game, but this proves rather dangerous, as Judy, Peter, and Alan find themselves running for their lives from huge rhinoceroses, evil monkeys, vicious lions, and other terrifying jungle beasts. Director Joe Johnston, whose special-effects background previously came to good use in Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, used groundbreaking computer imagery to simulate the thrills.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
The imaginative children's novel by Chris Van Allsburg becomes this successful, if a bit too sour, big-budget action-adventure. The basic idea of Jumanji (1995) is certainly an inventive and exciting one: a board game in which a player can be literally drawn into a savage jungle world upon a losing roll of the dice. Where the film seems to go wrong is in having its milquetoast hero disappear for so long, only to reappear as a physically tougher but emotionally wounded adult played by Robin Williams. What this story needs is a sense of joy, of a small-minded town too concerned about appearances and normalcy getting its comeuppance. Instead, an underlying sense of tragedy (parents undone by a child's disappearance, other kids orphaned, childhood scars holding adults back from moving on in life) scuttles the whole endeavor. Director Joe Johnston has all the trappings just right, and the computer-generated critters are sufficiently frightening, exciting, and realistic. It's the film's somber emotional content that saps what should have been a wild ride of the giddy vibe that should have been fueling the trip.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/14/1996
UPC:
0043396117433
Original Release:
1995
Rating:
PG
Source:
Sony Pictures

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robin Williams Alan Parrish
Bonnie Hunt Sarah Whittle
Kirsten Dunst Judy Shepherd
Bradley Pierce Peter Shepherd
Bebe Neuwirth Aunt Nora
Jonathan Hyde Van Pelt/Sam Parrish
David Alan Grier Carl Bentley
Adam Hann-Byrd Young Alan
Patricia Clarkson Carol Parrish
James Handy Exterminator
Gillian Barber Mrs. Thomas
Lloyd Berry Bum
Malcolm Stewart Jim Shepherd
Darryl Henriques Gun Salesman
Robin Driscoll Paramedic
Peter Bryant Paramedic
Laura Bell Bundy Actor

Technical Credits
Joe Johnston Director,Producer
Thomas E. Ackerman Cinematographer
James D. Bissell Production Designer
Lynne Carrow Casting
Sandy Cooper Makeup
Robert W. Cort Executive Producer
Robert Dalva Editor
Ted Field Executive Producer
Nancy Foy Casting
Larry Franco Executive Producer
Jonathan Hensleigh Screenwriter
James Horner Score Composer
Scott Kroope Producer
Scott Kroopf Producer
Betsy Magruder Asst. Director
Stan Parks Special Effects
Glen W. Pearson Art Director
Stephen L. Price Special Effects
Ken Ralston Special Effects
Martha Snetsinger Costumes/Costume Designer
Jim Strain Original Story,Screenwriter
Greg "Fingers" Taylor Original Story,Screenwriter
William Teitler Producer
Chris Van Allsburg Original Story,Screenwriter
David Willson Art Director
Tom Woodruff Makeup Special Effects
Rob Young Sound/Sound Designer

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