An ancient, mysterious and magical board game is discovered by siblings Judy and Peter Shepherd (Kirsten Dunst and Bradley Pierce) in the attic of their new home. While exploring the mansion, the mischievous pair stumbles upon Jumanji: a strange, jungle-themed board game with a distinctly tribal African vibe to it.
Once they start to play, they release another child – now an adult – who has been stuck inside the game’s inner world for decades. Can they fight off giant mosquitoes, animal stampedes, nefarious monkeys and one very formidable hunter to rescue Alan Parrisk (Robin Williams) from its clutches for good…?
Jumanji is a cult classic in the world of family entertainment, much like online slots Australia in the iGaming realm.
Released on December 15, 1995, the film showcases Robin Williams in one of his most iconic roles. This role, in fact, was one that would help to make many childhood memories over the years, aided by Jonathan Hensleigh, Greg Taylor, and Jim Strain’s legendary screenplay.
Directed by Joe Johnston, the action-adventure centres on the life of Alan Parrish, a young boy living in a New England town in the 60s. Alan has many problems; school bullies, boredom, and an emotionally rocky relationship with his father.
However, things get much worse for him when he stumbles across a supernatural board game that was dug up in the 1800s.
Alan and his friend Sarah are instantly drawn to it, and decide to play a round. Alas, things take a turn for the worse when master Parrish tries to cheat and is sucked into the game’s wild inner universe, only to be released when another player rolls a 5 or an 8.
Fast-forward to 1995, and young Judy and Peter discover the game stashed in the attic of the abandoned Parrish mansion. Deciding to play it, they release the now-adult Alan and one of Robin Williams’ most stellar performances of his career as well.
From there, Alan must come to terms with the passing of time and his parents, and try to track down Sarah with the help of his two new sidekicks. However, there are many forebodingly thrilling obstacles to tackle along the way, headed up by the fearsome Van Pelt and his antique safari rifle. Expect animated vines, torrential flash floods, stampedes, tigers locked in bedrooms, and monkeys terrorizing the town with their antics. There’s also plenty of humour involved thanks to the addition of one lovably cranky cop who suffers the full wrath of Jumanji while trying to restore order to his domain.
Speak to anyone born in the 1980s or later and you’ll clear up any doubts: the original iteration of Jumanji deserves its status as a classic.
And although Jack Black and The Rock provide a great performance in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017), there’s something about the first film that conjures up endless nostalgia among Millennials and Gen-Xers alike. Realistically, Williams likely has a lot to do with that!