Fantasy film Jumanji turns 25

The nation press services
2020-12-20 | Since 3 Month

Jumanji, the delightful fantasy film featuring and entertaining children, that also starred one of the finest actors of all time, Robin Williams, has completed 25 years.

However, a lot of cinegoers do not know what the title means.

In the movie, Jumanji is the deadly board game found by its characters.

 Williams plays Alan Parrish, a man who becomes trapped inside Jumanji as a young boy. 

After being freed 26 years later by a new set of players, he must help them complete – and survive – the game.

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Released in the US 25 years ago this week, Jumanji has endured as one of the most beloved family movies of the 1990s despite receiving middling reviews.

While the film’s title is now commonly known – helped by the 2017 reboot and its 2019 sequel starring Dwayne Johnson --  you still might not know what it means.

 

According to Chris van Allsburg, the man who wrote the children’s book that inspired the film, Jumanji is actually a Zulu word for “many effects”.

These “effects" refer to “the exciting consequences of the game”, which includes the unleashing of wild monkeys, untamed tigers and huge spiders into the world.

Williams very nearly didn’t star in the film, only agreeing to sign on once the original script had been redrafted. 

Bonnie Hunt, Kirsten Dunst and Jonathan Hyde also appear in the film, which was released in the UK in February 1996.



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