Jumanji is an American fantasy adventure franchise. The first Jumanji appearance was in a book followed by a 1995 movie adaptation directed by Joe Johnston. Jumanji became a franchise with the addition of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle in 2017, which will be followed by a sequel. And, between 1996-1999, there was also an animated television series. Indeed, the name Jumanji also appears in other media.
The first film adapted after the book Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg, was in 1995. The movie was directed by Joe Johnston and was written by Van Allsburg, Greg Taylor, Jonathan Hensleigh and Jim Strain. The main stars of the movie were Robin Williams, Bonnie Hunt, Kirsten Dunst, Bradley Pierce, Jonathan Hyde, Bebe Neuwirth and David Alan Grier.
The story of the film centers around a supernatural board that releases jungle animals upon its players with every turn they take. The main character Alan Parrish became trapped inside the game while playing with his best friend Sarah Whittle. Twenty-six years later, two siblings, Judy and Peter Shepherd found the game. They began to play and unwittingly released Alan. After Sarah was tracked, the four players resolved to finish the game in order to reverse all caused destruction.
The movie was released on December 15 in 1995 and today it is considered a holiday entertainment film. The film received mixed reviews from critics, but despite that the movie became the 10th most popular film of 1995.
In 2005, Jumanji had a spiritual successor titled Zathura: A Space Adventure, which was adapted from a Van Allsburg book that was more connected to the Jumanji book. Zathura was considered a spiritual successor because it was given a tagline of “a new adventure from the world of Jumanji”. The movie has positive reviews from critics, but it didn’t make an impact at the box office.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is about a group of teenagers who turn into videogame characters. The film is a direct sequel to the 1995 Jumanji and it is hard to decide if it’s a remake, a reboot or something else. However, the 2017 Jumanji is definitely the kind of movie that works with classic rock songs.
The second Jumaji installment is an American fantasy, adventure and comedy film directed by Jake Kasdan and written by Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner. The film is based on a story by McKenna. The movie pays tribute to Robin Williams who was the star of the first film, by mentioning the name of his character. In addition, in the movie a clue appears, which is a replica of the first board game used by Robin William’s character.
The main actors of the movie are Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin hart, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas and Bobby Cannavale. The storyline is set twenty-one years after Jumanji, and four teenager characters are followed. In the film, the characters are transported into a video game world of Jumanji and play as their chosen characters. They join another player, played by Nick Jonas and together they have to overcome the magical power of the game in order to return home.
The film premiered on December 5, 2017 and was released in the United States on December 20. In general, the film received positive reviews from critics, who called it a pleasant surprise and the cast was praised. In 2017, the movie entered into the top 5 box office chart. A sequel will be released on December 13, 2019.
Jumanji in Casino Media
Ever since the release of the first film in 1995, Jumanji became a classic adventure movie. Twenty-three years later, those who missed the classic are able to play it with the Jumanji video slots. The game is based on the first film.
By moving forward to the present day, the Jumanji video slot is a game made by NetEnt. The slot game is able to pack lots of action and adventure into its reels. The mini-game takes place on an almost identical board from the movie. The good news, you are not magically transported into another realm. Like many other slot games, Jumanji comes with stunning visual effects, where you will see animated creatures that are crawling everywhere. There are also some realistic animations which are presented in the form of tokens that move around the board. The slot game is also accompanied by an exciting soundtrack of jungle drums.
The first thing players will notice is the unusual board. The slot game has a layout of five reels, but the outer ones are mostly made for the symbols. All of them are set against the weaving path of the Jumanji board game. There is also a video of a grand hallway where monkeys, stairs and bookcases fill the corners.
Even if you didn’t see the classic film, the casino game is worth playing, because it comes with animations during some features that can bring the magic of Jumanji back to life. The game can be enjoyed on desktops, tablets and smartphones.