16 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Jumanji

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While waiting for the Jumanji sequel to come out in 2017, we’ve made a list of 16 interesting facts about this unforgettable movie. Sad thing is, Robin Williams has left this world, so it’s impossible for us to believe that the sequel could ever be as legendary as the original movie at all. But still, we who grew up with Robin’s Jumanji, are demanding perfection. Please.

1. Jumanji was based on Chris Van Allsburg's 1981 book of the same name.

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The book won the Caldecott Medal for Children's Literature in 1981.

2. Chris Van Allsburg's frustration with monopoly is what inspired him to write Jumanji.

Chris Van Allsburg's frustration with monopoly is what inspired him to write Jumanji.
Chris Van Allsburg's frustration with monopoly is what inspired him to write Jumanji.
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In a 2004 interview Chris Van Allsburg revealed how he came up with the idea of the famous game:

“When I was a little boy and I would play games like Monopoly, they seemed kind of exciting, but when I was done with the game, all I had was fake money. So I thought that it would be fun and exciting if there were such a thing as a game board where wherever you landed on a square and it said something was going to happen, then it would really happen.”

3. According to Chris, "jumanji" is a Zulu word that translates to "many effects."

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4. Tom Hanks was the first choice to play Alan Parrish.

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5. An 11-year-old Scarlett Johanssen auditioned for the role of Judy Shepherd.

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The role went to Kirsten Dunst. Here's a video from the audition:

6. Alan's dad and the hunter, Van Pelt, were played by the same actor.

Alan's dad and the hunter, Van Pelt, were played by the same actor.
Alan's dad and the hunter, Van Pelt, were played by the same actor.
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Jonathan Hyde had a few hits in the late '90s with roles in Titanic and The Mummy as well.

7. Bradley Pierce and Kirsten Dunst are actually only six months apart in age.

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Bradley's character, Peter, was eight, while Kirsten's was 12. Kirsten and Bradley played siblings again in The Siege at Ruby Ridge in 1996.

8. Despite receiving top billing, Robin Williams doesn't appear until 28 minutes into the film.

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9. While filming the stunt where the monkeys steal a police car, the stuntwoman lost control of the car and hit a tree at 60mph.

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10. There are some continuity issues with the movie. For instance, during the stampede, the animals crash through the side of the house – yet during the monsoon, the house fills with water.

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11. Robin Williams said acting with CGI effects in Jumanji was like “taking LSD,” because you had to “hallucinate everything.”

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12. The Jumanji board from the film sold on eBay for $60,800.

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13. Robin used his own childhood to enhace his performance of the isolated Alan Parrish.

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"I play a boy who has been swallowed up in the game," he told in an interview. "By the time he is able to come out 26 years later, his parents are dead, and he feels lost and alone. That's something I can understand. As an only child, I had no siblings to play with, and my parents worked hard, and we moved around a lot."

14. Jumanji was criticized 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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15. The crew painted a large ad for Parrish Shoes on a wall in Keene, New Hampshire, where much of the filming occurred, and it's still there today.

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The residents liked it so much, they left it up. When Robin Williams passed away, it became the site of an impromptu tribute.

16. And as you know, a sequel is coming out in 2017!

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Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson will be starring in it.

RIP... 😥

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