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If Dwayne Johnson could play any other role in the film, he'd play Jack Black's character, Bethany. Johnson said, "I know how much fun [Jack] had every day playing a 16-year-old self-obsessed girl."
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The statues in the jungle set are modeled after the board game pieces in the original film.
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Jack Black jokes that he was not acting in the scenes when his character was infatuated with Dwayne Johnson's character. He was in fact actually infatuated and the cameras just kept on rolling.
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Johnson and Hart are known for their intensive workout routines, but it was Gillan - whose character is an expert in various martial arts and "dance fighting" - who did the most extensive work with the stunt team to learn the fight choreography for her scenes.
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Tom Holland was originally cast as Seaplane McDonough, but had to drop out of the film, due to scheduling conflicts with Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017). So Nick Jonas was cast in his place.
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Jack had a lot of fun as Bethany teaching Karen's character to flirt. "I was teaching her how to flirt and how to work it, runway style. It was like a living organism kind of scene where some of it was on the page, but a lot was just happening in real time."
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Ruby Roundhouse's outfit was influenced by that of Lara Croft, the protagonist of the Tomb Raider video games and movies. Martha comments on how impractical the outfit is to wear in the jungle.
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Mouse Finbar wears a little badge with the picture of a slice of cake and a line going across it, a nod to the fact that his character's weakness is cake. The badge can be seen on the lower left side of his vest.
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Kevin and Dwayne credit their on screen chemistry to their off screen friendship.
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Dwayne Johnson found his character of Spencer/Dr. Bravestone all too relatable. At age 16, he resembled a 46-year-old man, standing at 6'4, weighing 245 pounds, and sporting a thick mustache. Despite his bulky exterior, the young Dwayne was very much a vulnerable teen trying to find himself.
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Dwayne pitched the name 'Smolder' to Jake Kasdan via text. "What if his name was Smolder, but he had this unique ability to just Smolder. And he's like, I love it."
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In researching the character of Bethany, Jack Black went to Madison Iseman, asking about her favorite music and TV shows. He watched and listened and got into that head space.
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To film the Albino Rhino sequence, the cast spent days harnessed into a full-size, customized helicopter mounted on a special-effects gimbal rig elevated twenty feet in the air.
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Alex's tree house was an actual tree house built around a sprawling Banyan tree and hidden in the jungle foliage.
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Ser'Darius Blain (Fridge) is actually 30 years old and Nick Jonas (Alex) is 25 years old, while Alex Wolff, Morgan Turner and Madison Iseman (Spencer, Martha and Bethany) range from 18-20 years old.
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In 2018, it was announced online that there will be a sequel "Jumanji 2" and that Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Nick Jonas will return.
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Karen's favorite scene in the film was the dance fighting sequence. "I feel like we created something quite specific and unique. It was like this fun little dance routine and then she just takes out these two guys... I felt really strong."
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According to Jake Kasdan, the one and only person he wanted for each of the lead roles on this film is playing that part.
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The cast members were asked if they were able to sing a part of the song "Welcome To The Jungle," and they all did. Jack Black sang lead vocals, then Dwayne Johnson (The Rock) and Kevin Hart joined him. Jack Black decided to perform Axl Rose's (unforgettable, iconic) scream.
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Kevin Hart says his backpack was a character unto itself. "It just became the unsung hero, because everything is always directed to my backpack. That was my go-to for any improv, any comedy."
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While filming in Hawaii, the crew encountered its fair share of critters. There were sightings of feral pigs, but it was the creepy crawlies that kept the cast and crew on edge - including the stinging pinch of centipedes.
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Although the film is believed to be a reboot and a remake of the 1995 film starring Robin Williams, it is a direct sequel and it takes place 21 years after the events of the first movie. It is confirmed when Ruby Roundhouse, Smoulder Bravestone, Moose Finbar and Shelly Oberon learn from Seaplane McDonough that the treehouse he lives in was built by Alan Parish which Alan Parish had lived in whilst he was trapped in Jumanji for 26 years.
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Jack Black says the script in some ways reminded him of John Hughes' classic The Breakfast Club.
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The open field scene where the cast was chased by bikers was shot at Kualoa Ranch in Hawaii, where Jurassic World (2015) was filmed. When the camera is at a particular angle, you can tell exactly what scene from Jurassic World was filmed there.
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Alex was playing the video game Twisted Metal (1995) when he encounters the Jumanji game in 1996. Jumanji itself draws from that game with motorcycle-riding goons and a level where the players can choose different vehicles (the transportation shed).
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All the Brantford High School scenes were shot at the same school Goosebumps (2015) was filmed, which also starred Jack Black. Goosebumps 2 was also filmed there, reuniting Jack Black and Madison Iseman from this film.
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Alex's tree house was built by Production Designer Owen Paterson, made up from salvaged and repurposed items found around the island.
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The stunt team says the Brazilian fighting style Capoeira is probably the most comparable to Ruby's special powers, and that they intended to combine several martial arts techniques to create their own moves - part dancing, part lethal fighting. The final film shows Ruby performing some of these fighting maneuvers while music plays.
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Frequently throughout the movie, the first few notes of "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" can be heard mixed into the musical cues.
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The role of Bethany posed an interesting comedic challenge for Jack Black. When asked, he stated "Damn, I've got to pump my game up."
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Karen Gillan thought Ruby's look was a lot of fun, stating "It was interesting to highlight the familiar trope, particularly from the 90s video games, of the way women were portrayed in those games."
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Nick Jonas thought the tunnel scene was a lot of fun to shoot. "I got to show Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, and Dwayne Johnson around a bunch of tunnels to save their lives. It's the kind of stuff you dream about as an actor.
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There are several incidents in the film that references Dwayne Johnson's athletic/wrestling career: during the Bazaar scene, while fighting and calling out his actions, Bravestone dispatches one of Van Pelt's henchmen by using his wrestling finisher, the Rock Bottom (a body slam move). Fridge's football jersey reads #94. Johnson was formerly a football player at the University of Miami with his jersey reading #94. Finbar says that Bravestone is 6'5 tall and weighs 270 pounds. Those are Johnson's actual height and weight. At one point, Bravestone refers to himself in third person and the other characters comment about it. One of Johnson's WWE persona "The Rock"'s character traits is speaking about himself in third person, "Do you smell what The Rock is cookin'?" Finally, Alex was sucked into the game in the year of The Rock's first WWE match in real life.
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When the trailers first came out, Ruby's outfit created some controversy. Karen Gillan, who played Ruby in the movie, admitted that the costume was too Sexual, but believes that was the point. She wouldn't have done the movie and worn the costume if there was no purpose attached to it, and a different actress would've been cast as the avatar.
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Kevin Hart was sick during the filming of the helicopter scene.
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The original Jumanji (1995) is one of Karen Gillan's favorite films.
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Van Pelt is "actually made up of all the vermin and rodents, the grossest animals you can imagine - they inhabit his body."
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Colin Hank's father Tom Hanks was considered for the role of Alan Parrish in the original Jumanji (1995).
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The 40-foot high Jaguar statue head was made from a combination of sculpted foam and concrete adorned with plaster paint to create the aged stone look.
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Karen Gillan is from Scotland so she had to employ an American accent in order to play Martha/Ruby Roundhouse.
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A poster for Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (2016) hangs in Spencer's room, whose score was also composed by Henry Jackman.
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The jungle sequences were filmed on location in Oahu, Hawaii.
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The game Spencer is shown playing in his bedroom at the beginning of the movie is Street Fighter V.
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The football player's nickname, "Fridge," is a nod to American football player William Perry, who was known as "The Refrigerator," or "The Fridge."
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Out of respect for the wildlife, the animal-skinned wardrobe items worn by Van Pelt's goons were made from synthetic materials.
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The original children's book "Jumanji" by Chris Van Allsburg was published in 1981.
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Upon looking at the 1995 feature with fresh eyes, producer Matt Tolmach "immediately felt there were more Jumanji stories to be told."
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Shailene Woodley was originally cast as Ruby Roundhouse/Martha, but had to drop out of the film due to scheduling conflicts with Big Little Lies (2017). So Karen Gillan was cast instead.
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When Jack Black was a child, he acted in a 1982 television commercial for the classic Atari 2600 and Intellivison video game called Pitfall, in which he wore a pith helmet, as in this film.
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The city of Atlanta, Georgia, provides the suburban locations for the Brantford scenes as well as sets for various jungle locations: the bazaar scene, the Jaguar statue, and the maze of booby-trapped tunnels.
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Karen Gillan's five tips on surviving the jungle are to be fit, wear appropriate clothing, learn to start a fire, learn to fish, and learn to build tiny huts out of leaves.
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Besides the "Over the Rainbow" music heard in the soundtrack, another reference to The Wizard of Oz is when Nigel is about to send Fridge back to the real world. He says "I'll miss you the most", which is the same line Dorothy says to the Scarecrow just before she goes back to Kansas.
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Dr. Bravestone's utility belt was partly based on the belt that Nathan Drake from the Uncharted series wears.
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There was a scene in the trailer showing Fridge running in the hallways and pushing Martha out of the way. The scene was not included in the finished product.
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Dwayne Johnson coincidentally starred in The Rundown (2003), which was originally called "Welcome to the Jungle", a title that it retained in other countries.
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The costume team came up with their own video game lexicon that touched upon every type of hero, from the classic adventurer with an enviable video game arsenal of powers and weapons to the archetypal warrior princess.
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During the scene in the bazaar, when the group stops to eat, the vendor behind them is William Tokarsky. He is most famous for the viral short from Adult Swim Too Many Cooks.
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This film is directed by Jake Kasdan, son of Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) writer Lawrence Kasdan. The previous film Jumanji (1995) was directed by Joe Johnston, who worked on the visual effects for Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981).
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Although they do not share any screentime, this film reunites Colin Hanks and Jack Black, who both starred in the comedy Orange County (2002). Director Jake Kasdan also helmed both films. The two actors also shared scenes together in Peter Jackson's King Kong (2005).
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Karen Gillan posted a photo to her official Instagram page of herself and her personal trainer, Scott Pearlman, and she thanked Pearlman for whipping her into shape for the movie.
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In the video game Brütal Legend (2009) there is a jungle area where the player traps beasts by encircling them with flames, using a flamethrower while riding a motorcycle. In this film, the exact same thing occurs. Jack Black stars in both.
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This was Jack Black's third adventure film set in a jungle setting. Black had starred in King Kong (2005) as the filmmaker Carl Denham, Tropic Thunder (2008), playing an actor, Jeff Portnoy, and in this film, he plays a virtual character.
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Fridge wears the #94 Jersey for the football team, and a matching necklace. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson wore #94 in college when he played for the Miami Hurricanes.
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Nick Jonas replaced Tom Holland as Seaplane McDonough as Tom Holland dropped out due to scheduling conflicts with the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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Despite one of Smolder Bravestone's official in-game strengths being "Fearlessness," Spencer is frequently scared by various things (such as a squirrel or "Mouse"/Fridge acting like he is going to hit him) throughout his time in Jumanji, just like he is back in the real world.
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James Newton Howard was originally announced as the film's composer, but had to leave due to schedule conflicts.
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Madison Iseman grew up as a huge fan of the original Jumanji and feels honored to continue the legacy.
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The movie's code name was called Jaguar, and signs were present for the movie at Kualoa Ranch in Hawaii.
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Towards the beginning of the movie, Spencer is seen wearing a yellow raincoat and standing in front of a rundown dilapidated house, eerily reminiscent of the movie It (2017).
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Young Spencer (Alex Wolff) has a number of video game posters hanging in his room and behind his door, primarily from two popular Sony titles: Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (2016) and The Last Guardian (2016).
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A rare ex-Military Land Rover 101GS can be spotted in one scene. The other Land Rover is a also milspec Defender 110s.
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The gloves worn by Ruby Roundhouse are Bontrager bike gloves.
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Thirty-five years before this film's release, Colin Hanks' father, Tom Hanks, starred in the TV movie Mazes and Monsters (1982), where Hanks played a young man with a group of friends who play a board game which dangerously draws them towards the line between fantasy and reality.
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Professor Oberon's bow tie in the film was made by Lisa Eaton (of bowtie.com), a woman in Kennebunk, Maine, where part of the original film was shot.
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Seaplane asks if phones had changed. In 1996 cell phones were simply telephones, one of the most popular being the StarTac flip phone which had a number pad part that would flip down.
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During the Staring Contest around the basket, Dr. Bravestone exclaims: "Never Blink"! In Doctor Who (2005), there is the episode "Doctor Who: Blink (2007) starting the arch story of the Weeping Angels, where the Doctor (David Tennant constantly advises "Do Not Blink"! Later in the series, the Doctor's companion, Amy Pond, is played by Karen Gillan, here playing Martha/Ruby.
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When Fridge says to Alex, "Cindy Crawford, She like fifty years old!". Cindy Crawford was in fact during the filming of this movie.
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Parts of the movie were filmed on O'ahu Hawaii, which offered a variety of jungle environments, including Waimea Valley, the North Shore, and Kualoa Ranch.
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Smolder Bravestone and Shelly Oberon were the only characters from the movie for which Funko released Pop! Vinyls. Ruby Roundhouse, Moose Finbar, Seaplane McDonough, Nigel Billingsly and Russell Van Pelt were left out.
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Jack Black, Colin Hanks and Jake Kasdan have worked together on Orange County (2002).
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Dr. Bravestone (Dwayne Johnson) is the only avatar to land on his feet every time he respawns.
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The movie premiered at the 14th edition of Dubai International Film Festival 2017, with the stars Ser'Darius Blain and Madison Iseman on December 9, 2017.
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The film borrows a plot element from the classic science fiction film TRON (1982). When Spencer, Martha, Fridge, and Bethany play Jumanji, they get sucked into the video game which they enter the world of Jumanji and they cannot leave the game and return to the real world until they finish the game and complete their quest. Like Kevin Flynn in the sequel Tron: Legacy, Alex Vreeke has been trapped in the world of Jumanji for 20 years.
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Although the virtual game of Jumanji had its fair share of over-sized animals, the cast dealt with O'ahu's own display of Mother Nature's critters including feral pigs and creepy crawly centipedes.
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Jack Black has appeared in three of Jake Kasdan's previous films; Orange County, Sex Tape and Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story.
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In the film, the animals ran the gamut from mosquitoes, rhinos, hippos, snakes, and jaguars all cursed by the Jewel of Jumanji, so there's a menacing quality to even the most benign animal.
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Martha/Ruby Roundhouse was foreshadowed in the original film. At the end of Jumanji (1995) when Alan Parish and Sarah Whittle meet Judy and Peter Shepherd again and also meet their parents. The name of Judy and Peter's mother is revealed as Martha.
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The film adaptation starring Robin Williams was released in 1995.
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The explorers in the film are identified by jungle animals, while the military are noted by larger game, and the bikers by flying animals.
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Veteran stunt coordinators Gary M. Hymes and Oakley Lehman as well as second unit director Jack Gill are responsible for the amazing stunts in the film.
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Jack Black (Professor Sheldon "Shelly" Oberon/Bethany), Colin Hanks (Adult Alex Vreeke) and Marc Evan Jackson (Principal Bentley) previously appeared in two King Kong movies. Black and Hanks previously appeared in King Kong (2005) and Jackson previously appeared in Kong: Skull Island (2017).
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James Horner composed the music for the original 1995 film, with initials "J.H." For this version, the music was composed by Henry Jackman, with initials "H.J."
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Jumanji: Welcome To the Jungle reunites actor Jack Black and director Jake Kasdan. Black was excited to work again with Kasdan, calling the filmmaker "a good acting scientist" with the talent to "tweak my brain to make the best acting happen."
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As of March 2018, this is the second project Dwayne Johnson has done where his name is Spencer. The other being Ballers, where he portrays Spencer Strasmore.
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TRON (1982) is an influence on the movie.
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Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson also shared the screen in the comedy Central Intelligence.
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Visual Effects Supervisor Jerome Chen's credits also include Suicide Squad, Fury, The Amazing Spider-Man, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
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This project was completed with assistance from the Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office, a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development. With the participation of the Canadian Film or Video Production Services Tax Credit. Filmed on location on the Island of O'Ahu in the state of Hawai'i with the assistance of Hawai'i Production Tax Credits administered by the Hawai'i Film Office and the Department of Taxation. With the participation of the Canadian Film or Video Production Services Tax Credit.
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Costume Designer Laura Jean Shannon is a frequent collaborator with Jon Favreau on such films as The Jungle Book, Chef, and Iron Man.
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Martha's avatar is Ruby Roundhouse played by Karen Gillan and Ruby is also the name of Karen Gillan's character in All Creatures Here Below.
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This is the first Jumanji film to be rated PG-13 by the MPAA. The original was rated PG.
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The character name "Seaplane McDonough" may be a joke reference to "If I see a plane, I can fly it" ; like the joke "I'm on a seafood diet ; if I see food, I eat it".
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This is the first Jumanji film to be shot digitally and in the wider 2.39:1 widescreen aspect ratio, unlike the original film which was shot on 35mm film on the standard spherical format for the taller 1.85:1 aspect ratio.
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Colin Hanks also starred in Jake Kasdan's Orange County and had a cameo in Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny starring Jack Black.
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In the episode Doctor Who: The Pandorica Opens (2010) (TV Episode), The Doctor (Matt Smith) and Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) visit a jungle planet called Planet One.
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Doctor Who: The Pandorica Opens (2010) predicted Karen Gillan starring in the movie. In "The Pandorica Opens", The Doctor (Matt Smith) and Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) visit a jungle planet called Planet One.
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The classic Disney movie TRON (1982) is a major influence on the movie. Spencer, Fridge, Martha and Bethany are sucked into the world of Jumanji when they play the Jumanji video game, and they learn that cannot leave Jumanji and return to the real world until they finish the game and complete their quest.
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Like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid in their movie, the four adventurers jump from a cliff into a river to escape their pursuers.
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The film takes place in 1996, 2016 and alternate 2016.
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At Seaplane McDonough's camp, there is a sign that says "Alan Parrish was here" on it. Seaplane states he found the camp and that it used to be Alan's. Alan Parrish was the name of Robin Williams's character in Jumanji (1995), who was stuck in the game for twenty-six years. Williams died three years before this sequel was released, and as promised, the makers honored the late actor's work in some way.
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It is revealed that Alex entered and got trapped in the world of Jumanji in 1996, one year after the events of Jumanji (1995) when Judy and Peter Sheperd played the game and freed Alan Parrish, who was trapped in Jumanji for twenty-six years.
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In the original Jumanji (1995), Van Pelt was a big-game hunter. In this film, Van Pelt is an explorer who can control animals.
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One ending planned for the film was to have Jumanji become a mobile phone game and appear on phones across Brantford.
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While Jumanji has turned into a video game, parts of it pay homage to its previous board game mode:
  • two clues appear as a rhyming couplet.
  • Another clue appears in the form of an elephant token. This was Alan Parrish's game piece from Jumanji (1995). Alan was the last player who was stuck in the game for over twenty years.
  • Albino rhinos appear in Jumanji. As a board game, one of its board game pieces was a white rhino.
  • Immediately upon ending the game, the aerial view of Jumanji shows interlocking paths that resemble Jumanji's board game layout.
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The scene where the students are sitting down waiting for the principal has an empty chair awkwardly placed between them. Foretelling that there is a member of the group that's still missing.
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The concept of the main characters getting sucked into the Jumanji game and having to rescue someone who was trapped there is based on the animated series Jumanji (1996), rather than the original film Jumanji (1995), which most notably conjured the hazards and wild animals of the jungle into the real world, and sucked people into the game only occasionally.
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When the four new players join Seaplane in the tree house, Mouse asks "Who's Alan Parrish?" Seaplane tells them, "... he was the guy who built this place... This is his house, I'm just living in it." This is a hat tip and a nod to Robin Williams as a sign of respect for his irreplaceable work in the original Jumanji film.
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Bethany gives her life to Alex to keep him alive. Some video games allow a player that has reached "game over" to use another player's life to continue (examples include Contra and Life Force).
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Kevin Hart thinks one of the funniest moments in the film is when Dwayne's character knocks him out of the helicopter and he is trampled by rhinos.
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In 2018, a sequel was announced online and that Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and Nick Jonas will return and the sequel set for release in 2019.
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The scene in which Dr. Bravestone (played by Dwayne Johnson) returns the "Jaguar's Eye" to the statue of the Jaguar coincidentally parallels Johnson's role as Maui in the film Moana (2016). The story begins with Maui removing a green stone (the Heart of Te Fiti) from her island, which must be returned to save the islands sorrounding Te Fiti. He helps Moana return it
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Alan Parrish's hideout in the Jumanji video game is an Easter egg location seen in video games, that pays homage to a previous player who completed the game.
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Jack Black's character Bethany watches in awe as Ruby Roundhouse dance fights two villains while the Peter Frampton song "Baby, I Love Your Way" performed by Big Mountain plays in the background. In the movie High Fidelity, Black's character, Barry, watches in awe as Lisa Bonet's character, Marie De Salle, sings a version of "Baby, I love your way" in a nightclub.
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At the beginning of the movie, you can clearly see a poster of Sony's Uncharted 4: A Thiefs End for Playstation 4 hanging on the wall, the movie has many similarities to Uncharted, however one very notable example is the way Dr. Bravestone (Dwayne Johnson's) swings from the large jaguar statue using a rope and a hook very much in the same style used by Nathan Drake in the game depicted on the poster. This could be a nod to the game itself.
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At the end of the movie, Colin Hanks' character has a baby child named "Andy". His father, Tom Hanks, plays Woody, a toy in Toy Story and this toy belongs to a child named "Andy".
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Oberon/Bethany only loses one life during the game by being eaten by a hippo, but opts to donate one of her lives to Alex.
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Seaplane/Alex loses all three of his lives in the game. He is eaten by crocodiles, shot out of the sky and bitten by a mosquito. However, Bethany saves him by giving Alex one of her lives.
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How the gang is sucked into the game is similar to Alan in the first film where the only way out is to finish the game.
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Each character ends the game with one life remaining.
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Although Fridge changes at the end of the movie from a bully to a caring person, Fridge doesn't apologize to Spencer for using him to do his homework for him and for intimidating and insulting him in Jumanji. If Fridge hadn't gotten Spencer to do his homework for him, both Spencer and Fridge wouldn't have gotten detention and he wouldn't have gotten kicked off the football team and they wouldn't have gotten sucked into the game.
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Ruby/Martha loses two lives during the game. She is shot by the motorcycle gang and gets bitten by a venomous snake.
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Mouse/Fridge loses two lives during the game. He explodes after eating cake, and is trampled by rhinos.
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Colin Hanks's (adult Alex) real life father, actor Tom Hanks had starred in Mazes and Monsters (1982) (TV Movie) a film about three college students whom play a board game that dangerously draws the line between reality and fantasy and Big (1988), a film about a boy whom gets magically transformed into a adult by a mysterious fortune teller machine at a amusement park. In this film, Spencer, Fridge, Bethany and Martha (high school kids) play the Jumanji video game (which is magic) and they find themselves in the bodies of their adult avatars in the game.
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Bravestone/Spencer loses two lives during the game. He is pushed off a cliff by Fridge and savaged by jaguars.
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The final level of the game involves jaguars and a jaguar statue. In real life, the high school mascot is a jaguar.
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