Jumanji is a fantasy children’s picture book written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg, an American author, and published in 1981. Everyone knows the story thanks to the famous film directed by Joe Johnston in 1995, with the most excellent Robin Williams.

‘Jumanji’ is a Zulu word meaning ‘many effects’. In the original story, Judy and Peter Shepherd are two children who go in a park, while their parents are out for the evening, because they find deeply boring. In this park, they find a game which seems to be abandoned and which called Jumanji. So, they take the game home. In this one, they discover a warning message: ‘Do not begin unless you intend to finish’ . The most unlikely events will occur…


Bonnie Hunt, Robin Williams and Kirsten Dunst in Jumanji (J. Johnston, 1995)

The famous film is slightly different: at the beginning, the game ensnared Alan Parrish in the jungle of Jumanji many years while he and Sarah Whittle were playing in 1969. Twenty-six years later, Peter and Judy (Kirsten Dunst), who are orphans in this adaptation, settle, with their aunt, in the Parrish’s former house and find the game in the attic. They manage to take out Alan (Robin Williams) but they must find Sarah (Bonnie Hunt) to finish the game because Peter and Judy have continued the part of 1969.

This film is dazzling for its special effects. But it is excellent thanks to Robin Williams’ performance. It was a great actor, funny and touching at the same time. He was an eternal child, notably in this film, but also in life. He was and will always be my favourite American actor…

You can see the trailer here for more details on this film:

18 réflexions au sujet de « Jumanji »

  1. I love this movie. It represent all my childhood. At level to the realisation it is very considerable for the time.

  2. I watched this movie when I was little and I still sometimes watch because he is good. The actors are really good especially our dear Robin Williams.

  3. The death of Robin Williams touched me, I agree with you, he was a great actor, his films are inevitable !

  4. Jumanji is the cartoon from my childhood and I have also seen the movie but I like it less than the cartoon.

  5. This film belongs to my favourite films, it’s very really well carried out for the time. Without forgetting to say that Robin Williams is one of the best actors who existed!

  6. I loved that film when i was young and i’m still loving it because of all it’s special effects some people will say that it wasn’t realistic but for me it is still today just great even if todays special effects are goregous.

  7. Jumanji is one of my favourite film! I love it so much! And I’m agree with all of you, Robin Williams was a fabulous actor.

  8. I totally agree with Adelaide, i mean, Jumanji as a cartoon rocks my childhood and then, i can say that i prefer the cartoon damn more than this. Afterward i say that Robin was amazing, Rest in peace and please god preserve your soul.

  9. I saw the cartoon when I was young. I really like this but I didn’t know the movie. I’ve the books at home, but I never read.

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