Jumanji (franchise)

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The current logo of the franchise
Created byChris Van Allsburg
Original workJumanji (1981)
Owned bySony Pictures/Columbia Pictures
Print publications
Films and television
Animated seriesJumanji (1996-1999)
  • Jumanji: The Game (1995)
  • Zathura: Adventure is Waiting (2005)
  • Jumanji: The Game (2017)
Video game(s)List of video games

Jumanji is an American media franchise, based on the children's books Jumanji (1981) and its sequel Zathura (2002), written by American Chris Van Allsburg. The franchise is originally owned by TriStar Pictures since the first film, but the Zathura spin-off and the original film’s direct sequels are currently owned by Columbia Pictures; both studios are a subsidiary of Sony Pictures.

This plot of the franchise follows the adventures of various people who find themselves imperiled when playing Jumanji, that will either unleash its dangerous elements into the real world or trap the players within the game. Ultimately, the only way to end the disruptions is to finish the game while enduring its resulting dangers with each succeeding move.

The franchise includes four films: Jumanji (1995), Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005), Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017), and Jumanji: The Next Level (2019); and an animated television series which aired from 1996 to 1999. The first film received mixed reviews from critics, while the three follow-up films received positive critical response. The films have grossed $2 billion collectively at the global box office.


Jumanji (1981)[edit]

Two children, Peter and Judy, find and play a game in which each roll of the dice brings the jungle from the game (as well as the creatures that live in it) to life around them. In order to reset the world around them, they must finish the game and make it to the titular city of gold. Afterward, they get rid of the game which is found by their next-door neighbors, two young brothers.

Zathura (2002)[edit]

Brothers Danny and Walter, neighbors of Peter and Judy from the previous book, find Jumanji but ultimately choose not to play it. Instead, they find a similar game on the same board with a space theme, Zathura, which they begin to play. As with Jumanji, playing Zathura brings elements of the game into reality, and in order to set everything back to normal, the boys must complete the game.


Film U.S.
release date
Director Screenwriters Story by Producers
Jumanji December 15, 1995 (1995-12-15) Joe Johnston Greg Taylor, Jim Strain and Jonathan Hensleigh Greg Taylor, Jim Strain and Chris Van Allsburg Scott Kroopf and William Teitler
Zathura: A Space Adventure November 11, 2005 (2005-11-11) Jon Favreau David Koepp and John Kamps William Teitler, Scott Kroopf and Michael De Luca
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle December 20, 2017 (2017-12-20) Jake Kasdan Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner Chris McKenna Matt Tolmach and William Teitler
Jumanji: The Next Level December 13, 2019 (2019-12-13) Jake Kasdan, Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, Hiram Garcia, Jake Kasdan, Matt Tolmach and William Teitler
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Jumanji (1995)[edit]

Two children find and play a magical board game. In doing so, they release a man trapped for decades in its inner dimension and a host of dangers that can only be stopped by finishing the game.

Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005)[edit]

Two young brothers are drawn into an intergalactic adventure when their house is hurled through the depths of space by the magical board game they are playing. Furthermore, the brothers surmise the only way to return home is to finish the game.

Though there are no direct references to Jumanji in Zathura: A Space Adventure and the movie's plot is self-contained, the studio marketed it as being set within the same fictional universe, and is thematically similar to the other franchise installments. The film is based on the children's book Zathura, also written by Van Allsburg, which was a sequel to the Jumanji novel. Despite the film's placement within the same fictional universe, director Jon Favreau discouraged the notion that the film is a sequel, having not particularly liked Jumanji.[1]

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)[edit]

Twenty-two years after the events of the original film, the board game has magically become a video game. Four high school teenagers are transported to the game's jungle setting and become the avatars of the characters they chose, and later discover another victim trapped in the game as well. The only way out is to complete the game and in doing so, they each discover the best of themselves and win with a newfound heroism to see the challenge through. The film served as a direct sequel to the 1995 film.

Jumanji: The Next Level (2019)[edit]

A team of friends return to Jumanji to rescue one of their own but discover that nothing is as they expect. The players need to brave parts unknown, from arid deserts to snowy mountains, in order to escape the world's most dangerous game.


In December 2019, Dwayne Johnson revealed that the next installment in the franchise would reveal that Jurgen the Brutal, the villain in The Next Level, was an avatar in the game, and that the identity of who was playing as the character would be explored.[2] In March 2020, Jake Kasdan confirmed early developments for a follow-up film.[3][4] Kasdan confirmed plans to maintain the core cast of the previous two films.[5] The following month, the filmmaker stated that the story for the next installment is in development.[6]


Jumanji (1996–1999)[edit]

Jumanji was an animated television series inspired by the 1995 film which ran for three seasons from 1996 to 1999.

Main cast and characters[edit]

  • A Y indicates the actor portrayed the role of a younger version of the character.
  • An O indicates a role as an older version of the character.
  • An A indicates a role as a video game avatar of the character.
  • A V indicates the actor or actress lent only their voice for their film character.
  • A dark gray cell indicates the character was not in the film.
Character Films Television
Jumanji Zathura:
A Space Adventure
Welcome to the Jungle
The Next Level
Season 1 Season 2 Season 3
Primary cast
Alan Parrish III Robin Williams
Adam Hann-ByrdY
Bill FagerbakkeV Bill FagerbakkeV
Justin Jon RossYV
Judith "Judy" Shepherd Kirsten Dunst Debi DerryberryV
Peter Shepherd Bradley Pierce Ashley JohnsonV Ashley Johnson
Cam ClarkeOV
Sarah Whittle Bonnie Hunt
Laura Bell BundyY
Professor Van Pelt[a] Jonathan Hyde Bobby CannavaleA Sherman HowardV
Walter Budwing
The Astronaut
Josh Hutcherson
Dax SheppardO
Daniel "Danny" Budwing Jonah Bobo
Lisa Budwing Kristen Stewart
Dr. Xander "Smolder" Bravestone Dwayne JohnsonA Dwayne JohnsonA
Zachary TzegaegbeAY
Franklin "Mouse" Finbar Kevin HartA
Professor Sheldon "Shelly" Oberon Jack BlackA
Ruby Roundhouse
"Killer of Men"
Karen GillanA
Jefferson "Seaplane" McDonough Nick JonasA
Spencer Gilpin Alex Wolff
Anthony "Fridge" Johnson Ser'Darius Blain
Bethany Walker Madison Iseman
Martha Kaply Morgan Turner
Alexander "Alex" Vreeke Colin Hanks
Mason GussioneY
Colin Hanks
Eddie Gilpin Danny DeVito
Milo Walker Danny Glover
Ming Fleetfoot Nora "Awkwafina" LumA
Jurgen the Brutal Rory McCannA
Supporting cast
Nora Shepherd Bebe Neuwirth Bebe Neuwirth Melanie ChartoffV
Carl Bentley David Alan Grier Richard AllenV
Samuel "Sam" Parrish Jonathan Hyde
Mr. Budwing Tim Robbins
Robot Frank OzV
John Alexander
Lead Zorgon Derek Mears
Nigel Billingsley Rhys Darby
Mrs. Gilpin Marin Hinkle
Mr. Vreeke Tim Matheson
Sean BuxtonY
Bethany Vreeke Uncredited actress Madison Johnson
  1. ^ In Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Van Pelt has a different first name depending on the region in which the film is watched. In the UK version of the film, the character's first name is given as "John Hardin", while in the US version of the film, the character is provided the first name "Russell".

Additional crew & production details[edit]

Film Crew/detail
Composer Cinematographer Editor(s) Production
Distributor(s) Running time MPAA
Jumanji James Horner Thomas E. Ackerman Robert Dalva Teitler Films
TriStar Pictures
Interscope Communications
TriStar Pictures 104 minutes PG
A Space Adventure
John Debney Guillermo Navarro Dan Lebental Teitler Films
Radar Pictures
Columbia Pictures
Jon Favreau Films
Michael De Luca Productions
Columbia Pictures 101 minutes
Welcome to the Jungle
Henry Jackman Gyula Pados Steve Edwards
Mark Helfrich
Radar Pictures
Columbia Pictures
Seven Bucks Productions
Matt Tolmach Productions
Sony Pictures Entertainment
Columbia Pictures
Sony Pictures Releasing
119 minutes PG-13
The Next Level
Tara Timpone
Steve Edwards
Mark Helfrich
Columbia Pictures
Hartbeat Productions
Seven Bucks Productions
Matt Tolmach Productions
The Detective Agency Entertainment
123 minutes


Box office performance[edit]

Film Release date Box office gross Budget Ref.
North America Other
Jumanji December 15, 1995 $100,475,249 $162,322,000 $262,797,249 $65 million [7]
Zathura: A Space Adventure November 11, 2005 $29,258,869 $35,062,632 $64,321,501 $65 million [8]
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle December 20, 2017 $404,515,480 $557,562,066 $962,077,546 $90 million [9]
Jumanji: The Next Level December 13, 2019 $319,200,000 $480,900,000 $800,100,000 $125 million [10][11]
Total $853,449,598 $1,235,846,698 $2,089,296,296 $345 million

Critical and public response[edit]

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic CinemaScore PostTrak
Jumanji 55% (38 reviews)[12] 39 (18 reviews)[13] A-[14] N/A
Zathura: A Space Adventure 76% (160 reviews)[15] 67 (30 reviews)[16] B+[14] N/A
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle 76% (232 reviews)[17] 58 (44 reviews)[18] A-[14][19] 84%[19]
Jumanji: The Next Level 72% (240 reviews)[20] 58 (37 reviews)[21] A-[14][22] 58%[22]

Video games[edit]

Jumanji: A Jungle Adventure Game Pack (1996)

Jumanji: A Jungle Adventure is a video game released exclusively in North America for Microsoft Windows on October 9, 1996.[23] It was developed by Studio Interactive and published by Philips Interactive Media. It contains five different action-arcade-based minigames that are based on popular scenes from the film.[24]

Zathura (2005)

Zathura is an action-adventure video game developed by High Voltage Software and published by 2K Games. It was released on November 3, 2005 for PlayStation 2 and Xbox.[25]

Jumanji (2006)

Jumanji is a party video game released exclusively in Europe for the PlayStation 2 on 2006, developed by Atomic Planet Entertainment and published by Blast! Entertainment.[26]

Jumanji (2007)

Fujishoji released a Pachinko game in 2007, using clips from the film and also 3D rendered CGI anime character designs for the game as part of the screen interaction.[27]

Jumanji: The Mobile Game (2017)

Jumanji: The Mobile Game was a mobile game based on the 2017 film Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle developed by Idiocracy Games and published by NHN Entertainment, and released for Android and iOS on December 14, 2017.[28][29] The game was removed from Google Play and App Store on May 2, 2018, and its service ended on May 24, 2018.[30]

Jumanji: The VR Adventure (2018)

Jumanji: The VR Adventure was a virtual reality experience based on the 2017 film Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. Developed by MWM Immersive and published by Sony Pictures Virtual Reality, it was released on Steam for HTC Vive on January 17, 2018.[31] Although it was announced that the experience would be released on Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR,[32] the releases were canceled, as the game was heavily criticized for its poor graphics and hardware performance.[33] It was delisted from Steam on February 9, 2018.[31]

Jumanji: The Video Game (2019)

Jumanji: The Video Game is an action-adventure video game developed by Funsolve and published by Outright Games. Based on Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and Jumanji: The Next Level, it was released on November 8, 2019 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Microsoft Windows.[34]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Whipp, Glenn (November 12, 2005). "'Zathura' creators shun sequel 'Jumanji' label". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Union-Tribune Publishing Co. Archived from the original on January 3, 2018. Retrieved July 21, 2008.
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  3. ^ "Exc: Jake Kasdan talks Jumanji 3 status & why the franchise is so appealing". www.joblo.com. 20 March 2020.
  4. ^ "Exclusive Interview – Jumanji: The Next Level director Jake Kasdan talks nods to the 1995 original, the status of Jumanji 4 and more". Flickering Myth. 20 March 2020.
  5. ^ "Will 'Jumanji 4' Bring Back the Game Cast? Director Jake Kasdan Weighs In". Movieweb. 6 April 2020.
  6. ^ Nemiroff, Perri (7 April 2020). "Director Jake Kasdan Talks the Status of 'Jumanji 4' & Tricky Franchise Time Travel". Collider.
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  16. ^ "Zathura: A Space Adventure Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved December 13, 2019.
  17. ^ "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved December 10, 2019.
  18. ^ "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  19. ^ a b D'Alessandro, Anthony (December 26, 2017). "'Last Jedi' Now At $99M, 'Jumanji' Huge At $72M+; 'All The Money In The World' Opens To $2.6M – Christmas Weekend". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved May 4, 2020.
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  29. ^ Cowley, Ric (December 4, 2017). "NHN Entertainment partners with Sony Pictures on soft-launched Jumanji mobile game tie-in". Pocket Gamer.biz. Retrieved July 4, 2019.
  30. ^ "Dear Adventurers, Every journey must come to an end, and unfortunately, we must announce that Jumanji: The Mobile Game service will end on Wednesday, May 24th PDT. We hope that you have enjoyed the time you spent traveling across the jungles, deserts, and marshes in Jumanji. Thank you for playing and supporting our game. Please accept our sincerest apologies that we cannot support the game indefinitely. This isn't a decision that we came to lightly, and we appreciate your understanding. Please note that all In-App Purchases will be locked out starting on May 2nd, 2018 06:00 PM (PDT). See the details below for the closure schedule. Thank you again for playing with us. Sincerely, Hangame". Jumanji: The Mobile Game Facebook page. April 25, 2018. Retrieved July 4, 2019.
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  32. ^ "Sony Pictures Virtual Reality Partners With Vr Leader Survios To Expand Jumanji Experience To Vr Audiences Worldwide". Sony Pictures Entertainment. January 18, 2018. Retrieved July 4, 2019.
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  34. ^ "The jungle awaits as new video game based on the successful Jumanji film franchise launches November 15, 2019". Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe. June 4, 2019. Retrieved July 4, 2019.