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Trivia for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

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  • Robin Williams played the lead role of Alan Parrish in original Jumanji (1995).
  • As of April 22, 2016, Dwayne Johnson (The Rock) confirmed via Twitter that he will star in this film and that shooting will start in Fall 2016.
  • This was the second collaboration between Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart. The first was Central Intelligence (2016).
  • In August 2016, Dwayne Johnson confirmed that the film will not be a reboot or a remake, but a sequel to the original film and a tribute to Robin Williams.
  • Tom Holland was originally cast as Seaplane McDonough, but had to drop out of the film because he was busy with Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017).
  • On Dwayne Johnson's official Facebook page, Johnson announced Karen Gillan will star in the film.
  • It had been speculated that Karen Gillan's (Martha) character was Alan Parish's daughter seeing as the timeline fits and the setting in this movie is the same as the 1995 Film. However Martha's surname is Kaply not Whittle (Alan's wife maiden name) or Parrish meaning she's not their daughter.
  • Ruby Roundhouse's outfit was influenced by Lara Croft, the main protagonist of the Tomb Raider video games. As an in-joke, Martha comments on how impractical the outfit is to wear in the jungle.
  • Karen Gillan recorded a video for her official Instagram account on the set with her stunt doubles and stated that being an actress is hard.
  • Karen Gillan posted a photo to her official Instagram page of herself and her personal trainer, Scott Pearlman, who helped get her into shape for the film, and she thanked Pearlman for whipping her into shape for the movie.
  • The film's African jungle setting was shot in Hawaii.
  • It was speculated that the film's plot revolved around Karen Gillan, Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black and Kevin Hart's characters playing the Jumanji board game and finding themselves trapped in the board game and setting out to find a way of escaping from the Jumanji jungle and back into their world.
  • The original Jumanji (1995) is one of Karen Gillan's favorite films.
  • Jack Black, Colin Hanks and Jake Kasdan have worked together on Orange County (2002).
  • James Newton Howard was originally announced as the film's composer, but had to leave due to schedule conflicts.
  • Dwayne Johnson coincidentally starred in The Rundown (2003), which was originally called "Welcome to the Jungle" and known as that in other countries.
  • The film is subtitled "Welcome to the Jungle", and has the Guns N Roses song "Welcome to the Jungle" in its teaser trailer.
  • In the aftermath of Jumanji (1995) actor Robin Williams's suicide, many people spoke out against this film. The crew assured that this film would provide a great tribute to Williams.
  • This is a direct sequel to Jumanji (1995), but the second sequel to the film after Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005) (which was a magical space game).
  • This was Jack Black's third adventure film set in a jungle. Black had starred in King Kong (2005) as the filmmaker Carl Denham and in Tropic Thunder (2008), playing an actor, Jeff Portnoy. In this film, he plays a virtual character.
  • Jack Black had starred opposite Catherine Tate in Gulliver's Travels (2010). Both Catherine Tate and Karen Gillan had starred in Doctor Who (2005) and both actresses are natural redheads.
  • Dwayne Johnson's second film including 'Welcome To The Jungle' in the title. The other being titled as 'The Rundown' in the U.S. but Welcome to the Jungle in some other territories.
  • 17 years before the movie's release, Dwayne Johnson had appeared in Star Trek: Voyager (2000) (TV Series) as The Champion. Karen Gillan is a fan of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) (TV Series).
  • It was speculated that the film would be about Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart and Jack Black's characters finding the board game and being sucked into the world of Jumanji and setting out to find a way of escaping back into the real world.
  • This film is set in the same city (Brantford, New Hampshire) as the first film.
  • This is the first Jumanji film to be shot in the widescreen 2.39:1 aspect ratio.
  • 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 (non-forgettable, iconic) scream.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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. That is Johnson's weight and height in real life * 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'?"
  • Jack Black and Colin Hanks (older Alex) have both appeared in Orange County, King Kong and now Jumanji.
  • Fridge's football jersey reads #94. Dwayne Johnson was formerly a football player at the University of Miami with his jersey reading #94.
  • 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).
  • Dwyane Johnson also is named Spencer in Hbo series Ballers
  • 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).
  • The "not blinking" segment in the bazaar is a nod to Karen Gillan and the infamous Doctor Who episode Blink (2007).
  • Towards the beginning of the movie, one of the characters is seen wearing a yellow raincoat and standing in front of a rundown dilapidated house, eerily reminiscent of the movie It (2017).
  • Uncredited cameo by Colin Hanks which he co starred with Jack Black & director Jake Kasdan in Orange County (2002)
  • The open field scene where the cast was chased by cyclists was shot at a ranch in Hawaii, where Jurassic World (2015) was filmed. When the camera is at a particular angle, you can tell exactly what scene was used there from Jurassic World.
  • A poster for Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (2016) hangs in Spencer's room, whose score was also composed by Henry Jackman.
  • Karen Gillan's breakthrough TV series Doctor Who (2005) (TV Series) predated the Scottish actress starring in the movie. In Doctor Who: The Pandorica Opens (2010) (TV Episode) Amy Pond (Gillan) and The Doctor (Matt Smith) visit a jungle planet called Planet One.
  • The film borrows a plot element from TRON: Legacy (2010). When our heroes enter the world of Jumanji, they meet Alex Vareek whom has been living in Jumanji after being trapped there for 20 years.
  • At the beginning when the four are in detention and told to take staples out of the magazines in the large tubs, a magazine cover with Robin Williams' face is briefly shown. A way to pay tribute to Robin who starred in the first Jumanji movie.
  • The brand of the radio-cassette player, is Sony.
  • All the Brantford High School scenes were shot at the same school Goosebumps (2015) was filmed, which also starred Jack Black.
  • 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 rolling.
  • Karen Gillian knew her co-star Dwayne Johnson was a wrestler before he became an actor, she, who isn't into wrestling, had no idea how successful at wrestling until her co-stars Kevin Hart and Jack Black, both wrestling fans, pointed it out to her.
  • Kevin Hart was sick during the filming of the helicopter scene.
  • Despite one of Smolder Bravestone's official in-game strengths being "Fearlessness," Spencer is constantly scared by various things (such as a surprise squirrel or "Moose"/Fridge acting like he is going to hit him) throughout his time in Jumanji, just like he is back in the real world.
  • A younger Jack Black did a commercial for a video game called Pitfall. Black's younger self wore the same hat.
  • A rare ex-Military Land Rover 101GS can be spotted in one scene. The other Land Rover is a also milspec Defender 110s.
  • Professor Oberon's bow tie in the film was made by a woman in Kennebunk, Maine where part of the original film was shot.
  • 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
  • There is a scene in the movie where Dwayne Johnson's character begins referring to himself in third person and the other characters comment on it. This is a nod to Dwayne Johnson's WWE persona "The Rock," as one of his main character traits is speaking about himself in third person, "Do you smell what The Rock is cookin'?"
  • The football player's nickname, "Fridge," is a nod to American football player William Perry, who was known as "The Refrigerator," or "The Fridge."
  • Actor Tim Matheson, who played Old Man Vreeke, proprietor of the dilapidated "Freak House," is most celebrated for his role as Eric Stratton, member of the Delta Tau Chi fraternity who lived in the "Animal House" in the comedy film Animal House (1978).
  • This is the second movie named "Welcome to the Jungle" in which Dwayne Johnson stars in.
  • "Alan Parsons was here" is carved into a branch on the tree house in Jumanji.
  • When Spencer is played by Dwayne Johnson for the first time in the movie, he cocks his eyebrow in a strange way. This is the people's eyebrow, Johnson's signature move from his wrestling career.
  • Though they had no scenes together, both Jack Black and Colin Hanks previously appeared in King Kong (2005).
  • Thirty-five years before this film's release, Colin Hank's father, Tom Hanks, starred in the TV movie Maze and Monsters (1982), where Hanks played a young man in which he and a group of friends play a fantasy board game which dangerously soon draws the line between fantasy and reality.
  • Durning the gym scene you can see in the backround that Brantford High School's mascot is a jaguar, which could be a nod to the final level of the game 'The Defenders' where the jaguars statue is being protected by real jaguars.
  • Both Nick Jonas and Alex Wolff formed a band with their brothers, Jonas Brothers and Nat & Alex Wolff, respectively.

Spoilers

  • Some audition tapes that have been found seem to hint that the sequel will focus on a video game and not a board game like the first movie.
  • Robin Williams's character of Alan Parrish makes an appearance in the film through archive footage.
  • 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 generally took out jungle hazards into the real world and sucked people in only occasionally.
  • Shortly after meeting Seaplane, he takes the group to a Tree House owned by Alan Parish. Alan Parish is the name of Robin Williams' character in the original. Thus making this the hideout he used while being trapped in the game.
  • At Seaplane McDonough's camp, there is a sign that says "Alan Parrish" 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. Later, after returning home, Alex names his oldest son Alan.
  • In the original Jumanji (1995), Van Pelt was a big-game hunter. In this film, Van Pelt is an explorer who can control animals.
  • The missing piece found in the movie was Alan Parrish's piece. He was the elephant.
  • At the end of the film, Alex introduces his son, Alan. Paying tribute to Robin Williams who died in 2014 and played the co-lead for the previous film 19 years before his death.
  • At the end of the game, when the jewel is returned, the original board game path can be seen illuminated, surrounding the jaguar.
  • Colin Hanks (grown up Alex) previously worked with Jack Black in "King Kong" (2005).
  • Colin Hanks makes a cameo at the end of the movie as adult Alex. Colin Hank's father actor Tom Hanks had previously starred opposite Karen Gillan in the suspense thriller The Circle (2017) and Colin Hanks had starred opposite Jack Black in the comedy Orange County (2002) 15 years earlier.
  • 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 Parish, who was trapped in Jumanji for twenty-six years.
  • While Jumanji has turned into a video game, parts of it pay homage to its previous board game mode: * one clue appears as a rhyming couplet * another clue appears in the form of an elephant token. This was Alan Parrish's game piece from Jumanji (1995), the last player who was stuck in the game for two decades * albino rhinos appear in Jumanji. As a board game, one of its board game pieces was a white rhino * when the game is completed, the landscape shows interlocking paths that resemble Jumanji's board game layout.
  • 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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