Alex Vreeke is a video game loving, musician student and resident of Brantford, New Hampshire.
In 1996, Alex Vreeke received the Jumanji board game, found by his father on a beach in the middle of his jogging. When Alex examined the game, he immediately lost interest in it, asking himself, "Who plays board games?" in a snarky tone. The game, sensing Alex's interest in video games, adapted to modern times and tastes by magically transforming its game-board into a video game cartridge which caught Alex's attention later that night. As he played it, he selected the avatar Seaplane McDonough, and was subsequently teleported into the game. Like Alan Parrish before him, the sudden and prolonged uncertainty of Alex's fate led to his parents, and more notably, his father losing his faith and the house being dilapidated for years.
Alone in the game, Seaplane (Alex) had attempted to reach the Jaguar Shrine by using both a hot air balloon and a plane to escape from the game. Both escape attempts were unsuccessful after crashing the hot air ballon and his plane being shot down by Orangutans: costing Seaplane (Alex) two lives, and leaving him with enough severe anxiety to make him stay clear of the Shed.
Twenty-one years later in 2017, four students in Brantford High School: Spencer Gilpin, Anthony "Fridge" Johnson, Bethany Walker, and Martha Kaply, (who previously found Jumanji when they were placed in detention together) each became transported into the game too. Along the way, the group started working together to obtain a clue from a Black Mamba at "The Bazaar", but were cornered by Russell Van Pelt's Army, yet fortunately rescued by Jefferson "Seaplane" McDonough (Alex) with a distraction using a smoke bomb. Recuperating in a tree house built by Alan Parrish, Seaplane (Alex) informed the newcomers about the house and explained to them that many other players were sent into the game, even before him. Seaplane (Alex) laid the treehouse with citronella candles to keep himself safe from Mosquitoes, as their bites are one of his weaknesses. By adding the missing avatar and player: Seaplane McDonough, the group soon realised that they were actually meant to find him. Despite Seaplane (Alex) being terrified of going back to the "Transportation Shed" due to being on his last life, he agreed to venture the rest of the way with them back home.
On the way, Seaplane (Alex) used some outdated slang and interest in old celebrities, raising questions on on the year he thinks it is: Alex, thinking he has only been in the game for a few months, is regrettably corrected by the three male avatars that its not 1996 at all, he has actually been in the game for twenty-one years. Distraught, Seaplane (Alex) became silent with shock before the group vowed to help him return home. Working together, the group broke into the "Transportation Shed", which brought Seaplane (Alex) into a state of panic as he had previously gone through traumatic experiences in the shed. After the gang helped Alex to calm down from his panicked state, they commandeer the Evac-Helicopter to cross the canyon, but lost control because of taking gunfire from Van Pelt's soldiers and flying into "The Canyon". After issues with the helicopter, they group landed safely on the other side of The Canyon. Almost immediatly, Seaplane (Alex) applauded his new friends for helping do something he couldn't do before, but quickly began to lose his last life after a Mosquito bit him. Shelly Oberon (Bethany) performed CPR and mouth-to-mouth in time and saved Seaplane (Alex) by transferring a spare life to him.
Finally reaching "The Defenders", Franklin "Mouse" Finbar (Fridge) conducted a plan akin to football to survive the level, which included Seaplane (Alex) acting as a distraction to the Jaguars so Smolder Bravestone (Spencer) could use the main path to make it to the Jaguar Statue. When the five players reached the base of the Jaguar Statue, they found Professor Van Pelt holding Shelly Oberon (Bethany) as a hostage. Because Alex and Bethany have bonded over the course of the game, and kindled a subtle romance, Seaplane (Alex) tried to protect Shelly (Bethany) from Van Pelt's gunfire as Ruby Roundhouse (Martha) and Smolder Bravestone (Spencer) teamed up to restore the Jewel to the Jaguar's Eye.
The game successfully ended with all the players all calling out the game’s name, with Van Pelt disintegrating into creatures he previously controlled. Nigel Billingsley then appeared and offered Alex shake his hand first, allowing him to return to reality in Brantford as the other players did the same, and revert to their former selves. When the high-schoolers were put back in 2017, they noticed Alex did not come back with them. Curious and looking for Alex, they passed by the Vreeke household (once the neglected home of Alex's father "Old Man" Vreeke), and discover it has been restored.
When a now adult Alex appeared, he recognised the group and expressed joy to meet them again, thanking them for helping him and told them he was returned to the moment he started the game in 1996, and history was changed. He is now married and had a son named Andy while his eldest daughter was named after Bethany, out of gratitude for Bethany saving his life.
- Alex's role essentially serves as a parallel to that of Alan Parrish, down to going missing for 20+ years, his family's lives after the disappearance effects and time being reversed when the game is won, even finding a treehouse made by Parrish. The differences between Parrish and Vreeke he was trapped in Jumanji for an extra 6 years, while the latter was trapped 6 years less. Also for Alex, he is simply sent back in time to 1996 and rewrites his part of history by never getting trapped. Unlike with Judy and Peter Shepherd, Alex being returned to his own time does not undo the game played by the other teens or lose their memories, akin to the animated series versions.
- The game console used in the Jumanji video game is actually Alex's console. The board merely transformed itself into the game cartridge Alex plugged into his console.
- Mason Guccione plays the teenage boy who played, and was trapped inside, the Jumanji video game for 21 years. He is credited as "Gamer". An uncredited Colin Hanks portrays the adult Alex Vreeke after he returns to 1996 and appears 21 years later.
- While it's not explictly told whether modern day Alex has a wife, a woman is seen in the passenger seat of their mini-van as he arrives back at his house before seeing the kids.
|Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle|
|Jumanji||Smolder Bravestone • Ruby Roundhouse • Franklin "Mouse" Finbar • Shelly Oberon • Seaplane McDonough • Nigel Billingsley|
|Brantford||Bethany Walker • Spencer Gilpin • Martha Kaply • Anthony Johnson • Alex Vreeke • Principal Bentley • Coach Webb • Lucinda • "Old Man" Vreeke|
|Antagonists||Russell Van Pelt • Russell Van Pelt's Army|
|Animals||Rhinoceros • Elephant • Monkey • Crocodile • Bat • Mosquito • Spider • Jaguar • Hippopotamus • Zebra • Snake • Vulture • Orangutan|
|Objects||Board Game • Video Game • Jaguar's Eye • Pound Cake|
|Locations||Jumanji Realm • Brantford • Brantford High School • Bazaar • Jaguar Shrine • Parrish Treehouse • Transportation Shed • Vreeke House|