Greetings, I am the Son of Andross (not really), a mega Jumanji fan and internet blogger. Something that has come to my attention when working on the Jumanji Wiki is that there are a large amount of references, nods and tie-ins to the World of Oz works of L.Frank.Baum. Due to the popularity of the 1939 film adaption of the Wizard of Oz, films have been infused by it for nearly a century and therefore have landed sly references in several pop culture and media which are not too hard to notice.
A common fan theory is that the stern hunter Van Pelt in the 1995 film serves as an allegory for Alan's difficult relationship with his overly serious father Sam. The most obvious clue being that Van Pelt and Sam Parrish are dual performed by Jonathan …
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In the brand new adventure Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, the tables are turned as four teenagers are sucked into the world of Jumanji.
When four high-school kids discover an old video game console with a game they’ve never heard of – Jumanji – they are immediately drawn into the game’s jungle setting, literally becoming the avatars they chose: gamer Spencer becomes a brawny adventurer (Dwayne Johnson); football jock Fridge loses (in his words) “the top two feet of his body” and becomes an Einstein (Kevin Hart); popular girl Bethany becomes a middle-aged male professor (Jack Black); and wallflower Martha becomes a badass warrior (Karen Gillan).
What they discover is that you don’t just play Jumanji – you must survive it. To beat the game an…Read more >