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14 Delightful Things You Didn't Know About "Jumanji"

The family film that was also kind of terrifying

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1. Little Scarlett Johansson auditioned for the role of overall-clad Judy Shepherd.

She didn't get it, obviously, because only Kirsten Dunst could deliver this riddle with the gravitas it deserves:

"Don't be fooled, it isn't thunder / Staying put would be a blunder."

2. When Van Pelt goes to fetch a new rifle, the Mexican national anthem is playing in the background.

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Fun fact: When the film played in Mexico, that track was wisely removed.


6. David Alan Grier plays Carl Bentley in the film, a man who's an adult when Alan goes into the game, and is meant to be much older when he comes out. However, in real life, David's four years younger than Robin Williams.

7. This movie messed up with the math, just a bit.

Remember that scene where Judy, Sarah, Alan, and Peter are playing Jumanji in the attic? And Judy says she can win if she rolls a twelve, but then fails when she rolls a three. And on her next roll, Alan tells Judy she can win if she rolls a seven?

Turns out she'd really need a nine, because twelve minus three is definitely not seven. Whoops!

8. "Jumanji" also had some issues with consistency.

Just as an example, when little Alan discovers Jumanji it's in a dirt wall at a construction site. Then, when little Sarah asks him about it, he claims to have found it inside the factory. Whoops again!