Watch This Before You Go See Jumanji: The Next Level
If it's been a while since you've seen the first two Jumanji films or if you've avoided the sinister game until now we've got you covered. We've gathered everything you need to know before you see Jumanji: The Next Level, including past events, new characters, and more. Gather up your gear, because we're heading back into the jungle.
The original Jumanji film is based on the 1981 picture book of the same name by Chris Van Allsburg in which a pair of siblings named Judy and Peter Shepherd come across the titular board game in the park. In the films, the characters come upon the game in much the same way, with all of them happening upon it seemingly by accident — although the films imply that the game has a degree of sentience to it and can manipulate circumstances so that it can be found and played.
After finding a board game called Jumanji at a construction site in 1969, Alan Parrish begins playing with his friend, Sarah Whittle. However, they've barely begun to play before Alan is sucked into the game, with a message that he must wait in the jungle until someone rolls a five or eight. But instead of taking her turn, the terrified Sarah flees from the house, and the game is placed in the attic.
Later, in 1995, orphans Judy and Peter Shepherd move into Alan Parrish's old house with their aunt and discover the game in the attic. They begin to play, and Peter's roll releases Alan from the game.
Now an adult, Alan has been living in the jungle for the past 26 years, and he uses the skills he's acquired there to help the children fend off the animals and natural disasters that emerge from the game. However, since the game from 1969 was never finished, they have to find the adult Sarah and convince her to take her turn so that they can complete the game and return everything to normal.
After taking turns that result in the game unleashing increasingly catastrophic levels of mayhem and destruction, Alan finally finishes the game and says …
Everything is returned to its pre-game state, including Alan going back to 1969, where he grows up to marry Sarah and prevent the accident that killed Judy and Peter's parents.
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Press start to play | 0:16
Tutorial level | 1:55
Continue? | 2:47
Let's Play: Jumanji | 3:50
Choose your character | 4:58
1-UP! | 6:12
The story so far... | 7:22
New game + | 8:35
New challengers | 9:36