JUMANJI

‘That game is too dangerous for children to play!’ says Alan Parrish. Alan Parrish should know. He played the game in 1969 and disappeared! Jumanji is a story for children about a very strange game – a game that becomes far too real and frightening for the players. It was originally a story by Chris Van Allsburg. It was released as a film in 1995, starring the famous American actor Robin Williams. The story begins in 1869 in New Hampshire, America. Two young brothers bury a box under some trees. They fear that someone will find the box some time – ‘Then God help them,’ says one of the boys. A hundred years later, in 1969, a boy, Alan Parrish, finds the box and takes it home. He’s unhappy because his father wants to send him to boarding school. Alan’s friend Sarah arrives and they open the box. Inside is a board game. They throw the dice and words appear: ‘Do you want to leave the world behind? Then this is the game for you.’ Suddenly Alan finds that he is disappearing into the game. The story moves on to 1995. Peter and Judy Shepherd are orphans. They come to live in the same house that Alan Parrish lived in. They find the game, Jumanji, in an attic room, and start to play it; the first throw of the dice unleashes an unexpected sequence of events …

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