Jumanji is a Video Game in First Trailer for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Instead getting pulled into a cursed board game, the Jumanji sequel starring Dwayne ‘the Rock’ Johnson sucks students into a retro-themed video game.


The premiere trailer for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle reveals that the movie centers on students trapped within a cursed video game instead of a board game.

In the original film starring Robin Williams, a group of players discovered an old board game by the name of Jumanji. Playing the game caused them to get sucked into its world, a jungle teeming with dangerous animals and traps. The film was based on a 1981 children’s book of the same name.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is a sequel to the Robin Williams film, and stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson alongside Kevin Hart, Karen Gillian, and Jack Black. The movie is slated to arrive in theaters this December.  You can watch the trailer below.

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David L. Craddock writes fiction, nonfiction, and grocery lists. He is the author of the Stay Awhile and Listen series, and the Gairden Chronicles series of fantasy novels for young adults. Outside of writing, he enjoys playing Mario, Zelda, and Dark Souls games, and will be happy to discuss at length the myriad reasons why Dark Souls 2 is the best in the series. Follow him online at davidlcraddock.com and @davidlcraddock.

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    June 29, 2017 12:05 PM

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      June 29, 2017 2:32 PM

      It makes sense for them to have updated it to a video game, and I even kind of liked the idea of the kids assuming avatars in the Jumanji world. I don't know if this looks like a good movie, but it honestly looks better than I would have expected.

      And let's be honest, the original Jumanji isn't exactly a cinematic classic or anything.

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        June 29, 2017 3:06 PM

        What? I loved Jumanji :( it's a classic to me!

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          June 29, 2017 3:11 PM

          There's movies I love from my childhood (I say this having no idea how old you are) that are not movies I would defend on their cinematic merits as an adult. Childhood nostalgia favorites operate on a different level and that's totally okay. But I've gotta be frank, Jumanji is a really odd movie with a really odd tone and some glaring has-not-aged-well-at-all CG work.

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      June 29, 2017 2:45 PM

      Just no.... They should've just stuck with the board game scenario...

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        June 29, 2017 3:05 PM

        Is there really an appreciable difference, though? The meat & potatoes of the premise is that something fake/fantastical becomes real. It's kinda the same regardless of whether or not the fake thing is a book (Labyrinth, The Neverending Story) a TV show (Pleasantville), a board game (Jumanji, Zathura), a cartoon (The Pagemaster, Cool World), or a video game (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Tron). It's all the same thing.

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          June 29, 2017 7:10 PM

          I liked in better in the original film as board games have been around far longer than video games, and Tron and its sequel handled the premise far better.

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      June 29, 2017 3:29 PM

      That looks far more entertaining than I would have expected.

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        June 29, 2017 3:29 PM

        Yeah. I feel dirty for actually kind of wanting to see it. Probably not in the theater, though.

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        June 30, 2017 7:37 AM

        Same here

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      June 29, 2017 4:06 PM

      That's either going to be mildly entertaining or a complete train-wreck.

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      June 29, 2017 5:13 PM

      I'm just mad the system looked like an Atari but had 480i graphics like a PS2.

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      June 29, 2017 6:23 PM

      Not sure if they should have called this Jumanji but I kinda like it.

      What's insane is that this movie is using the name Jumanji but has very little to do with the original plot.

      But a while back they made a movie that was just like Jumanji but didn't use the name.


      Basically the author of Jumanji wrote a new book that was basically Jumanji in space and they made a movie of that. No Robin Williams meant no one went to see it.

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        June 29, 2017 6:42 PM

        Both Jumanji and Zathura are excellent movies.

        This new one might be good, too, but using the name Jumanji seems a bit misleading. It was always the mysterious interacting with the real world and the players trying to survive in order to finish the game and reset everything.

        That aspect seems like it's removed from the new one :(

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      June 29, 2017 6:32 PM

      As an adult, when I think back on the original Jumanji movie, what sticks with me is Robin William's character's journey. The relationship with his dad, the allusions to the horrors he faced in the Jumanji-world, the fact that this merciless hunter trying to kill him resembles his dad, and his lack of human contact for so many years.

      Now, I know the original didn't make those concepts the main focus, as others have said it was an odd movie, but those themes have stuck with me the deepest over the years, even though I haven't seen the movie in a very long time. I think back to the moment Robin's character is finally transported back to his child life and reunites with his dad, it was a beautiful moment.

      From the trailer, this movie doesn't appear to have even the faintest hint of any of those themes. The name and the 'being transported in to a jungle game' are where the similarities begin and end.

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        June 29, 2017 7:22 PM

        yeah lets be realistic, the Williams movie was fantastic and that is what this one is going to be judged against.

        Even if this one is somewhat decent.

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