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WATCH: Jumanji: Everything you didn't know

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Dec 1, 2017

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Jack Black, Karen Gillen, and Kevin Hart, is primed to stampede into theaters on December 20.

 

But before you trek into your multiplex seat, SYFY WIRE wants to make sure you're adequately outfitted with the right gear by taking a dangerously informative excursion into the first Jumanji movie, starring Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst, Bonnie Hunt, and Bradley Pierce.

The wild follow-up changes the original 1995 film's premise of a supernatural jungle-themed board game that seeps into the real world and instead has four teenagers discovering a vintage video game console that sucks them into the action and transforms them into avatars of the game's central characters.

Ready to roll the dice on our immersive adventure into director Joe Johnston's (Captain America: The First Avenger, The Rocketeer) Jumanji and the story behind how it was adapted from the Caldecott Award-winning children's fantasy book by Chris Van Allsburg (The Polar Express, Zathura) into a genuine box-office smash?

Bring your breadcrumbs and beware of rampaging rhinos and hungry lions along the path in the video above!

Additional material by Jeff Spry.