Jumanji was one of those films that managed to terrify as much as it entertained. Never before had anyone put their life on the line just by playing a board game. A film that is still held dearly in the hearts of many 80s and 90s kids, the sequel, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, has now arrived 22 years on from the original. What better time to take a look at what the cast of the first instalment went on to do?
Robin Williams (Alan Parrish)
One of the most well known and beloved actors of all time, Robin Williams had already had huge success before starring in Jumanji. Known also for his stand-up routines and TV appearances alongside film roles, Williams had already been in the likes of Hook, Mrs. Doubtfire, Good Morning, Vietnam, Aladdin and Dead Poets Society before taking the role of Alan Parrish. After Jumanji, Williams went on to star in Good Will Hunting, Night at the Museum, Flubber, and One Hour Photo, to name just a few. Williams passed away in 2014 – a huge blow to Hollywood and the comedy industry.
Jonathan Hyde (Van Pelt/Sam Parrish)
Playing the dual roles of the villain Van Pelt and Alan’s father, Jonathan Hyde had previously starred in a number of TV movies and British TV series, as well as the Macaulay Culkin vehicle Richie Rich. His appearances after Jumanji have been varied to say the least, with the late-nineties seeing Hyde in Titanic, Anaconda, and The Mummy. Since then he has appeared in over 20 series and TV movies, but hasn’t featured as much on the big screen.
Kirsten Dunst (Judy Shepherd)
Just 13 years old when Jumanji was released, Dunst already had several films and TV appearances under her belt. Jumanji, however, was the true springboard for Dunst’s hugely impressive career, making her arguably the most successful cast member after Williams. Four years later she starred in Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides, who she went on to work with further on Marie Antoinette and The Beguiled. She also starred as Mary-Jane in Spider-Man and the two following sequels, as another Mary in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and headed back to TV to take one of the lead roles in the second series of Fargo.
Bradley Pierce (Peter Shepherd)
Despite being the youngest member of the main cast, Bradley Pierce already had a number of films and TV roles under his belt before starring in Jumanji, most notably as Chip in Beauty and the Beast. Aside from appearances in a few TV series and The Borrowers in 1997, Pierce has predominantly worked as a voiceover artist for a range of animated films and video games, including The LEGO Movie Videogame and The Wild Thornberries.
Bonnie Hunt (Sarah Whittle)
Prior to Jumanji, Hunt’s most notable role had been as the waitress in the ‘toothpicks scene’ in Rain Man, followed up by Beethoven and Beethoven’s 2nd. Since ’95 she has been a constant on our screens and as a voiceover artist, with an incredibly impressive filmography consisting of the likes of Jerry Maguire, Toy Story (including all of the sequels), A Bug’s Life, The Green Mile, Monsters, Inc. and Cars. She is currently working on Toy Story 4, due for release in 2019.