The Music of Jumanji

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Jumanji (1995) has got to be one of my favourite movies. It’s one you always see on television on a random Saturday night in the 7.30pm timeslot. I watched it last weekend, on the couch cross-legged, edged forward with a rigid back, eyes popping out of my head and heart trembling.


Despite the plot, tortured characters and a tantalising concept of an evil, other-worldly, 19th century jungle which we’re only left to imagine, it’s the music that does it for me. I still get chills when I hear those violins streaking through the silence and the brass sound out like rolling thunder. Oh and that iconic flute that splashes amongst the orchestra, giving Jumanji its haunting tribal essence…just wow.

It’s the score that makes me wonder what Chris van Allsburg’s world of Jumanji phsically looks like. I know the animated series was created after the movie’s success but it’s not the same; I want a live-action visual to what Alan Parrish went through living in Jumanji for 26 years.

I need a remake or prequel or spin-off or whatever the terminology is! I want to see Jumanji in it’s roaring, terrifying timeless past as well as a reinvention of its invasion into the modern world.

And Oh My God as I was writing that last paragraph, I took a sneaky look at Wikipedia and found this.

In July 2012, rumors emerged about a remake of the film already being in development. Columbia Pictures president Doug Belgrad had a conversation with The Hollywood Reporter, saying: “We’re going to try and reimagine Jumanji and update it for the present.”[6] On August 1, 2012, it was confirmed that Matthew Tolmach will be producing the new version alongside William Teitler, who produced the original film.

AHHHH!!! I doubled checked on IMDB and found an entry for Jumanji that states ‘in development’. Eep!

HOWEVER I want a similar score because it really was magical. Please don’t dumb down a seriously creative idea for abs, T&A and severe CGI. Regardless, that’s exciting news.

For those who don’t remember the music, here are some examples. Prepare for your hair to stand up on end.

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