Jumanji came out in 1995 and made a brief splash in the mud puddle of popular culture not for its story, nor for the nostalgia of its source material (a 1981 children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg), but simply because of its name. Jumanji was fun to say, so people said it…often. Heck, it still is. Even typing the word has its joys and is worth all the italicizing I have to do to stick it in this article as much as possible.
Jumanji is the story of a boy named Allan who gets trapped in a magical jungle game for 26 years and can only free himself by helping some other kids finish the game he started while saving their town from all the jungle shenanigans that it releases. The exterior scenes in Jumanji were filmed mostly in Keene, NH, which is in the southwest corner of the state. The film makers came, renamed the town Brantford, unleashed their ILM-rendered animals to run amok in the town, gave a bunch of locals “I met Robin Williams” stories, and then left…their only trace a large mural advertisement on a brick wall in the middle of town.