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The Correct Order To Watch The Jumanji Franchise – SlashFilm

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The “Jumanji” filmed media franchise was release to the public in the following order:

  • “Jumanji” (1995)
  • “Jumanji: The Animated Series” (1996 – 1999)
  • “Zathura: A Space Adventure” (2005)
  • “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” (2017)
  • “Jumanji: The Next Level” (2019)

“Jumanji: The Animated Series” is a direct continuation of the 1995 film, and features Alan (Bill Fagerbakke) and the two Shepherd children, Judy (Debi Derryberry) and Peter (Ashley Johnson), getting into additional magical jungle adventures. The show lasted for 40 episodes over three seasons. 

Jon Favreau’s “Zathura” isn’t a direct sequel to “Jumanji,” and shares none of the same characters, but it’s certainly part of the same universe. The premise is identical to “Jumanji”: A magical board game, when played by two lonely kids, magically manifests in their living room. Only by finishing the game will the magic be undone. The twist is that Zathura is a sci-fi-themed board game, and the magical manifestations include robots and astronauts instead of lions and Colonialists. We’d recommend watching this franchise in release order for the most part, but since “Zathura” is a standalone story, you could save it until last if you want. 

It’s worth noting that “Jumanji” was adapted into multiple video games over the years, including a PC game in 1996, and a PlayStation 2 game in 2006. Jake Kasdan’s 2017 film “Welcome to the Jungle” updated its premise to match changing technology, forcing a quartet of teenagers to be magically transported into the “Jumanji” jungle dimension via a vintage “Jumanji” video game. While inside the game world, the teens are transformed into their on-screen avatars, now played by Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, and Jack Black. Made for about $150 million, “Jungle” made a whopping $962 million.

2019’s “The Next Level,” was a direct sequel to “Welcome to the Jungle,” and featured the same cast and video-game-based premise. It was also a smash hit, making $801 million on a $125 million budget. 

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