It's come to our attention - via social media, the commenter community, and through a number of very surprising conversations - that there exists a sizable fanbase for Jumanji, the 1995 Robin Williams vehicle based on the novel of the same name by Chris Van Allsburg. People love that goddamn movie, and they do not like it when you are casually dismissive of it in their presence.
One can't help but wonder what that fanbase will make of this new Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle trailer.
Right off the bat, we know that the setup's different: rather than the world of Jumanji coming into our own via an old timey board game, Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle posits a video game that actually pulls players into the Jumanji world. Oh, you've still got your stampeding animals and your dangling vines and your breathless sense of adventure, but this time the characters have their own HUDs and fight dudes in jungle villages.
Speaking as someone who's not beholden to Jumanji mythology (editor's note: hi, that's a sentence I wrote today), I kinda feel like the Jumanji sequel looks like it might be big, dumb fun. I mean, if nothing else, it's got The Rock punching Kevin Hart. That's one ticket sold already.
Here's the official plot synopsis:
"Four high school kids discover an old video game console and are drawn into the game's jungle setting, literally becoming the adult avatars they chose. What they discover is that you don't just play Jumanji - you must survive it. To beat the game and return to the real world, they'll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, discover what Alan Parrish left 20 years ago, and change the way they think about themselves - or they'll be stuck in the game forever."
What say you, Jumanji enthusiasts? You gonna give this one a whirl when it arrives on December 20th, or not so much? Sound off in the comments below.