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  • Like Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017), this is heading into theaters at the same time as a Star Wars movie. Welcome to the Jungle came out a week after Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017), and this film came out a week before Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker (2019).
  • Filmed partially at Glamis Dunes in California during February, 2019.
  • Jack Black referred to this movie as Jumanji 4, citing Jumanji (1995), Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005) and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) as the other films in the series.
  • During filming, Jack Black was running a behind the scenes vlog for his "Jablinski Games" YouTube channel.
  • Saw one of the fastest turnarounds from filming to theatrical release for a major studio film. Filming did not begin until February 2019 and wrapped four months later in May, for a December release only seven months later. Most films complete filming nearly a year before their release.
  • This is the first Jumanji movie to be filmed In Panavision, unlike its predecessor, Welcome to the Jungle, which was filmed spherically. Both movies were filmed with ARRI Alexa Mini cameras.
  • Marks the fourth collaboration between Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart having worked together in Central Intelligence (2016), Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017), and Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019), in which Hart had a cameo appearance.
  • The "real world" characters from the last film are all credited as "Young." Young Spencer, Young Bethany, etc. Colin Hanks is credited as "Young Alex," even though he is older than his avatar, played by Nick Jonas.
  • The first time we see Bethany in the previous film she's taking a selfie. In this film, the first time we see her she's taking a photo, but not of herself.
  • Alex names his daughter, Bethany, after the girl who saved his life in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017). In this movie, the two Bethany girls are played by actors who share the name Madison.
  • Reunites director Jake Kasdan with actors Colin Hanks and Jack Black for their third movie together. The first two were Orange County (2002) and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017).
  • After the main characters have entered the game, Nigel's airplane is an Antonov An-2.
  • This is the third time Colin Hanks and Rhys Darby have worked together. The first being the sitcom, Life in Pieces (2015), and the second being Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017).
  • Danny DeVito and Danny Glover also appeared together in The Rainmaker (1997).
  • A brief musical leitmotif sounding strikingly similar to the main theme from Lawrence of Arabia (1962) plays during the desert sequence. This is likely a fitting homage to the similar landscapes and the adventurous spirit both films share.
  • This is the fifth time Jack Black and Colin Hanks have worked together. The first being Orange County (2002), second being King Kong (2005), third being Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny (2006), and fourth being Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017).
  • Wilhelm Scream: When Seaplane rides the horse through the mandrills.
  • Wilhelm Scream: When Ruby slams a guy into a table during the dance fight.
  • In Kevin Hart's 2009 comedy stand up special entitled "I'm a Grown Little Man" he tells a story of him and his friends getting chased by an Ostrich. In this movie, Kevin and some of his co-stars get chased by numerous Ostriches.

Spoilers

  • This film connects to Jumanji (1995) as Bebe Neuwirth reprises her role as Nora.
  • Colin Hanks makes a return cameo as Alex, the player behind the avatar Seaplane played by Nick Jonas.
  • There is a mid-credits scene in which animals from Jumanji manifest in the real world. In the original 1995 film, the game brought the dangers of the jungle OUT of the game, rather than sucking real people INTO the game (Alan Parish being the obvious exception).
  • Shelley Oberon (Jack Black) is the most used avatar in the game as three different characters "become" him in the film: Fridge, Martha and Bethany. Seaplane (Nick Jonas) is the least used as only one character, Alex, uses him.
  • At the end of this movie, Spencer is teaching his grandfather to play the same game he is playing at the beginning of the previous film.
  • One of Bebe Neuwirth's earliest on-screen appearance was on Cheers (1982) alongside Danny DeVito's wife, Rhea Perlman. Neuwirth later became a regular on the show and DeVito was known to frequently visit the set.
  • This film borrows two elements from a draft of the previous movie, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017). First, Bravestone encounters a scorned NPC ex-lover who leads them to a clue. Also, the team traverses the rope bridges, with Van Pelt's men chasing them instead of mandrills, which was supposed to be the climax of the Welcome to the Jungle.
  • The reason Eddie, Milo, and Nora do not recall the events of the original movie is because those events were erased when the game reset the time line back to the moment when Alan got sucked into the game. The only characters who would remember those events are Alan and his wife Sarah. This is similar to how Spencer, Martha, Fridge, and Bethany are the only ones who remember the time line where Alex was missing for 20 years.
  • The mid-credits scene hints at a possible Jumanji 4.
  • In this movie, Rory McCann plays Jurgen the Brutal. McCann is also very well known for playing the part of Sandor "The Hound" Clegane in Game of Thrones (2011) - a character whose face was badly burned. In Jumanji: The Next Level, there's a fight scene in Jurgen the Brutal's castle, Zarhira Fortress. Jack Black's character, Professor Oberon, is fending off attackers with a torch and yells "back off, or I'll burn your face!". A likely tribute to Rory McCann's character in Game of Thrones.
  • This film expands the number of avatars (playable characters) from 5 to 7.
  • When the characters find a river with the glowing green water that allows them to switch avatars, Guns N Roses' "Welcome to the Jungle" plays, the same song that played at the ending credits from the previous movie that also gave the former its title.
  • Several sources, including the writers and producers, have confirmed that Jurgen the Brutal was not just an NPC but an avatar for another yet-to-be-revealed player.
  • Near the ending when everyone is on the landing of Jurgen's fortress, one of the exterior gargoyle's is similar in appearance to the original game pieces.
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