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  • Like Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, this is heading into theaters at the same time a Star Wars movie. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle came out a week after Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017), and this is coming out a week before Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker (2019).
  • In Jumanji the movie ends with the board game on a beach right where Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle begins. At the end of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle the game is smashed with a bowling ball, however, they never show how Alex disposed of the game in his alternative time-line.
  • The film will come out the same month in the United States as Star Wars: Episode IX (2019). Matt Smith whom stars in Star Wars: Episode IX starred opposite Karen Gillan in the BBC sci-fi series Doctor Who (2005) (TV Series). Matt Smith played The Eleventh Doctor and Karen Gillan played his companion Amy Pond.
  • Jake Kasdan, Jeff Pinkner, and Scott Rosenberg are returning as the director and screenwriters respectively.
  • This is Danny Glover and Danny DeVito's first collaboration since I'm Still Here (2010).
  • 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.
  • Both Danny DeVito and Danny Glover share a connection - Arnold Schwarzenegger. Danny DeVito starred opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in Twins (1988) and Junior (1994). Danny Glover starred in Predator 2 (1990) which was the sequel to classic 1987 Arnold Schwarzenegger movie which took place in a jungle.
  • The film expands the world of Jumanji as the characters will go beyond the game's jungle environment as the characters go to a desert and a snowy mountain landscape.
  • 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.
  • 4th collab with Dwanye Johnson and Kevin Hart having worked in Central Intelligence (2016), JUMANJI Welcome To The Jungle(2017) and Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019), in which Hart had a cameo appearance.
  • Dwayne Johnson and Danny Devito previously collaborated although did not share scenes in the movie Be Cool (2005)
  • 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. In this movie, the two Bethany girls are played by actors who share the forename, 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).
  • Based on the fact that Eddie and Milo were longtime business owners in Brantford, it is likely they would have some knowledge of the Parrish family and experienced some of the events of the original film, but do not remember.
  • 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, and the second being jumanji: welcome to the jungle (2017).
  • In this movie, Rory McCann plays Jurgen the Brutal. McCann is also very well known for playing the part of Sandor Clegane (aka The Hound) in Game of Thrones - 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.
  • Danny Devito and Danny Glover, Eddie and Milo, were in "The Rainmaker".
  • The film takes place 3 years after Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017).
  • 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 spirits 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 (2006), and fourth being jumanji welcome to the jungle (2017).
  • The action sequence which Eddie, Milo, Martha and Fridge are pursed by Mandrills on rope bridges which they jump from bridge to bridge is a nod to the classic video game Super Mario Bros. (1985) which the game's title protagonist Mario races across bridges and jumps from bridge to bridge which Mario attacks by jumping on his enemies and his enemies bounce back at Mario which will hurt or kill him.

Spoilers

  • The plot of Jumanji: The Next Level follows Spencer whom returns to Jumanji when he fixes the game cartridge and Fridge and Martha accidentally joined by Spencer's grandfather Eddie and his friend Milo returns to the game's jungle environment as they set out to find and rescue Spencer.
  • This film connects to Jumanji (1995) as Bebe Neuwirth reprises her role as Nora.
  • Contains a reference to Game of Thrones; towards the end of the movie Dwayne Johnson jumps into Rory McCann so they fall out of the air ship together. This is almost identical to the way Rory McCann's character jumps into his brother, The Mountain, causing them to both to fall to their deaths from one of the towers in the Red Keep in the Game of Thrones episode "The Bells"
  • Colin Hanks makes a return cameo as Nick Jonas' character Alex.
  • 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).
  • Alex (Nick Jonas/Colin Hanks) is the only character who doesn't change gender/race/species within the game.
  • 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 onscreen 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. 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 cause 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 restaurant the team meets up for brunch is called "Nora's", which could be a possible homage to Aunt Nora Shepard, player by BeBe Neuwirth from the original 1995 film. Nora is revealed at the end of the film to in fact be Nora Shepherd, played by Be Be Neuwirth. When Alan bear the game in 1995 it reset the timeline to before Alan entered the game but his 26 year existence in the game world reminded, hence why his tree house and Alex having knowledge of Alan when in the Jumangi jungle. As a result of the reset Nora never became the guardian and the events that occurred in 1995 never occurred in this 'new' timeline. However, her presence and the fact that the ostrich herd was released foreshadow the next film could take place outside of the in game jungle and in the real world, mirroring the plot of the 1995 film.
  • The mid-credits scene hints at a possible Jumanji 4.
  • The film has 2 main themes "Friendship" and "Growing Old".
  • Both Eddie and Milo share a almost similar arc to Spencer and Fridge in the previous movie: Eddie is mad at Milo because Milo sold their restaurant. After Eddie and Milo are accidentally transported into Jumanji and Eddie and Milo reconciles when Milo reveals to Eddie he's dying from a terminal illness.
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