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Columbia Tristar

Characters & Voices
Judy Shepherd - Debi Derryberry
Peter Shepherd - Ashley Johnson
Alan Parrish - Bill Fagerbakke
Aunt Nora - Melanie Chartoff
Van Pelt - Sherman Howard
J.H. "Trader" Slick - Tim Curry
Professor J.S. Ibsen - William Sanderson
Rock, the school bully - Pamela Segall, Jeannie Elias
Officer Bentley - Richard Allen
Manji Witch Doctor - Danny Mann
Based on the hit 1995 Robin Williams film, Jumanji told the story of a board game gone horribly, horribly wrong. The cartoon series twisted the filmís premise around, but most of the characters remained the same.

As in the film, young Peter and Judy Shepherd came to live with their Aunt Nora. Exploring the house, they found in the attic a dusty old board game called Jumanji. Kids will be kids, and soon enough Peter and Judy had the game out and ready for play, little knowing that the game had a life of its own. When they rolled the dice, a rhymed message appeared on the board, and Peter and Judy were sucked inside a strange jungle world.

Lost and alone in this frightening new land, Peter and Judy ran across long-haired jungle man Alan Parrish (the Robin Williams character in the film), who had been sucked in by Jumanji many years earlier. The three joined forces, looking for a way out. Opposing them were English hunter Van Pelt, his lackey Oafal, mad inventor The Master Builder, and a crowd of mischief-making monkeys.

Jumanji ran on UPNís Sunday morning schedule, traditionally a much slower day for cartoons than Saturday. The show did well enough, lasting two seasons before being replaced by the popular Big Bad Beetleborgs.
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