To start you off this week, I’d like to share some fun facts about a fun man.
His first impression was of his own grandmother.
He did work as a mime outside the Metropolitan Museum of Art to make money.
Robin Williams was a cycling enthusiast who would ride 30-40 miles a day.
Jumanji (1995) all starts on a dark rainy night in 1869 in Brantford, New Hampshire where two boys are burying a chest.
“What if someone digs it up?”
“Then God have mercy on his soul.”
Flash forward 100 years. In the same town, Alan Parrish is a nerdy kid whose father owns the local Parrish Shoe factory. After getting beaten up, he hears the beating of drums coming from a nearby excavation site. Alan uncovers the chest and inside finds a board game, Jumanji. He starts playing and its quickly realized that the game is magical. Alan gets sucked into the game until the dice roll a 5 or 8.
Twenty six years later, the Parrish house was sold to two orphaned children (one a young Kirsten Dunst) and their aunt. They find out a boy was “murdered” in the house 26 years before. The next day, they find Jumanji… The children release mosquitos and monkeys on their first two rolls, and then the boy rolls a 5.
This is where Robin Williams enters Jumanji. An older Alan Parrish comes out of the board game dressed like Tarzan. He’s ecstatic to be released and home, until he realizes that his parents and their shoe factory are long gone.
As they realize the problems that the creatures they released are causing in the outside world, Alan and the two children realize they need to finish the game.
“You don’t even know what afraid is.”
Robin Williams plays another child-like character in this movie. He plays a great role model for children and adults alike by setting a standard for courage and compassion. Throughout the movie, he learns to not repeat the mistakes of his father, and treat the children with love rather than chastisement.
“Comedy can be a cathartic way to deal with personal trauma.” Robin Williams