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This film is set in the same city (Brantford, New Hampshire) as the first film.
The film's African jungle setting was shot in Hawaii.
Tom Holland was originally cast as Seaplane McDonough, but had to drop out of the film because he was busy with Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017).
There are several incidents in the film that references Dwayne Johnson's athletic/wrestling career:
  • during the Bazaar scene, while fighting and calling out his actions, Bravestone dispatches one of Van Pelt's henchmen by using his wrestling finisher, the Rock Bottom (a body slam move)
  • Fridge's football jersey reads #94. Johnson was formerly a football player at the University of Miami with his jersey reading #94
  • Finbar says that Bravestone is 6'5 tall and weighs 270 pounds. That is Johnson's weight and height in real life
  • At one point, Bravestone refers to himself in third person and the other characters comment about it. One of Johnson's WWE persona "The Rock"'s character traits is speaking about himself in third person, "Do you smell what The Rock is cookin'?"
In the aftermath of Jumanji (1995) actor Robin Williams's suicide, many people spoke out against this film. The crew assured that this film would provide a great tribute to Williams.
Ruby Roundhouse's outfit was influenced by Lara Croft, the main protagonist of the Tomb Raider video games. As an in-joke, Martha comments on how impractical the outfit is to wear in the jungle.
Mouse Finbar wears a little badge with the picture of a slice of cake and a line going across it, a nod to the fact that his character's weakness is cake. The badge can be seen on the lower left side of his vest
Jack Black jokes that he was not acting in the scenes when his character was infatuated with Dwayne Johnson's character. He was in fact actually infatuated and the cameras just kept rolling.
The cast members were asked if they were able to sing a part of the song "Welcome To The Jungle," and they all did. Jack Black sang lead vocals, then Dwayne Johnson (The Rock) and Kevin Hart joined him. Jack Black decided to perform Axl Rose's (non-forgettable, iconic) scream.
The open field scene where the cast was chased by cyclists was shot at a ranch in Hawaii, where Jurassic World (2015) was filmed. When the camera is at a particular angle, you can tell exactly what scene was used there from Jurassic World.
A poster for Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (2016) hangs in Spencer's room, whose score was also composed by Henry Jackman.
The original Jumanji (1995) is one of Karen Gillan's favorite films.
A younger Jack Black did a commercial for a video game called Pitfall. Black's younger self wore the same hat.
All the Brantford High School scenes were shot at the same school Goosebumps (2015) was filmed, which also starred Jack Black.
This was the second collaboration between Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart. The first was Central Intelligence (2016).
Kevin Hart was sick during the filming of the helicopter scene.
Dwayne Johnson coincidentally starred in The Rundown (2003), which was originally called "Welcome to the Jungle" and known as that in other countries.
James Newton Howard was originally announced as the film's composer, but had to leave due to schedule conflicts.
There is a scene in the movie where Dwayne Johnson's character begins referring to himself in third person and the other characters comment on it. This is a nod to Dwayne Johnson's WWE persona "The Rock," as one of his main character traits is speaking about himself in third person, "Do you smell what The Rock is cookin'?"
Karen Gillan posted a photo to her official Instagram page of herself and her personal trainer, Scott Pearlman, who helped get her into shape for the film, and she thanked Pearlman for whipping her into shape for the movie.
This was Jack Black's third adventure film set in a jungle. Black had starred in King Kong (2005) as the filmmaker Carl Denham and in Tropic Thunder (2008), playing an actor, Jeff Portnoy. In this film, he plays a virtual character.
Although they do not share any screentime, this film reunites Colin Hanks and Jack Black, who both starred in the comedy Orange County (2002). Director Jake Kasdan also helmed both films. The two actors also shared scenes together in Peter Jackson's King Kong (2005).
The football player's nickname, "Fridge," is a nod to American football player William Perry, who was known as "The Refrigerator," or "The Fridge."
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Towards the beginning of the movie, one of the characters is seen wearing a yellow raincoat and standing in front of a rundown dilapidated house, eerily reminiscent of the movie It (2017).
This film is directed by Jake Kasdan, son of Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) writer Lawrence Kasdan.

The previous film Jumanji (1995) was directed by Joe Johnston, who worked on the visual effects for Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981).
A rare ex-Military Land Rover 101GS can be spotted in one scene. The other Land Rover is a also milspec Defender 110s.
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Young Spencer (Alex Wolff) has a number of video game posters hanging in his room and behind his door, primarily from two popular Sony titles: Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (2016) and Hitokui no ôwashi toriko (2016).
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Professor Oberon's bow tie in the film was made by a woman in Kennebunk, Maine where part of the original film was shot.
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Jack Black, Colin Hanks and Jake Kasdan have worked together on Orange County (2002).
Though they had no scenes together, both Jack Black and Colin Hanks previously appeared in King Kong (2005).
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Thirty-five years before this film's release, Colin Hank's father, Tom Hanks, starred in the TV movie Maze and Monsters (1982), where Hanks played a young man in which he and a group of friends play a fantasy board game which dangerously soon draws the line between fantasy and reality.
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The movie premiered at the 14th edition of Dubai International Film Festival 2017, with the stars Ser'Darius Blain and Madison Iseman on December 9, 2017.
Despite one of Smolder Bravestone's official in-game strengths being "Fearlessness," Spencer is constantly scared by various things (such as a surprise squirrel or "Moose"/Fridge acting like he is going to hit him) throughout his time in Jumanji, just like he is back in the real world.
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This is the first Jumanji film to be shot in the widescreen 2.39:1 aspect ratio.
Durning the gym scene you can see in the backround that Brantford High School's mascot is a jaguar, which could be a nod to the final level of the game 'The Defenders' where the jaguars statue is being protected by real jaguars.
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Both Nick Jonas and Alex Wolff formed a band with their brothers, Jonas Brothers and Nat & Alex Wolff, respectively.
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This is the second movie named "Welcome to the Jungle" in which Dwayne Johnson stars in.
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Actor Tim Matheson, who played Old Man Vreeke, proprietor of the dilapidated "Freak House," is most celebrated for his role as Eric Stratton, member of the Delta Tau Chi fraternity who lived in the "Animal House" in the comedy film Animal House (1978).
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

At Seaplane McDonough's camp, there is a sign that says "Alan Parrish" on it. Seaplane states he found the camp and that it used to be Alan's. Alan Parrish was the name of Robin Williams's character in Jumanji (1995), who was stuck in the game for twenty-six years.

Later, after returning home, Alex names his oldest son Alan.
In the original Jumanji (1995), Van Pelt was a big-game hunter. In this film, Van Pelt is an explorer who can control animals.
One ending planned for the film was to have Jumanji become a mobile phone game and appear on phones across Brantford.
It is revealed that Alex entered and got trapped in the world of Jumanji in 1996, one year after the events of Jumanji (1995) when Judy and Peter Sheperd played the game and freed Alan Parish, who was trapped in Jumanji for twenty-six years.
The concept of the main characters getting sucked into the Jumanji game and having to rescue someone who was trapped there is based on the animated series Jumanji (1996), rather than the original film Jumanji (1995), which generally took out jungle hazards into the real world and sucked people in only occasionally.
While Jumanji has turned into a video game, parts of it pay homage to its previous board game mode:
  • one clue appears as a rhyming couplet
  • another clue appears in the form of an elephant token. This was Alan Parrish's game piece from Jumanji (1995), the last player who was stuck in the game for two decades
  • albino rhinos appear in Jumanji. As a board game, one of its board game pieces was a white rhino
  • when the game is completed, the landscape shows interlocking paths that resemble Jumanji's board game layout.

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