ByKarly Rayner, writer at
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Karly Rayner

When it comes to seminal movies of our childhood, few can beat Jumanji. My VHS of this hair-raising suburban jungle romp got so much air time that it was rendered unwatchable. But for some inexplicable reason, this classic totally slipped my mind until today.

The world's only example of an exciting board game is a staggering 19 years old today, and a lot has happened since then. Personally, I've stopped needing a nightlight to battle the fear of errant poachers, but what have the kids of Jumanji been up to over all these years?

Judy Shepherd (Kirsten Dunst)

Age Then: 13

Age Now: 32

Kirsten Dunst had child star written all over her by the time she 'rolled the dice and unleashed the excitement!' in Jumanji. She starred alongside Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise in Interview with the Vampire aged just 12 the previous year, and, like a lot of achieving children, Dunst has continued to soar well into adulthood.

At the grand old age of 32, Dunst has featured in over 30 movies and earned a trophy cabinet crammed to the rafters with awards.

Of course, the role we all remember her most fondly for is Mary Jane in the Spider-Man movies.

Peter Shepherd (Bradley Pierce)

Age Then: 13

Age Now: 31

Bradley Pierce seemed to get a touch of stage fright after breaking into the big time with Jumanji. Unlike his female co-star, Pierce has chosen to blend into the shadows and work more behind the scenes, but he does have some surprisingly high-profile voice work under his belt.

Believe it or not, Pierce voiced the lovable teacup Chip in Disney's Beauty and the Beast and Tails in the animated Sonic the Hedgehog TV series. He also had a starring role in front of the camera in 1997's The Borrowers.

These days Bradley Pierce is married with three children and works in Los Angeles as a bartender and restaurant/bar consultant. He is also heavily involved in charity work and supports projects revolving around literacy and youth work as well as cancer research.

Young Alan Parrish (Adam Hann-Byrd)

Age Then: 13

Age Now: 32

Adam Hann-Byrd's heart never really seemed to be in the acting game. Like Dunst, he had already starred alongside high profile actors before Jumanji, but even working alongside Jodie Foster in Little Man Tate didn't really capture his interest.

Hann-Byrd went on to play Charlie Deveraux in Halloween H20: 20 Years Later in 1998 and, after taking part in a few relatively unknown horror flicks and short films, had a career change in 2004.

Adam graduated from Wesleyan University in Connecticut with degrees in psychology and film studies in 2004, and he continues to be highly involved with the entertainment industry.

He currently works as a TV writer.

Young Sarah Whittle (Laura Bell Bundy)

Age Then: 14

Age Now: 33

Laura Bell Bundy clearly got a real taste for the limelight after the roller-coaster ride of Jumanji.

Although she only acted in a few substandard TV movies, Bell Bundy found her niche on Broadway where she has been singing and dancing up a storm. She is best known for her multi-award-winning stint in Legally Blonde: The Musical.

Being in musicals obviously means having a cracking voice, and Bell Bundy has used this talent to her advantage and released four country music albums.

These day, Bell Bundy is probably most recognizable for her role as Dr. Jordan Denby on Anger Management.


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