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20 years ago, audiences were gripped as we watched a group start a board game that would totally consume their lives (and quite literally consume one of them!), in the family adventure classic, Jumanji.

Jumanji had something for everyone, action, emotion, a stellar cast, and an original story that was just farfetched enough to work. In fact, Jumanji made such an impact on me, it's one of the first films I can ever remember seeing in the cinema (second only to The Lion King, of course).

This week we were all intrigued by the fan theory that the weird plants that invade the Parrish/Shepherd residence in the film, were actually what created the terrifying hunter, Van Pelt. The theory was pretty crazy, and if you haven't read it then check it out over here, but it did get me thinking: what have the cast of Jumanji been doing since they finished the game? Well, why not check it out for yourself:

Judy Shepherd (Kirsten Dunst)

Age Then: 13

Age Now: 33

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 33, 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: 32

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, aside from still working as an actor and producer, 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.

Alan Parrish (Robin Williams)

Age Then: 44

Age Now: Robin Williams passed away on August 11, 2014, aged 63.

When Jumanji was filmed in 1995, Robin Williams was already in the midst of his enormously successful career. Following on from the film, he took a more serious role in Good Will Hunting, and won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of psychologist Sean Maguire.

From there, he had roles in Patch Adams, Bicentennial Man, Happy Feet and all three of the Night at the Museum films, among many, many others. Outside of his acting and stand up comedy work, he was also hugely philanthropic, starting the Windfall Foundation, an organization which raises money for other charities, with his second wife, Marsha Garces.

Williams continued to work well into his 60s, and appeared on the TV series The Crazy Ones, filmed the third Night at the Museum film, and his final movie, Absolutely Anything.

Robin Williams passed away at his home on August 11, 2014. He is survived by his three children Zachary, Zelda and Cody, and his wife, Susan.

Young Alan Parrish (Adam Hann-Byrd)

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Age Then: 13

Age Now: 33

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.

Sarah Whittle (Bonnie Hunt)

Age Then: 34

Age Now: 54

Bonnie Hunt was another actress already familiar to audiences by the time she starred in Jumanji. Following the film, she had roles in movies such as Jerry Maguire, A Bug's Life, The Green Mile and Cheaper by the Dozen.

In 2002 she not only helped created and write the show Life with Bonnie, but also acted in the title role. The show was canceled in 2004, but in 2008 she started her own talkshow, The Bonnie Hunt Show which ran for two seasons and 452 episodes. In her most recent role, Hunt has opted for voice over work, lending her vocal chords to films and TV series such as Cars, Toy Story, Monsters University and Sofia the First.

Outside of acting, Bonnie Hunt supports the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, where she is an honorary board member. She is also a huge Chicago Cubs fan, never missing an Opening Day at Wrigley Field since 1977!

Young Sarah Whittle (Laura Bell Bundy)

Age Then: 14

Age Now: 34

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

Van Pelt/Sam Parrish (Jonathan Hyde)

Age Then: 47

Age Now: 67

First of all, let's just address something: Van Pelt and Sam Parrish were played by the same guy?! I mean, watching the film as an adult, this seems so obvious and makes so much sense, but it totally went over my head as a child -- anyone else?

Following his roles in Jumanji, Hyde went on to appear in films such as The Mummy, Titanic, Dinotopia and The Contract. Hyde also acts on the stage, and in 2007 played the role of Dr. Dorn in The Seagull, and the Earl of Kent in King Lear for the Royal Shakespeare Company. He reprised his role of Earl of Kent for the 2008 TV film, King Lear.

These days you might recognize Hyde from his roles in the TV series MI-5 or The Strain. He is also in the upcoming Guillermo del Toro fantasy horror film Crimson Peak.

Source: IMDB


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