Herald Sun - Hit - - MOVIES -

This clas­sic all-ages gem fi­nally takes its bow on home stream­ing af­ter a no­table ab­sence. The rea­son it’s here, of course, is be­cause of the big-bud­get re­boot now in cinemas. The orig­i­nal re­mains a su­pe­rior of­fer­ing, how­ever. Kirsten Dunst and Bradley Pierce play or­phans whose dis­cov­ery of an an­cient board game in the at­tic of their aunt’s house un­leashes a jun­gle me­nagerie in their close-knit com­mu­nity. Only trou­ble is, the kids live in small­town Amer­ica, not down­town Africa. Though the spe­cial ef­fects have dated some­what, the wel­come pres­ence of Robin Wil­liams in an an­chor­ing role re­mains some­thing spe­cial.

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