New Hampshire Missing Places: Brantford–Adventurers Beware

The Parrish family home, the setting of the book and movie “Jumanji” is located in the fictional town of Brantford, New Hampshire.

Although tame by today’s standards, at the time it was released the movie “Jumanji (1995)” was considered a milestone in CGI (computer-generated imagery). The movie is based on the book, “Jumanji,” by Chris van Allsburg.

Many of the scenes of this movie were indeed filmed in New Hampshire in November of 1994–some in the town of Keene in the Monadnock region.  Two identified Keene filming locations were Frank’s Barber Shop, and the “Parrish Shoe” sign (whose fading paint still remains, update its been repainted).  According to Wikipedia, other exteriors were shot at North Berwick, Maine, and interiors at a sound stage in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The plot of the movie follows the years from 1869 to 1969 in a small New Hampshire town, where a board game is buried, then rediscovered, carrying the game players into strange, often frightening adventures.  Two of the more notable actors are Robins Williams and Kirsten Dunst.  If you have never seen the movie, it is definitely worth seeing simply for the special effects.


Since I first wrote this story, a second movie Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) has been released.  There are a new list of characters and movie settings.  Instead of using Keene, the producers used a house in Atlanta, Georgia and the Kualoa Ranch on the Island of Oahu, Hawaii.   The big old house shown in several scenes is located at 1646 Friar Tuck Road in Atlanta GeorgiaSee this entire list of locations.

 

**Additional Reading**

Jumanji (book title)

New York Times Film Review & Movie Clip

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3 Responses to New Hampshire Missing Places: Brantford–Adventurers Beware

  1. Tim says:

    The small city of Brantford is in southern Ontario. Alexander graham bell invented the telephone there.

  2. Esther Leriget says:

    Can’t stop watching the movie, always like the movie, sometimes I feel like I’m in the movie, haven’t seen the sequel yet, but probably nothing like the original.

  3. 8675309 says:

    Its funny but the PD dispatcher mentions bradford(which happens to be in NH)

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