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In the first movie Alan gets sucked into the game in 1969. When he, Sarah, Judy and Peter beat the game in 1995 time resets to 1969. Fast forward to 1995 Alan and Sarah meet Judy and Peter but obviously they have no memory of their adventure as technically it didn't happen at least not in their time line.

But in Jumanji 2 Alex is sucked into the game in 1996 and returns back then when the game is beat. But the rest of the gang who enter in 2017 return to 2017 with full memory of what happened in the game and of their old time line, but are totally unaware of the changes that happened due to Alex returning 20 years prior.

Is there a reason why this didn't resolve like before? (Other than the fact Spencer, Fridge, Bethany and Martha would have forgotten all the valuable life lessons on the way)

And as Alex knew how dangerous the game was why would he donate it to the school so some other poor kid might get trapped for 20 years.

PS can someone edit in the spoiler tags can't see how to do it on the mobile site

  • At the point Alan and Sarah meet Judy and Peter in the new line, it was some months earlier, before they lost their parents. They couldn't have come back from the game yet. The movie never elaborated past that point. – Radhil Feb 5 '18 at 19:59
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    why would he donate it to the school - Time travel logic? If he didn't donate it, he wouldn't be able to have gotten out? – Zoredache Feb 5 '18 at 20:00
  • @zoredache but Alan and Sarah throw the board game onto the river. So with that logic he'd still be in the game. – Phil3992 Feb 5 '18 at 20:05
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    ... the game was upgraded. – Möoz May 23 '18 at 4:04
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Time was fixed. That just didn't affect the modern players.

When we first see the Vreeke House (even odds on whether you heard that as "Freak House", I did), the home and land are completely run down, the house is visibly falling apart, and gives a first impression of being abandoned. Until Alex's father shows up, clearly bitter and still grieving over the son that vanished 20 years ago.

After the game is finished and Alex was returned, clearly those 20 years have been very different. The home is well maintained and even decorated for Christmas, Alex has a family and his father is a very happy grandfather.

So time was clearly rewritten, it just wouldn't have had any effect on the modern generation of players. They still remember the old timeline of events, the Fr/Vreeke House as it was, and that Alex was missing, but none of that would have had any dramatic impact on their situations.

It should be noted, the original movie has a different situation. Alan and Sarah meet Judy and Peter before their parents leave on the ski trip where they died. It's obvious they're trying to use their knowledge of their future to save Judy and Peter's parents, but this also means that meeting shown in the movie was timed before Judy and Peter played the game. If they were going to return to their own time, that time would still be some weeks or months in the future, after that ski trip and the move to Alan's old home.

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The only way I see for the two films to have the same time travel rules is if after the end of the first film Judy and Peter get replaced by the versions of themselves that played Jumanji (which obviously we never saw).

Looking at just the first one it appeared that finishing the game created an alternate timeline where Alan and Sarah had the memory of living until the end of the game, in which Judy and Peter never play Jumanji. This alternate Judy and Peter get replaced by the prime Judy and Peter at the time when they entered the game in the prime timeline (after the end of the film).

The sequel seems similar from the point of view of Alex, and it appears that the 2016 group replaced their alternate selves that grew up in the universe where Alex never went missing (who wouldn't have known about freak house). The difference between the two 2016 groups could be a lot smaller than the alternate and prime Judy and Peter, since it appears that Alan and Sarah are going to save their parents, thus preventing them from moving to Alan's house and playing Jumanji.

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