Still somewhat aghast it took me this long to watch this, given that every kid I hung out with when I was younger, boy or girl, seemed to have this, Flubber, and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. It was a pleasant affair, a bit hindered by dated effects and jokes (at one point, a gun salesman asks the hunter character, to whom he just sold a firearm, for clarification to assure he's not a postal worker to give you an idea).
Twenty years later Johnston's special effects extravaganza is still a weakly plotted kids flick that telegraphs its' 'Peter Pan' lite motifs in an obvious way. Interesting now as an early CGI curio being the first mainstream film after 'Jurassic Park' to embrace the budding technology. Effects may seem dated now but were quite astounding in '95. Amazing there was never a sequel to this one.
You think that mosquitos, monkeys, and lions are bad? That is just the beginning. I've seen things you've only seen in your nightmares. Things you can't even imagine. Things you can't even see. There are things that hunt you in the night. Then something screams.Then you hear them eating, and you hope to God that you're not dessert. Afraid?You don't even know what afraid is. You would not last five minutes without me.
It is hard not to like an idea about a board-game coming to life and forcing you to play the game through in reality. Kirsten Dunst was an excellent child actress in her young days and she is also super cute here with pigtails. Some CGI is dated now and the movie jumps from one set-piece to another as every time someone throws the dice something has to happen this make the story boring and predictable after a while.