Space Jam (1996)

PG   |    |  Animation, Adventure, Comedy


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In a desperate attempt to win a basketball match and earn their freedom, the Looney Tunes seek the aid of retired basketball champion, Michael Jordan.


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2 April 2008 | preppy-3
7
| Silly but hard to dislike
Movie about Michael Jordan and the Looney Tunes characters (Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Roadrunner etc etc). An evil animated monster runs Moron Mountain--a planet with an amusement park. They need a new ride so he sends five helpers to Earth to kidnap the Looney Tunes characters. Then they can be used as a new act at the amusement park. Bugs and the others agree--IF they play them in a basketball game and win. Bugs and the others convince Michael Jordan to help them--but the aliens have evil plans up their sleeve.

Michael Jordan meets the Looney Tunes. Sounds like a sure recipe for disaster. I was positive this film was going to be a bomb when it was released (with HEAVY publicity) in 1996. Yes--it's silly but if you love Looney Tunes (like I do) you'll probably love this. The characters are treated (more or less) respectfully and during the climatic basketball game the stands are full of every Warner Bros. cartoon character ever made. One small mouse character who talks nonstop I remembered from childhood and I literally broke up laughing when he appeared! The animation is just great, the merging of live action with cartoon figures works and the script is fun. There are groaners and stupid lines but, all in all, it was pretty amusing.

The debits: Michael Jordan just can't act. I'm sure he was a wonderful basketball player but his acting was as wooden as a basketball court. Also various other sports figures pop up and prove they're worse actors than Jordan! Bill Murray (who can be good) is just lousy in a supporting role. And Wayne Knight is just SO annoying. Also I could have lived without seeing the Warner Bros. logo popping up everywhere. At one point it's on Daffy Duck's butt...and he kisses it! And there's a brief take-off on "Pulp Fiction" which isn't as funny now as it was in 1996. So, these things lessen the movie but don't destroy it. Worth catching if you're a Warner Bros. animation fan. Kids will love it. I give it a 7.

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Trivia

This is one of the few times where Bugs and Daffy don't share voice actors. Billy West, the voice of Bugs, would later go on to voice Elmer Fudd in many future Looney Tunes productions. He'd also voice Bugs again in some video games, as well as the Direct-to-Video/DVD film Bah Humduck!: A Looney Tunes Christmas (2006).


Quotes

James Jordan: Michael? What are you doin', son? It's after midnight.
Michael Jordan at 10: I couldn't sleep, Paps.
James Jordan: Well, neither can we, with all that noise you're making. C'mon, let's go inside.
Michael Jordan at 10: Just one more shot?
James Jordan: All right, just one.


Goofs

Porky Pig interrupts a Wile E. Coyote/Road Runner cartoon to announce an emergency "cartoon character union meeting". Later, when Daffy is complaining about his job while retrieving Michael Jordan's gear, he says, "If this were a union job..." However, the "union meeting" is just the excuse Porky gives for the cartoons to gather and talk about the aliens. It doesn't need to match up with Daffy's comments.


Crazy Credits

Stills from the movie are shown during the credits at the end.


Alternate Versions

Due to a two-hour time slot for some cable channels:

  • The Stan Polodak deflation scene was shortened.
  • The closing credits is in a black background and slide-showed, while omitting the "That's All Folks" post-credit.
  • Also, Stan falling down on the stretcher and being taken away from the basketball game has been skipped after the 9/11/01 attacks.


Soundtracks

Fly Like An Eagle
Written by
Steve Miller
Produced by Seal
Additional production by Rashad Smith and Armando Colon
Performed by Seal
Courtesy of ZTT Records Limited/Warner Music UK Limited/Warner Bros. Records Inc.

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Genres

Animation | Adventure | Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi | Sport

Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,528,529 17 November 1996

Gross USA:

$90,418,342

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$230,418,342

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