Movie Review – ‘Space Jam’

Hello everyone! 🙂

Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!

The new ‘Space Jam’ movie called ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’ is currently out at cinemas. I’m hoping to see it sometime soon. But first, let me share with you my thoughts on the original ‘Space Jam’ movie which was released in 1996. I saw this film recently when I rented it on Google Play to watch.

‘Space Jam’ features basketball player Michael Jordan and the Looney Tunes led by Bugs Bunny. The Looney Tunes enlist Michael’s help to win a basketball game against a group of aliens who intend to enslave them as attractions for their theme park. They of course do that with loony and zany antics!

I used to love watching this movie as a kid when I saw it at the cinema and when we owned the film on VHS. I even remember the McDonalds toys for ‘Space Jam’ with Looney Tune characters like Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Lola Bunny. I do recall the ‘Space Jam’ song performed by the Quad City’s DJs.

I also used to love watching the Looney Tunes cartoons as a kid and enjoyed watching the ‘Stars of Space Jam’ compilations on VHS, featuring Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Road Runner, etc. It’s amazing what nostalgia memories come back to you when you’re revisiting this particular movie years later.

My thoughts on the movie nowadays – I still actually quite like it. I don’t think it’s as a good as I remember it, but that might be because I’m older and some of the Looney Tune antics are a bit awkward. But I still found this a fun movie to watch featuring the Looney Tunes and Michael Jordan.

It’s actually interesting that this film was based on a couple of Super Bowl Nike ads featuring Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny at the time. I never saw those ads, but it was fun to see a live-action Michael Jordan interacting with many cartoon characters. It matches the style of ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’.

As well as Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny, the film also features Wayne Knight as the bumbling Stan Podolak, who becomes Michael’s publicist and assistant. There’s also Theresa Randle as Juanita Jordan, Michael’s wife; Bill Murray; Larry Bird; and five NBA players including Charles Barkley, Shawn Bradley, Patrick Ewing, Larry Johnson and Muggsy Bogues who get their talents stolen by five aliens.

There are also the Looney Toones characters Daffy Duff, Porky Pig, the Tasmanian Devil, Elmer Fudd, Tweety Bird, Sylvester, Marvin the Martian, Speedy Gonzales, Yosemite Sam, Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote. I’m sure I’ve missed some characters out, but there are plenty of Looney Toones in this. 🙂

Lola Bunny (voiced by Kath Soucie) is a new Loony Tunes character, who’s introduced in this film. She plays for the Tune Squad when they play against the Monstars in their basketball game. Bugs falls in love with Lola, though she doesn’t really like it when people keep calling her ‘doll’ in the film.

Danny DeVito is the voice of Swackhammer, who runs the Moron Mountain and wants the Looney Toones to save his failing business. There are also the small Nerdluck aliens who become the Monstars, including Nawt, Bupkus, Bang, Pound and Blanko. They’re very mean to the Looney Tunes.

One of my favourite sequences in the film is when Bugs and Daffy infiltrate Michael Jordan’s house to get his sneaker shoes and shorts before they’re attacked by Charles the dog and rescued by Michael’s three children Jeffrey, Marcus and Jasmine. It was plenty of fun watching that sequence. 🙂

I’m glad I’ve seen ‘Space Jam’ again after so many years. It still holds nostalgic memories for me when I was a kid watching this at the cinema and when I eventually saw it on VHS. It’s a film that’s bound to keep you pretty entertained with the Looney Tunes and Michael Jordan playing basketball.

I’m currently looking forward to seeing ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’ next! 😀

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

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