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Cute, rambunctious, generally amusing rather than outright funny, this clever mix of live action, highlighted by the unequaled skills of basketball superstar Michael Jordan, and animated Looney Tunes antics will be a must-see for kids. --Todd McCarthy, Variety
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Get Ready to Jam
In Space Jam, the owner of Moron Mountain amusement park is determined to turn the Looney Tunes gang into his latest attraction — whether they like it or not! But he hadn’t counted on the clever antics of Bugs Bunny and company or the unbeatable basketball skills of NBA superstar Michael Jordan. Jokes and big laughs take the court in this action-packed film that pits the Tunes team against the Monstars. Lots of guest appearances from NBA greats, including Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, Muggsy Bogues, Shawn Bradley and Larry Johnson.
Space Jam is the highest grossing basketball movie of all time.
Warner Bros. built Jordan his own basketball court to use during filming.
This was the first Bugs Bunny film to feature his love interest, Lola.
Moron Mountain was intended as a spoof of Magic Mountain, a theme park in southern California.
During his professional career, Michael Jordan always wore his college basketball shorts under his uniform as a good luck charm.
Hoops of Hilarity
- Produced by Ivan Reitman and directed by Joe Pythka
- An amazing combination of live action and cutting-edge animation
- Great entertainment for fans of sports movies and cartoons
- Special features include commentaries and production notes
- Available on DVD and Blu-ray
Meet the Cast
Michael Jordan (played by himself)
The Looney Tunes gang persuade NBA superstar Jordan to join their team and help them win the big game against the Monstars.
Bugs Bunny (voiced by Billy West)
Bugs tricks the Nerdlucks into playing a basketball game to determine their freedom from Swackhammer and Moron Mountain.
Bill Murray (played by himself)
With the Tunes team losing players right and left, Murray jumps in at the last minute to help save the game. But will he be too late?
Swackhammer (voiced by Danny DeVito)
The owner of Moron Mountain, Swackhammer is determined to get the Looney Tunes characters as his newest attractions.
Top Customer Reviews
Michael Jordan has retired from basketball, and currently playing baseball, when Bugs Bunny and his Looney Tunes pals ask for his help in playing a b-ball game against diminuative aliens from Moron Mountain. These aliens have stolen the talent of 5 NBA players, including Charles Barkley and Patrick Ewing, and are now larger than life. Since this is Looney Tunes Land, this game is NOT your average basketball game. If it was, it wouldn't be any fun.
Though not an actor of any kind in anyone's book, Michael Jordan does a very good job of interacting with his cartoon co-stars. Most of the jokes are well done and the basketball game itself is a lot of fun. In addition, it is quite funny to watch the 5 NBA players that had their "games" stolen trying to cope with their newfound ordinaryness.
This movie is not groundbreaking by any means and most all of the original Looney Tunes cartoons are better. But this movie never tries to be more than it is: a good time. And at that, it succeeds very well.
Disc One features the film, which can be enjoyed with commentary from the director, as well as Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck. Most DVD commentaries are a bore to sit through--and this one does have its over technical moments (especially if you have young children who "believe in" Bugs or Daffy), but the comments from the characters are very witty--including a jab that Bugs throws at Michael Jordan early in the presentation (concerning his brief baseball career).
Rounding out the first disc is the theatrical trailer of the film (this is almost a MUST with me for any DVD).
The Second Disc is a nice bonus and could have easily been packaged as a stand-alone item. It features a "Making of Space Jam" and several Looney Tunes shorts (from the 1980's and 1990's), as well as the 1988 television special, "Bugs vs. Daffy: Battle of the Music Video Stars". Speaking of music videos, the second disc also features "Fly Like an Eagle" and "Monstars Anthem".
This is a great gift for any Looney Tunes fan. Folks who liked it as children in 1996 (when the film was released) should still like it as teens. Children who have never seen it will also enjoy it. In short, it's a keeper.
The dual-disk is entertaining, especially if you enjoy looney tunes cartoons which are included in the special features. The behind the scenes and commentary are interesting and informing. Good if you are interested in animation or film making. The special features includes two music videos: Seal's "Fly like and Eagle" and The Monstar's Theme by a selection of rappers from the era. It does not include R. Kelly's video for "I Believe I can Fly."
about time! Drastically misunderstood and ridiculously
panned, Joe Pytka's madcap hook-up of Bugs Bunny,
Michael Jordan, and the wackiest basketball game in
film history is really a gem of a charming folktale,
playfully letting the viewer in on "the real reason"
for Jordan's 1st return to the game that he has
mastered so well.
It's unfortunate that so many apparently have some
serious problems dealing with an African American
celebrity respectfully placed in a Fantasy situation.
Nevertheless, the film is a load of laughs, with
some wicked satirical pokes at several of the NBA's
most testosterone-happy superstars, suddenly
deprived of their professional manhood!
Check the scene with macho-man Charles Barkley
getting a serious dose of comeuppance from a girl's
team on a playground court! Whether you know the
sport or not, the scene is a riot!
For all the disdain that this film has gotten for being
an apparent boardroom idea, SPACE JAM itself is
a well-made film, with a solid story cleanly told.
Jordan -in being smart enough not to play anyone
but himself- comes off very warm and highly
personable. Too, for one who's not a professional
actor, he works remarkably well, considering that
cartoon characters that he's with onscreen had to
be put in (via computer and traditional animation)
long after his performance. All in all, Jordan
copes with the camera far more competently than
one would have reason to expect.
Truth to tell, Shaq could learn a thing or two
regarding underplaying here!Read more ›
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Love this movie! My kid loves curling up with me to watch it, too!Published 2 days ago by Renon Rudy
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