Space Jam

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6.51 h 27 min1996X-RayPG
Basketball superstar Michael Jordan and cartoon favorite Bugs Bunny team up with other basketball greats and Looney Tunes characters in this combination animated/live-action feature.
Directors
Joseph Pytka
Starring
Billy WestDee Bradley BakerDanny DeVito
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ComedyAnimationSportsKids
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English [CC]
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EnglishEnglish [Audio Description]
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Todd MalcolmReviewed in the United States on September 3, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Historically accurate!!
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This is the greatest movie of all times...you laugh, you will cry...but, most of all...it will move you. What could go wrong with the Looney Toons, Bill Murray, and the greatest basketball player in history saving the world from aliens that are poor judges of human basketball talent (Shawn Bradley???). The answer is nothing...not even the NSA, CIA, or obama's former TelePrompTer could have defeated these aliens...only Jordan, Bugs, and a backwards ball cap wearing Bill "Caddy Shack" Murray could have. (All secretly received the Medal of Honor for their efforts). This has to be the most important documentary in history. A must see!!!
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SkyhawkReviewed in the United States on June 10, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
ONLY Buy the Blu-ray. Don't confuse this wonderful movie with the terrible 2021, SPACE JAM 2
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ONLY Buy the Blu-ray. Don't confuse this wonderful movie with the terrible 2021, SPACE JAM 2

This movie was made before America was infected with political correctness, and hyper wokeness. Plenty of cartoon violence, humor, and the handsy Pepe le pew.

You MUST buy this movie an optical disc, it's only a matter of time before it will be outlawed.
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Roberto S. Reviewed in the United States on March 10, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
This movie is the pits. A disgrace for the Looney Tunes. Objectively terrible and unfunny.
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I never watched Space Jam before and didn't have the nostalgia glasses on (even grew up in the 90s and 2000s myself), but wanted to go in with the hope that this movie would actually be half-decent. What the hell was I thinking? Everything about this movie is just off. Wayne Knight, whom I loved from Seinfeld, barely managed to crack a chuckle out of me at all. Michael Jordan as amazing as a basketball player as he could be just didn't do it for me either and his acting in the film felt wooden and not all there to me. Bugs Bunny, my favorite Looney Tunes character ever, just felt like watching someone who had never seen a single original WB short from the Golden Age try to write what they thought was Bugs.

A carbon cheap imitation of him who was a total wimp against those stupid Monstar characters in the film, not helped by Billy West's take on the character, and I LOVE Billy West too. He was terrific as Stimpy, Fry, and so many of my other favorite modern cartoon characters. I just never liked his take on Bugs that much, and prefer what the late Joe Alaskey, Jeff Bergman, or Eric Bauza much better honestly for that role. His love interest Lola wasn't that good in this either, but thankfully in The Looney Tunes Show, they made her a much funnier character and not just a walking sex symbol either.

The whole movie seemed like a product placement for McDonald's, Nike, and so many other huge name brands. The best way to sum up the film is it's a whole 2-hour long commercial, and quite fitting since you had Joe Pytka direct this thing, and he was well known for all his iconic ads at the time and even now too. Some of this film is a guilty pleasure for me, like that theme song by the Quad City DJs.

I will give the movie some credit there, I still sometimes have the song stuck in my head, but I have to put that aside and look at the film from the perspective of a Looney Tunes fan and whether it really holds up that well 20+ years later, and it just doesn't for me at all. If you like this movie despite its faults, that's fine.

However, I think I'll stick with the original Looney Tunes shorts, Duck Dodgers, Tiny Toons, Animaniacs, the new Looney Tunes shorts that are coming out soon, and all the shorts Greg Ford and Terry Lennon did together with these characters if I want to see much better representations of these classic characters in action. At least the folks behind those productions actually cared at all and you could tell they worked hard.

That's my biggest problem with the movie itself. It seems that the people behind it didn't have that much passion or care about the characters or the world they were working with. The concept of this movie had so much potential, but it was ultimately wasted on idiotic product placement nonsense, soulless writing, and a fundamental misunderstanding of what the Looney Tunes have always been about. I will give this movie another thing though. Compared to Filmation's Daffy Duck and Porky Pig Meet the Groovie Ghoulies, which I now consider to be the worst Looney Tunes-related thing ever made along with that crap Loonatics Unleashed cartoon, this movie feels brilliant compared to those steaming piles.

However, the movie still sucks royally on its own, which is why I still gave it a one-star rating. Avoid this movie at all costs if you want to see the Looney Tunes characters at their best. It's that terrible, outside of a few guilty pleasures you might get out of the film here and there. I just hope somehow they do a much better job with the Space Jam sequel and put some effort into making it decent. It would be an accomplishment if that movie ended up being marginally better.
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StancetReviewed in the United States on February 13, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
The Most Campiest, Yet Most Perfectest Movie Ever
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I can’t say enough good about Space Jam because it’s a classic, but most people don’t seem to regard it as such because unless they grew up watching it they can’t see past the silly premise. And truthfully, the premise of Space Jam IS very silly. Who would have thought a basketball movie with Michael Jordan and all the Looney Tunes would make something so entertaining?

The very idea of the movie was inspired by old television commercials Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny used to share that advertised sneakers and such. Somehow, the famous comedy film producer and director, Ivan Reitman, became inspired enough to do a feature length movie about these two. Space Jam tells the story of Michael Jordan’s real-life change from a basketball player to a baseball player. Although he believes he has no inspiration left in him it’s up to the Looney Tunes to help him rekindle his passion for his true sport before the movie’s over.

Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd and the other Tunes happen to live underground in another world that humans are unaware of. Five goofy looking aliens from an alien theme part have been ordered by their boss to invade this cartoon world so they can imprison the Looney Tunes and make them into an attraction. The Tunes are cocky enough to believe they can beat the aliens at a game of basketball in exchange for their freedom, but things take a turn for the worst when the aliens successfully rob real-life basketball players of their talents so they can transform themselves into hard shooting basketball monsters! With no other choice, Bugs and the others think it a good idea to recruit Michael Jordan so they can play this game and win their freedom.

Despite the story’s very silly set up, Space Jam is a very down-to-earth movie with a lot of heart and passion going for it. The biggest challenge this movie faces is how it combines live-action humans with animated cartoon characters. The audience can actually relate to Michael Jordan and the other human characters despite the animation, which was no small feat. The Looney Tunes even manage to snag our emotional investment because this movie doesn’t downplay the serious conflict they have to overcome. This combination was done successfully only once before in Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

The story is ultimately a tribute to two things. Basketball and the Looney Tunes. I am not personally a fan of Basketball, but I recommend you at least be a Looney Tunes fan to enjoy this movie. Whether you like the sport or not doesn’t distract from the enjoyability of this movie. But the all-star cast of real-life basketball players (besides MJ of course) is quite impressive. The basketball playing itself has just enough realism behind it to make us appreciate it as a game, and not just comedic possibility. Most of the movie is animated, but it is the most top notch animation of its time and it still hold up pretty well to this day. This also being the first feature-length movie to have all the Looney Tunes, it’s a fitting tribute with all the cameo appearances and slapstick humor that’s true to the old formula.

Space Jam really is a freaky movie, because it was done so well and it hasn’t aged in the least. How? Maybe because it came out at the right time, during the 90s when kids movies were still campy and they were not all big-budget blockbusters. This movie still makes us cheer with excitement and shed a tear of hope because no other movie has since done it quite the same way Space Jam has. Of course, the soundtrack definitely helps. With songs like “Fly Like an Eagle” and “Monstars Anthem”, there is a lot to be excited over. Of course, no song can come close to the magnificence of “I Believe I Can Fly”. This is the one song Disney can never hope to top, because it’s pure inspiration and hope. It’s a wonder how Space Jam got ahold of such a song, but it’s a song that will never be disconnected from this movie, and with good reason.

Space Jam is a film that somehow managed to take this silly idea of a movie and turn it into something kids still want to see after they grow up. I know, because I’m one of them. Other bad movies start off as silly but never reached their potential because Space Jam is one of those rare movies where the passion shines through and sticks with everyone who was young enough to enjoy it at the time. So whether you’re a Michael Jordan fan or a Looney Tunes fan, this is a movie for the ages.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on July 21, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
MJ's Ultimate Gift to the World
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This movie is definitely in my top 37 of all time. Space Jam is Michael Jordan's gift to the world. I don't believe in coincidences; every person is placed on this earth to fulfill a specific purpose. Before being able to star in this masterpiece, Michael Jordan had to first get cut from this high school basketball team, vow to become the best player in the world, make over 100 free throws per practice, win the NCAA championship, then three-peat NBA championships, then try to play baseball, then come back to make this awesome movie in the middle of his second three-peat. MJ had to have all these things happen for Space Jam to exist, which is arguably better than his entire NBA career, because a) it has Bugs Bunny, and b) it has Bill Murray.
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JWolfReviewed in the United States on October 27, 2013
4.0 out of 5 stars
Lots To Love About The 90s!
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OVERVIEW: 1-disc /88-min./ASIN: B004GJYR0G

“Space Jam,” the famous 1996 live-action sports film, was directed by Joe Pytka. The movie’s combination of NBA star Michael Jordan and Warner Bros.’s “Looney Tunes” led to a box-office smash, despite mixed reviews from critics. As a child, “Space Jam” was one of my favorite movies. I can, however, understand the dismal critical response as several of the original “Looney Tunes” directors were disappointed with the Tunes’ portrayal, stating that the script was misrepresentative of the classic “Looney Tunes” characters. Nit-picking aside, I still think “Space Jam” is among the best sports films of all time; not only is it highly entertaining, humorous, and phenomenally paced, it’s also inspirational and carries the theme of following your own dreams without being burdened by the expectations of others. As an adult, I must admit that I only rarely watch “Space Jam;” for me, it is really just important to have the movie among my DVD collection for nostalgic purposes and because it features both the “Looney Tunes” and Michael Jordan—two highly relevant entities from the 90s.

STARRING ROLES:

▪ Humans—Michael Jordan, Bill Murray, Del Harris, Larry Bird, Charles Barkley (Phoenix Suns), Patrick Ewing (New York Knicks), Shawn Bradley (Philadelphia 76ers), Larry Johnson (Charlotte Hornets), and Muggsy Bogues (Charlotte Hornets) as themselves, Wayne Knight as Jordan’s publicist Stan Poelolak, Thom Barry as Jordan’s father, Brandon Hammond as young Michael Jordan, Theresa Randle as Jordan’s wife Juanita, Manner Washington as Jordan’s son Jeffrey, Eric Gordon as Jordan’s son Marcus, and Penny Bae Bridges as Jordan’s daughter Jasmine.

▪ Voices—Billy West as Bugs Bunny/Elmer Fudd, Bob Bergen as Porky Pig/Tweety/Marvin the Martian/Hubie/Bertie, Dee Bradley Baker as Daffy Duck/Taz/Toro, Bill Farmer as Yosemite Sam/Foghorn Leghorn/Sylvester, Kath Soucie as Lola Bunny, June Foray as Granny/Witch Hazel/ Maurice LaMarche as Pepé Le Pew, Danny DeVito as Mr. Swackhammer, Jocelyn Blue/Darnell Suttles as Pound, Charity James/Steve Kehela as Blanko, June Melby/Joey Camen as Bang, Catherine Reitman/Dorian Harewood as Bupkus, and Colleen Wainwright/T.K. Carter as Nawt.

SUMMARY:

“Space Jam” opens with an alternative depiction of Michael Jordan’s 1993 retirement from the National Basketball Association; during the press-conference, Jordan announces that he is leaving the NBA to play baseball—the sport Michael’s father had always hoped he’d play—even though Michael isn’t very good at it.

Mr. Swackhammer, alien and owner of the Moron Mountain amusement park, masterminds an evil scheme to increase revenue at his park. He plans to enslave Earth’s “Looney Tunes” and make them his newest and most lucrative attraction. Swackhammer’s henchmen, the Nerdlucks, are dispatched to the secret animated world of Looney Tune Land to capture the Tunes. Bugs Bunny, taking note of the aliens’ small stature, devises one of his famous ruses; Bugs challenges the Nerdlucks to play a game of basketball for the Tunes’ freedom. The Nerdlucks, with no intention of letting the Tunes win, set out to steal the ‘talent’ of the five greatest NBA players. Once the “Looney Tunes” see that they’re no longer posed to play the pip-squeak Nerdlucks, but rather the big and bad team of Monstars, they realize that, if they want to retain their freedom, they’re going to need some help.

Since the greatest ‘talents’ in the NBA are already commandeered, Bugs and Daffy abduct their only hope: Michael Jordan. Jordan is initially reluctant to join the team—explaining that he no longer plays basketball—but once he sees what bullies the Monstars are, he commits himself to the Tune Squad. Even with Michael’s skills, the Monstars crush the Tunes in the first half. During intermission, Bugs takes it upon himself to motivate his team in a way only Bugs Bunny can; he gives his teammates a “special drink” that turns the Tunes into an unstoppable force (it’s really just water). With renewed morale, the Tune Squad comes back to trail the Monstars by only a single point. After taking notice of Swackhammer’s frustration with the score, Michael proposes a new deal: if the Tunes win, the Monstars will return the stolen ‘talents’ to their NBA players; if the Monstars win, Swackhammer will take Michael in place of the “Looney Tunes.”

Now that the stakes have been raised, the Monstars play out the remainder of the game with every dirty trick in the book. As the Tune Squad’s injured-list fills up, they are down to only four players and will likely have to forfeit… that is, until Jordan’s friend and NBA-wannabe, Bill Murray, steps onto the court. Just before the final play, Michael learns that even a human’s physical limitations are different in Tune Land. Just shy of the buzzer, Jordan leaps (in “air-Jordan” fashion) and extends his arm across the court to secure the winning basket.

Even though the Monstars have done terrible things on their boss’s behalf, Michael feels empathy for the abuse they endure from Swackhammer. Before returning their size and talent, the Monstars liberate themselves by stuffing Swackhammer in a rocket and send him screaming all the way to the Moon. The movie closes with everything going back to normal; Michael returns the NBA players’ ‘talents’… and returns his own talent to the NBA as a member of the Chicago Bulls.
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Brett Colbert IIReviewed in the United States on December 29, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
WELCOME TO THE SPACE JAM!!!!
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Space Jam has been one of my favorite movies since I was a kid. This movie is what made me like basketball. A great film with Michael Jordan and the Looney Tunes. I really like the steelbook case that it came in. I’ve never owned any Blu-ray like this before. Such a great film for the family. Although this movie received mixed reviews, in my book, this film will ALWAYS remain a classic!!!
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KatieBaReviewed in the United States on August 17, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
A fun, nostalgic throw-back to the 90's
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I was a kid when Space Jam came out; I had grown up on Looney Tunes and watching Michael Jordan dominate the basketball arena. This movie was made for my generation but I was pleasantly surprised when I was able to sit with my kids and they enjoyed it as much as I remembered enjoying it. Sure, I had to explain who all the famous basketball players were, but the silliness of Bugs Bunny and Co. and the classic tale of the underdogs miraculously defeating the stronger team wasn't lost to them (not to mention a great soundtrack). This is a fun movie for younger kids and those of us born in the mid-late 80's. It was really nice to share a small piece of my childhood with my own kids.
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