Space Jam (1996)

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Critic Consensus: A harmless mishmash of basketball and animation that'll entertain kids but leave adults less than thrilled.


Movie Info

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. Jordan must help the Looney Tunes gang with a basketball game against a group of outer space creatures whose plan, if they win, is to kidnap the Looney Tunes and take them to a failing intergalactic amusement park as the latest attraction. Also starring Academy Award-nominee Bill Murray ("Lost in Translation," … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Comedy, Kids & Family
Directed By: ,
Written By: Timothy Harris, Leo Benvenuti, Herschel Weingrod, Steve Rudnick
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 27, 1997
Runtime:
Warner Home Video

Cast


as Swackhammer

as Himself

as Bugs Bunny/Elmer Fud...

as Tazmanian Devil

as Daffy Duck/Tasmanian...

as Porky Pig/Speedy Gon...

as Sylvester/Yosemite S...

as Lola Bunny

as Pepe Le Pew

as Granny

as Stan Podolak

as Juanita

as Himself
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Critic Reviews for Space Jam

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (17)

Simpler and cruder than Who Framed Roger Rabbit in terms of story and technique, this is still a great deal of fun, confirming that Jordan is every bit as mythological a creature as Daffy Duck or Yosemite Sam.

Full Review… | March 24, 2008
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review… | March 24, 2008
Variety
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Sufferin' succotash!

Full Review… | March 24, 2008
Washington Post
Top Critic

Visually, it's a mess: the attempts to blend 2- and 3-D animation with live-action and computer-generated images produce scenes that are fuzzier than the storyline.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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This film was made very quickly by animation standards, and the haste shows.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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It's the first time either Jordan or Bugs has had a starring role on the big screen. It's gimmicky Saturday-morning cartoon wackiness in your face -- funny, but brain-deadening.

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for Space Jam

Nostalgic? Sure. A staple of our generation? Sure. But a good film? Not exactly. It is horrifyingly dated, poorly written, badly paced, and at the end of the day rather pointless. One must admit however that it was an ingenious commercial ploy; Michael Jordan and the Looney Tunes? Brilliant. But this doesn't make it a quality cinematic experience. The only takeaway from the film is that Billy Murray can make anything better and that "I Believe I Can Fly" by R. Kelly is still as beautiful and iconic as ever. It's unfortunate such a powerful song is associated with this failure of a children's film.

Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

Super Reviewer

Not too sure why this film is called Space Jam but I guess it sounds kinda cool doesn't it. Despite the fact the film stars all the Warner Bros Looney Tunes characters the whole thing is really all about Michael Jordan. A fictional account of a small segment in his career if you will.

So if you haven't already guessed the film is also all about basketball, this makes me wonder if the film was as much of a hit here in the UK as it inevitably was in the US. Obviously the Looney Tunes characters had a lot to do with the appeal for many as the film serves as more of an animated adventure rather than a true basketball feature. That being said it does give plenty for both sides of this spectrum.

Should I really have a go at the plot? this is after all a cartoon of sorts. Basically MJ must do battle on the court against some aliens who want him to be their slave within their intergalactic theme park. Thing is these crafty aliens have pinched the talents of fellow NBA All-Stars Muggsy Bogues, Larry Johnson, Shawn Bradly, Pat Ewing and Charles Barkley (what about John Stockton or Scottie Pippen?). So end of the day its Michael Jordan vs a selection of other NBA players, guess who wins? I wonder what the films trying to say?.

As far as an animated flick goes this is a fun time, its bright bold and colourful, there's plenty of toon action, the usual visual gags, in-jokes, sly homages etc...and of course the WB roster is always good see. The problems I have is the fact the animation is nowhere near as good as the classic original toons of Chuck Jones and co naturally...and they never will be ever again. The voice talent is nowhere near as good as Mel Blanc and co...and they never will be again. Plus of course they mix in CGI with hand drawn animation which kinda works in places but looks awful in others.

I think the worst voice work going in this film must be the attempt at 'Pepe Le Pew'. Wasn't a fan of the stereotypical female version of Bugs either, wasn't required, was just added for the young female audience and felt totally out of place. On the other hand the baddie alien characters weren't too bad if a little bland, they became more interesting in massive monster mode of course. I think if I were Bradly I might have been upset my animated alter ego was made out to be a slow towering numbskull. Using Danny Devito as the chief alien badguy was a smart move, again his character wasn't overly intriguing and kinda standard in design but it worked.

The actual basketball game is good fun even though you'd think it wouldn't be. Its certainly looney, has some slick moments, a nice 'Pulp Fiction' homage, the gag about Michael's special drink is cute, its fun watching the lofty NBA Stars trying to act and Bill Murray adds some much needed fizz for adults. You know what happens in the end, its no surprise, luckily it is a good ride getting there. Definitely an unexpected hit straight outta left field.

phubbs1
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

Oh come on, who doesn't love Space Jam?

CreedsDelight
Matt Goodman

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