Space Jam

1996, Comedy/Kids & family, 1h 27m

82 Reviews 250,000+ Ratings

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While it's no slam dunk, Space Jam's silly, Looney Toons-laden slapstick and vivid animation will leave younger viewers satisfied -- though accompanying adults may be more annoyed than entertained. Read critic reviews

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Swackhammer (Danny DeVito), an evil alien theme park owner, needs a new attraction at Moron Mountain. When his gang, the Nerdlucks, heads to Earth to kidnap Bugs Bunny (Billy West) and the Looney Tunes, Bugs challenges them to a basketball game to determine their fate. The aliens agree, but they steal the powers of NBA basketball players, including Larry Bird (Larry Bird) and Charles Barkley (Charles Barkley) -- so Bugs gets some help from superstar Michael Jordan (Michael Jordan).

Cast & Crew

Wayne Knight
Stan Podolak
Theresa Randle
Juanita Jordan
Danny DeVito
Mr. Swackhammer
Voice
Billy West
Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd
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Dee Bradley Baker
Daffy Duck, Tazmanian Devil, Bull
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Joe Pytka
Director
David Falk
Executive Producer
Ken Ross
Executive Producer
Iva Davies
Original Music
R. Kelly
Original Music
Michael Chapman
Cinematographer
Sheldon Kahn
Film Editor
Fred Cline
Production Design
Geoffrey Kirkland
Production Design
David F. Klassen
Art Direction
Jennifer Williams
Set Decoration
Marlene Stewart
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  • Jul 19, 2021
    Not being into Basketball or Looney Tunes in 1996 I never saw this film but gave it a shot since we plan to go see the new film next week. I don't know if I'm more upset or impressed that it's exactly what I expected it to be. Just hyper frivolous mid-90's cartoon entertainment... it's totally not my thing but I guess it existed for a reason? Just so weird to me that this quality of entertainment was backed by such major companies. Also between taking a bizarre premise and turning it into such an uninspired G-rated narrative, Lola's insertion purely as a sex object and Bill Murray's random extended cameos, this film makes a real interesting identifier of the mid 90's
    Drake T Super Reviewer
  • Dec 19, 2015
    There's no point in saying this... but Lola Bunny looks too screwed up in 'The Looney Tunes Show' than on her first appearance here. Most of the people would agree with me on this one. The rest is just average looney-okayish.
    EpicLadySponge t Super Reviewer
  • Jul 03, 2014
    The Looney Tunes film Space Jam is little more than a Michael Jordan vanity project. And, the sad truth is that Jordan just isn't good enough as an actor to carry this film; especial when he's sharing the screen with the likes of Bill Murray (who steals every scene he's in). Even the Looney Tunes aren't bringing their A-game here. Still, it's fun to see Bugs, Daffy, Taz, and the rest, and some of the comedy works pretty well. But the film really limits itself by writing the whole story around Michael Jordan and his return to the NBA after a short lived baseball career. Space Jam is an entertaining piece of '90s pop culture, but it's doesn't hold up.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 07, 2014
    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.
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