We’re so lucky today to live in a time where we can see our favourite hero’s team up to save the day on the big screen. But before all of that we had one of the strangest crossovers in movie history. Michael Jordan teams up with Newman from Seinfeld, also Bill Murray and Warner Bro’s Jessica Rabbit. Plus some Looney Tune Characters thrown in the middle of all that and you’ve got Space Jam.
I felt like reviewing an older movie and I have a lot of older movies in my home that I absolutely adore. But instead I got a movie off my iPad and it’s a movie that I can barely remember from my childhood. So I rewatched it just tonight (On my iPad) and… Boy this will be fun to poke fun of! Also since this movie came out like 20 years ago, so I’m going to allow spoilers. (If there are any)
So this is the plot of Space Jam so stay with me. The movie follows Michael Jordan (played by the actual Michael Jordan) as he decides to start as Baseball career. Meanwhile on ‘Moron Mountain’ the owner Mr. Swackhammer (Danny DeVito) wants his alien minions to go to The Looney Tune world to bring them back to his theme park. At Cartoon Land the aliens try to imprison iconic Looney Tune characters such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweedy Bird, Porky Pig and Lola Bunny. But the Tunes decide they’ll agree to their demands only if they face them in a game of Basketball. So the aliens decide to steal the talents of real-life NBA players and they turn into ‘Monstars’. So Bugs kidnaps Jordan to help him and his friends to defeat The Monstars in a game of Basketball.
Firstly the plot is completely ridiculous! You cannot take any of this seriously! It’s a movie about Michael Jordan wanting to succeed in Baseball but his friends and family keep putting him down while a feature length Loony Tunes Movie is happening at the same time. It’s a world where the real world and Cartoon land is happening at the same time. The Looney Tunes live in the center of the Earth but they still produce cartoons for our world. Michael Jordan is lassoed by Yosemite Sam and is pulled down a golf hole into Cartoon Land. Once he’s in there Michael Jordan and Newman (Wayne Knight) have Cartoon abilities now and that’s how they beat The Monstars at the end of the movie. Ignoring the cartoon logic they’re still tons of plot holes like how did Newman get down the golf hole when he wasn’t pulled down by a lasso. Anyway let’s move onto to the two main stories.
Real Land: This is the most one boring out of the two. Michael Jordan isn’t as good actor, period. Well pretty much all sportsmen dragged into movies are normally terrible including the other sportsman in this movie. Sorry Michael you should stick with Baseball. Bill Murray is pretty decent. Wayne Knight is easily the best since he’s basically a cartoon character in this movie. Everyone else is on the same page as Bill Murray or Michael Jordan. Let’s move on to…
Looney Land: The only reason I would watch this movie in the first place is because of The Looney Tunes. Hell that’s the only thing I can remember from this movie from when I was kid. The Tunes themselves are entertaining. The voice actors they got do a good job but they can’t top the legendary Mel Blanc. The Monstars are pretty good too. But let’s talk about the introduction of Lola Bunny. Lola Bunny is just a boring sex object. She’s doesn’t in fit at all with all the other wacky Looney Tunes characters. I’m guessing she was created because they weren’t any other female characters besides Granny also we men need something to perv at. Also why does she need clothes? She’s a bunny! Earlier in the movie Daffy had a towel on and he’s always naked!
The animation looks pretty impress taking a page out of Who Framed Roger Rabbit. It does a decent job mixing 2-D animation with the real world environment. Sadly since this is the late 90’s the 3-D CGI hasn’t really reached its peak yet so it looks pretty bad.
I know this movie is basically a commercial for the NBA, Michael Jordan and The Looney Tunes. But is just me or this movie shouldn’t have been made, because Basketball and The Looney Tunes don’t fit at all. The tone is very inconsistent. We have a pretty serious movie about Michael Jordan trying to get his groove back and a dumb movie about The Looney Tunes having to a game of Basketball with little Alien people. Seriously these guys shouldn’t be playing Basketball. Also it has a terrible message. You can only win a game of basketball if you have cartoon powers on your side! I also feel like that the real life actors here just phoned it all in while the animators, the voice actors and Wayne Knight actually cared about the movie. What I’m trying to say this movie is a mess!
So in the end it’s a pretty bad movie with a boring real life section with boring NBA players. But it has great animated sections. It’s got some good moments and some ridiculous moments but I still wouldn’t recommend this to kids. It’s not worth it just for The Looney Tunes. Watch Back In Action for that. It’s a product of its time and I would only recommend it to the people who watched it as kids or grew-up during that time period or is just very curious. I had a pretty good time so it’s a 4/10. I may be blinded by nostalgia but I would rewatch it again for laugh or two.
Those are my thoughts on Space Jam if you agree or disagree please let me know in the comments. If you haven’t notice I’m a huge fan of movies and I’m willing to suffer for my audience (if I have any) so let me know on what I should review next.
Thanks for reading this review and I’ll see you again in the next review.