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Space Jam [1996] (1 disc)

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Director:Joe Pytka
Writer:Herschel Weingrod
Leo Benvenuti
Steve Rudnick
Timothy Harris
Composer:James Newton Howard
Length:88 minutes
(1 hour 28 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Sorting Category:Kids
IMDB Rating:6.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:43%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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  • Comedy
  • Kids
  • Fantasy
  • Cartoon
  • Family
  • Action
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Synopsis: In a desperate attempt to win a basketball match and earn their freedom, the Looney Tunes seek the aid of retired basketball champion, Michael Jordan.


Reaction: Basketball players aren't actors, and the story is no deeper than a fifteen minute concept, but kids enjoy it.


Personal Rating: 6/10

Select Cast and Crew
Joe Pytka => Director
Herschel Weingrod => Writer
Leo Benvenuti => Writer
Steve Rudnick => Writer
Timothy Harris => Writer
James Newton Howard => Composer
Ahmad Rashad => Ahmad Rashad
Albert Hague => Psychiatrist
Andre Rosey Brown => Umpire (as Rosey Brown)
Bill Farmer => Sylvester / Yosemite Sam / Foghorn Leghorn (voice)
Bill Murray => Bill Murray
Billy West => Bugs Bunny / Elmer Fudd (voice)
Bob Bergen => Porky Pig / Marvin the Martian / Hubie / Bertie / Tweety (voice)
Brad William Henke => Stars Catcher (as Brad Henke)
Charity James => Nerdluck BLANKO (voice)
Charles Barkley => Charles Barkley
Charles Hallahan => Baron's Owner (uncredited)
Dan Castellaneta => Male Fan
Danny Ainge => Danny Ainge
Danny DeVito => Swackhammer (voice)
Dee Bradley Baker => Daffy Duck / Bull (voice) / Tazmanian Devil
Dorian Harewood => Monstar BUPKUS (voice)
Frank Welker => Charles the Dog (as Frank W. Welker) (voice)
Jim Wise => Police Assistant (uncredited)
June Foray => Granny (voice)
Kath Soucie => Lola Bunny (voice)
Larry Bird => Larry Bird
Maurice LaMarche => Pepe Le Pew (voice)
Mel Blanc => Daffy Duck on TV (archive sound) (voice) (uncredited)
Michael Alaimo => Doctor
Michael Jordan => Michael Jordan
Patricia Heaton => Woman Fan
Patrick Ewing => Patrick Ewing
Scottie Pippen => Scottie Pippen (uncredited)
Shawn Bradley => Shawn Bradley
Theresa Randle => Juanita Jordan
Thom Barry => James Jordan
Tyrone Bogues => Muggsy Bogues (as Muggsy Bogues)
Wayne Knight => Stan Podolak

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • In order to prepare for his role in Space Jam, method actor Michael Jordan played nine seasons of professional basketball and won three NBA championships.
  • When in the therapy session, Shawn Bradley says, "or I could go back to the jungle and be a missionary again." This is a reference to him being a Mormon and going on a two-year church mission.
  • When the aliens from Moron Mountain are in disguise at the basketball game they are wearing [?] Tom Baker's scarf from [Doctor Who (1963)].
  • Bill Murray, who stands at 6'2, joked how he felt puny around Michael Jordan and Larry Bird, who stand, respectively, at 6'6 and 6'9.
  • Joe Pytka wanted Michael J. Fox to play Stan, but he was overruled by the studios. Jason Alexander and Chevy Chase were also considered.
  • Bill Murray accepted a role in this movie after expressing regret at missing out on the chance to star in another animated live-action film, Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988).
  • While praying in church for the return of his basketball skills, Charles Barkley says, "I'm never gonna go out with Madonna again." This refers to his own fling with Madonna (not [?] Dennis Rodman's fling, as previously reported).
  • The movie pokes some subtle jabs at Disney, and ironically would first air on Network TV as part of ABC's [Wonderful World of Disney].
  • Bill Murray's appearance is a reference to a series of 1990s commercials in which Murray starred. In the commercials, Murray tries and fails to become an NBA player.
  • [?] Noel Blanc (Mel Blanc's son) was originally booked to provide all of the regular Warner Brothers male cartoon characters' voices. But he and Warner Brothers couldn't agree on a contract, so the studio replaced Blanc with four other people to do the 12 male voices, instead of Blanc doing them all.
  • When flying towards "Moron Mountain", the monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) can be seen at the very right edge of the frame floating in space.
  • To keep Michael Jordan happy while filming, Warner Bros. built him an actual basketball court on the set, so he could use it whenever he could on breaks.
  • Towards the end of the basketball game, Daffy asks Bill Murray, "Exactly how did you get here?" To which Bill responds, "The producer is a friend of mine.", referring to producer Ivan Reitman.
  • When Stanley comes into Michael's hotel room and says "C'mon, Michael, it's game time. Slip on your Hanes, lace up your Nikes, take your Wheaties and your Gatorade, and we'll grab a Big Mac on the way to the Ballpark." All of those things were products that Michael Jordan had been a spokesman for around that time.
  • After the big game, Michael returns the talent to the pros from which they were stolen. In that scene, Mugsy says that the glowing ball that contains the talent looks like something out of Star Trek. Ironically Star Trek: First Contact (1996) was released in theaters the following week.