Space Jam (1996) – A Milestone of Childhood

“Space Jam” is a cult-classic nostalgic movie about Michael Jordan and the Looney Tunes characters who participate in basketball. It’s a movie that’s intended for kids. Well, it works and draws a lot of laughs and smiles in this film as well as the audience. We appreciated this movie as a kid especially because Michael Jordan is in the movie too. At the same time, it’s been a long time since watching this movie again. The fact that it’s a kind of paradox, they just quite suck so much about it.

There is a philosophical thing about why you really love this movie but why you don’t love it now? It’s a movie which is based on advertisements even though it’s a bit of visible. At least it’s not like “The Emoji Movie.” However, so many good things in this film apart from everything that started it. Films that use a real-life concept and cartoon characters which are uniquely combined as well as “Who Framed Roger Rabbit.”

The opening sequence begins with young Michael Jordan playing basketball with his father behind his backyard. Dreaming that one day, he will be able to play in the NBA. Even though his dream came true, he retired and turned to baseball. Even though he isn’t one of the pros when it comes to baseball, people try to make fun of him. Back with his family, he suddenly found himself being sucked into a golf course hole while he was playing golf.

Meanwhile, there is a cartoon universe where an amusement park in outer space cannot attract more attention. The alien, Nerdlucks, tried to kidnap the Looney Tunes characters in order to return their amusement park. They have a deal to defeat the Nerdluck “Monstars” in a basketball. They try to go to the real world to kidnap some of the talents from various basketball players. The Looney Tunes also kidnap Michael as a mainstay card they.

Yeah, it’s a cheap story about cartoons try to kidnap real-world characters to participate in basketball and defeat main villains. But the thing about this movie is that’s quite unique if you think back from now. The cartoon sequence includes a variety of traditional styles that sometimes used 3D computer animation. Although it’s quite ridiculous to compare it to the animated films today with a few years ago. You watch this movie as a part entertainment. If you love Looney Tunes, surely you will like it. If you are a big fan of Michael Jordan, you also like this movie. You more respect him as an actor in this movie.

There are so many ways I can talk about this movie. The fact that we love this freaking movie so much that not just we hate it today as well. I just don’t know about this film about acting or voice actors. Michael Jordan as himself is a bit ridiculous when a basketball player suddenly plays as an actor. What’s more, his acting is so bad despite being at kid level in general. There are so much close-up and even extremely close-up in the movie. Both Michael Jordan’s face itself and the Looney Tunes characters.

Speaking of Looney Tunes, we watch it as a kid, right? I love so much about Looney Tunes but it doesn’t seem to apply in this film. The humor that Looney Tunes does isn’t too funny like I watch their cartoon series, unlike what Chuck Jones’ cult vibe. Sure, we got Bugs Bunny, Tweetie, Tasmanian Devil, Porky Pig, Daffy Duck, Sylvester, Martin the Martian, Yosemite Sam, Granny, and etc.

This film is also Lola Bunny’s debut as a female bunny character. Now, this before “Zootopia” controls the whole world and the internet, before people who have rabbit fetishes are considered nuts but not for now. They portray Lola Bunny as a symbolism of sex and watching this movie once again, I don’t feel too bothered about it but the fact that we watch it as a kid isn’t it too weird? There is some kind of animation that’s quite strange, awkward, and cringe in certain scenes like Michael Jordan’s final dunk at the end of the movie.

Although I just don’t wanna say the fact Bill Murray is also in this film, it’s just… what? Some transition involves a cartoon sequence and Michael Jordan’s daily life, both are sometimes very monotonous and dull. And well, the acting was detached from bad and used many popular songs at the time like R. Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly,” it’s a kid movie and I enjoy it watching as a kid too at the time even though I also get the impression of nostalgic when watching this movie again for now and in the future.

Joe Pytka’s “Space Jam” is a milestone of childhood. We really really loved this movie when we were a kid. It’s kinda ridiculous when talking about this film from the point of view as well as modern glasses especially for a few millennials who seem to uninteresting about it. Even though this isn’t a matter of how the plot runs, memorable impressions, or so, it’s a cartoon and fun movie. We enjoyed it a movie as well. The acting was bad, I bet, but it’s quite good even for children’s and family movies like this. It’s combining real life with a cartoon where things like that also seem new. Even though “Space Jam” is the types of films which insert some ads in it, adults will certainly enjoy it. It’s a cult gem that would never be forgotten.

3 out of 5 stars.