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A Bona Fide classic!,
This review is from: Space Jam [DVD]  (DVD)
I have such fond memories of 'Space Jam', and the Looney Tunes seemed to be everywhere in the late '90s. There was all kinds of memorabilia to buy in the shops, a magazine, computer games, lots of video collections, and marathons galore on the 'Cartoon Network' channel. Although the toons obviously go back decades before then, it seemed like 'Space Jam', a hit live-action movie, had successfully made these characters relevant to the kids again. I was one of those at the time, 'Looney Tunes' obsessed, and loving it. Perhaps then, I'm slightly biased when I rate the movie five stars, but after watching it again recently after at least ten years, I think it has held up remarkably well.
Famed basketball player Michael Jordon (in his first, and as far as I'm aware of, only film appearance) teams up with Bugs Bunny to save the Looney Tunes from slavery. Michael, a household name at the time, agrees to help the characters win a basketball competition, and, if successful, the characters will be free from being used as attraction puppets at Moron Mountain, a theme park owned by the villainous Swackhammer. But with his minions, the toons' team playing rivals using their powers to steal the talent of five famous NBA stars (Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, Muggsy Bogues, Larry Johnson, and Shawn Bradley) for themselves, it won't be as easy as it sounds.
Packed with lots of humour and a cast of all of your favourite Looney Tunes characters, including Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Foghorn Leghorn, and a completely new star Lola Bunny, not to mention an appearance from comedy veteran Bill Murray, the film is riding high on the funny. The story is a solid one, and I'd say that any fan of basketball will find 'Space Jam' just as entertaining as a 'Looney Tunes' fan, not to mention admirers of Michael Jordon. There is plenty here for the adults as well, who will find it a quirky little film and just great fun.
'Space Jam' really is one of those films that a whole generation will speak of with fondness. Whilst it doesn't quite top 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit', it is still infinity times better than 'Looney Tunes Back In Action', which came almost ten years later.
If you haven't watched it since childhood, give it another airing, you can't beat some nostalgia!