Written by James Carlos (Features Writer)
The original 1996 Space Jam was undoubtedly an iconic movie that blended both animation and live-action. Not to mention it starred the legendary Michael Jordan, the most famous basketball player of all time and possibly one of the most famous people to ever live. The film also featured the world-famous cartoon characters from the Looney Toons series, including Bugs Bunny, Yosemite Sam, Daffy Duck, and Lola Bunny. Putting MJ on the big screen with Bugs Bunny and company was a surefire hit. It grossed $250 million which is still a lot of money and was even more impressive in the ‘90s. Even though I was born in 2002, I have seen the movie and so have most of my high school-aged peers. It is a movie that stood the test of time and kids today still know and enjoy it.
In the new version, LeBron James steps into the fray. LeBron is currently considered by most to be the best basketball player in the world and the only serious challenger to MJ’s GOAT status. Considering LeBron’s fame and success, it makes perfect sense for him to star in the long-awaited sequel.
If you are not familiar with the original, it is about the Looney Tunes gang teaming up with Micheal Jordan to face off in a basketball game against the goon squad. The Goon Squad are the villains from an alien planet. The goon squad used their alien technology to steal the skills of the best NBA players of the time. MJ led the Looney Tunes in a winner take all game to get the skills back. MJ, of course, just like in real life was triumphant. For the new movie, which comes out on July 16th, 2021, we have gotten a brief synopsis of the plot and a few trailers have been released. The premise is Lebron James teams up with the Looney Tunes gang to defeat the goon squad and save his son whom they have kidnapped. Not much is known about the details of the movie but the trailers have basketball and Looney Tunes fans excited!