Monday, 28 March 2016

Space Jam Review

Space Jam

Release Date: 12th December 1996 - Australia

Production Companies
Warner Bros. Family Entertainment
Northern Lights Entertainment
Courtside Seats Productions

Genre: Family

Rating: G

Runtime: 88 minutes

Budget: $80,000,000

Box Office Gross: $230,418,342

Plot Summary
Michael Jordan must help
the Looney Tunes gang 
win a basketball game 
against a group of outer 
space creatures.

Michael Jordan - Himself
Wayne Knight - Stan Podolak
Theresa Randle - Juanita Jordan
Manner Washington - Jeffery Jordan
Eric Gordon - Marcus Jordan
Penny Bae Bridges - Jasmine Jordan
Brandon Hammon - Michael Jordan (10 Years Old)
Thom Barry - James Jordan
Charles Barkley - Himself
Mugsy Bogues - Himself
Shawn Bradley - Himself
Patrick Ewing - Himself
Larry Johnson - Himself
Larry Bird - Himself
Bill Murray - Himself

Voice Cast
Billy West - Bugs Bunny/Elmer Fudd
Dee Bradley Baker - Daffy Duck/Various
Bob Bergen - Marvin the Martian/Various
Bill Farmer - Foghorn Leghorn/
Maurice LaMarche - Pepe LePew
June Foray - Granny
Kath Soucie - Lola Bunny
Danny DeVito - Mr. Swackhammer
Jocelyn Blue - Nerdluck Pound
Charity James - Nerdluck Blanko
June Melby - Nerdluck Bang
Catherine Reitman - Nerdluck Bupkus
Colleen Wainwright - Nerdluck Nawt/Sniffles
Dorian Harewood - Monstar Bupkus
Joey Camen - Monstar Bang
TK Carter - Monstar Nawt
M. Darnell Suttles - Monstar Pound
Steve Kehela - Monstar Blanko/Announcer
Frank Welker - Charles the Dog

Director - Joe Pytka
Directors of Animation - Bruce W. Smith and Tony Cervone
Writers - Leo Benvenuti, Steve Rudnick, Timothy Harris and Herschel Weingrod
Executive Producers - David Falk and Ken Ross
Producers - Ivan Reitman, Joe Medjuck and Daniel Goldberg
Co-Producers - Gordon Webb and Curtis Polk
Co-Producer/Editor - Sheldon Kahn
Animation Producers - Ron Tippe,
Jerry Rees and Steven Paul Leiva
Animation Producer/Associate Producer - 
Dennis Edwards
Animation Producer/Line Producer - 
Richard Sullivan
Animation Co-Producer - Allison Abbate 
Production Designer - Geoffrey Kirkland
Production Designer: Animation/Visual Development/
Character Designer - Fred Cline
Original Character Designer - Jenny Lerew
Background Director - William Dely
Costume Designer - Marlene Stewart
Director of Photography - Michael Chapman
Basketball Technical Advisor - Nigel Miguel
Live Action/Animation Visual Effects - Ed Jones
Visual Effects Supervisors - Erik Dehkhoda and
James Lima
Music - James Newton Howard

Inspired by the techniques that were resulted of hand-drawn animation and shot to daily basis live-action combined into a separate format on WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT. Here's what you get when Warner Bros unleashes their cartoon brand Looney Tunes and basketball legend Michael Jordan in a movie that some deem it to be overhyped. That type of movie is SPACE JAM and for years, I've constantly anticipated reviewing this nostalgic flick. I hope that in my newly-resumed schedule of the feature wouldn't be delayed as I've missed a year of re-watching it simultaneously. As you all may have guessed, SPACE JAM is obviously based on the commercials that Jordan had previously promoted his Air Jordan sneakers with Bugs Bunny. I just can't stand how the studio is willing to exploit that source of product advertisements and adapt into a full-length feature. I've always considered the possibility that SPACE JAM was in its regal splendour of blending live-action and animation. Though not in the same degree as to what Robert Zemeckis had envisioned for ROGER RABBIT. 

I felt that Michael Jordan wasn't so much of an actor when his performance is so uncharismatic and dull. Probably lacking in depth and sincerity when he should have stuck to basketball instead. I hated the idea that Bill Murray's cameo was greatly expanded in the final round that the role should have been filed for the Road Runner. On a personal note, I liked the gorgeous design of Bugs' love interest Lola Bunny, but her personality is just too shallow and unfunny to be the foil and main centre for the cartoon hare. These factors should have slowed the film down in mainstream obscurity when only the soundtrack placement redeems its average quality. R. Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly" is probably one of the most iconic songs that I want to hear it again from the soundtrack.

SPACE JAM was not good and nor bad and it probably should have been the movie that killed the Looney Tunes. Instead, it was regarded as enjoyable to younger fans of the cartoon characters and to fans of Michael Jordan. Th-th-that's all folks!

Star rating: (5/10) Average

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