Okay Honest Trailers, it hurt when you destroyed The Princess Bride, Mortal Kombat and Rudolph but if you touch my Space Jam I’m going to freak out. The classic Looney Tunes-NBA mashup movie was a staple of my (and every kid born in the late 80s-early 90s) childhood.
In their latest release, the Screen Junkies take on the live action-animation classic and boy do they point out some things that will ruin it for you. As they reveal plot holes big enough for Michael Jordan to get pulled through (wait, if the golf course was in the real world, how did he fit through the hole) and list every shameless corporate plug you’ll feel your childhood being torn away.
Yes, okay the premise of a bunch of aliens coming to earth to battle Bugs Bunny and friends in order to save their intergalactic amusement park is a bit weird. And yes, they basically forget that was even the reason for the game a few minutes into the movie and never really feel the need to go back to it. But come on – Lola Bunny!
Just hold on when you call the victims of the Nerdlucks (wait, did anyone know the aliens were called Nerdlucks?) second-tier NBA stars; that group included Charles Barkley and Patrick Ewing, two hall-of-famers. Also, Shawn Bradley is 7’6” and Muggsy Bogues is 5’3” – they had to include those two!
If you can remember Space Jam fondly for its epic basketball match between the Looney Tunes and Monstars, you may be surprised when you see the long list of advertisements laid out in front of your eyes. Newman—I mean Stan, played by Wayne Knight—even has the line “get your Hanes on, lace up your Nikes, grab your Wheaties and your Gatorade and we’ll pick up a Big Mac on the way to the ballpark.” Yes, I get that it’s a poke at the sponsorship world that Jordan was coming from, but if you think they didn’t make money off that you’re kidding yourself.
They even take a shot at Kazaam, which is where personally I draw the line. Shaquille O’Neal was totally believable as a genie that lives in a boombox, and that movie got robbed at the Oscars (who’s ever heard of The English Patient anyway). Say whatever you want about Thunderstruck though, Kevin Durant should stick to basketball (and the franchise that drafted him).
So, if you feel like having your childhood blown to pieces watch the video. Or, if you haven’t watched Space Jam in the last year, give your head a shake and go pop it in the VCR. It’s still totally worth it.