Space Jam
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Space Jam

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Director: Joe Pytka

Cast: Joe Pytka, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Wayne Knight

     
 

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Warner Bros. attempted to revitalize its animation division with this family adventure that blended live action and animation in the style of Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), reportedly coming in with a price tag of $100 million. Basketball legend Michael Jordan stars as himself, a retired sports hero trying his hand at baseball and failing miserably. Meanwhile,See more details below

Overview

Warner Bros. attempted to revitalize its animation division with this family adventure that blended live action and animation in the style of Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), reportedly coming in with a price tag of $100 million. Basketball legend Michael Jordan stars as himself, a retired sports hero trying his hand at baseball and failing miserably. Meanwhile, the Looney Tunes gang, led by Bugs Bunny, are kidnapped by aliens called the Nerdlucks. It seems that the Nerdlucks' theme park, Moron Mountain (a barely-veiled dig at Disney) is failing to attract customers. The space invaders are convinced that the appearance of Bugs and his pals Porky Pig and Speedy Gonzalez will beef up business. Bugs makes his captors a deal -- they'll play a game of basketball for their freedom. When the Nerdlucks stack the deck by pilfering the talent of NBA superstars Charles Barkley and Patrick Ewing, the Warner Bros. heroes enlist the aid of Jordan, who returns to the court to help the classic characters. While he prepares to play, Jordan is aided by fellow celebrity Bill Murray. Director Joe Pytka previously created many of the television commercials that featured Jordan as a paid endorser.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Greg Fagan
Fans eager to hear Michael Jordan's inside story of the making of his motion picture debut, the 1996 Loony Tune-fest Space Jam, will have to wait. But for animation aficionados who feel that the classic Warner Bros. characters are the movie's main lures, this new DVD edition will be welcome indeed. Voice actors Billy West II (Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd) and Dee Bradley Baker (Daffy Duck, Tasmanian Devil) provide commentary throughout the movie, sometimes as themselves, and occasionally in character. Director Joe Pytka pops in every so often to make an observation or drop the occasional name (costar Patrick Ewing is evidently much more fun than his press suggests, says Pytka), but it's really West and Baker's show. Among the pair's more fascinating Space Jam revelations is that the very real sounding barks and growls of Jordan's live-action pooch -- a nasty looking bulldog -- actually come from the talented voice of Frank Welker ("the best known dog voice in Hollywood"). The DVD's features also allow you to isolate the musical track, eliminating all the voices save those of the singers. It turns the entire affair into an extended music video that, given the soundtrack's chart-topping popularity several years back, will no doubt appeal to fans of Seal ("Fly Like an Eagle") and R. Kelly ("I Believe I Can Fly").
All Movie Guide
Many lesser basketball stars have graced the big screen, so it was almost a surprise that it took Michael Jordan this long. But it should be no surprise that Space Jam isn't half the fun of simply watching one of Jordan's highlight reels. For all his choreographed jams in dunk contests, Michael Jordan found his greatest glory during moments of in-game improvisation, when his stunning talent manifested itself as pure instinct. In a semi-animated movie, the necessarily careful staging removes the wonder from Jordan's repertoire, leaving only generic feats of above-average athleticism that have no real-world reference point. Of course, Space Jam is not meant as a highlight reel, rather, an opportunity to promote the persona of Michael Jordan and revive a cast of beloved Warner Brothers cartoons that haven't been dusted off in years. On these scores it's also weak, even with R. Kelly singing "I Believe I Can Fly" as urgently as anyone could want. Trying to insinuate themselves into a sophisticated world of animation that has passed them by, the characters seem like relics, their old-fashioned quips as tired as the hand joints of the animators who draw them. Where Space Jam does find a few laughs is in the cameos of other NBA players, notably Charles Barkley and Patrick Ewing, who struggle humorously with methods to recoup their stolen basketball skills. It's while spoofing himself that Jordan is also most effective, including some good-sport jabs at his brief and comical foray into professional baseball.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/08/2011
UPC:
0883929157518
Original Release:
1996
Rating:
PG
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:28:00
Sales rank:
11,206

Special Features

Closed Caption; ; Commentary by Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Director Joe Pytka; Production Notes

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Jordan Himself
Charles Barkley Himself
Wayne Knight Stan Podolak
Patrick Ewing Himself
Theresa Randle Juanita
Muggsy Bogues Actor
Billy West Bugs Bunny,Elmer Fudd
D. Bradley Baker Bull Dee,Daffy Duck,Tazmanian Devil
Bill Murray Actor
Larry Bird Actor
Danny DeVito Swackhammer
Bill Farmer Foghorn Leghorn,Sylvester,Yosemite Sam
Kath Soucie Lola Bunny
Bob Bergen Bert,Herbie,Marvin the Martian,Porky Pig,Tweety Bird
June Foray Granny
Maurice LaMarche Pepe Le Pew
Shawn Bradley Actor
Ahmad Rashad Actor
Del Harris Actor
Vlade Divac Actor
Cedric Ceballos Actor
Jim Rome Actor
Paul Westphal Actor
Danny Ainge Actor
Larry Johnson Himself
Cheryl James Actor

Technical Credits
Joe Pytka Director
Leo Benvenuti Screenwriter
Michael Chapman Cinematographer
Cinesite Special Effects
David Falk Executive Producer
Daniel Goldberg Producer
Timothy Harris Screenwriter
Janet Hirshenson Casting
James Newton Howard Score Composer
Jane Jenkins Casting
Ed Jones Special Effects
Sheldon Kahn Co-producer,Editor
Geoffrey Kirkland Production Designer
David F. Klassen Art Director
James Larue Sound/Sound Designer
Austin McCann Asst. Director
Joe Medjuck Producer
Curtis Polk Co-producer
Jerry Rees Producer
Ivan Reitman Producer
Ken Ross Executive Producer
Marco Rubeo Set Decoration/Design
Steve Rudnick Screenwriter
Marlene Stewart Costumes/Costume Designer
Gordon A. Webb Co-producer
Herschel Weingrod Screenwriter
Jennifer Williams Set Decoration/Design

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Space Jam
1. Michael's Dream [2:21]
2. Hoop-Crazy/Credits [3:32]
3. Moon Mountain [3:06]
4. Good-looking Strikeout [2:34]
5. Diminutive Visitors [2:33]
6. At Home With The Jordans [4:05]
7. The Challenge [3:21]
8. Disorder in the Court [2:49]
9. Player Revolt [1:20]
10. Monstars! [1:58]
11. Hole in One... With Help [2:31]
12. Vanishing Act [1:02]
13. Michael's New Pals [2:45]
14. The Mean Team Visits [2:54]
15. A Wannabe Charles Barkley [1:12]
16. What's The Matter? [1:27]
17. "Don't Call Me 'Doll;" [2:31]
18. Michael's Gear [3:42]
19. Unbelievable [:45]
20. Daffy's Suggestion [:32]
21. He Can Still Play [:54]
22. Dork on the Bench [1:55]
23. Staring Lineups [3:39]
24. Kinda One-Sided [3:15]
25. The Smell of a Spy [1:00]
26. Secret Stuff [2:17]
27. Whole New Ball Game [2:13]
28. Raising the Stakes [1:42]
29. Monstar Mash [1:56]
30. Stan's In - and Out [1:36]
31. Our Fifth Guy [1:50]
32. The Final Basket [2:16]
33. Swackhammer's Space Jam [:40]
34. Looney Enough? [1:46]
35. Making an Entrance [1:09]
36. Back in the Game [2:57]
37. End Credits [8:29]
38. That's All, Folks! [:26]

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