Space Jam (1996) Poster



Michael Jordan actually wore his college basketball shorts under his Chicago Bulls uniform every game as a good luck charm.
The movie's original promotional website can still be found online, exactly as it appeared in 1996.
After Daffy suggests naming the team "the Ducks", Bugs asks "what kind of Mickey Mouse organization would name their team the Ducks?" This actually happened in 1993, when the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League were established by The Walt Disney Company.
When Stanley comes into Michael's hotel room and says "C'mon, Michael, it's game time. Slip on your Hanes, lace up your Nikes, take your Wheaties and your Gatorade, and we'll grab a Big Mac on the way to the ballpark." All of those things were products that Michael Jordan had been a sponsor for around that time.
The concept for this movie originated from a series of highly popular Nike ads where Bugs Bunny and Michael Jordan faced off against Marvin the Martian and his alien henchmen in basketball.
This film marks the debut of Lola Bunny, Bugs' love interest.
When Larry Johnson says that his grandmother can play better than him, it is a reference to the Converse commercial where Johnson plays his Grandmama.
To keep Michael Jordan happy while filming, Warner Bros. built him his own basketball court.
The gym where the Looney Tunes practice is called "Leon Schlesinger Gym" after Leon Schlesinger, the man who produced the first Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies.
Towards the end of the basketball game, Daffy asks Bill Murray, "exactly how did you get here?" Which Bill's character responds, "the producer is a friend of mine". Producer, Ivan Reitman, also produced: Stripes, Ghostbusters & Ghostbusters II, all of which Bill Murray starred in.
The movie pokes some subtle jabs at Disney, and ironically would first air on Network TV as part of ABC's Wonderful World of Disney.
While praying in church for the return of his basketball skills, Charles Barkley says, "I'm never gonna go out with Madonna again." This refers to his own fling with Madonna (not Dennis Rodman's fling, as previously reported).
Noel Blanc (Mel Blanc's son) was originally booked to provide all of the regular Warner Brothers male cartoon characters' voices. But he and Warner Brothers couldn't agree on a contract, so the studio replaced Blanc with four other people to do the 12 male voices, instead of Blanc doing them all.
When Daffy Duck is modeling potential team uniforms for the other Looney Tunes characters, he states that he's partial to purple and gold. This is a nod to the official colors of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. which is the fraternity that Michael Jordan pledged in college. A tradition for some members of Omega Psi Phi is the branding of one or more of the Greek letter Omega on their arms or chest. If you look closely during the scene where Michael Jordan is shirtless in his hotel room while on the phone with his family, on the left side of his chest is a branded Omega.
The Monstars/Nerdlucks' names are Pound (orange one), Bang (green), Nawt (magenta), Bupkus (purple) and Blanko (blue). None of their names are mentioned in the film, and neither is the word "Nerdluck."
Bill Murray's appearance is a reference to a series of 1990s commercials in which Murray starred. In the commercials, Murray tries and fails to become an NBA player.
When flying towards "Moron Mountain", the monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) can be seen at the very right edge of the frame floating in space.
The first animated film to have been edited for content for TV airings.
The scuffed basketball used in the film is a treasured souvenir owned by director Joe Pytka. When held by Michael Jordan it is real, but whenever it is in flight or controlled by the cartoon characters it is animated.
The USA VHS included a collector's coin inside the package that had the Tune Squad on one side and the MonStars on the other side.
The hat that Bill Murray is wearing at the Bulls game at the end of the movie is the Saint Paul Saints, a minor league baseball team of which Murray was a part owner at the time.
The couple sitting next to the aliens when they steal the talents of Barkley and Ewing are Patricia Heaton and Dan Castellaneta.
Although Michael Jordan's real kids were not in the film, their names (Jeffery, Marcus, and Jasmine) were used.
In order to fill up the audience from a limited selection of characters, one section was made from actual Looney Tunes. The rest were simply replicated over and over and then "seated" next to each other to create the illusion of a full audience.
The cartoons seen in Moron Mountain are: Broom-Stick Bunny (1956), Don't Axe Me (1958), Duck Amuck (1953), Duck! Rabbit, Duck! (1953), Gee Whiz-z-z-z-z-z-z (1956), Going! Going! Gosh! (1952), Golden Yeggs (1950), Henhouse Henery (1949), High Diving Hare (1949), Hip Hip-Hurry! (1958), Rabbit of Seville (1950), Ready.. Set.. Zoom! (1955) and Speedy Gonzales (1955).
Moron Mountain is a spoof on Magic Mountain, a Six Flags amusement park in southern California. At around the time this movie was made, Magic Mountain had a contract with Warner Brothers to use the Toon characters.
When the aliens from Moron Mountain are in disguise at the basketball game they are wearing Tom Baker's scarf from Doctor Who (1963).
Mr Swackhammer says "I didn't know Dan Aykroyd was in this picture" but he refered to Bill Murray, both former castmates together on Saturday Night Live and co-stars in "Ghostbusters."
When Michael first arrives in Looney Tune town and is talking with the characters there is a store front sign on one of the background buildings that says "CJ's Toys", a nod to the famous Warner Brothers Director/Animator Chuck Jones who created many of the classic Looney Tunes characters.
In an interview a couple of years after the films release, long time Looney Toons Director Chuck Jones was highly critical of the movie. Jones felt it strayed too far from source material, in particular saying Bugs would never openly recruit others in his battles. Jones further maintained that the Bugs he worked on would have single handedly dispatched with the Aliens in short order. Jones also took exception with some of the film's dialogue feeling that some one liners were inconsistent or inappropriate relating to the characters who said them.
A picture of Bosko, Warner Bros. first cartoon star, can be seen hanging on the wall of the meeting hall, in the scene where Yosemite Sam confronts the aliens.
This was one of the few times where Bugs and Daffy don't share voice actors. Billy West (Voice of Bugs) would later go onto voice Elmer Fudd in many Future Looney Tunes Productions.
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The Union Hall in which the Looney Tunes characters meet is entitled "Union Hall 839", a reference to the actual Hollywood Animation Guild, which is Union Local 839.
During the big game, when the Toons are rallying, the purple Monstar is about to attack Bugs and Wiley when he is interrupted by Yosemite Sam and Elmer Fudd (dressed in tuxedos) shooting his teeth out with "Misrlou" playing in the background. This is a clear reference to Pulp Fiction (1995).
The Tune Squad's jersey numbers: 1, Bugs Bunny; 2, Daffy Duck; 3, Sniffles the Mouse; 6, Yosemite Sam; 8, Porky Pig; 9, Sylvester; 10, Lola Bunny; 13, Wile E. Coyote; 22, Bill Murray; 23, Michael Jordan; 25, Barnyard Dawg; 33, Foghorn Leghorn; 53, Elmer Fudd; heart symbol, Pepe Le Pew; exclamation point, Tasmanian Devil; question mark, Beaky Buzzard.
Shawn Bradley is seen as playing for the Philadelphia 76ers. Bradley was playing for the Sixers at the time of the film's production, but just before its release, he was traded to the New Jersey Nets.
The following cartoon are referenced when their characters appear at the meeting: An Egg Scramble (1950) (Miss Prissy), Hair-Raising Hare (1946) (Gossamer), Hillbilly Hare (1950) (Curt & Punkinhead Martin), Mexicali Shmoes (1959) (Slowpoke Rodríguez), Rabbit Punch (1948) (The Crusher), Rabbit's Kin (1952) (Pete Puma), The Dover Boys at Pimento University or The Rivals of Roquefort Hall (1942) (The Dover Boy) and Three Little Bops (1957) (the three little pigs).
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The pseudo-scientific names of the aliens on the "Aliens From Moron Mountain" blueprint in the brainstorming session are: Wormius Repulsus (green), Newtus Grodius (purple), Dopus Elongatus (blue), Rotundus Tempermentus (orange), and Minimus Whinius (magenta).
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When playing basketball, Michael Jordan is wearing the Air Jordan XI shoes
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Simona Ventura is Italian voice of Lola Bunny.
CASTLE THUNDER: First heard during a "film-within-a-film" for one second when Michael's kids are flipping through the TV channels and lightning appears on the screen. It's then briefly heard again for one second when the little aliens begin to transform.
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After the big game, Michael returns the talent to the pros they were stolen from. In that scene, Mugsy says that the glowing ball that contains the talent looks like something out of Star Trek. Ironically Star Trek: First Contact was released in theaters the following week.
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There was originally going to be a scene in the movie featuring MC Skat Kat and the Stray Mob, a animated hip-hop group who worked with Paula Abdul on some of her music videos. But was completely cut internally out of the script.
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Larry Bird also appeared as himself in Celtic Pride (1996) the same year.
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This is the second time that Bill Murray said the line, "It is alive." The first time was in Stripes (1981).
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Korey Coleman, one of the animators on the film, is now currently running a successful movie review site call "doubletoasted.com".
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