Nina Litoff

Bugs Bunny has gotten himself and his Looney Tunes cohorts into a jam by facing off against the Nerdlucks, a grouchy gang of tiny space creatures who land on Earth. The Nerdlucks, dispatched by their boss, the ruthless, belligerent Swackhammer (voice by DANNY DeVITO), intend to kidnap and export the Looney Tunes to Moron Mountain, Swackhammer's failing theme park on the Nerdlucks' boring planet. Bugs has challenged the small, weak aliens to a fateful basketball tournament: if the Looney Tunes win, they'll remain on Earth. But if the aliens win, Bugs and company are headed into the hands of Swackhammer. Their lives won't be worth a single cel...The aliens quickly take up Bugs' challenge -- too quickly, it turns out. The aliens quickly take up Bugs' challenge -- too quickly, it turns out.

When Bugs does discover what he's up against, he knows he needs some serious help. But where can he go? Basketball's best players are all having their skills "absorbed" by the aliens.

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Of course, there's a baseball player he happens to know...Basketball's most spectacular star, Michael Jordan, has retired from the sport and begun to play baseball -- with limited success. But after the Looney Tunes capture Jordan from a golf course, transport him to Looney Tunes Land and explain, in true Looney Tunes style, their predicament, he agrees to join their team.

Cool links and hijinx!

"Ehhh, what's up, Doc?"

Jordan has taken on a monumental task, however. Yosemite Sam is shooting up the place, Taz can't take ANY kind of direction, Wile E. Coyote is still after the Roadrunner, and chaos rules everything from the free-throw lane to the locker room. Jordan's nearly in despair -- until he meets the newest Looney Tune to join the Tune Squad -- the gorgeous Lola Bunny, a slam-dunkin' team asset and "the rabbit of my dreams" to the love-struck Bugs.

Can the motley crew of Michael Jordan and the Tune Squad fight off the Monstars on the court and ensure their futures on planet Earth? Could this be the true story of how Michael Jordan returned to basketball?

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  • Meet the Characters
  • Coloring Book
  • B-ball Tips + Tricks
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Check out these cool pictures from Space Jam. Click on any of the photos to see a full-size version of the picture. 

 

Neat Stuff To Look At

 

SPACE JAM, characters, names, and all related indicia are trademarks of Warner Bros. © 1996

Photos by Bruce Talamon

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The Lineup

Player Bios

If you like basketball, and you like to jam, go no further. Space Jam isn't just about Michael Jordan meeting the Looney Tunes -- it's about a slammin' jammin' game to keep the Looney Tunes out of a failed intergalactic theme park! Rounding out the cast are some of the biggest stars of the NBA, making their feature film debuts.

Michael Jordan

  • Team: Chicago Bulls
  • Position: Guard
  • Height: 6' 6"
  • Weight: 195 lbs.
  • Born Brooklyn, New York
  • College: North Carolina

Jam-Central: Production Notes

The Filmakers

  • IVAN REITMAN (producer)

  • JOE MEDJUCK (producer)

  • DANIEL GOLDBERG (producer)

  • JOE PYTKA (director)

  • DAVID FALK (executive producer)

  • KEN ROSS (executive producer)

  • GEOFFREY KIRKLAND (production designer)

  • MICHAEL CHAPMAN (director of photography)

  • SHELDON KAHN (editor/co-producer)

  • GORDON WEBB (co-producer/unit production manager)

  • CURTIS POLK (co-producer)

  • JAMES NEWTON HOWARD (Composer)

  • BRUCE SMITH (Co-director of Animation)

  • TONY CERVONE (Co-director of Animation)

  • RON TIPPE (animation producer)

  • BILL PERKINS (Animation Art Director)

  • ED JONES (Special Visual Effects)

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Warner Bros.' Looney Tunes, led by the creative impetus of filmmaker IVAN REITMAN, blast into the future in their first feature film, "Space Jam," an animated/live-action razzle-dazzle tour de force pairing pop icon and sports megastar MICHAEL JORDAN and classic wisecracking animated hero BUGS BUNNY. As audiences visually zoom between Earth and outer space, between basketball court, baseball field and Looney Tunes Land, from live action with some of the NBA's biggest stars to startlingly rich two- and three-dimensional animation, they'll get a laugh-loaded glimpse of the future as it's never looked before -- in the company of basketball's most watchable genius and the hip-hoppin'-est hoopster a rabbit ever hoped to become. Ivan Reitman produces and JOE PYTKA directs "Space Jam," a fast-breaking comic fantasy.

If you like basketball, and you like to jam, go no further. Space Jam isn't just about Michael Jordan meeting the Looney Tunes -- it's about a slammin' jammin' game to keep the Looney Tunes out of a failed intergalactic theme park!

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When you've got the world's greatest basketball superstars and the world's greatest cartoon characters facing off against space aliens, you can't skimp on the jams -- and sure enough, Warner Sunset/Atlantic Records' Space Jam: Music From The Motion Picture is one of the most powerful collections in the universe.

How's this for virtual reality?

"Ehhh, what's up, Doc?"

You've made it: Jam Central Station, the central depository for all things Space Jam. From the best seats in the house, you can peruse the production notes, find out about the filmmakers, check out the theatrical trailer, and look at a bunch of photos from the film.

Here's a list of some radio stations currently playing the first single from the Space Jam Soundtrack, Seal - "Fly Like An Eagle". Check back here for an up-to-date list of where to listen when you're off-line.

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  • Team: Chicago Bulls
  • Position: Guard
  • Height: 6' 6"
  • Weight: 195 lbs.
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It's always a good idea to warm up before games. Stretch and do moderate calisthenics.

Check out these cool pictures from Space Jam.

Click on any of the photos to see a full-size version of the picture.

Photos by Bruce Talamon

 
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Junior

 

The Basketball Tips for Kids were provided by Jesse R. Williams, longtime coach and community leader afilliated with the National Pro-Am City Leagues Association. The Association operates one of the oldest and largest city league basketball programs, offering year-round team play for youth, collegiate and adult amateur semi-pro level athletes. For more information click here. Want even more tips? Visit the Sports Illustrated For Kids Basketball Tips from the Pros page!


Jam

  • Practice handling the ball

  • Set up four or five cones about four feet apart in a line

  • Dribble the ball moving in and out of the line

  • Switch back and forth from right to left hands

  • Pass each cone on the opposite side

Basketball Terms + Tips

  • It's always a good idea to warm up before games.

  • Stretch and do moderate calisthenics.

  • Keep your head up when dribbling the ball to make a pass.

  • By learning how to dribble the ball without looking at it, you can more easily spot a teammate.

  • When playing defense, slide from side to side to cover your opposing player. Do not cross your legs.

  • It's helpful to practice sliding on the court.

  • When handling the ball, always keep the other hand up.

  • It helps with your balance and makes it easier to switch hands.

  • Always keep your knees and back slightly bent when playing defense.

  • Protect the ball by keeping your body between the ball and the defender and keeping your free arm up.

  • Practice lay-ups from both the left and right sides of the basket.

  • When approaching the right side of the basket, shoot with your right hand and take off from your left foot.

  • When approaching from the left, shoot with your left hand and take off from your right foot.

  • Stay on the balls of your feet when playing defense.

  • This allows you to react more quickly to a change in direction and move with the opposing player.

  • Stay below the ball and one step back when on defense.

  • You can adjust your position quickly and cover the ball more readily.

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The technical Background

One problem that has always existed with cartoons is the sometimes wildly shifting perspectives of a background. If you are using a movie or video camera, panning over any background behind the actors, if you examined the film a frame at a time, you'd see that the background seems to distort a little--or a lot, if a wide-angle lens is used.

Putting Real Life into the Cartoon World Technology Shapes Art Being Green To Sherman Oaks — And beyond On to Ciesite On the Basketball Court
It is the first feature film in history to combine such a large amount of traditional cartoon animation, live action and three-dimensional computer graphics. Space Jam stars sports superstar Michael Jordan as well as Bugs Bunny, the Looney Tunes, Wayne Knight, Theresa Randle. So what does this exotic hybrid of computers, artists and actors require from the filmmakers and their crews? When moviegoers think of "computer animation," they are most likely without a clear idea of what that term really means. Many may assume that a computer scientist sits in front of a console, types in the words "Bugs Bunny" and "Daffy Duck.” He presses "enter" and goes out for a cup of coffee. Well, that's not all, folks. That's not even close, folks--for the artist is never out of the loop.

The first of the familiar Warners Cartoon stars was Mr. Porcine "Porky" Pig. Porky emerged a star from Friz Freleng's I Haven't Got a Hat as early as 1935. According to Director Freleng, "When I was a kid, I had two playmates--a little fat kid called Piggy and his younger brother, who was called Porky. I always wanted to do a comic strip with two kids with those names. But in animation, everything is animals, so when I had this classroom cartoon, I thought of Porky." Friz Freleng saud, "We were searching for a new character, andthe audience told us Porky was the guy."

  • Cast Bios
  • Player Bios
  • Bad guy bios
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From fighting the Axis in World War II to traveling in outer space, Bugs Bunny has been around the block. Read the life stories of all the Looney tunes below.

Bugs Bunny, the linchpin of the Looney Tunes, has been called everything from "classic" to "perennial" to "an American institution" to "one of our national heroes"--and "wascally wabbit," "long-eared galoot," and a lot of other things besides! But most of us just like to call him Bugs.

Filling The Bleachers Distorting Michael Jordan The Artist is in the System
One problem that has always existed with cartoons is the sometimes wildly shifting perspectives of a background. In conventional cartoons, this distortion has to be drawn in by hand on the backgrounds. Space Jam, surprisingly enough, went from conception to finished product in one-third the time of a normal animated feature-and yet it required more amazing shifts in perspective than a normal animated feature.
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