042: Space Jam
Premise: In a desperate attempt to win a basketball game and earn their freedom, the Looney Tunes seek the aid of retired basketball champion, Michael Jordan.
As far as plot and pacing, Space Jam flies through into the core conflict. Aliens from Moron Mountain (a poorly performing amusement park planet) are going to take the Looney Tunes hostage as their slaves, but Bugs and company challenge them to a game of basketball. The aliens steal the talent of some of the NBA’s hottest stars (like Charles Barkley and Patrick Ewing) and become the Monstars. The Loony Tunes then draft Michael Jordan to teach them how to win their freedom on the court.
Lola could be a fully realized and feminine cartoon character, but isntead toes the line between anachronistic girl power of the time and a sexualized anthropomorphic rabbit. That being said, she doesn’t really hurt the film in anyway. She’s barely in it, when you really add it all up. However, we learn that Lola hates being called doll. We see her challenge Bugs to one-on-one in her introduction and sharing a kiss with him by the end of the movie.
We also advise people not to google her without your browser safety settings on.
Space Jam was a successful film, too. On top of that, the soundtrack is a phenomenal microcosm of the mid-to-late nineties R&B and Hip Hop scene, with tracks from R. Kelly, Seal, Busta Rhymes, Method Man, Monica, and Quad City DJs.
In that sense, it’s a slam dunk.