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[[quoteright:360:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Space_Jam_5458.jpg]]

->''"Come on and slam, and welcome to the jam!"''

This 1996 live-action/animated film is what happens when you base a feature-length film upon ''a sneaker commercial''. Really. Nike had ordered a few commercials featuring UsefulNotes/MichaelJordan and an animated WesternAnimation/BugsBunny facing off against alien cartoon characters.

In the film, the WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes must recruit NBA superstar Michael Jordan to play on their basketball team. They need Jordan's help because these aliens called Nerdlucks intend to take them back to their planet, and make them the new attractions for their evil boss Swackhammer's evil theme park. Bugs, noting how tiny the Nerdlucks are, decides to challenge them to a basketball game.

This backfires when it turns out that the Nerdlucks can [[LiquidAssets steal the "talent" from athletes]] (they do this to NBA players Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, Muggsy Bogues, Larry Johnson and Shawn Bradley in one of the movie's many, many subplots). This transforms them into [[OneWingedAngel the Monstars]] ([=aka=] --wait for it-- The Mean Team). This is where Michael Jordan comes in, but during the time period the film is set in, he had retired to play baseball. Thankfully, he wasn't drained of his skills and had actually just ''un''retired at the time the film was made. [[note]]In fact, part of the deal was for Jordan to be provided with state of the art training facilities between takes.[[/note]] According to this film, saving the Looney Tunes is [[HistoricalInJoke the reason why he returned to basketball]].

''Space Jam'' was met with mixed reaction by critics, but was successful at the box office, with $230 million worldwide. It's notable for introducing Bugs' girlfriend Lola Bunny, who has been featured in most ''Looney Tunes'' projects made since this film. It's not to be confused with ''Film/LooneyTunesBackInAction'', which is officially a {{Retcon}}. It was also one of the earliest movies to feature a [[http://www2.warnerbros.com/spacejam/movie/jam.htm tie-in website]], which is still running to this day (and has not been updated since 1998).[[note]]Warner has finally noticed this however; clicking on the link will still take you there, but it now redirects to an archive version of it (look at the URL in the address bar once you're there).[[/note]]

And remember: [[VideoGame/BarkleyShutUpAndJamGaiden This movie is canon]][[note]]But not with the classic Looney Tunes, of course.[[/note]]. Also, there are rumors about a potential sequel being in the works. With Warner Brothers recently trademarking "Space Jam" and [=LeBron=] James signing a deal with a company, those rumors have only intensified.

[[IThoughtItMeant Not related to]] the jam used in ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}''.

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!!Tropes:

* AdamWesting: Creator/BillMurray freely admits he has no place in this story.
* AdaptationExpansion: It's basically a feature-length version of an Air Jordan commercial where Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny played basketball against aliens. The director is even the same.
* AlanSmithee: Possibly. Joe Pytka is credited as the film's director, however many people who worked on the film (mostly the voice actors) have all said Ivan Reitman was the film's actual director, and that Joe Pytka was only a director for the animation. For whatever reason, Pytka got the main director's credit, while Reitman is only credited as a producer.
* AliensAreBastards: Both the Monstars and Swackhammer. The Nerdlucks, less so even if they're StupidEvil.
* AllThereInTheManual: The names of the aliens who would become the Monstars, and the name of their pre-Monstar species (Nerdluck).
* AlternateTooniverse
* AmusingInjuries: Done with both the Looney Tunes and the live-action actors. Michael Jordan gets compressed into a ball which is then dribbled, passed and dunked. Stan Podolak gets squashed flat under all five Monstars.
* AngryGuardDog: When Bugs and Daffy have to sneak into Michael Jordan's house to get his basketball gear and lucky shorts, Daffy gets to deal with Jordan's very, very angry guard dog.
* ArtShift: Mr. Swackhammer fantasizing about Jordan working at Moron Mountain. It's kinda scary
** The implications of it are ''even scarier'' (Jordan never being able to see his family again, and living his life in misery). And the fact that Jordan was willing to risk it!
* AsHimself: Jordan and a whole bunch of other celebs and basketballers, which makes sense seeing as who Mike hangs around with all day.
* AssKickingPose: Elmer Fudd and Yosemite Sam do this during the second half slapstick montage. It's a direct ShoutOut to ''Film/PulpFiction''.
* AwardBaitSong: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTahrYXCChI I Believe I Can Fly]]" by Music/RKelly.
* BadassBoast: "Hit'em High" is a song-shaped one for the Monstars. The best instance being the chorus:
--> ''We want it all!''
--> ''We're unstoppable, we run the floor!''
--> ''You can't take none of this hardcore!''
--> ''In the game we take you to war!''
--> ''You ain't seen nothin' like this before!''
--> "If I hit 'em high, hit 'em high, hit 'em high"
--> "And you hit 'em low, hit 'em low, hit 'em low"
--> "If I hit 'em high, hit 'em high, hit 'em high"
--> "And you hit 'em low, hit 'em low, hit 'em low"
* BadassNormal: Played with. Jordan, when compared to his teammates (cartoon characters) and opponents (humongous aliens) he is a mundane human. Then again, he is the greatest player in the history of basketball. And when he learns how to use ToonPhysics, [[EmpoweredBadassNormal well]]...
* BareYourMidriff: Lola Bunny. One of the Monstars as well.
* BarefootCartoonAnimal: Lola Bunny, as well as the other furry characters in their Tune Squad uniforms. This is {{lampshaded}} when Jordan gets his golf cleats stuck to the floorboards and asks if the toons have a pair of basketball shoes he could borrow--cut to a few shots of the toons' feet and baffled looks.
* BerserkButton:
** Lola Bunny goes into a basket-busting frenzy whenever anyone calls her "Doll."
** Jordan has a few of these: Don't call him wussy man, don't call him chicken, don't call him washed up, and ''especially don't call him baldy''. If you think his head blew there get ready for the big one: Don't hit Tweety in front of him.
* BeTheBall: Happens to Jordan when he first meets the aliens. They invoke this trope [[LookWhatICanDoNow to show off their stolen talent.]]
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Tweety Bird is surprisingly hostile and mean when not "on set". He also knows kung-fu.
** Tweety ''was'' hostile and mean in his earliest shorts. Counts as CharacterRerailment.
* BigDamnHeroes: Subverted by Stan, played straight by Bill Murray in a spectacular DeusExMachina fashion. The latter is [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] hilariously by Swackhammer.
-->"Whoa, whoa, whoa! I didn't know Creator/{{Dan|Aykroyd}} [[Film/{{Ghostbusters}} Aykroyd]] [[ActorAllusion was in]] [[BreakingTheFourthWall this picture]]!"
* BitingTheHandHumor: See LampshadeHanging. Also, Moron Mountain is a spoof of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six_Flags_Magic_Mountain a park that actually has Looney Tunes rides.]]
* BodyHorror: The Monstars, especially the [[NightmareFuel transformation sequence]]. it's a frightening transformation.
** Coupled with AdultFear when you realize they're just kids with no ill will for anyone.
* BorrowedCatchphrase: Near the end of the film, Jordan sarcastically calls Bugs Bunny "Doc".
* BreadEggsBreadedEggs: After The Monstars acquire the talent and transform we get this exchange.
--->'''Daffy''': Those little pipsqueaks turned into Superstars!
--->'''Porky''': T-T-T-They're Monsters!
--->'''Slyvester''': Sufferin' Succotash! They're Monstars!
* BringMyBrownPants: There's a moment after the Nerdlucks have transformed, where one of them boos right in Porky Pig's face. Porky's response is to shriek, piddle (to which a cowbell effect is used), and say to the audience:
-->"I-I-I-I-I wet myself."
* BullSeeingRed: Used at one point when WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck paints one of the Monstars' butts with red paint, which attracts the attention of the Bull from ''Bully For Bugs'', who was sitting in the crowd at the time. Cue him ramming said Monstar in the gluteus maximus, sending him into the air screaming.
--> '''Crowd:''' ''Ole!''
* ButtMonkey: The film's plot revolves around a threat that for once can overpower even the wiliest of Looney Tunes. Even usually [[InvincibleHero untouchable protagonists]] such as Bugs and Tweety end up [[IronButtMonkey taking a good few lumps]] here but Daffy gets the worst, as usual.
--> '''Daffy Duck:''' ''[Sarcastically]'' Very funny. Let's all laugh at the Duck.
* CarloadOfCoolKids: Once Michael Jordan regains his feet after a slobbery greeting by his bulldog Charles, some passing young people in a convertible hail him with "Michael!" and wave. (Jordan, still sore about his dismal performance as a baseball player gives no acknowledgement.)
* CassandraTruth: At one point, a psychic medium holds a seance with the five basketball players who lost their talents, and sees the entire plot of the movie up to that point. The players don't believe her and go off to try acupuncture.
* CanonForeigner[=/=]CanonImmigrant: Oddly averted with the Nerdlucks, who haven't appeared in any Looney Tunes media since the movie even though the ending seems to suggest they are taken in by the Tunes and though they are arguably much better suited to be Looney Tunes characters than Lola is. Lola, on the other hand, is played straight for both, as she'd later appear in ''WesternAnimation/BabyLooneyTunes'', various ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' tie-in games, and ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow'' (which gave her a much DenserAndWackier personality).
* TheCameo:
** Most of the crowd in the arena are secondary characters from WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes shorts.
** There are numerous cameos from other NBA stars in this film, which just adds to the confusion of whether this is a movie about Looney Tunes that randomly involves basketball, or a movie about Michael Jordan that randomly has the Looney Tunes in it. Those with the largest roles are Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, Muggsy Bogues, Larry Johnson and Shawn Bradley, the five players whom the Monstars steal talents from. Larry Bird plays himself as Michael Jordan's golf buddy (a reference to ''another ad campaign'' Jordan was involved in). There's also cameos by Vlade Divac, Cedric Ceballos, Danny Ainge and Paul Westphal.
** Television sport commentators Ahmad Rashād and Jim Rome also throw in brief cameos. Patricia Heaton (pre-''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond'') and Creator/DanCastellaneta are at the Knicks game.
* ChekhovsGunman: Creator/BillMurray first appears at Jordan's golf game talking about how he'd like to play in the NBA. [[spoiler: He next shows up at the Looney Tunes' basketball game in a BigDamnHeroes moment.]]
* ChirpingCrickets: The reception that Daffy gets during player introductions.
* CigarChomper: Mr. Swackhammer does this as a visual cue of his evilness.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Swackhammer again. He considers kidnapping people from another planet to be a legit business venture.
* ColourCodedForYourConvenience: The Nerdlucks/Monstars, who are all a variety of sickly colors, as compared to the mostly white-to-black cartoons.
* CompositeCharacter: The film makes a few nods to the [[CharacterizationMarchesOn evolutions]] of certain Looney Tunes characters. Daffy in particular is a perfect blend of his [[ScrewySquirrel 1940s]] and [[SmallNameBigEgo 1950s]] incarnations, setting up his "Daffy Doc" persona or bursting into fits of "WOO HOO, HOO HOO" when not in his usual egotistical banter with Bugs.
* ConspicuousCG: Can be seen in the spaceships, many of the backgrounds and when [[ItMakesSenseInContext Stan deflates and flies through the air]].
* ConspicuousTrenchcoat: The Nerdstars use one to infiltrate basketball games looking for talent. For once, someone notices how strange this disguise is.
* CurbStompBattle: The Monstars dominate the first half of the game, with the scoreboard itself hanging a lampshade on it, and absolutely decimate the Tunes in the 3rd quarter of the game. After Jordan calls for a time out, we see the various characters in '''REALLY''' bad shape, with Tweety resting in an what looks like an iron lung!
* DeadpanSnarker: Jordan:
--> '''Stan''': So, what is it (the car)? [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Too conspicuous?]]
--> '''Jordan''' (deadpan voice): ''[[BlatantLies Yes.]]''
* DefeatMeansFriendship / HeelFaceTurn: The Nerdlucks/Monstars do this at the end after they lose the game. When the Monstars turn back into the Nerdlucks, they ask Bugs if they can stay with the Looney Tunes and try to prove to him they can be loony.
* DeusExMachina: Bill Murray's last minute appearance (see NoFourthWall). Within universe, the toons stop 40-year-old cartoons due to an important meeting.
* TheDogBitesBack: The Nerdlucks/Monstars' comeuppance on their boss. When Jordan points out that they don't have to take his abuse, they suddenly realize that they are much bigger and stronger than him and rocket him back to Moron Mountain.
* DullSurprise: Jordan isn't very surprised to find himself suddenly confronted by a number of fictional characters, even rolling his eyes at them.
* EarsAsHair: Lola ties her ears back in a ponytail (qualifies as the page image).
* EnemyMine: Either this or they all are [[AnimatedActor Animated Actors]]. The heroes and foes seemed to be on fairly good terms in the film when outside the classic shorts, and probably it was because all of their future careers were on the line, so they had no choice but to cooperate.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: When Creator/BillMurray tells Daffy that he's only there because he's a friend of the producer, Pound (The orange Monstar) can be seen in the background, and shakes his head in disgust when Murray mentions this.
* EvilWearsBlack: The transition from Nerdlucks to Monstars leads to them [[HyperspaceWardrobe getting black uniforms and sneakers out of nowhere]]. ([[http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/looneytunes/images/a/a8/Vlcsnap-2013-07-05-19h29m14s219.png/revision/latest?cb=20130706004344 which remain when the transformation is reversed...]])
* EvilPlan: The game takes place (and Jordan is roped into it) because Mr. Swackhammer wants new attractions for his theme park, even if it means enslaving the Looney Tunes.
* ExcusePlot: The film's bizarre plot is really a set up for the Looney Tunes antics, Jordan's precense, and the climatic basketball game with both.
* FireballEyeballs: Lola, when [[BerserkButton Bugs first calls her "doll".]]
* FishOutOfWater: Jordan stays with the Looney Tunes characters in their universe to help them defeat the Monstars, and then he leaves for home when done.
* FiveBadBand: The Nerdlucks/Monstars (most of the roles are more obvious in the Monstar forms)
** BigBad: Pound (orange) (clearly TheLeader)
** TheDragon: Bang (green) (even breathes fire like a literal dragon at one point)
** TheBrute: Bupkis (purple) (most physically imposing)
** EvilGenius: Nawt (red) (seems to be the smartest, though that's not saying much with this group)
** TokenGoodTeammate: Blanko (blue) (doesn't seem particularly evil compared to the rest)
* FiveManBand: The introductory team:
** TheLeader: Jordan is the basketball veteran and does their training.
** TheLancer: Bugs Bunny is the biggest name among the toons and (fittingly) has a more comical personality. (these two are interchangeable)
** TheSmartGuy: Daffy Duck. He's the only one that has a problem with drinking the "Secret Stuff". It goes against everything he learned in Health Class.
** TheBigGuy: Tasmanian Devil, aka Taz is the most dangerous of the players.
** TheChick: Lola Bunny. The only girl on the team and the only one that's not wacky. [[note]] Michael stands out because he's not a toon, and so... FishOutOfWater wacky. [[/note]]
* GaidenGame: Considered canon for ''BarkleyShutUpAndJamGaiden''.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** Bugs' body stiffens and hits the floor with a wood like sound upon meeting Lola.
*** Speaking of that scene, her introduction was rather...[[FreudWasRight interestingly displayed]], especially after beating Bugs. She approaches him with bedroom eyes, as one of her shoulder straps had fallen off her shoulder. Then she does a "HairFlip" with her ears, and leaves the room with an exaggerated sway of her hips. All the while a {{Sexophone}} playing in the background. Very subtle, developers.
*** Bugs suggesting a "one-on-one game" with Lola wouldn't sound that bad; unless you take it as a DoubleEntendre and the fact alone that Bugs is melting at the sight of her.
** Daffy gets his bath interrupted by the Looney Tunes meeting and exclaims, "What does a guy gotta do to get himself wet around here?!"
** A montage of the basketball players seeking treatment for their suddenly poor performance on the court. The culmination being when the therapist asks Patrick Ewing if his "performance" has suffered in "any... other... areas?", with Ewing giving him an incredulous look and yelling, "NO!" ''Tweety Bird'' even gets some.
** One of the Nerdlucks describes his time as a Monstar with "what a trip!"
** When the Tunes are showing Michael their (rather poor) training facilities, one of the things they mention having is balls (as in a locker full of various balls). Michael's response- "You sure do."
** [[ADateWithRosiePalms "This man next to us is doing something very strange in his raincoat."]]
** When Lola puts on her HandwrapsOfAwesome during the LockAndLoadMontage, she [[{{Gainaxing}} Gainaxes]].
** This dialogue at the end:
-->'''Michael''': Stay out of trouble, Bugs.
-->'''Bugs''': Oh, you know I will. ''(wiggles eyebrows at Lola)''
* GlassCannon: Bill Murray comes in as a BigDamnHeroes when the team needed a fifth player. He proves to have AwesomeByAnalysis in identifying a Monstar player weakness and quick enough to psych out another when they recovered the ball [[DownToTheLastPlay in the last few seconds]]. But he is really exhausted afterward and talks about needing to ice his knees. This is only after ''ten seconds'' of play time.
* GRatedDrug[=/=]MagicFeather: Bugs' Secret Stuff, which is really water, but the toons treat it as steroids. Daffy notes this is wrong. Using the basketball players' talent is made to look like this on the aliens' side.
* GrowingMusclesSequence:
** The Nerdlucks transforming into the Monstars makes all of them bigger and muscular.
** Bugs Bunny later [[BlatantLies fakes one]] to convince his teammates that [[MagicFeather Jordan's Secret Stuff]] works.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: The Nerdlucks change sides after they use their Monstar forms to beat the stuffing out of their abusive boss. Afterwards, they join the Toons and return the talent they stole.]]
* HelloNurse: Lola's appearance has all the toons (and Jordan) pause momentarily, but Bugs... never quite recovers from seeing her the first time.
* HeyYou: Bill Murray isn't properly introduced to Lola, so he just calls her Girl Bunny.
* HoldUpYourScore: Done in reaction to some of Jordan's plays.
* HomeFieldAdvantage: The Looney Tunes have the game in their world, which means they have free rein to use all of their [[ToonPhysics wacky and dangerous]] antics to help them out.
* HotterAndSexier: The introduction of [[HelloNurse Lola Bunny]] reeks of this.
* HumanFocusedAdaptation: Most of the movie is devoted to Jordan.
* HumanKnot: Lola Bunny leaves Bugs Bunny in a ridiculous knot when Bugs makes the mistake of pressing Lola's BerserkButton by calling her "doll."
* IBelieveICanFly: This trope doesn't appear in the film, but R. Kelly's hit song from the movie is the {{Trope Namer|s}}.
* ImageSong: "Hit 'Em High [[VillainSong (The Monstars' Anthem)]]" and "Buggin'".
* ImpactSilhouette: Done to the toons and Stan.
* InCharacterCommentaries: One DVD release has it from Bugs and Daffy.
* InkSuitActor: Played with: the Monstars look like monstrous versions of the NBA players whose talents they stole.
* InspirationalInsult: Occurs twice with Lola Bunny. During the tryouts at Schlesinger's Gym, Bugs Bunny puts the move on Lola, asking, "You wanna play a little one-on-one, doll?" Lola's FireballEyeballs signal that she severely dislikes being regarded as a pretty face and nothing more. She quickly leaves Bugs in a ridiculous knot at the foul line, and throws down an impressive jam. Later, during the Ultimate Game, the Monstar Pound challenges Lola, "Try to get by me, doll." After disarranging Pound's face, Lola throws down another strong jam. Notable in that these are the only times that Lola Bunny is seen scoring points.
* IResembleThatRemark: Said by WesternAnimation/FoghornLeghorn (the {{Trope Namer|s}}) when the Monstars visit the Toons' gym to meet and taunt Jordan by calling him a chicken.
* IronicEcho: Watch the ending to the basketball game while listening to [[spoiler: "I Believe I Can Fly"]].
* JuxtaposedHalvesShot: A variation is used in one of the film's posters with Michael Jordan beside Bugs Bunny and half of their mugs at the left and right side of the poster rather than the usual "split in the middle" version.
* KickTheDog: When Tweety stands up for Jordan, the Monstars swat him down.
* LampshadeHanging: It's a blatantly commercial movie that ropes WB's stable of beloved cartoon characters into shilling for basketball... but they ''know'' this and ''want'' you to know that they know. How can you tell? Observe:
-->'''Jordan:''' You guys are ''nuts''.\\
'''Porky Pig:''' Ah bu- bu- bu- correction, we're WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes.\\
'''Daffy Duck:''' And as such, property of [[Creator/WarnerBros Warner Brothers, Inc.]]!\\
''(Daffy lifts up his WB-stamped butt and [[LiteralAssKissing kisses it]].)''\\
'''Daffy Duck:''' Mmmmwah!
** And this:
-->'''Bugs:''' Speaking of toys, you know all those mugs and t-shirts lunchboxes with our pictures on em?
-->'''Daffy:''' Yeah.
-->'''Bugs:''' You, uh, ever seen any money from all that stuff?
-->'''Daffy:''' ''(scoff)'' Not a cent.
-->'''Bugs:''' Hm, me neither.
-->'''Daffy:''' ''(sigh)'' It's a crying shame. We gotta get new agents, we're getting screwed.
-->'''Daffy Duck:''' We've got to get a new agent. We're getting screwed! (''This line is ironically [[{{Bowdlerise}} edited by splicing out the "we're getting screwed" part]] when Creator/CartoonNetwork airs this''[[note]]But not in [[Creator/TheHub Discovery Family]].[[/note]]).
* LicensedPinballTable: Released by Creator/SegaPinball in 1996. [[Pinball/SpaceJam Click here]] for tropes.
* LiquidAssets: Sports ability can be siphoned out of someone and placed into a basketball for someone else to use.
* LiteralAssKissing: See the first LampshadeHanging example.
* LockAndLoadMontage: When the toons are preparing for the game they gear up in this fashion.
* LongSongShortScene: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewOzi5-AZXU The Monstars' Anthem]]. Despite featuring some amazing rhymes from LL Cool J, Method Man, and more, only the chorus is used.
* MaleGaze: After beating Bugs at a game between the two of them, Lola leaves the scene in an exaggerated swaying motion with her hips, leaving all the males in the room flabbergasted. And Bugs...he's barely able to stand.
* MagicCountdown: The final 10 seconds, [[ExaggeratedTrope played to absurdity]] because this is Looney Toon land.
* MediumBlending: The live action Jordan interacting with toons in their world, and the toons coming to his world.
* MerchandiseDriven: As mentioned above, the concept for the film was inspired by a popular series of Nike ads featuring Jordan and the Looney Tunes characters. Creator/WarnerBros also wanted to reinvigorate the Looney Tunes, which had lacked any new material for quite some time and were surviving purely on this trope (given the reaction of the typical Looney Tunes fan, this didn't work out so well). Daffy lampshades this by noting that they are getting screwed, as they haven't been paid for any merchandise. Stan lampshades Jordan's shilling by incorporating every product he has ever endorsed into a single sentence while asking him to wake up and get ready for practice.
* AMinorKidroduction: TheTeaser takes place during Jordan's childhood, then for the main titles shifts to StockFootage of his basketball career.
* MoodWhiplash: The beginning of the movie has a very somber scene where a young Michael Jordan is speaking with his father, then he takes a shot at a basketball hoop, which kicks off the movie. This would be great....if it was a documentary about his life. Unfortunately, it segues into the credits, featuring highlights of his career to an upbeat rap. Then there's the press conference with Jordan announcing his retirement, back to being overtly serious. In fact, most of the parts of the movie that involve the real world in a non comedic context are almost devoid of levity, which is rather jarring given the overall premise is a comedy. The players going through psychological tests ("I'm never gonna go out with Music/{{Madonna}} again.") and visiting a psychic (see CassandraTruth) are probably the only real world scenes which try to be funny.
* MsFanservice: [[http://forrestgood.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Lola6.jpg Lola Bunny]]. See HelloNurse.
* MythologyGag: There aren't very many direct references to the cartoon plots, but there are a few. For example, when Jordan falls into Looney Tunes land, Daffy shows up dressed as a doctor and gives him a very madcap checkup. This is a reference to ''The Daffy Doc'', which at the time went over the heads of many as that and many other Clampett Era cartoons were rarely rerun when the movie was released.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: The Nerdlucks might not have thought to do the whole talent-sucking thing if the Loony Tunes hadn't shown them a video that said 'the best players in the world' gathered in one place. Then again, who would have thought they could steal talent?
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: The Monstars resemble grotesque versions of the players they've stolen the talent from (blue: Shawn Bradley; red: Muggsy Bogues; green: Patrick Ewing; orange: Charles Barkley; purple: Larry Johnson).
* NightmareFace: At one point, Taz leers at the camera with bloodshot MismatchedEyes and snot dripping from his nose.
* NoFourthWall:
** Bill Murray tells Daffy that the whole reason he's in Looney Land is because he was good friends with the producer of the movie. Pound, who's walking past, [[EvenEvilHasStandards shakes his head in disgust]] and Daffy responds with a scoff and "Uh-huh. Well, ''that's'' how it goes."
** When the above happens, Swackhammer mistakes him for Creator/DanAykroyd.
** The Tunes examine the Nerdlucks' weakpoints by analyzing a large design chart... the very same line-up used to animate the new characters in the film.
* NoNameGiven: The Nerdlucks/Monstars are never given names in the film; however, they are mentioned in the ending credits, toys, and storyboards, they are Pound (the orange one), Blanko (the blue one), Bang (the green one), Bupkus (the purple one) and Nawt (the red one).
* NonActorVehicle: While charismatic enough to at least hold his own against the Warner Bros. animation pantheon, Michael Jordan still gives exactly the kind of performance one might expect from a professional athlete reading lines in front of a green screen.
* NonSequiturThud:
** Daffy after getting clobbered. "But Mommy, I don't want to go to school today. I want to stay home and bake cookies with you."
** "Twinkle, twinkle, little star!" was uttered by Daffy after a run-in with Jordan's dog.
* NoodleIncident: "I'll never go out with Music/{{Madonna}} again."
* OhCrap:
** The Looney Tunes after the Nerdlucks turn into The Monstars.
** Also when they learn that the Monstars have stolen the talents from the NBA players. (Stan himself gets a beautiful one when the Monstars catch him spying on them.)
** A particularly satisfying one comes courtesy of Swackhammer after the game, when the Monstars realize that since they're bigger than him, they don't have to put up with his crap anymore.
* OneWingedAngel: The weak and tiny Nerdlucks use the talent of basketball players to transform into the powerful and ''huge'' Monstars.
* PlaceboEffect: Jordan has the Tune Squad try out his "Secret Stuff" making then think, it'll give them an edge during the remainder of the game, when it's really just water.
* PowerParasite: How the Nerdlucks become the Monstars: by stealing the talent of famous basketball players.
* ProductPlacement: Satirized when Stan tells Jordan, "Put your Hanes on, lace up your Nikes, grab some Wheaties and your Gatorade, we'll go get a Big Mac, on the way to the Ball Park [Franks]." All of those things were products that Michael Jordan had been a sponsor for around that time.
* {{Punch Clock Villain}}s: The Nerdlucks, aka the Monstars. They only compete against the WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes because Swackhammer threatened them and wanted them in his theme park by any means possible. [[spoiler: When they [[HeelRealization realize]] that they're physically bigger than him by the end of the film, they toss him back to Moron Mountain and ask the Looney Tunes characters if they can stay with them.]]
%%* TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation
* RogerRabbitEffect: Just with a different rabbit or two.
* RuleOfFunny: Runs on it, literally. This is Loony Toon land. They can do strange things because it's funny and the BigBad wants them because he wants to add comedy to his theme park.
* SatelliteLoveInterest: Lola Bunny, because Bugs Bunny needs to be romantically infatuated.
* SelfDeprecation: The Looney Tunes being MerchandiseDriven.
-->'''Bugs:''' Speaking of toys, you know all those mugs and t-shirts lunchboxes with our pictures on em?
-->'''Daffy:''' Yeah.
-->'''Bugs:''' You, uh, ever seen any money from all that stuff?
-->'''Daffy:''' ''(scoff)'' Not a cent.
-->'''Bugs:''' Hm, me neither.
-->'''Daffy:''' ''(sigh)'' It's a crying shame. We gotta get new agents, we're getting screwed.
* {{Sexophone}}: Plays at one point during Lola's introduction scene.
* SexySilhouette: Lola appears in a form of this upon entering the arena for the game.
* ShapeshiftingExcludesClothing: Having lost the Ultimate Game to the WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes, the Monstars surrender their LiquidAssets and shrink to Nerdluck size. Their Monstar uniforms do not shrink, leaving the Nerdlucks unclothed. Pound lampshades this: "My clothes don't fit."
* {{Slapstick}}: The opening of the second half of the game; Looney Tunes make their comeback with this.
* SlapstickKnowsNoGender: {{Averted|Trope}} with Lola but played straight with Granny.
* SlasherSmile: The Nerdlucks get pretty damn good ones, both comedic and non-comedic.
* ShoutOut:
** The beginning of Bugs's meeting with the other Looney Tune characters on how to deal with the Nerdlucks is visually right out of ''Film/{{Patton}}''.
** During the exams, Larry Johnson mentions being that his grandmother can play better than him. At the time, Johnson played the Grandmama in a Converse commercial.
** Sam and Elmer shoot out Bupkis' teeth while dressed in [[SharpDressedMen tuxedos and sunglasses]] to the tune of "Misirlou", an obvious shout out to ''Film/PulpFiction''.
** The dunk that wins the game for the Tune Squad is a reference to Michael Jordan's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9QPMy__xKQ&feature=related famous buzzer beaters.]]
** The stadium housing the game is "Leon Schlesinger Gym" after the producer of the early Merry Melodies\Looney Tunes cartoons.
** When the Nerdlucks are scouting talent to steal, they pile into a trench coat, fedora, and multicolor scarf reminiscent of [[Series/DoctorWho another well known alien visitor]], particularly [[TheNthDoctor the version]] played by Creator/TomBaker.
* SmallAnnoyingCreature: The brief cameo of Sniffles the Mouse late in the movie. Blanko smashes him with a basketball while he was [[MotorMouth talking about his views on the sport]]. There's FridgeBrilliance here: Michael's plan worked. Sniffles managed to annoy the Monstars into turning the ball over.
* SmoochOfVictory: Bugs prevents Pound from crushing Lola via HeroicSacrifice and she thanks him with a kiss.
* SoreLoser: When the Monstars lose the game, Mr. Swackhammer insults and kicks them.
* SpitShine: The WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes gang cleans their gym this way.
* StalkerWithACrush: Stan's behavior towards Jordan leans uncomfortably close to this, to the point that the film has had a "trailer recut" involving this as a storyline.
* StandardSnippet:
** The game opens by playing [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KUmAphvThQ "Get Ready for This"]].
** When Bugs enters the court and when Lola scores against Pound, the toon side stomps-and-claps "We Will Rock You"
** When Jordan enters the court it plays a snippet of "Everybody Dance Now".
** When Elmer and Sam go MIB on Bubkis, "Misirlou" from ''Film/PulpFiction'' plays.
* TheStinger[=/=]ThatsAllFolks: Bugs comes up and says it when the credits end, but then Porky shows up to say it himself. Daffy interrupts and tries to say it, but the Nerdlucks knock him down and say it. Jordan then appears in his Tune Squad jersey, asking, "Can I go home, now?"
* TakeThat:
** "What kind of [[Creator/{{Disney}} Mickey Mouse organization]] would name their team [[Film/TheMightyDucks "The Ducks"]]?"
** The ImageSong "Buggin'" has a similar one: "What kind of Mickey Mouse organization goes to Ride/{{Disney|ThemeParks}}land?"
** Another very subtle Take That to Disney, the animation of the Nerdlucks' initial TransformationSequence ''very'' closely resembles that of Walt Disney Animation Studios at the time. In fact, a shot of Bang's transformation looks almost exactly like [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} the entrance to the Cave of Wonders]].
** See the LiteralAssKissing example, also counts as SelfDeprecation for Warner Bros.
** In a friendly rivalry way, Michael's dog is named Charles ([[DontExplainTheJoke as in Charles]] ''[[DontExplainTheJoke Bark]]''[[DontExplainTheJoke ley]]).
* TemptingFate: "Too bad you couldn't practice getting ''taller'', boys!" [[OneWingedAngel And then...]]
** "I'm gonna personally guarantee that ''no one'' will bother you." Just then, the Nerdniks' spaceship flew by.
* TertiarySexualCharacteristics: Anyone who loathes Lola uses this as an excuse.
* TheLoinsSleepTonight: In a GettingCrapPastTheRadar moment during the 'Basketball Jones' scene, a shrink asks Patrick Ewing if he is having this problem. He angrily responds with a 'No!'
* ThemeNaming: The Nerdlucks' names from the original draft were related to "zero", and some still count in a way: Null (Bang), Void (Blanko), Zilch (Pound), Nada (Nawt), and Bupkus (the same, given it's [[YiddishAsASecondLanguage "nothing" in Yiddish]]). All of them have zeroes on their uniforms.
* ThisMeansWarpaint: Tweety Pie daubs on eye black in the locker room during the LockAndLoadMontage before the Ultimate Game.
* TokenWhite: Shawn Bradley is the only white player whose talent is stolen. This is something Bill Murray brings up when talking with Michael about his own chances in the NBA.
* TooDumbToLive: The Nerdlucks, especially the blue one.
* TookALevelInBadass: Most of Looney Tunes' [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain Ineffectual Sympathetic Villains]] pull off rather awesome moves in this film (Elmer Fudd, Yosemite Sam and Wile. E Coyote). Look under the CrowningMomentOfAwesome tab for more details.
* ToonTown: The WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes have their own in the center of the Earth. No, really.
** Interestingly enough, portions of their [[AlternateTooniverse Tooniverse]] also extend into deep reaches of space what with the animated alien creatures and all.
* TransformationSequence: Nerdlucks becoming the Monstars. Also, [[NightmareFuel it's scary]].
* TwentyMinutesIntoThePast: The movie is mostly set in 1993, and ends with Jordan's return in 1995.
* {{Understatement}}: "Eh, I think we may need a little help."
* UnnecessaryRoughness: Monstars' style of play -- and the 'Toons retaliation. Also, the real-life NBA stars who visited the set to play with Jordan... the on-court action was brutal. [[UpToEleven Marvin doesn't call a single foul against either team in the entire game, despite blatant hits with intent to injure and flagrant tampering with the court.]]
* VocalDissonance: When Hubie the mouse takes over the role of sports commentator, his voice suddenly becomes sonorous.
* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: As noted in the opening, the film covers Michael Jordan's retirement from basketball in favor of baseball and ends with him returning to basketball. In real life, these events took place, but they involved fewer cartoon characters and alien slavers. Thus, the Looney Tunes and Nerdlucks could be interpreted as [[BeenThereShapedHistory Gumps]].
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Near the end of the ball game, Bupkis smacks referee Marvin the Martian in the face and sends him flying offscreen, and Marvin does not appear for the rest of the film. It's likely Marvin was hurt pretty badly and had to leave the rest of the game due to his injuries.
* YouDidntAsk: When Jordan finds out that CartoonPhysics apply to Real World people as well in Tune-land. "Ten seconds to go? Thanks for telling me... [[BorrowedCatchphrase Doc.]]"
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-->''Bugs:'' Well, dat's all, Folks.
-->''Porky:'' Hey, th-th-that's my line! A-th-th-th--
-->''Daffy:'' Stand aside, Bub! Let a star do this! THAT'S ALL, F--
-->''Nerdlucks:'' That's all, Folks!
-->''UsefulNotes/MichaelJordan:'' [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere Can I go home now?]]
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