Fridge / Space Jam

Fridge Brilliance:

  • I never thought anything of Marvin the Martian being the referee in the movie Space Jam, until I later realized the game was being played between the Looney Toons and ALIENS. Marvin is, so far as I know, the only being who qualified for both teams, which made him the perfect impartial judge. — Mysty Glyttyr
  • Michael Jordan makes a bet with the Mon-Stars in that if he loses, he'll become their slave. On one hand, it sounds like a noble move. Alternatively, you can interpret it as Jordan being so full of himself that he knows he can beat four All-Stars (and Shawn Bradley) in a basketball game, and is willing to risk everything he has to satisfy his competitive urge. Now, in real life, who do we know is an arrogant, winning-obsessed gambling addict that plays basketball?
    • But what did he demand from the Mon-Stars as their ante? The stolen talent. He was willing to risk everything for a shot at getting the All-Stars' talent back for them.
    • Also, the Mon-Stars have talent, but not practice. Talent alone does not win games against good opponents, so the Mon-Stars have the talent of All-Stars, but they are brute forcing their way through the game rather than playing strategically, which has Jordan convinced he can beat them when they're playing like that.
    • He probably took the risk out of Survivor's Guilt. What was the last thing he heard before making the bet? "Why didn't you get this guy?!"/"He's a baseball player!" One of the first things he thought after seeing what happened to the five victims on the news was, "Looks like I retired just in time." Now that he knows the truth, he probably feels that, if he hadn't retired from basketball when he did, he'd be in the same boat as his friends and has started thinking, "That should have been me." A pretty strong motivator to do everything he can and risk whatever is necessary to help his friends.
  • Why didn't Marvin the Martian call any fouls for the whole game, despite (as the main page said) the loads and loads of Unnecessary Roughness? Simple: he didn't call against the Mon-Stars because he didn't want to be pounded into Martian Jelly, and he didn't call against the Tune Squad to make it fair(er) for them.
    • As the Home Field Advantage trope points out, the Ultimate Game is played in the cartoon universe. In Looney Tune Land, it seems there are only two enforceable rules: 1) there must be five players on the court, and 2) the game ends when the timer reaches zero, regardless of what has been going on in the meantime. Things like firearms, explosives, renegade livestock, and the ability to squish opponents like bugs are perfectly lawful methods in the Toon World.
    • In a world where disintegrating into a pile of dust isn't lethal and there isn't even such a thing as a permanent injury, personal fouls almost become superfluous.
  • Of course Lola would be good at basketball - rabbits are very good jumpers.
  • All of the other affected players were both popular and had great statistics, but the lone exception is Shawn Bradley. So why is he in the movie? The Nerdluck who stole his talent had the least going on upstairs, so naturally he would go for one of the tallest out of his league players rather than, say, Shaq or David Robinson.
  • It seems kind of weird that they didn't play the national anthem prior to the game, but the game doesn't take place in the same universe as us. There might not even be a national anthem for Looney Tune Land.
    • Also, Looney Tunes has a multinational audience, and it would have been awkward to pick just one real-life national anthem.
  • The Jordan family pet, Charles, is a Chicago bulldog.

Fridge Logic:

  • The Looney Tunes live under the Earth and the alien invaders are from outer space. Wait, so where is Marvin the Martian from? Is he an alien traitor?
    • Are you 'from outer space' because you live on Earth? Well, he's not 'from outer space' because he lives on Mars.
  • Better example: the climactic dunk, with Jordan under all five villains. Which ... means that he has FOUR open teammates. I'm sure Jordan's heard of this thing called the 'assist' ...
    • The real issue with this dunk is that at the end of the game, the Toons are only credited with two points. Jordan's feet are both behind the three point line, thusly the shot should count for one more point.
    • There were only seconds on the clock. If he passed the ball to Lola, the clock would expire before she could finish the fast-break, and he could trust any of them to sink a jump-shot buzzer-beater.
    • There were only two Monstars holding Jordan back. He had just launched himself off of the orange one, but that still left two in coverage. Also, he was the closest one on his team to the basket, with only seconds to go.
    • Besides the above-mentioned reasons, Jordan (like many NBA wing superstars after him) was vilified during his time for being selfish and refusing to pass up the last shot despite having open teammates (this was largely fallacious, but he's the consensus most clutch offensive player of all time as well, so he was often very aggressive with final shots). Plus, Jordan was known as arrogant with a huge chip on his shoulder as an athlete— considering he's the one that made the challenge in the first place, it's only natural that he'd want to stick the nail in the Monstars' coffin.
    • On top of all that, Jordan isn't playing with NBA players as teammates. He has freakin' Looney Tunes on his team. Who knows what catastrophe could occur if the only talented basketball player on the Toon Squad were to give up the last shot and trust a goofball bunny or an overweight hillbilly with the game? It's likely that in Jordan's mind, the stakes were simply too high, much like his attitude when taking over crucial post-season games in the NBA... except now it's much bigger than "I need to win because I hate to lose." It's "I need to win because I'll be a slave for the rest of my life if I don't." Of course the best player on the court isn't gonna give up the last shot to a cartoon character.
  • Early in the movie, the Monstars grab Jordan, ball him up, and show off their new talents, including throwing Jordan so fast that he burns a hole in Yosemite Sam's hat. During this, he ends up with no broken bones, no burns, and no physical sign that this happened. So how did he NOT know that cartoon physics applied to him while he was in Toon-land?!
    • He knew a toon could manipulate him using Cartoon Physics. But he had no reason to believe he could manipulate himself with said physics.

Fridge Horror:

  • Animated Actors seems to be averted here. When we first see Bugs, he's being shot at by Elmer, despite them clearly being off-duty. Wile E. takes a shot at Road Runner during practice. And, most disturbingly, Sylvester's obsession with Tweety goes as far as attempting to eat him during the game that will determine all of their fates. Minus Sylester, they gain some civility with each other due to the common foe, but now that the match is over, does this mean they're going to go right back to attempting to murder one another? It's a good thing Failure Is the Only Option for these guys.