troperville

tools

toys

Wiki Headlines
We've switched servers and will be updating the old code over the next couple months, meaning that several things might break. Please report issues here.

main index

Narrative

Genre

Media

Topical Tropes

Other Categories

TV Tropes Org
random
YMMV: Space Jam
  • Ass Pull: Bill Murray's appearance at the end. Really, he's just there, out of nowhere, and it's never explained why.
    • It's explained that he's friends with the Looney Tunes producer who had a teamster drop him off, so whether that still counts is up to you.
  • Awesome Music: Elaborated under Ear Worm.
    • A testament to the soundtrack's awesomeness: it was certified 6x platinum in 2001 (meaning 6 million copies sold), and it's listed as one of the top twenty best selling movie soundtracks of all time.
    • The song Hit'em High, the theme song of the Monstars, has some of the most popular rappers of the 90's - B-Real, Coolio, Method Man, LL Cool J and Busta Rhymes - putted together for this one song to sings on how badass and awesome the Monstars are and that no one stands a chance against them.
  • Base Breaker: Lola Bunny. While some fans think of her as The Scrappy, she also has her own following.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Bill Murray just kinda coming out of nowhere to help the team. No build up, no rhyme, no reason. He's just...there.
    • They explained why he was there.
    • Elmer Fudd and Yosemite Sam shooting Bupkus' teeth in Ass Kicking Poses with guns definitely counts note . It doesn't help that the scene is cut away unrealistically fast.
  • Ear Worm: The entire soundtrack. Some overlap with Awesome Music.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Though the film centers around Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley receives most of the focus in the various remixes of the theme song. This is likely in no small part due to the latter's role as main character of Barkley, Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden.
    • The Monstars are the most badass and competent villains the Looney Tunes have ever come up against, and got a pretty strong fan following because of it.
    • Lola Bunny is this to some. As shown by the Base Breaker and The Scrappy examples, opinions vary.
    • Bill Murray, being Bill Murray, is naturally this to some.
  • Evil Is Cool: The Monstars, full stop.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In the last weeks of 2010, blogger Jonah Peretti discovered that the official website for this movie was still up and running, and untouched since 1996. Go forth, and see what the internet was like back in the dial-up era!
    • Also, when Michael tells Bugs and Daffy to get his lucky UNC underwear from his home, Daffy replies "Your house? In 3D Land?"
      • Not to mention the Looney Tunes themselves appearing in 3D CGI shorts since 2010.
    • In 1995 there was a basketball game similar to NBA Jam called Looney Tunes B-Ball. One year later Space Jam comes out.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Some reviewers insisted that the only reason to watch the movie was the actual basketball game at the end — the rest was junk. Some were only there for Michael Jordan. Others were only there for Lola Bunny.
  • Memetic Mutation: People seem to love remixing the Space Jam theme song with other songs.
  • Memetic Sex Goddess: Lola Bunny, although her scrappy tendencies can make her barely miss this trope to some fans.
  • Narm: Pretty much any dramatic scene fails a bit in some way or another. Michael Jordan should really stick to basketball instead of acting. Even baseball.
    • The scene where Stan comes in to Michael and the Looney Tunes, roughed up, and his line: "The Monstars stole the talents from the other basketball players!" is delivered in such a corny fashion you'll just stifle a laugh at the scene.
  • Nostalgia Filter: A fairly common victim of it.
  • The Scrappy: Stan. Even the other characters think he's annoying, Michael especially.
    • Lola Bunny is this for a certain number of Looney Tunes fans. Positive Discrimination is a big factor. Since she was female, she could never participate in slapstick or display any flaws, making her seem like an unfunny Mary Sue.note  The whole "furry" thing certainly doesn't help, either.
  • So Bad, It's Good
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: It's a movie about Michael Jordan training the Looney Toons to defeat aliens in basketball. It's a movie about Michael Jordan training the Looney Toons to defeat aliens in basketball. Somebody sat down and said, "You know what would be a good idea? A film about Michael Jordan teaching the Looney Tunes characters how to play basketball. With aliens."
    • Even in universe, this sentiment is enforced. When the NBA players visit a medium to find out what is wrong with them, she ends up summarizing the whole plot. The players, once hearing it, leave in disbelief.

random
TV Tropes by TV Tropes Foundation, LLC is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available from thestaff@tvtropes.org.
Privacy Policy
13934
24