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"The only way you're getting your son back is if you and I play a little basketball."
Al-G Rhythm
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Space Jam: A New Legacy is a 2021 live-action/animated film that serves as the long-awaited sequel to 1996's Space Jam. Ryan Coogler produces and Malcolm D. Lee directs, while LeBron James takes the main protagonist mantle from Michael Jordan this time around. The film is set to be released on July 16, 2021 both in theaters and for a one-month duration on HBO Max.

In the film, LeBron and his son Dom (Cedric Joe) are having trouble connecting; LeBron wants Dom to be a basketball player like him, but Dom is more interested in becoming a video game developer. While on a tour of Warner Bros. Studios, LeBron and Dom find themselves getting sucked into a digital server ruled by the rogue A.I. Al-G Rhythm (Don Cheadle), that houses worlds from the entire nearly-100 year old library of the studio. Dom soon gets captured by Al-G and LeBron gets sent to the world where the Looney Tunes roam...but with only Bugs Bunny there. Teaming with Bugs, they must traverse the Server-verse, find the rest of the Tunes and take to the court to rescue Dom by - how else? - challenging Al-G and his team of superpowered digital versions of NBA stars to a basketball game.

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A novelization of the movie was released on June 1st, a month before the movie's release date of July 16th.

Previews: Trailer #1, (trailer drop), Trailer #2.


Space Jam: A New Legacy contains examples of:

  • Cool Old Lady: Granny, as usual. In the trailer, she's seen pulling off a 30 point basket using kung fu.
  • Deadly Game: This game is this for the Tunes; if they lose, they get 'deleted'.
  • Do Not Go Gentle: After the reveal that this basketball game is an Absurdly High Stakes Deadly Game in the final trailer, Bugs tells the rest of the group this:
    “If we’re going out, we’re going out Looney!”
  • Double-Meaning Title: The subtitle refers to both this film being a sequel to the original Space Jam with a new generation of NBA stars at the helm, and James trying to get a new basketball legacy going with his son (as set up in the first trailer).
  • Exact Words: A trailer drop was released, with the promise of revealing when the first trailer will come. While it does that, it's preceded by Wile E. Coyote being crushed by... you guessed it, a trailer dropped from the sky with the Road Runner inside.
  • Fantasy-Forbidding Father: In the first trailer, LeBron is trying to get his son into basketball, signing him up for basketball camp and Dom tells him he never listens to his dreams.
  • Inflating Body Gag: In the trailer, LeBron squashes his legs flat upon landing in Tune World after having been turned into a toon. He then reinflates them back to normal by blowing into his thumb.
  • Literal-Minded: The trailer has a scene where Daffy Duck tells Yosemite Sam to "shoot the ball". Sam proceeds to unload his revolvers into it... and in Daffy's face along the way.
  • Negated Moment of Awesome: In the trailer, LeBron jumps impossibly high and attempts a slam dunk in slow-motion... only to crash into an Invisible Wall in mid-air.
  • Roger Rabbit Effect: The trailer shows the Looney Tunes characters become CGI during the game, alongside the live-action characters from the real world. The second trailer also shows a brief glimpse of the Tunes in their 2D forms.
  • Sequel Escalation: The first movie was ultimately just a basketball game between the Looney Tunes and some alien invaders. This time, it's a huge sporting event with virtually all of Warner Bros.' big name characters. Just look at The Long List in The Cameo above.
  • Shout-Out: Some references to LeBron James's career are thrown in; one shown in the first trailer has Lola Bunny lobbing the ball to James to make a slam dunk in an exaggerated version of the iconic move of Dwyane Wade doing the same for him when both of them were on the Miami Heat.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Granny was only a cheerleader for the Toon Squad in the first film, but the first trailer shows she's a full fledged player, with her age being no problem.
  • Toon Transformation: LeBron becomes a 2D animated character in the first trailer upon being sent to Tune World.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: The final trailer contains two brief shots that shows a banner with the text "Tunes Win!" on it.
    • In a blink-and-you-miss-it moment in the same trailer, Dom (LeBron's son) is seen wearing a Tune Squad uniform over his Goon Squad one.

“If we’re going out, we’re going out Looney!”

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