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  • All-Star Cast: An odd case. Michael Jordan and a bunch of other basketball stars working with Bugs Bunny and a bunch of other Looney Tunes. Yeah.
  • Billing Displacement: The soundtrack features it in a way. The title track "Space Jam" is only the third of the album, behind "Fly Like An Eagle" and Coolio's "The Winner".
  • Breakaway Pop Hit: "I Believe I Can Fly" by R. Kelly, Steve Miller's "Fly Like an Eagle" as performed by Seal, and "For You, I Will" by Monica. Also "I Turn To You" by All 4 One... only after it was covered by Christina Aguilera. (All 4 One wanted to release it as a single, but the label had felt they had already done enough with the soundtrack)
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  • The Cast Showoff: Not in the movie itself, but Billy West, who voices Bugs and Elmer, as well as Bob Bergen voicing Porky and Dee Bradley Baker as Daffy, along with other characters performing a rap song on the soundtrack called "Buggin'" (written by none other than Jay-Z), which is all him singing to himself in his Looney Tunes voices.
  • Creator Backlash: Chuck Jones was not too keen about this film. In his opinion, Bugs didn't need the help of Jordan to defeat the aliens in a 90-minute film. He would take them out by himself in only seven minutes. He was also not fond of Porky saying "I wet myself".
  • Cross-Dressing Voices: The Nerdlucks are all voiced by women. The Monstars aren’t.
  • Directed by Cast Member:
    • The Latin American Spanish dub was directed by Francisco Colmenero, who voiced a golfer playing with Michael Jordan as well as Daffy Duck (Pato Lucas in the dub).
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    • The Brazilian dub was directed by Isaac Bardavid (best known as Wolverine and Skeletor), who voiced Monstar Bang.
  • Disowned Adaptation: Chuck Jones already wasn't fond of Looney Tunes work made without his or any other member of Termite Terrace's supervision, but he was especially vocal about his disdain for this movie. He felt the plot was too shallow for a 90-minute feature and argued it was completely out of character for Bugs to be requesting assistance against the Monstars. He particularly took offense at the inclusion of Toilet Humor, paying special notice to Porky's "I think I wet myself" line. Reportedly, he got so worked up over the movie during its opening party that he had to be removed from the premises.
  • Edited for Syndication: Bugs' response to Daffy's team name suggestion of "The Ducks" ("What kinda Mickey Mouse organization would call their team 'The Ducks'?") is muted on (the Disney-owned) Freeform airings.
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  • First Appearance: Of Lola Bunny.
  • He Also Did: Korey Coleman, founder of the award-winning animated movie review site Spill, was an assistant animator for Space Jam; he animated Tweety's shadows.
  • Name's the Same: The villains of the movie are not related to Mon*Star, the Planet Master.
  • Old Shame:
    • According to this interview with animator Dave Spafford he didn't like working on the film or working with Joe Pytka as well as using (in his words) "the modern Chuck Jones shit".
    • Funnily enough, Michael Jordan himself doesn't feel this way about the movie. In fact, in the ESPN documentary The Last Dance, he credits his work on the movie for helping him regain his basketball style after his post-hiatus debut got off to a rough start.note 
    • Other NBA stars weren't so kind to the film if this video is anything to go by.
  • The Other Darrin: The French dub of this movie hired new voice actors for each Looney Tunes, save for Albert Augier as Elmer Fudd. Unfortunately, he was also replaced when the old cartoons were redubbed.
  • The Other Marty: For reasons unknown, Greg Burson recorded dialogue for the film that remained in the final cut even after the characters he played were recast. His voice is heard as Elmer Fudd in the scene where the Tunes are discussing which contest to challenge the Nerdlucks, and almost all of Foghorn Leghorn's dialogue is his (Bill Farmer, the actor credited, has only one audible line in the film).
  • Playing Against Type: Wayne Knight as a well-meaning yet bumbling goofball, as opposed to the Four Eyes, Zero Soul Fat Bastard type that he became famous for in Seinfeld and Jurassic Park.
  • Reality Subtext: Michael Jordan did indeed return to basketball after a stint at baseball (where he was set to retire into at the time) and led the Chicago Bulls to victory on his first game since retiring! In reality, there were sliiiiiiightly fewer Tunes involved.
  • Screwed by the Network: Billy West, who has often noted how voice actors don't get respect from studios, recalled Warner Bros. didn't invite him to the premiere even if for intents and means he's the second billed (as Bugs Bunny), only got a ticket after much pressure, and even then couldn't attend the Chinese Theater screening, only the surplus one next door.
  • Stillborn Franchise:
    • A sequel was planned as early as 1997. As development began, Space Jam 2 was going to involve a new basketball competition between the Looney Tunes and a new villain named Berserk-O!. Due to Michael Jordan's contract not agreeing to a sequel (despite a producer lying to design artists by claiming that Jordan had signed on in order to keep development going), Warner Bros. eventually canceled plans for a direct sequel with Jordan, and eventually cast LeBron James in the lead role for a follow-up, Space Jam: A New Legacy, released in 2021.
    • Various other ideas for the sequel were considered, planned, and almost entered production. These include Spy Jam with Jackie Chan (which became its own separate movie), Race Jam with Jeff Gordon, a different film with Tiger Woods in the leading role (Golf Jam possibly), and Skate Jam with Tony Hawk (this almost entered production), but were never finalized for various reasons.
  • Talking to Himself:
    • Billy West as Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd
    • Dee Bradley Baker as Daffy Duck, Tasmanian Devil and Toro
    • Bob Bergen as Marvin the Martian, Porky Pig, Tweety Bird, Hubie and Bertie
    • Bill Farmer as Foghorn Leghorn, Yosemite Sam and Sylvester the Cat
    • Colleen Wainwright as Sniffles and Naut
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Joe Alaskey said in an interview he initially expressed interest in voicing some of the Looney Tunes for this film (or at the very least, provide Daffy's voice). But, despite the fact that Alaskey had several years of experience doing spot-on renditions of Mel Blanc's characters, producer Ivan Reitman kept making him audition several times, and flip-flopping back and forth as to whether or not he should be cast. Alaskey finally got fed up and said, "Look, either you want me, or you don't!" Alaskey didn't hear from Reitman again after that. In the end though, Alaskey admitted he was glad he wasn't involved in Space Jam after seeing the movie and not liking it.
    • Noel Blanc (Mel Blanc's son) was also supposed to provide the voice of all of the regular Warner Brothers male cartoon characters, but he and Warner Brothers couldn't agree on a contract, so the studio replaced him with Billy West (Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd), Dee Bradley Baker (Daffy Duck, The Tasmanian Devil and Toro), Bob Bergen (Marvin the Martian, Porky Pig, Tweety Bird, Hubie and Bertie), Bill Farmer (Foghorn Leghorn, Yosemite Sam and Sylvester) and Maurice LaMarche (Pepé Le Pew).
    • Originally, Honey Bunny from the Looney Tunes comics was going to be Bugs Bunny's female counterpart, but she never went past the designing phase because she looked too much like him, so Lola Bunny was created to fill in the female gap.
    • This early test animation shows that the main villain Swackhammer had a different design.
    • Luis Alfonso Mendoza, who was the Latin American Spanish voice of Bugs Bunny from 1997 until his tragic murder in 2020, was selected to voice the character in Space Jam but he was unable to reach an agreement to the dubbing studio at the time, Audiomaster 3000. Consequently, Alfonso Obregón Inclán would provide Bugs's voice in the film.
    • Joe Pytka wanted Michael J. Fox to play Stan, but he was overruled by the studios. Chevy Chase and Jason Alexander were also considered.
    • There was originally going to be a scene in the movie featuring MC Skat Kat and the Stray Mob, an animated hip-hop group who worked with Paula Abdul on some of her music videos, but it was completely cut out of the script.
    • If Bill Murray had turned down his role, Road Runner would have appeared in his place.
    • Pytka revealed in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that the film was originally supposed to end with Michael Jordan's baseball match in which he succeeds in hitting a home run and also having a Shout-Out scene to The Natural, instead of a Time Skip where he ends his retirement from basketball and plays with the Chicago Bulls. The baseball ending was shot, but left on the cutting room floor much to Pytka's disappointment.


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