Full disclosure: I was never a part of the original “Space Jam” craze. I was 25-years-old when the movie came out in 1996 and never felt inclined to see it during its initial release. I watched it later (at least most of it) and nothing about it has stuck with me. I say that to fully admit my lack of nostalgia for the upcoming sequel, some 25 years after the first film. Yet I still found myself mildly interested for a handful of reasons, mainly because I grew up on Looney Tunes. But I have to say, the latest trailer for the $150 million live-action/animated mash-up did nothing to ease my apprehension.
This time around LeBron James takes the place of Michael Jordan and must save his son from a diabolical A.I. played by Don Cheadle. How does he do it? By putting together a team of classic Looney Toon characters (Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Yosemite Sam, Porky Pig, etc.) and beating the A.I.’s evil all-stars in a game of basketball. One thing I will say about the trailer is that the blend of live-action and animation looks great. Both the characters and backgrounds and vibrant and full of color. On the flip-side, after seeing the trailer I don’t know if I can sit through 90-minutes or more of Lebron’s cringe-inducing acting. Whew!
“Space Jam: A New Legacy” releases July 16th in theaters and streaming on HBO Max. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.