Space Jam director Joe Pytka BASHES Space Jam: A New Legacy: 'The truth is LeBron ain't Michael'

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Pytka -- who's also known for directing popular music videos and commercials in the '80s and '90s, including the "I Am Tiger Woods" ad -- tells TMZ ... "Space Jam: A New Legacy" is so boring, he couldn't finish it in one sitting.

In fact, he says it took him 5 separate sessions to complete its 2-hour runtime.

Joe says LeBron's an incredible athlete and a very good actor, but adds ... "The truth is that LeBron ain't Michael." On top of that, Pytka says his film tied the plot to MJ's personal life -- retiring from hoops to play baseball -- while the new movie's missing a personal connection to LeBron.

Pytka's just getting started ... he feels the 1996 "Space Jam" featured a far superior supporting cast with Charles Barkley, Muggsy Bogues, Shawn Bradley and Bill Murray. In 'New Legacy' ... he says he can't even remember one thing Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard or the others did.

The director also thinks the reboot's soundtrack is "insignificant" while the OG's is classic, but his biggest beef is what happened to Bugs Bunny. No spoilers here, but Joe sees Bugs' role in 'New Legacy' as "heartbreaking."

Pytka says this new BB has no connection to previous depictions -- something they paid close attention to with the OG "Space Jam." In short, he says the new version "looked like one of those fluffy dolls you buy at an airport gift shop to bring your kid when your business trip has taken too long."

Take all this with a grain of salt, because Joe acknowledges his "Space Jam" was mostly panned by critics -- just like this reboot -- but it still became a cult classic.

And, to be clear, Pytka says he's not mad about 'A New Legacy' ... he just thinks it sucks. Ouch!!! As Bugs would say, "What's up, Doc???"

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Is LeBron James's Real-Life Family in Space Jam: A New Legacy? Not Quite

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Space Jam was one of the most iconic movies of the '90s, and now diehard fans of the original movie have been blessed with a sequel, Space Jam: A New Legacy, which was released on July 16. Basketball legend Michael Jordan and the Looney Tunes gang were central to the original movie, and for the reboot, NBA star LeBron James has taken up the mantle as intergalactic sports star.

In Space Jam: A New Legacy, James — and an impressive cast including Cassandra Starr, Kyrie Irving, Zendaya, and Don Cheadle — and his son Dom battle an evil artificial-intelligence system that has trapped them in a game. To make it back home, they have to enlist the help of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and the Looney Tunes gang. Although his onscreen family play a major role in the film, viewers have been wondering if the movie's stars are actually related to James in real life.

The short answer is no. James's relatives in the movie certainly resemble his IRL family, but they're portrayed by a group of talented actors instead. His fictional movie family is based on his real family, though, with his children in the movie having similar ages and genders as his children in reality. James's movie wife, Kamiyah James (Sonequa Martin-Green), is the fictional version of his real-life wife, Savannah James. His son Dom James (Cedric Joe), who plays a major role in the film's adventures, is based on his real-life son Bryce. Darius James (Ceyair J. Wright), the eldest son in the movie, is inspired by James's oldest son, LeBron "Bronny" James Jr. And James's fictionalized daughter, Xosha James (Harper Leigh Alexander), is based on none other than his real-life daughter, Zhuri James.

But just because James's fictionalized family is based on his real-life family doesn't mean they're exactly the same. In Space Jam: A New Legacy, James tries to persuade his sons to follow in his basketball-superstardom footsteps, despite the fact that his son Dom would much rather be a video-game designer. In real life, James seems supportive of his children's pursuits, both sports and otherwise. When asked if he aspires to play in the NBA with Bronny, James said, "That's definitely one of my goals, but that's a long-term goal. My son right now is in high school and enjoying what being a teenager is all about. But that would be pretty cool to go on my resume." Whether being a teenager includes playing basketball, hanging with friends, or saving the universe with the help of some animated friends, one thing's for certain: James is a pretty stellar dad.

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