Does Michael Jordan make a cameo in the new Space Jam?
According to the filmmakers, they never actually pursued a cameo from Michael A. Jordan. "I mean, M.J. has his own legacy with this film," Ohanian hedges, though he adds, "It's always been nothing but love between him and this film." Entertainment TonightHow 'Space Jam 2' Scored That "Michael Jordan" Cameo (Exclusive)
When can you watch Space Jam 2 on HBO Max?
“Space Jam: A New Legacy” will be available to stream on HBO Max beginning at 3 a.m. ET on Friday, July 16. nj.com‘Space Jam 2’ on HBO Max: How to watch, release time, price, cast, trailer
Is Lebron James real family in Space Jam?
Live-action cast LeBron James as a fictionalized version of himself. James also voices his animated form. Don Cheadle as Al-G Rhythm, an evil computer A.I. ... Harper Leigh Alexander as Xosha James, LeBron's daughter (a fictionalized version of Zhuri James). wikipedia.orgSpace Jam: A New Legacy - Wikipedia
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The story of Space Jam: A New Legacy - The Game involves a malevolent A.I, named AL-G Rhythm, who drags basketball star, LeBron James, into cyberspace. LeBron must team up with the Looney Tunes and find the Legacy Code, which can be used to stop AL-G Rhythm's evil plan. The Legacy Code is spread across several floppy disks, which are guarded by AL-G Rhythm's servants. The world they are stuck in is reminiscent of old arcade brawlers, like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, rather than the slick animated universe of the movie.
Space Jam: A New Legacy - The Game gives players access to three characters: Bugs Bunny, Lola Bunny, and LeBron James. The other members of the Looney Tunes are available as special attacks, which are tied to a meter that fills up whenever the player hits an enemy. These include characters like Taz, who performs a spinning attack that hits all of the enemies on the screen, or Granny, who uses her OP move to provide several food items to the player. Up to three players can tackle the stages together, fighting through hordes of enemies. There are a handful of robotic enemy types that are faced throughout the game, as well as three boss encounters.
Space Jam: A New Legacy - The Game's gameplay is basic and it's ideal for kids who are excited about the movie. The game can be finished in around thirty minutes, though there are additional modes to unlock, based on the existing content. Space Jam: A New Legacy is free on several Microsoft platforms, making it the perfect bite-sized experience at that price.
Space Jam: A New Legacy The Game is available now for free on PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S systems.
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Space Jam: A New Legacy Ruined My Childhood
Last weekend, as “research” for the Space Jam sequel starring LeBron James that’s out Friday in theaters and on HBO Max, I rewatched the original 1996 film for the first time in at least two decades. Though it is important to point out that, in that first year after it came out, I probably watched it at least 15-20 times.
Revisiting objects of nostalgia after so long can be traumatizing. Surely, I thought, the movie was going to be dumb, bordering on unwatchable. Michael Jordan would make me want to pull my arm hairs out one by one to disguise the pain of his acting. Whatever pedestal I had put my toon pals on was about to come crashing violently down in my dumb little apartment, [redacted]-year-old me devastated by fond memories now ruined.
But guys, the original Space Jam still slaps.
Then that “come on and SLAM and welcome to the JAM” song starts booming and oh my fucking god. The irresistible music never relents. (All-time great soundtrack.)
Mostly, I was impressed by how much of it impressed me. There are really clever meta jokes about Jordan’s ill-fated baseball career. The pacing is seamless, moving from the events on Earth to the ones on the Looney Tunes’ planet. And when the two worlds meet, the effects are pretty spectacular.
The Three Stooges-esque humor is still funny. Jordan does a surprisingly good job acting in what I’m sure was a challenging, bizarre green-screen shoot. Wayne Knight is in it, the only true identifying mark of a ’90s pop-culture phenomenon.
It pumped my heart up, Looney Tunes-style, to oversized excitement for the sequel, Space Jam: A New Legacy, which I saw earlier this week. Instead, it was truly one of the most unpleasant times I’ve had watching a film in recent memory. Would I use a hyperbolic word like “abomination” to describe it? I don’t know. Maybe Bugs Bunny would.
When it finally ended after what seemed like another 25 years had passed—evidently only 115 minutes in the real world—I almost felt shell-shocked. I don’t remember getting back to the street from my theater seat. It’s as if I floated out in a daze.
I pride myself on grading these kinds of things on a curve. It’s a big-swing blockbuster. It’s meant to appeal to kids. The corporate opportunism is going to be glaring. But you can still do that with a sense of fun and style. Even just recently, Cruella did just that.
I was shocked by how cynical the whole thing was. The animation and the effects were confusingly ugly. LeBron James makes Michael Jordan look like the Meryl Streep of athlete-actors. There was one good joke—which I won’t spoil—and other than that I legitimately don’t remember laughing. At the Looney Tunes!!!
The whole thing, and I can’t believe my career has come to the point where I am about to type these words, misses everything that was magical about the spirit of Space Jam.
When I describe to you the plot of this film, I need you to imagine sitting in a theater ignorant of it, watching it unfold in utter disbelief.
LeBron James and his son, Dom, have tension because Dom wants to be a video game developer and James wants him to be a basketball great just like Dad. Warner Brothers approaches James with the idea of incorporating a digital likeness of the NBA star into the company’s entire suite of franchises, which James rejects but Dom finds at least technologically fascinating.
The offer, you see, was calculated by a megalomaniac computer algorithm (?) named Al-G Rhythm who takes the form of Don Cheadle. Al-G is offended that James doesn’t appreciate his genius, and so he kidnaps both James and Dom, trapping them in the never-not-baffling Warner Brothers “ServerVerse” (inside a computer).
As James travels through the ServerVerse’s solar system of “planets” housing various WB intellectual properties—a Harry Potter World, a Game of Thrones planet, a DC Comics one—Al-G recruits Dom and uses a basketball video game he invented to threaten James. James can only save his son if he recruits a team of Looney Tunes players to help him defeat Al-G’s virtual Goon Squad in an immersive version of Dom’s video game.
If you followed that, congratulations, you’re now in Mensa.
The film becomes “spot that absurdly out of place Warner Brothers property!” more than a coherent story. There are incessant Game of Thrones shots of Daenerys’s dragons and the White Walkers. Pennywise from It is there. The War Boys from Mad Max. Alex and the Droogs from A Clockwork Orange. King Kong. The Mask. You know, classic kid stuff.
But even that game of I Spy can’t make the climactic basketball game, which I swear lasts probably half of the film’s screen time and is impossible to follow or make sense of, any fun.
I guess that’s the thing: I expected fun and got whatever the complete opposite of that is. (The complete opposite is LeBron James listening to people explain what a computer algorithm is for two hours.) And I had just experienced the fun of what it could have been. Has Space Jam: A New Legacy gaslighted me into believing that the original film was a masterpiece? Maybe that’s its most impressive special effect.