A unique crossover between NBA basketball and the world of Looney Tunes was released in theaters 21 years ago today.
Space Jam was released in theaters on November 15th, 1996. The film was written by Leo Benvenuti, Steve Rudnick, Timothy Harris, and Herschel Weingrod and directed by Joe Pytka. It starred Michael Jordan, Billy West, Bill Murray, Larry Bird, Dee Bradley Baker, Bob Bergen, Jun Foray and Danny DeVito.
In the movie, as basketball star Michael Jordan leaves the sport to pursue a career in baseball, a group of aliens are tasked with capturing the Looney Tunes for a sinister new entertainment act. The leads to a basketball challenge–and the aliens are up to the ask by taking the talents of many pro players like Charles Barkley and Patrick Ewing. So, Bugs Bunny sets out to recruit Jordan, bringing him to the world of Looney Tunes.
The movie, following in the footsteps of a successful series of commercials that crossed Jordan and Looney Tunes together, was a success in the theaters. It made over $230 million on an $80 million budget.