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The Vault: “Come on slam, and welcome to the jam!”

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Remember Space Jam? Remember Star Fox? Remember those treasures locked away in a dusty vault of nostalgia? Well we’re here to pull them out again, because let’s face it some of us college students are poor and can’t afford the new game or movie ticket.

Mary Jones
Columnist
mej102@lhup.edu
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Within the dark recesses of the vault, behind all of the stuff from the 90’s that is just freaking awesome, is the amazing movie that is “Space Jam”.

Released in 1996 by Warner Bros., “Space Jam” features famous basketball player Michael Jordan and the “Looney Toons” characters Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and a whole other cast of characters.

This movie provides an alternate story as to what happened between Jordan’s retirement from the NBA in 1993, and his comeback in 1995. This time, he was inspired by events that happened in the movie with Bugs and company. But why should you revisit a movie that came out so long ago? Here’s why!

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De-Stressor

With finals week looming on the horizon, and project after project due, two hours might seem like a lot of time to take a break. However, de-stressing is just as important as studying, getting enough sleep, and eating a good breakfast in doing well on finals. Taking a weekend to watch a sports comedy with characters like Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck in it could do the trick when it comes to de-stressing. After all, who doesn’t like some of the old classical “Looney Toons” humor, especially when seeing it come into conflict with real life?

Uplifting

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The main story follows characters of the “Looney Toons” as they face off against aliens who want to enslave them and make them an attraction at a failing amusement park. Of course, Bugs and company don’t lay down and let them win. Because the aliens are not the brightest, they strike a bargain; If the Toons win, they keep their freedom. If the aliens win, the Toons will go quietly. However, the aliens go to earth and steal the basketball powers of five NBA players, turning into hulking monsters.

Despite this, the Looney Toons don’t lose hope. Instead, they find their own NBA, Michael Jordan, and continue to fight for their freedom. That’s the message of the movie. Don’t lose hope and stand up for yourself. While that might not pertain to the end of your semester, it’s still uplifting and could be good to watch after a hard semester.

It’s “Space Jam”

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“Space Jam” takes one of the biggest animation franchises (right after Disney), and incorporates it into a live-action film. While it’s not exactly seamless, it’s still very well done for the technology they had in the 90’s. There’s even a scene where the Monsters squish Jordan (a live-action character!) into a basketball and mess around with him!

The original “Looney Toons” are classic and fun. They bring a comedic spice to what would already be an uplifting story, and this movie makes us wonder if there really is a secret animated world at the center of the Earth. It’s definitely one worth checking out at the end of the semester.

“Space Jam” is available for rent from Netflix (not Instant), Online, or in most Libraries.

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