After years of rumors, it has finally been revealed that Space Jam 2 will be hitting the big screens sooner than we thought...
But in our first look at the new movie, Lola Bunny has had quite the revamp.
And it's received mixed opinions.
Here are all the details about the upcoming release...
More than two decades after Space Jam opened at the top of the U.S box office, it was announced it's getting a sequel!
And it's exactly what we all need.
It's bound to have been a while since you delved into the world of Looney Tunes...
So here's a little recap of why we love this quirky sports comedy...
As we all know, the film presents a fictionalized account of what happened between Michael Jordan's initial retirement from the NBA in 1993 and his comeback in 1995.
via: Getty ImagesIn which he is enlisted by the Looney Tunes to help them win their freedom in a basketball match against the Monstars.
Working for Mr. Swackhammer, the Monstars are helping the ruthless owner of the intergalactic amusement park Moron Mountain...
To enslave the Looney Tunes as his newest attractions.
It's all pretty serious stuff.
The movie is overflowing with hidden easter eggs that you probably didn't notice, even if you've watched it more than you'd like to admit.
Here are some little-known facts about the movie...
The producers of the movie built a gym just for Jordan.
Bron had a gym built for Space Jam 2? That’s cute. https://t.co/dWlTYhxnDO— MJO23DAN (@MJO23DAN)1583728500.0
The Schlesinger Gym is where the Toon Squad holds tryouts, which is a nice little shoutout to Leon Schlesinger...
via: wbanimationHe founded the studio that would go on to become Warner Bros. Cartoons and produced some of the very first Looney Tunes cartoons.
The soundtrack for the movie is so ’90s it hurts.
We better get another Bugs Bunny rap in the soundtrack of Space Jam 2 next year. This was written by Jay-Z too, so… https://t.co/5B1btOfRUx— Mellow Cream (@Mellow Cream)1588294136.0
Featuring musicians like; Seal, Coolio, and Monica.
What a time to be alive.
That moment when you grow up and realize Frank from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia is Swackhammer.
Sidenote, @DannyDeVito better return as Shwackhammer in #SpaceJam2, otherwise this whole thing is a WASH.— Mat Smith (@Mat Smith)1462214422.0
Despite the audience's reactions, the critics weren't bowled over by the movie.
Space Jam only has a 37% score on Rotten Tomatoes. I'm so embarrassed for the critics and their lack of taste.— f thot fitzgerald (@f thot fitzgerald)1502492118.0
But that didn't halt the success of the movie...
While critics were blind to the pure genius of the movie, audiences were (and still are) lovers of Space Jam, which is still the highest-grossing basketball movie of all time!
Above that, it’s the twelfth highest-grossing sports movie ever...
Top 5 Highest Grossing Sports Movies Worldwide : 1. The Blind Side (2009) - $305 million 2. Rocky IV (1985) - $30… https://t.co/IIjO82DfG5— World Sports Weekly (@World Sports Weekly)1518831801.0
And when it came to merchandise, they pulled out all the stops...
@doesntmattr Looks like Space Jam merch is still available in Brooklyn! http://t.co/xa9AG6xbRR— Abby Denson (@Abby Denson)1403378597.0
Remember Jordan’s shorts superstition?
Watching #SpaceJam and forgot Michael Jordan mentioned wearing his @UNC_Basketball shorts under his @ChicagoBulls s… https://t.co/xS4kqXAdVV— Scott M. Trembly (@Scott M. Trembly)1564452509.0
Wayne Knight gave an unforgettable performance as Stan Podolak, but guess who turned down this once-in-a-lifetime role?
uncomfortably remembering the part in space jam where a CGI wayne knight gets inflated with a rubber hose. https://t.co/wJEOTMtATe— 〽️ax krieger's big moves (@〽️ax krieger's big moves)1573430760.0
There isn't a person on the planet who didn't want a pair of the Air Jordan XI Space Jam sneakers that MJ wears in the movie.
The Air Jordan XI "Space Jam" release showed that sneaker culture doesn't belong to just sneakerheads anymore:… https://t.co/vqjdlfd2xR— Complex Sneakers (@Complex Sneakers)1481577993.0
There have been rumors of a sequel swirling about for years, but it was finally announced last year.
LeBron James took to Instagram to tease fans with the news that Space Jam 2 is coming back.
Last year, Nike also revealed the uniforms that the Tune Squad and Monstars will be wearing for the sequel...
Space Jam x @Nike collection for Space Jam 2 starring @KingJames to release 2021 https://t.co/wKAbNimOBv— Modern Notoriety (@Modern Notoriety)1579703601.0
And the cast is looking pretty well thought out, with the likes of Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard, Klay Thompson, Chris Paul, and Diana Taurasi.
The cast of Space Jam 2 will include: • Anthony Davis • Damian Lillard • Nneka Ogwumike • Chiney Ogwumike • Chris… https://t.co/Sni4cc6FdZ— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter)1560999124.0
And now, we've had our first look at the movie.
A First Look at Lola Bunny in 'SPACE JAM 2: A NEW LEGACY' has been revealed. pic.twitter.com/8Q99bqEyir— Cartoon Crave (@thecartooncrave) March 4, 2021
But in the sneak peak that was released yesterday, fans noticed that Lola Bunny has received quite the revamp.
And the decision to do so has caused quite an argument online...
The Pandemic hit Lola Bunny hard. pic.twitter.com/zUg6JruE0n— Liz Katz (@LizKatzOfficial) March 5, 2021
They probably just didn't want to have yet another generation of kids that grew up with weird feelings for a sexy rabbit! pic.twitter.com/oxFq9DjdlF— Christopher Enrique Carantit (@CE_Carantit) March 5, 2021
I don’t care that Lola Bunny is dressed less sexy in Space Jam 2 but I am unbelievably exhausted by the idea that the way you communicate that a female character is to be taken seriously is by removing her boobs— Lux "24/7 🌌 🧠" Alptraum (@LuxAlptraum) March 4, 2021
"Certain body types aren't inherently sexual or unsexual" and the "OG Lola Bunny design was hypersexualized" can exist in the same space if we understand that sexualization in character design involves more than shape but l costume, acting, etc. pic.twitter.com/3tczjFNvat— Don't Wake Taylor Up Until 2024 😴 (@InspectorNerd) March 5, 2021
People finding out they de-sexualized Lola Bunny’s character design for Space Jam 2pic.twitter.com/ZPZe2w9g4x— David (@davidefinitely) March 4, 2021
the feminism leaving my body when I saw the Lola Bunny redesign no one asked for pic.twitter.com/5UIRwoTW3Y— bria 🪴 (@buhreyuh) March 4, 2021
Lola Bunny has swapped her shorts and crop top for basketballs shorts and a jersey. But it's for a reason...
Then & Now: Bugs & Lola Bunny pic.twitter.com/LAkgVOVnfb— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) March 4, 2021
Director Malcolm D. Lee told Entertainment Weekly that after watching the original Space Jam for the first time in 2019, he was caught off guard by the "very sexualized" depiction of Lola Bunny.
And so he made sure that she was "reworked."
What's your thoughts on the revamp?
The movie is set to release July 16, 2021.
We can't wait to see what the players get up to this time...