It’s been begging but finally comes the sequel to a cult film that brings together this time the main lineup of Warner cartoons with basketball star LeBron
In the mid-90s, ‘Space Jam’ was released, a film that today has an uncountable legion of fans who defend tooth and nail a proposal that received a barrage of twisted criticism at the time of its premiere. Such an uncomfortable reception, highly debatable, is still present in the scores of users that appear on specialized internet websites, to which the fair case must always be made. The film passes online, but its average mark does not reflect the true passion that a cult title awakens whose sequel comes decades later. The fans of the phenomenon themselves were crying out for a continuation that reunites Bugs Bunny and other characters from the Warner cartoons with a basketball star. LeBron James replaces Michael Jordan, twenty-five years later, in ‘Space Jam: New Legends’, a film that mixes animation and real image as he did in the eighties, powerfully drawing attention, ‘Who framed Roger Rabbit?’ . Unlike the Disney classics, in the popular work of Robert Zemeckis the interaction between the characters, drawn and in the flesh, was continuous and was not limited to musical numbers. Other contemporary titles, such as the vindicable ‘Cool World’, tried to offer the viewer an adult vision of this idea, squeezing its many possibilities, but the response from the general public was tepid, as happened at the box office with the exceptional ‘The Congress’.
‘Space Jam: New legends’ visits the billboard preceded by a certain controversy in networks, where everything is magnified virally. This time, numerous Internet users have torn their clothes when the fact that the singer Lola Indigo was in charge of putting the voice to the role of Lola Bunny in the Castilian dubbing became known. The animated character had already been the subject of heated discussions weeks earlier on the internet after having changed its design. In the new film, its curves have been softened, avoiding gratuitous reification. It has been common for national distributors, sometimes linked to a large studio, as is the case, to pull some famous faces to dub some characters, generally secondary. The objective is to take advantage of the media pull, it cannot be understood in any other way, because most of the time they are not prepared artists and the result leaves much to be desired. With the exception of the collaborations of actors with punch, such as Santiago Segura and José Mota, whose work in the dubbed version of ‘Monsters SA’ is incontestable. For purists, VOSE will always remain, but as long as it remains difficult to attract the public to theaters, any promotional maneuver is possible. In fact, to take an obvious example, if the film is animated: which member of your cast can attend an interview on television? The news in the mainstream media is the artist, influencer or celebrity who lends their voice. Whether the guests who accept such audacity will do better or worse is another matter.
Don Cheadle, the face of War Machine in ‘Avengers’, accompanies LeBron and the Looney Tunes in’ Space Jam: New Legends’, alongside Khris Davis (‘Judas and the Black Messiah’), Sonequa Martin-Green (‘The Walking Dead ‘), newcomers Cedric Joe, Jeff Bergman and Eric Bauza, both participants in’ Looney Tunes Cartoons’. Directed by Malcolm D. Lee, responsible for ‘Girls Plan’, ‘School for failures’ and the fifth installment of ‘Scary Movie’, with which you do not have to ask for pears to the elm. This time the bizarre combination of basketball, aliens and cartoons presents LeBron and his son Dom trapped in digital space by a perfidious all-powerful force called AI. In order to return home, the famous athlete will have to enlist the help of Bugs , Lola Bunny and her colleagues to defeat the enemy on the court and launch the well-worn message of being able to be yourself. New technologies reinforce the visual aspect of a family show that does not hide its desire to bring the public back to theaters.