In the 90s, Michael Jordon and The Looney Tunes banded together for a few commercials on TV, and not only did it become a major hit and a merchandising success, but this lead to both icons getting to be in a movie together, and that film was...
In the mid 90s, almost every kid saw this movie. For many of us kids at the time, it was epic and funny seeing Michael Jordon and the Looney Tunes together in a full length movie. The film was also everywhere with its advertisements and merchandising. There were video games, toys, blankets, shirts, posters, the works! On top of it, not only did kids really enjoy the movie, but both Siskel and Ebert gave it a Thumbs Up. So yeah, the film was a hit when it came out. However, now that I'm an adult, and the fact that it’s been more than a decade since its release, how well does the film actually hold up? Does it still hold up as a fun and epic crossover movie, or was it really a crappy film that just got way too much hype and publicity? ON WITH THE REVIEW...
Famous Basketball player Michael Jordon drops out of the NBA and decides to take up baseball after his Father's death, which he sadly stinks at. Alright, sounds promising enough, but how do the Looney Tunes and Aliens, fit in what appears to be a bio film of Michael Jordon? Well, Aliens travel to the center of the Earth where The Looney Tunes live, to capture them and enslave them to work at their outer space theme park, to attract alien tourists. Am I watching a different movie, how does Michael Jordon fit in with such a stupid and weak plot involving Aliens and The Looney Tunes? Well, since the aliens are short and idiotic, The Looney Tunes challenge them to a game of Basketball, as a wager to whether the Looney Tunes become slaves or not. Really, out of all the creative things that these smart and iconic cartoon characters can think of, they decide to challenge them to a Basketball game? There's no doubt that the only reason why they challenge these creatures to a Basketball game is so the writers can put Michael Jordon in the film. Getting back to the plot, the aliens go to the human world and steal the talent from some of the NBA players by turning into... uh, Alien splooge...I guess... and force their ways inside the NBA players’ bodies to steal their talent, which turns them into gigantic monster aliens called Monstars. Man, is this film is weird! After many filler moments with Michael Jordan's life; the Looney Tunes bring Michael to their world by lassoing him down a golf hole, and ask him for help at defeating the Monstars, which of course, Jordon agrees; and as you probably have guessed, the film leads to a gigantic Basketball game, which follows most of the cliche 90s Sports film formula. Wow, you know what, after describing the plot of the film, it's actually really stupid and felt like the film was only made to cash in on Jordan and the Looney Tunes, instead of creating something that's funny, smart, and powerful, like say, "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" for example, and it takes not one, not two, but four lazy writers to create such a lame premise. However, as weak and stupid as the plot is, does the film at least have plenty of good things to have you go along with this ridiculous plot?
The aliens that challenge the Looney Tunes, man do I freaking hate these little turds! They were obviously meant to be funny and cute, but they're neither. The humor that they're given is not funny, very bland, and is at times awkward. As for the cute factor, no, they look creepy and stupid; and their personalities are either really bland, or really annoying. I honestly wish that Bugs Bunny would drop a safe on these 5 little turds, or see Elmer or Yosemite Sam steal one of their laser guns and zap them constantly. I will admit that when they become the Monstars, they stop being annoying and bland, and finally have a fun, cool, and threatening personality, despite having jive talking voices.
Finally, we go to the supporting human characters in the film. Despite not convincing us that half of them are with the Looney Tunes, do any of them give a good performance? Let's start with Michael's comical sidekick Stan played by the funny Wayne Knight. Before I knew Wayne Knight as Newman on "Seinfeld" or as the nerd who was basically responsible for the chaos in "Jurassic Park"; I was introduced to him in this film. While I found him funny as a kid, with his over the top personality; watching him in this film now as an adult, he really gets no humor to work with, and is sadly just plain annoying, which is a shame because I think he's a great comical actor. Bill Murray is in this film as himself, who wants to join the NBA, which is a nod to the commercials of him wanting to join the NBA in the 90s. While he has one or two funny lines, much like Knight, he doesn't get much to work with; and the references of films that he's been in are really poor and not funny. As for the actors who play Jordan's family, they're really not memorable and just feel shoehorned into the movie, just to show Jordan's home life, which we hardly ever see in the film. The appearances from some of the famous NBA players at the time get a few good funny scenes, but acting wise, they're terrible. The film also has a random and pointless cameos of an unfunny Dan Castellaneta (Who's famous for voicing Homer Simpson) and Patricia Heaton (Who will star in the famous sitcom "Everybody Loves Raymond" during the same year that this film was released) who gets a really awkward and uncomfortable joke, as she thinks the disguised aliens in a Trench coat and Fedora hat is a perv sitting next to her.
The film really doesn't hold up as well as it did when I was a kid. The story is terrible; the acting is bad; the film's take on the Looney Tunes is unfunny and out of character; the villains, for the most part suck; the combination between live action and animation is unconvincing; the film at times gets very perverted, especially with the Lola Bunny character; and it's obvious that the film was just made for the money and the merchandising "Where the real money from the movie is made". With that said, there are a few things that hold up. Some of the jokes that I found funny as a kid, are still funny. Michael Jordon, despite not convincing us that he's with the cartoon characters, at least has a cool and likable personality, and on top of it, looks cool in every scene that he plays Basketball. The main reason that holds up is the film's soundtrack. Songs like "I Believe, I Can Fly"; "Say You Will"; "Fly Like An Eagle"; the title song; "Pump Up The Jam"; "Lets Get Ready To Rumble"; and "Basketball Jones" (Without Chris Rock's annoying narration), not only hold up as fun songs that bring the film its sports feel, but it also brings back the feeling of being a kid in the 90s. The film as stupid as it is, it was at least entertaining and did keep me entertained from the minute I started watching it. However, that doesn't mean that its good at all, it's just fun mindless entertainment that happens to have a few good jokes; some cool shots of Michael Jordan doing what he does best; and a fun soundtrack.