Where can cult favorite Space Jam be found online and is available on Netflix, Hulu or Prime? Space Jam feels like a movie that could only have happened in the 1990s and is such a bizarre, unique creation because of it. The movie cast basketball legend Michael Jordan as himself, who is recruited by Bugs Bunny and the Looney Tunes to help them win a match against an evil businessman. The stakes are high, because if they lose they’ll be enslaved and – for some reason – Bill Murray also turns up as himself.
Space Jam didn’t receive great reviews during its original release and is positively flooded with product placement, but it still holds a strong nostalgia for a certain generation. Many gags don’t land and Jordan isn’t the most natural actor, but there’s still an undeniable charm to the film. It was also a big success in 1996, but while the studio wanted to press ahead with a sequel, Jordan wasn’t interested in returning. Various follow-ups were pitched, including Skate Jam – which would have paired Looney Tunes with Tony Hawk – or Spy Jam with Jackie Chan, but they didn’t come together either.
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Space Jam is easy to find online for those wishing to revisit the movie – or see it for the first time – but it isn’t currently available on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime in the U.S. Instead, it can be found streaming on Freeform, and it can be rented or purchased from prices starting from $2.99 on Google Play, Vudu, iTunes, Amazon, Redbox and DirecTV.
While not a direct sequel, 2003’s Looney Tunes: Back In Action was the end result of a development process to follow-up Space Jam. Despite a game cast that included Brendan Fraser and Steve Martin, and Joe Dante (Gremlins) directing, the film was a mess and failed to recoup its budget. A direct sequel is finally moving forward 25 years later with Space Jam: A New Legacy, which will start LeBron James as himself, in addition to Sonequa Martin-Green, Don Cheadle and – of course – Bugs Bunny.
Space Jam: A New Legacy will hit screens in 2021 and while it would be great to see Michael Jordan pop up for a cameo, he doesn’t appear to be involved. It would also be nice to see Bill Murray return too since he basically stole Space Jam with his limited screentime, and while he has a known aversion to sequels, projects like Ghostbusters: Afterlife show he can make exceptions.
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It’s pronounced Paw-rick, not Pad-raig. Now that’s out of the way, a brief introduction. Padraig has been writing about film online since 2012, when a friend asked if he’d like to contribute the occasional review or feature to their site.
A part-time hobby soon blossomed into a career when he discovered he really loved writing about movies, TV and video games – he even (arguably) had a little bit of talent for it. He has written words for Den of Geek, Collider, The Irish Times and Screen Rant over the years, and can discuss anything from the MCU – where Hawkeye is clearly the best character – to the most obscure cult b-movie gem, and his hot takes often require heat resistant gloves to handle.
He’s super modern too, so his favorite movies include Jaws, Die Hard, The Thing, Ghostbusters and Batman. He can be found as i_Padds on Twitter making bad puns.
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