On November 15th, 1996, Warner Bros. under their Family Entertainment and their Feature Animation label, released Space Jam.

The film tells a fictional alternate history of what happened between Jordan’s initial retirement from the NBA in 1993 and his comeback in 1995, in which he becomes embroiled in events involving Bugs Bunny and his friends.

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When it was released back in 1996, the film opened at No. 1 in the US and grossed over $230 million worldwide, which made it the highest-grossing basketball film of all-time.

Space Jam (1996) Directed by Joe Pytka Shown from left: Bill Murray, Bugs Bunny (voice: Billy West), Michael Jordan
Space Jam (1996)
Directed by Joe Pytka
Shown from left: Bill Murray, Bugs Bunny (voice: Billy West), Michael Jordan

The film didn’t pioneer anything new by blending animated characters and live-action character together on screen, Who Framed Roger Rabbitgets credit for that. But Space Jam is still a great film (even if critics don’t love it) and a throwback to the 90’s.

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And the website for Space Jam is still up and running to this day. Check it out here.

So here’s to the 20th anniversary of Space Jam and to many more years to come.

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