Did Bugs Bunny die in Space Jam 2?
Space Jam: A New Legacy, also known as Space Jam 2, jam packs just about every single movie ever made into its story with one reference or another. Here is every single one.
After over two decades of waiting, a Space Jam sequel was finally released into the world. How well it will age and survive is yet to be seen, although the initial reviews appear to indicate it’s dead on arrival.
I’m going to be very honest with you all, Space Jam: A New Legacy is not a good film. It’s very bad. The first 15 minutes is one of the roughest stretches of film ever printed and released by a major studio. Space Jam, however, was also not a particularly elegant or stunning piece of cinema, so let’s stop pretending it was The Godfather when talking about how it stacks up against its sequel.
Space Jam 2 is a far cry from The Godfather Part II, but it’s also not trying to be more than the sum of its parts — which are actually pretty interesting.
The movie revolves around the idea that content creation is algorithmic and we’ve been reduced to mindless drones who happily be spoon-fed empty-calorie nostalgia. There’s a really interesting, if not extremely clever, movie somewhere within Space Jam 2 but it takes its premise and uses it not as a biting satirical commentary on creativity and instead uses it as an excuse to cosplay Loony Toons in Warner Bros owned IP like The Matrix and Batman.
It is what it is, and that doesn’t have to be a bad thing.
Part of the joy of watching Space Jam 2 the first time is to see just how ridiculously the Loony Toons characters are going to be forced into universes you never expected them to be in. Coyote as a War Boy in Mad Max, or Elmer Fudd as Mini-Me in Austin Powers is just the tip of the iceberg.
Space Jam 2 is not a significant work of art or a pop culture artifact that needs preserving. The very idea of a Space Jam sequel, however, was to buy a ticket to be a tourist in your own youth. Space Jam 2 very unapologetically leans all the way into that and gives everyone their money’s worth.
Space Jam 2 cameos and easter eggs
Here’s every movie referenced in Space Jam: A New Legacy and how it happened:
- The Immortals (the dudes with the crazy masks that get crushed by a wall of bodies) are in the crowd at the big game at the end.
A Clockwork Orange
- Droogs, as well as other gangs from London, are in the crowd during the big game at the end.
- In a scene where Warner Bros characters rush through Toon Town to get to the arena to watch the big game between LeBron and his son, the Animaniacs are in the crowd.
- The scene where Mini-Me is revealed in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me is used, except it’s revealed that Mini-Me is Elmer Fudd.
- Also, Sylvester is Mr. Bigglesworth, Dr. Evil’s naked cat.
Back to the Future
- After Damian Lillard’s character, Chronos, freezes time to score a basket, the scoreboard features a license plate that reads: ‘Back to the Bucket’.
- When Al-G Rhythm is giving his pitch to LeBron, he posits what it would be like to have him fight Batman.
- The Adam West Batman theme plays as Bugs, Daffy, LeBron and Porky try to save a train full of children.
- Penguin, the 1960s TV version and Tim Burton’s version, is in the crowd at LeBron’s big game.
- Both the 60s TV and 1992 film versions of Catwoman are in the crowd during the big game at the end.
- The Joker, the Cesar Romero and Joaquin Phoenix versions, are in the crowd at LeBron’s big game.
- The 1960s version of Robin is in the crowd at the big game.
- As LeBron falls into the Server-Verse, we hear an overdub of Humphrey Bogart’s infamous line, ‘Here’s looking at you, kid’ from Casablanca
- When Bugs and LeBron are searching for other Loony Toons characters, it’s revealed that Yosemite Sam is the Humphrey Bogart character.
- The Flinstone family is among the crowd of characters rushing to see the big game.
Friday Night Lights
- When Michael B. Jordan is giving a halftime pep talk to the Toon Squad, he tells them “Clear eyes, full hearts can’t lose”.
Game of Thrones
- In Al-G’s pitch to LeBron, he presents LeBron as sitting on the Iron Throne
- As Bugs and LeBron fly their spaceship through the Sever-Verse, they fly past ‘Game Of Thrones World’ where Foghorn Leghorn — dressed as Daenerys Targaryen — chases them away on a dragon exclaiming “Winter, I say, Winter is Coming”
- The Night King is in the crowd at LeBron’s big game.
- The Gremlins are in the crowd of characters rushing to the game, and get a pretty insane closeup.
- In Al-G’s presentation, he pitches ‘LeBron and the Chamber of Secrets’ as an animated LeBron flies through the air on a Quidditch broom while wearing Quidditch robes.
- While Bugs and LeBron fly through the Server-Verse, they pass ‘Harry Potter World’, with LeBron exclaiming he’s a Hufflepuff.
- Voldemort is in attendance at the big game at the end, specifically on the villain side.
- When LeBron is putting together his ideal team, he says that Iron Giant would be a monster on the boards.
- The Iron Giant is one of the characters in a mad dash to get a seat for the big game.
- Pennywise is in the crowd at LeBron’s big game.
- George Jetson and the family are in the crowd of characters rushing to see the big game.
- King King, specifically Peter Jackson’s version, is among the crowd rushing to watch the big game.
- Roadrunner is speeding alongside Immortan Joe’s caravan with Coyote pursuing him as one of the War Boys.
- Stanley Ipkiss is in the crowd at LeBron’s big game.
- As LeBron falls through the Warner 3000 Server-Verse full of IP planets (worlds containing the universes of different movies) one of the planets he falls through is The Matrix.
- Trinity is jotted down as one of the ideal players LeBron wants to recruit for his superteam.
- Granny replaces Trinity in the opening scene from The Matrix where she performs the famous Bullet Time slow-motion kick.
- Speedy Gonzalez dodges bullets using Bullet Time
- Agents are seen on the villain’s side of the crowd during LeBron’s big game.
- The Nun is featured very prominently in the crowd during LeBron’s big game at the end.
Rick and Morty
- Rick and Morty send Tazmanian Devil back to the Loony Toons because “the badger thing’s condition is irreversible”
- As the crowd assembles to watch the big game, the Mystery Machine is seen smashing through buildings.
- Space Ghost is flying above the big game at the climax, voluntarily giving himself nosebleed seats.
- There’s a Michael Jordan Space Jam poster in the Warner 3000 Server-Verse Bugs says LeBron’s plan to recruit cartoon characters because he needs to win a basketball game to escape the Sever-Verse “sounds pretty familiar”
- Lola Bunny blows off Bugs asking her how often she gets to play with an NBA superstar by saying “been there”.
- At halftime of the big game at the end, Sylvester exclaims he found Michael Jordan to help lead a comeback win. When it’s revealed to be Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester says “it’s been 25 years, I thought he aged gracefully”.
- When Bugs Bunny is flying through the Server-Verse in Marvin Martian’s spaceship, he impersonates Captain Kirk, giving the entire ‘captain’s log’ spiel from the bridge.
- LeBron wants to recruit Superman for his superteam, who he says he could have really used in Cleveland.
- Bugs and LeBron land in Metropolis on ‘DC World” in search of Superman and don the outfits of Batman and Robin, respectively. There they find Daffy Duck dressed as Superman and Porky Pig dressed as Jimmy Olsen.
- You can see Lion-O in the crowd of characters rushing to see the big game between LeBron and his son.
- During the final quarter of the big game, Al-G shouts Denzel Washington’s iconic line, ‘King Kong ain’t got sh– on me” before maxing out his attributes to create what he thinks is an unbeatable character.
Wizard of Oz
- The flying monkeys are in the crowd at LeBron’s game.
- Lola Bunny performs the Amazonian trials for Diana Prince while the guitar riff from Wonder Woman theme plays.
- Yogi and Boo Boo are in the crowd of characters running to see the big game.