That's Not All, Folks: “Space Jam” Turns 25 As "A New Legacy" Hits Theaters

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Excited to watch LeBron James and Bugs Bunny in Space Jam 2: A New Legacy? Well, maybe it's time to rewatch the original first — after all, it's been 25 years since the original Space Jam (1996) hit theaters. 

As you'll likely recall, the original Space Jam saw NBA legend Michael Jordan teaming up with Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and the rest of the Looney Tunes' Tune Squad to take on the nefarious Monstars, a group of aliens who plan to force Bugs and co. to work at their unhinged theme park — should they lose a contest. Yup, the very fate of the Looney Tunes characters rested on the outcome of an epic basketball game — hence why they draft Jordan into their ranks. 

Now, with the release of Space Jam 2: A New Legacy, a whole new generation will fall in love with the Looney Tunes. But it's the original movie that laid the groundwork — and made all of us envious of Jordan's time shooting hoops with cartoon characters. Don't believe us? The numbers speak for themselves: Space Jam grossed over $250 million worldwide, which is pretty solid for a film with an $80 million budget.

Needless to say, Space Jam was a '90s staple, so we're going behind the scenes and delving into how this bizarre — yet undeniably iconic — movie came to be. What we're saying is: everybody get up — it's time to slam now.