The 1996 animated/live action tour de force, Space Jam, starring Michael Jordan, the Looney Tunes, Bill Murray and Newman (how many Koosh balls do you think were present at that pitch meeting?) will be making its righteous return to the big screen next month for its 20th birthday. The movie tells a fictionalized version of the years between Jordan's initial retirement from basketball in 1993 to his return to the sport in 1995, in which Jordan gets kidnapped by aliens to play basketball against other aliens. Plus Bugs Bunny. For a good time, indulge your senses in the Wikipedia summary of the plot – here's a snippet:

In 1993, professional basketball player Michael Jordan announces his retirement from the sport to follow his late father's career as a baseball player. However, it becomes evident that he is not as skilled in baseball as he was in basketball. Jordan is assigned a publicist, the bumbling Stan Podolak, to make his new career less bumpy. Elsewhere, in outer space, an intergalactic amusement park called Moron Mountain faces dwindling popularity, so its owner, Mr. Swackhammer, sends his diminutive minions, the Nerdlucks, to capture the Looney Tunes as new entertainment. The Looney Tunes live in an animated world hidden in the center of the Earth, but are unable to listen to the Nerdlucks' threats and challenge them to a game of basketball.

The Nerdlucks steal the talents of professional basketball players Charles Barkley, Shawn Bradley, Patrick Ewing, Larry Johnson and Muggsy Bogues, leaving them incapable of playing. The Nerdlucks absorb the talent, transforming into the gigantic "Monstars" who easily intimidate the Looney Tunes. While playing golf with Bill Murray, Larry Bird and Stan, Jordan is sucked down a hole and is recruited by Bugs Bunny to help the Tunes win against the Monstars. Jordan at first refuses, saying he does not play basketball anymore, but changes his decision after he is insulted and humiliated by the Monstars when they squash him into the shape of a basketball and bounce him around like one. He then sends Bugs and Daffy Duck to his house to retrieve his basketball gear.

Meanwhile, Stan has been digging out the golf hole to find Jordan...


For an even better time, pay a visit to the official Space Jam website, in its full 1996 glory...

You guys...

Space Jam will be shown in 450 theaters nationwide starting November 13th - find your local showtime here.

Soooooo if the movie is coming back to theaters, can we finally bring the Space Jam theme song back to the club were it belongs?

h/t HighSnobiety

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