Malcolm D. Lee’s Space Jam: A New Legacy is a throwback to the first film and its classic animated characters. It features updated CG animation, effects, and an overall make-over for modern audiences. This film is a first introduction for many kids unfamiliar with Warner Bros. tunes. For that reason alone, it does its job. However, an overly simple plot strands the film in the children’s genre, making it difficult to compete with animated films that appeal to wider audiences.
Space Jam: A New Legacy features the latest and greatest special effects modern-day Hollywood has to offer. The film touches on the age of servers and digital streaming, which helps establish the plot. It also treats audiences to new CG animated versions of the classic Looney Tunes. Some characters have a more difficult transition from 2D to 3D, but the Looney Tunes appear as familiar as ever in their new animated states.
Looney Tunes for Today
There is a lot to be said about nostalgia in the film industry today. For better or worse, many newly released films hit on some element of nostalgia. Space Jam: A New Legacy capitalizes on the same nostalgia. Fans of the original Space Jam will enjoy seeing the Tunes with a new NBA legend leading the squad. But more importantly, this film has something more to offer for younger audiences: it introduces the classic Looney Tunes to children who have never experienced them. Films like Space Jam: A New Legacy are some of the only ways of preserving the characters for future generations.
In the Kids Zone
One of the more disappointing elements of Space Jam: A New Legacy is its overly simplistic plot. That’s not to say simple stories equal bad films. But in a time when “children’s films” are becoming more and more suitable for people of any age, Space Jam: A New Legacy falls short of touching on multiple themes that apply to older and younger audiences alike. For that reason, fans of the original Space Jam may find this version lacking. Overall, Space Jam: A New Legacy is a win simply for preserving the Looney Tunes for a new generation.