Everybody get up, it's time to slam now. Tuesday is the 20th anniversary of the release of "Space Jam," the half-animated 1996 movie starring NBA legend Michael Jordan alongside a cast of Looney Tunes and alien basketball players.
Over the past two decades, the film has become a cult classic. It has a low 36 percent on Rotten Tomatoes' critic-based Tomatometer but a 63 percent favorable rating among audiences. Millennials just won't let the movie die — its old-school website goes viral every few years for remaining unchanged in all its vintage glory, and fans have recently been pushing Cleveland Cavaliers' superstar LeBron James to act in a sequel.
"I thought the first Space Jam was a silly idea," director Joe Pytka told Entertainment Weekly. "I didn’t know how it could become a movie [but] it did."
If you're a '90s kid looking for a break from the election drama, Tuesday is a perfect day to hang out with Jordan, Bill Murray and Bugs Bunny. Rent the film on YouTube for $2.99, check it out on Amazon in high definition for $3.99 or buy it on iTunes for $9.99. Nab a hard copy for about $5 at Target or Best Buy.
If you can't afford those, peruse some of the best "Space Jam" clips below:
As you're watching, look out for the Monstars, who lost the big game 20 years ago. The creatures, apparently still reeling from their defeat, reportedly resurfaced Sunday in a brief ad clip shown at a Jordan Brand media event promoting new sneakers and clothes.
"They’re here to wreak havoc on the game of basketball," vice president Whitney Chapman told USA Today. "This marketing campaign that’ll go global, the story’s really going to unfold around that, and then you’ll have to wait to see what happens on how this new basketballer that’s here today actually rises up to defy the odds of getting after the Monstars."