The Space-Jamming of IP Cameos in Movies Is Getting Old

The Space-Jamming of IP Cameos in Movies Is Getting Old

Space Jam is a 1996 film directed by Joe Pytka, adapted from his 1992/1993 shoe commercials, which follows the Looney Tunes characters as they recruit basketballer Michael Jordan to help free themselves from the tyranny of nefarious space aliens. Space Jam: A New Legacy is a 2021 film by Roll Bounce and Girls Trip director Malcolm D. Lee, which follows the Looney Tunes characters as they help basketballer LeBron James free himself from the tyranny of a nefarious computer system. The sequel, coming 25 years after the original, owes its existence to audience nostalgia; despite not being particularly good, the original nevertheless enthralled a generation raised on Jordan’s celebrity, persisting as comfort viewing ever since. Nostalgia has always been big business, going back to 1973’s American Graffiti and even earlier, but the past decade has put it into overdrive. Aging films and franchises are resuscitated in the likes of Ghostbusters or Top Gun: Maverick. Shows like Stranger Things attempt to recreate the feeling of a bygone era, or at least of its pop culture. But the most interesting, uniquely late-capitalism category of nostalgia film is one championed by Warner Bros. – a category into which Space Jam 2, while also a sequel to a quarter-century-old movie, fits perfectly. Watch the cameo-laden trailer for Space Jam: A New Legacy below: [ignvideo width=610 height=374 url=https://www.ign.com/videos/2021/04/03/space-jam-a-new-legacy-official-trailer] The philosophy behind this subgenre: Why stop at reviving one brand when the studio has a whole library of them at its disposal? In addition to the Looney Tunes characters, Space Jam: A New Legacy contains appearances by and references to (among others) The Iron Giant, King Kong, Batman, Robin, Superman, Mr. Freeze, The Joker, The Penguin, Gandalf, Scooby-Doo, Yogi Bear, the Flintstones, the Jetsons, Space Ghost, The Mask, and characters from The Matrix, Mad Max: Fury Road, Game of Thrones, It, The Wizard of Oz, The Conjuring, and maybe even Whatever Happened to Baby Jane. Famously, predatory cartoon skunk Pepe Le Pew does not appear – but the rape-obsessed “droogs” from A Clockwork Orange do. What stands out here isn’t hypocrisy over which specific sex offenders Warners elected to include in a kids movie, or even the selection of characters at all. It’s Warner’s cynical approach to its intellectual property. Space Jam: A New Legacy isn’t the first Warners film to do this. It is, at the very least, the fifth. Three of its four Lego…
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Nintendo Switch Stock Could Be Low In 2021 Due To Semiconductor Shortage

Nintendo Switch Stock Could Be Low In 2021 Due To Semiconductor Shortage

The semiconductor shortage that is affecting everything from computers to car production is also hitting the video game industry, and according to Nintendo, that could lead to Switch console shortages later this year.In an interview with Nikkei (via VGC), Nintendo CEO Shuntaro Furukawa said that while the company has the materials it needs for “immediate production of semiconductors” necessary for Nintendo Switch units, that could change later.”However, in Japan and other countries, demand has been very strong since the beginning of the year, and there is a possibility of shortages at some retailers in the future,” Furukawa added.Continue Reading at GameSpot
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WWE 2K22 Announced During Wrestlemania 37 With First Game Footage

WWE 2K22 Announced During Wrestlemania 37 With First Game Footage

During Wrestlemania 37, the very first video was released for WWE 2K22. After the franchise took last year off, a new entry is coming sometime later in the year, and 2K Games plans on delivering more early-concept footage prior to launch.The short, 22-second clip features Rey Mysterio taking on Cesaro in the Raw arena, along with some hero shots of Mysterio, who is bound to be a future Hall of Famer. The footage is very polished and features some highly-detailed character models. Check out the video for yourself below. Continue Reading at GameSpot
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