The long-awaited sequel “Space Jam: A New Legacy” premieres this Thursday the 15th in national theaters and fans of the Looney Tunes franchise will be surprised by some changes in the characteristics of the famous animated characters.
And one of the points that has attracted a lot of attention is precisely the physical changes of the popular bunny Lola Bunny, who has lost some of her sensuality, which has always been a hallmark of the character.
In an interview with CinePOP, director Malcolm D. Lee spoke about the controversy and the pressure to make a new movie in the franchise:
Actress Zendaya – who lends her voice to the character – commented on the harsh criticism such changes ended up generating among older fans.
She expressed surprise at the backlash, but understood the great affection older audiences have for the Looney Tunes.
“I didn’t know it was going to happen either! I really know we love it, but I didn’t think it would become such a big goal. But I understand, because she is such a beloved character. She is special to a lot of people and their childhood and they were able to grow up with her, so I understand that feeling of protection. I was like, ‘Look, as long as I do what the director and the producers and everybody want me to do, I’m just here to offer my services.’ But I felt very grateful to have this opportunity, ”she revealed to Comicbook.
Check out the difference between the two versions of the character in “Space Jam: Game of the Century” and “Space Jam: A New Legacy”:
On Rotten Tomatoes, the feature debuted with just 50% approval, scoring 6.30 / 10 based on 8 reviews so far. International pundits praised the production’s nostalgic atmosphere, but were divided over the narrative and messages created.
Check out the main comments below:
“There is a concrete sense that ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’ is a love letter to movies and the people who make them” – Stuff.co.nz
“It’s hard not to feel like you’re delving into the marketing strategy of Warner Bros. executives. for two hours ”- News.com.au
“Nostalgia and homage shots can be a wonderful thing, but this sequel rarely takes the time to stand on both feet” – The Jam Report
“An assault on children that turns out to be a colorful and inexplicable distraction, but ironically, it’s quite difficult to create a legacy” – The AU Review
“The funniest thing about ‘A New Legacy’ is the liveliness of the worlds created” – FILMINK
Recall that the film is scheduled to premiere on July 15 in Brazilian cinemas.
On a trip to Warner Bros. studios, superstar LeBron James and his son accidentally find themselves trapped in a world with all the stories and characters of the company, under the control of a powerful and troubled force called Al G (Don Cheadle). With the help of Bugs, LeBron must navigate a universe filled with movie scenes and iconic characters as the Looney Tunes come together to save their lost son. To return home, LeBron and the gang must unravel Al G’s mysterious plan and win an epic basketball game against game versions of NBA legends.
The cast includes LeBron James, Sonequa Martin-Green (“Once Upon a Time”, “Star Trek: Discovery”) and Don Cheadle.
Andrew Dodge (“Swear”) writes.
The original starred former professional basketball player Michael Jordan, who played the most famous Looney Tunes characters.
LeBron James made his film debut in the comedy “Uncompensated,” playing a version of himself. He also already holds an Oscar for best animated short.
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