Space Jam is a beloved children’s film, but some have been annoyed that the long-awaited sequel won’t sexualise particular characters as much as the original.
It has been twenty-five years since Space Jam was released and in that time a lot has changed. To appeal to a new generation, the sequel to the 1996 classic, Space Jam: A New Legacy looks set to implement several changes. The original story, which focused on Michael Jordan and his highly publicised gambling, will be dropped for a story that is focused on LeBron James. On top of that, some of the characters will look different.
While Looney Tunes favourites Bugs Bunny, Tweety Bird and Daffy Duck all look the same twenty-five years on, Lola will have a radical redesign. The animated love interest of Bugs originally appeared with exaggerated curves as the designers were worried that the character was not feminine enough. The new film looks set to make Lola look more like a bunny and get rid of the exaggerated feminine features.
As a result, some fans are upset.
While some are mad that the character is no longer being sexualised in the same way, others are grateful that a children’s film is not promoting curves in animals.
The Director of the upcoming Space Jam sequel, Malcolm D Lee, has explained that they felt that the character was too sexualised and that ‘It’s important to reflect the authenticity of strong, capable female characters.’ As a result, the character now wears a baggy vest rather than a crop top.
Whether the highly anticipated sequel can make the same impression on viewers as the original remains to be seen. What is clear is that the film’s target audience, children, probably won’t be too worried about the depiction of Lola in the film and will be more focused on the story and the characters.
Space Jam: A New Legacy will be released in cinemas on July 23, 2021.
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