Torontoist Live-Sketches TIFF's Space Jam Live-Read 
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Torontoist Live-Sketches TIFF’s Space Jam Live-Read

Can the Monstars be stopped? (Yes.)

It’s been 20 years since the film Space Jam was released in theatres, and changed our understanding of multi-platform brand synergies.

Starring Michael Jordan, Warner Brothers’ gang of Looney Tunes, and NBA stars past and present, the film earned a modest 36 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes. Despite its thin plot and apparent story holes, the film earned a place in the heart of kids who came of age in the 90s. Maybe its excellent and pioneering website, which survives 20 years later, helped. Maybe R. Kelly’s Grammy award-winning song for the film, “I Believe I Can Fly High,” helped it transcend the bad reviews. Maybe we should give more credit to Lola Bunny.

To honour Space Jam‘s twentieth anniversary, its weird place in popular culture, and to tie in to NBA All-Star Weekend, TIFF is putting on a live read of the film. The sold out event features Hannibal Buress as Michael Jordan, but it’s missing the animated zaniness of the film.

That’s where we come in. Torontoist illustrators Evan Munday and Dasha Zolota will live-sketch the event for those who can’t get tickets, and to help capture the true feeling of all things Space Jam.

That’s all, folks!