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10 Interesting Facts About 'Space Jam'

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It has been 18 years since Warner Bros. introduced the world to 'Space Jam.' If you are like me and grew up in the 90's, then you too probably consider it to be one of the greatest films of our generation. With that being said, here are 10 little-known facts about 'Space Jam.'

10. The Movie Was Based On Highly Popular Nike Ads

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10. The Movie Was Based On Highly Popular Nike Ads

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A 1993 Nike commercial in which Michael Jordan squared off against Marvin the Martian and his alien henchmen in a game of basketball provided the inspiration for the movie.

9. Danny DeVito Voiced Swackhammer

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9. Danny DeVito Voiced Swackhammer

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The 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' actor provided the voice for the evil alien leader Swackhammer.

8. Larry Bird Made His Acting Debut

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8. Larry Bird Made His Acting Debut

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Unfortunately, 'Space Jam' is the only movie of Larry Legend's illustrious acting career. Fellow NBA stars Patrick Ewing, Charles Barkley, Shawn Bradley, Muggsy Bogues and Larry Johnson also appear in the film.

7. The Monstars' Names Aren't Mentioned In The Film

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7. The Monstars' Names Aren't Mentioned In The Film

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Their names are Pound (orange one), Bang (green), Nawt (red), Bupkus (purple) and Blanko (blue).

6. The Film Was The Debut Of Lola Bunny

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6. The Film Was The Debut Of Lola Bunny

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Lola Bunny is the female counterpart to Bugs Bunny and served as his love interest throughout the film.

5. 'I Believe I Can Fly' Reached No. 2 On The Billboard Hot 100

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5. 'I Believe I Can Fly' Reached No. 2 On The Billboard Hot 100

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Produced and performed by R. Kelly, the song from the 'Space Jam' soundtrack won three Grammy Awards and remains the biggest hit of the R&B singer's career.

4. Charles Barkley References His Relationship With Madonna

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4. Charles Barkley References His Relationship With Madonna

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While praying for the return of his basketball talent, Barkley says, "I'm never gonna go out with Madonna again." It was rumored that Barkley and the worldwide pop star dated while Barkley was playing for the Phoenix Suns in the 1993 season.

3. Michael Jordan Had His Own Basketball Court On Set

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3. Michael Jordan Had His Own Basketball Court On Set

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In order to keep Michael Jordan happy while on set, Warner Bros. built the NBA legend his own court so he could practice in between takes.

2. Roger Ebert Enjoyed It

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2. Roger Ebert Enjoyed It

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The former American film critic gave the film a surprising 3.5 out of 4 stars, saying, "The result is delightful, a family movie in the best sense."

1. 'Space Jam' Made More Than \$230 Million Worldwide In 1996

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1. 'Space Jam' Made More Than \$230 Million Worldwide In 1996

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Space Jam is the highest grossing basketball movie of all time, ahead of 'White Men Can't Jump' and 'Coach Carter.' Now, if we could just get a sequel.

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