‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’ Lola Bunny Redesign Received’t Be Sexualized

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SPACE JAM, Bugs Bunny, Lola Bunny, 1996, (c)Warner Bros./courtesy Everett Collection

Malcolm D. Lee stated he was stunned at how politically incorrect the character was within the 1996 authentic.

Space Jam: A New Legacy” guarantees to deliver a up to date twist to the beloved Warner Bros. live-action/animated hybrid authentic — and it’s not simply because it facilities on basketball star LeBron James rather than Michael Jordan this time round. One component that’s getting what the filmmakers see as a vital refresh is the design of the character Lola Bunny, voiced by Kath Soucie, who performs for the Tune Squad and with whom Bugs Bunny falls in love.

In an interview with Leisure Weekly, director Malcolm D. Lee (director on movies together with “Girls Trip” and “The Best Man”) stated he was stunned at how “not politically correct” the character’s authentic design was.

“Lola [Bunny] was very sexualized, like Betty Boop mixed with Jessica Rabbit,” he stated. “Lola was not politically correct…. This is a kids’ movie, why is she in a crop top? It just felt unnecessary, but at the same time there’s a long history of that in cartoons.” (Within the authentic film, Lola known as “hot” by Tweety, and known as “the heartthrob of the hoops.”)

Lee added that it was simpler to reimagine Lola Bunny as a result of she’s a personality that originated in “Space Jam,” and never out of the Looney Tunes vault.

“This is 2021. It’s important to reflect the authenticity of strong, capable female characters,” he stated. “She probably has the most human characteristics of the Tunes; she doesn’t have a thing like a carrot or a lisp or a stutter. So we reworked a lot of things, not only her look, like making sure she had an appropriate length on her shorts and was feminine without being objectified, but gave her a real voice. For us, it was, let’s ground her athletic prowess, her leadership skills, and make her as full a character as the others.”

Lee additionally stated that Lola Bunny’s reintroduction into the world of “Space Jam” is definitely set within the universe of “Wonder Woman.” The movie travels all through the Warner Bros. catalog, together with movies like “Mad Max,” “The Matrix,” and “Casablanca.”

“Space Jam: A New Legacy” debuts July 16 in theaters in addition to on HBO Max.

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