Saturday, March 17, 2007

The Art of Space Jam

An idea spawned from "Hare Jordan", a 1992 Super Bowl commercial, and the 1996 feature film starring Michael Jordan & the Looney Tunes was born. The film could've been improved in the "story area", but the animation and artwork was top-notch.
I've had this tiny, (4.5" x 5.5") hardcover book since the movie premiered.
"The Art of Space Jam", edited by Charles Carney & Allen Helbig, is full of wonderful conceptual art and paintings by various talented artists. Charles Carney was actually the writer of Bugs Bunny's 50th Anniversary short, "Box Office Bunny".
I also own "Space Jammin': Michael and Bugs Hit the Big Screen" the making-of-Space Jam book, but there are more photographs of Michael Jordan than animation art.
The book tells the story of the film while illustrating it with various conceputal art, paintings, rough animation drawings and movie stills.
If you can find it, I highly recommend picking up the book. It is very inspiring for artists interested in cartoons and animation. I wonder why "Looney Tunes: Back in Action" never had any 'making-of' material published? The only known image is a piece of the Bugs model sheet featured in Jerry Beck's Looney Tunes: The Ultimate Visual Guide.

1 comment:

MrJohnffrey87 said...

Are there any other Jeff Siergey rough animations in the book?