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My first ds106 assignment of the semester, “Say It Like the Peanut Butter,” was described as follows:
Make an animated gif from your favorite/least favorite movie capturing the essence of a key scene. Make sure the movement is minimal but essential.
As a child, one of my favorite films was the 1996 comedy, Space Jam, starring Michael Jordan and the Looney Tunes cast. A send-up of ’90s sports movie clichés, this movie provided an alternate history of MJ’s first retirement from the NBA, following his father’s passing. According to the film, it wasn’t until “his Royal Airness” came to help Bugs Bunny and company win a basketball game of their own that Jordan was inspired to return to the court for good, and only two years after he left.
The gif I created sums up this movie’s zaniness in one fell swoop, with the ultimate exaggeration of Jordan’s notorious free-throw line dunk. The website, imgflip, was used for its construction, via its Animated GIF Maker. Once the necessary edits were made to the footage, directly uploaded from a YouTube video of the same scene in its entirety, the GIF was generated, and was claimed by me, once I signed up for an account on the site.
I understand why some comedians might have issues with the ethics of the Looney Tunes themselves, but when livelihoods are at stake, I guess you could say that this film ending any other way…would’ve been quite a stretch.