Space Jam

Now if you don’t know about Space Jam, then you were definitely not born in the 90s. This was THE movie of the decade with an all star cast staring ex-Bulls Champion Michael Jordan and the legendary Looney Tunes cast. Yes you heard right, Michael Jordan and the Looney Tunes. Now a really great movie where live-action and animation meets hasn’t been successfully done, in my opinion, since Who Frame Roger Rabbit back in 1988.

Space Jam was a fictional autobiographical take on Michael Jordan’s life by 1996. He was a huge basketball icon in the 90s winning championships for the Chicago Bulls. He was a force to be reckon with and there was no stopping him. In the movie, Michael Jordan quits basketball to follow his dreams of being a pro-baseball player. However back in world where the Looney Tunes live in is being threaten by aliens who want to enslave them. Danny Devito stars as the Alien leader who owns an amusement park for aliens. Business is bad and there is a need to bring new entertainment for the customers. So the boss send 5 little aliens to enslaves the Looney Tunes after he watched a few episodes, making him laugh. The five aliens got to Looney Tune land to enslave the famous tune howeverBugs and the gang find it funny that “these puny little aliens” want to enslave. Wrong words Bugs. Did he forget that he was talking to aliens? When watching this as a kid, I remember yelling at the screen at Bugs and his stupid mistake.

The Aliens go to earth and stumble upon a basketball game where and the aliens think that since they challenged the Looney Tunes to a B-ball game where if the alines win, then the aliens take the tunes back to their home planet. Taking the talent away from 5 famous basketball players in the 90s, the aliens now are able to defeat the Looney Tunes. Bugs and Daffy decide that their only hope in not being enslave is to get the best basketball player there is to be on their team and train them: Michael Jordan.

If there was ever a mascot movie for the 90s, Space Jam was it. Michael Jordan was THE icon of the 90s and every little boy wanted to be like him. In the 90s, kids still knew who the Looney Tunes were and watched all the original cartoons when they came on TV. So mixing two famous icons with a pinch of Bill Murray and Stan Podolak, you get an inspirational movie about believing in yourself and also a movie about welcoming Michael Jordan back to Basketball.

Sabrina, My American Girl Doll

I was only 6 years old when I got my first American Girl doll. Sabrina had my medium brown complexion, brown eyes, and think black hair. She was and still is my everything. My Grandma heard about the American Girl doll store and wanted to take me to get one. At first I was confused on what American Girl was until I experienced it myself. The store was right off of Michigan Ave in Chicago and it looked like a little boutique. The colors were red, black, and white with stars everywhere. For such a small space, the store had three levels, a restaurant, and also a theatre. It was truly amazing. When I first got Sabrina, she wore a red leather dress with a black turtle neck underneath.

“Sweet heart,” grandma said to me. “You need to buy an outfit to match her.” My eyes widened and I saw the exact same dress that Sabrina was wear. We could be twins for a day, I thought.

Soon Sabrina and I were always together. We had sleepovers, we went to my other friends American Girl themed parties, I even too her to church with me a couple of Sundays. We were the best of friends and I loved her. Some went by and I got sisters for Sabrina. Her next sister was part of the Original American Girl ¬†collection about girls from the past and not the Today Dolls like Sabrina was. Addy’s story was that she was a runaway slave who found freedom in the North. Next I got a 2000 Doll which was a new collection they started where they had a Doll of the Year where she is a limited edition ¬†doll with a story line. She was a Jewish girl who wanted to go into Journalism. And then I received Kaya, an Native American Original Doll.

Time pasted by, and I would occasionally change my dolls clothes and comb their hair. But soon as I got older, they started to collect dust on my shelf. They watched everyday as went from 10 year old girl to a 18 year old getting ready for college. They appreciated when I would clean their faces off with warm water and brush their hair. So I did something in their honor. I bought a new doll for my little cousin. I bought her her very first American Girl Doll. She named her Today Doll Maya and when I brough her back to my house, Maya slept with my babies. The next day I could tell their smiles were brighter than ever. “I will never forget you.” I told them. “Never.”

Congratulations Newies!

Waking up was hard this morning. All I had to do was open my eyes to the shining light coming through my window and the sound of the Metra train coming into the station. I was tried and I didn’t want to get up but I had to. I opened my eyes to see that I slept with my computer on my stomach again. Working late nights to get work done just hours before they are due has become a very bad habit of mine.

Trying to wake up, I woke my computer up telling it that we had work to do. The screen turned on, blinding me with the sight of my Facebook page. I couldn’t remember why I was on there on the first place. But since I was already logged on, I looked at my New Feed. As a musical theatre geek, I love watching and celebrating the Tonys. They are everything to me. So it’s natural that I follow Broadway pages on facebook. All over my News Feed were the nominees for the Tonys. I was so excited. I clicked one of the Links and saw that Newies was nominated for 8 awards including Best Musical.

Newies cam out in 1992 staring a young Christian Bale. The story takes place around the turn of the century. The way the news got around in the morning, was through the Newies, a group of boys who sold the newspapers. When the head of a newspaper company raises the money for how many papers the Newies could sell for, they were outrages. They basically had to give back whatever they were paid. So they decide to strike the head of the company.This movie, made by Disney, is on of the best musical movies that came out during the 90s. It had great music, great dancing, and a wonderful storyline.

So congrats Newies for going to the Tonys. You have come a long way since just being a movie with a young Christian Bale.