Eric Bauza was obsessed with the 1996 Space Jam. Now, he’s voicing some of the sequel’s funniest stars

Eric Bauza was destined to voice the Looney Tunes figures, even if he didn’t know it as a kid.

“I employed to run around the home stating, ‘What’s up, doc?'” He informed Working day 6. “Regardless of whether or not it was great, that is up for discussion.”

The Scarborough, Ont., indigenous is one particular of the stars of Room Jam: A New Legacy, which strike theatres on Saturday. The film follows basketball celebrity LeBron James as he groups up with a basketball squad comprising Looney Tunes figures to preserve his son from a tyrannical A.I.

I believe folks are likely to rejoice when this movie will come out.– Eric Bauza

Bauza lends his voice to Looney Tunes all-stars Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Elmer Fudd, Foghorn Leghorn and Marvin the Martian in the film.

He also voices this kind of characters as Bugs Bunny and Tweety Chicken in various other Looney Tunes cartoons and movie online games.

“Obtaining to operate with the Looney Tunes people, time period, I am like a kid in a sweet retail store,” he claimed. 

Bauza, 41, said he’s been obsessed with Looney Tunes ever considering that he was five or 6 a long time aged. Even though other children have been attracted to Disney’s wholesome storylines, he was drawn to Looney Tunes’ slapstick and edgier tone. 

Eric Bauza has been a admirer of Looney Tunes because he was 5 or six a long time previous. Even on Quality 8 picture working day, he could not support himself from exhibiting his passion for Bugs Bunny. (Submitted by Eric Bauza)

“It sort of reminded me of [the] 3 Stooges, I guess — the sort of slapstick humour [where] figures would get hit in the head with the anvils,” he stated. “Just outrageous things that would not exist in any other cartoon besides the Looney Tunes cartoon.”

An unlikely partnership

But Bauza wasn’t just a Looney Tunes supporter he was also an NBA admirer. He and his brother utilised to check out VHS compilations of some of the NBA’s greatest gamers, together with Michael Jordan.

So when his two passions collided in a 1992 Nike sneaker advert featuring Bugs Bunny and Jordan, Bauza was shocked.

“You might say the greatest of all time in basketball and the greatest of all time for cartoons collectively, and it just blew my mind,” he mentioned.

A handful of yrs later on, Bugs and Jordan’s attractive friendship was renewed. In this 2nd advertisement, the not likely duo teamed up to outsmart Marvin the Martian, who experienced stolen all of the Hare Jordans on earth.

The commercials had been a aspiration arrive real for the youthful Torontonian.

“I acquired the shoes I purchased the shirts. It was my entire life. I utilised to attract Bugs Bunny in basketball footwear,” he mentioned.

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Neither business ready Bauza for what was to come next, while: an animated film featuring Bugs, Jordan and numerous other Looney Tunes figures and NBA players. 

Bauza remembers everything about the 1996 Room Jam motion picture, from the the Nerdlucks’ transformation scene to Jordan’s cartoonish video game-winning dunk. He even remembers — and owns — some of the film’s posters, which he normally observed while boarding the subway at Kennedy subway station.

“I would like I had a electronic camera or a cellphone or a little something to choose a picture because that memory is still ingrained in my head, looking at these great posters for this movie that I was this kind of a admirer of even right before it was a motion picture,” he reported. 

1 of his favorite pieces of the motion picture wasn’t even a scene or a perform it was a track from the movie soundtrack. Titled Buggin’, the song was composed by Jay-Z and highlighted Bugs Bunny, voiced by Billy West, rapping about Area Jam.

“I feel just one of the ideal [Bugs Bunny] performances of any individual apart from Mel Blanc arrived from Billy West singing that tune,” Bauza said.

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A new legacy

Now, 25 yrs afterwards, Bauza stars in the standalone sequel to the unique Room Jam film — and he could not be far more thrilled.

“As a voiceover artist, you would do virtually anything at all to be a part of this franchise mainly because of how much joy it brings people today,” he mentioned.

Bauza said he seems ahead to observing the movie with his son, who’s rising up loving the Looney Tunes like his father. He’s also psyched to see the reaction from viewers in the coming months.

“I imagine people today are likely to rejoice when this film comes out,” he stated.


Created and created by Mouhamad Rachini.

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