You may have heard that there's a new Space Jam film on the way – and if you've been on the internet in the last 24 hours, you may have also heard that said film features a certain redesign of a certain character. Yep, Lola Bunny has been reworked, and, for better or worse (definitely worse), some corners of the internet are unhappy about it.
A mere 25 years after the original graced screens in 1996, Space Jam: A New Legacy is due for release this year. We've just been given our first glimpse of the semi-animated adventure, including the new Lola Bunny – and the film's director has even felt compelled to explained the alterations to her appearance. (If you're looking for tips on your own toons, check out our character design guide).
Lola Bunny redesign from 1996 > 2021 pic.twitter.com/Uc4uBX7FCTMarch 4, 2021
The new version of Lola Bunny features a less, er, curvy silhouette, and wears baggier clothing than the previous iteration – much to the chagrin of some members of the Twitter community (more on that below).
Director Malcolm D. Lee told Entertainment Weekly (opens in new tab) that Lola Bunny's new design was intended to focus less on her physical attributes and more on the strength of her character. When he sat down to watch the original film, Lee says he was immediately 'caught off guard' by how sexualised Lola was on screen. "This is 2021," says Lee. "It's important to reflect the authenticity of strong, capable female characters."
And in perhaps the most bleakly predictable development of the week, some internet users are angry, nay, furious about the changes to their favourite animated animal:
Damn what have they done to our fury goddess?March 4, 2021
This crap is getting so old. Lets just get rid of everything with sex appeal because it offends a small percentage of people. Lets act like Women with big boobs don't even exist.March 4, 2021
The woke keeps waking up from sleeping. Gotta love all this pressure that's coming from the "Woke". Not sure why people are so soft now a days. These people who are woke are the same ones that don't know how it is to have conflict because they are stuck in the house all day.March 4, 2021
They took away Lola Bunny's tits for the Space Jam sequel and I'm so furious I just punched a hole in the wall! pic.twitter.com/t3J8prpOTFMarch 5, 2021
But thankfully, the situation has also prompted plenty of mirth online:
Fair enough, it’s been 25 years and she looks fab 👌🏽 https://t.co/L17pEuqMYeMarch 5, 2021
Will Space Jam 2 take the Sonic Movie approach and bow to fan pressure, delaying production a year & forcing animators to crunch to make Lola Bunny's design much much hornierMarch 5, 2021
People finding out they de-sexualized Lola Bunny’s character design for Space Jam 2pic.twitter.com/ZPZe2w9g4xMarch 4, 2021
I have something for all those mourning lola bunny: pic.twitter.com/g55iX7cZKSMarch 4, 2021
Still, at least the new character design has got more people talking than the Space Jam: A New Legacy logo, which proved a bit of a damp squib last year. But then again, a dull logo reveal is better than a disastrous one (we're looking at you, Amazon).
While Lola Bunny might have been given a fresh coat of paint, one thing that hasn't been updated since 1996 is the original Space Jam website (opens in new tab), where you'll find exactly the same sparkly background and garish fonts that greeted web surfers in the 90s. (Don't forget to check out our guide to the best web design tools if you fancy making something a little more contemporary).