Zendaya’s debut as Lola Bunny talked to Twitter
ESPN released a “30 for 30” mockumentary clip for LeBron James’ “Space Jam: A New Legacy” on Sunday, but Zendaya stole the show.
The six-minute and 20-second clip first revealed Zendaya’s voice as the new Lola Bunny character. So much was fan interest in Lola’s reveal that the actress’s name became a trending Twitter topic on Sunday.
Redesigned, new voice, Lola, speaks her first words at the 1:49 mark while Bugs Bunny and James argue over who is the best player on the Looney Tunes roster.
“It’s so cute to watch them quarrel when everyone knows this is Lola’s team,” says Lola Bunny from a couch as she talks about Space Jam (out July 16).
Later, Lola Bunny boldly claims the status of the final shot, saying, “When it’s crunch time, the ball will be in my paws.”
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When asked what the key to bringing the team together, LeBron replies, “Two words: Lola. Bunny. Greatest Sidekick ever.”
Director Malcolm D. Lee has said he needs to change direction with the Lola Bunny character, taken from Michael Jordan’s 1996 live action / animated film “Space Jam”. Voiced by Kath Soucie, Lola Bunny was famous for her sultry outfits and the line on Bugs Bunny: “Never call me ‘doll’. “
“Lola was politically incorrect,” Lee told Entertainment Weekly in March. “This is a kids’ movie, why is she wearing a crop top? It just felt unnecessary, but at the same time there’s a long history of it in cartoons.”
Lee said he was trying to “reflect the authenticity of strong, capable female characters.”
“We redesigned a lot of things, not just her looks like making sure her shorts were an appropriate length and feminine without being objectified, but gave her a real voice,” Lee said. “For us it was, let’s ground her athletic skills, her leadership skills and make her as full a character as the others.”
Twitter reactions to the vocal reveal were predictably mixed, with nostalgic fans of the original expressing disappointment.
“Your voice doesn’t match Lola Bunny. It sounds like Zendaya isn’t actually speaking to Lola Bunny,” wrote a Twitter user.
“That’s weird. Why does Zendaya’s voice come from Lola Rabbit?” wrote another.
“Zendaya is playing Zendaya. Well done,” wrote another Twitter user.
But there were a lot of fans who supported the casting.
“ZENDAYA VOICING LOLA BUNNY ?! I’m going to pass out,” wrote one Twitter user.
“Why didn’t anyone tell me that ZENDAYA HAVE AWARDED LOLA BUNNY?!?” wrote another Twitter user.
A Twitter user added, “My life is finished. Zendaya plays Lola Bunny in Space Jam 2.”
“In the beginning I was really like Zendaya as Lola Bunny, but now when I hear it it fits perfectly,” wrote another Twitter user.