The Space Jam Website: A Surreal Slice Of Internet History

liveanim8In 1996, Warner Brothers was on the cutting edge by building a “web site” to promote its new blockbuster film Space Jam. Since then, the site has been neither updated nor removed, but remains gloriously preserved, a fascinating museum piece showcasing what the internet looked like in its dark days fifteen years ago. There’s GeoCities-style web design, a slightly hallucinogenic swirl of animated graphics, goofy audio clips, garish patterns, screen savers, and difficult-to-navigate frames within frames — it’s amazing to think it was created for a billion-dollar, multinational media conglomerate. Gather any nearby teenagers for a history lesson and explore one of my favorite recent online discoveries, the Space Jam homepage.

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16 Comments on "The Space Jam Website: A Surreal Slice Of Internet History"

  1. BananaFamine | Mar 1, 2011 at 7:08 pm |

    Ahh the good ol’ days

  2. BananaFamine | Mar 1, 2011 at 3:08 pm |

    Ahh the good ol’ days

  3. justagirl | Mar 1, 2011 at 8:16 pm |

    inconceivable!

  4. justagirl | Mar 1, 2011 at 4:16 pm |

    inconceivable!

  5. Agh! It hurts my eyes, but I’m pretty certain that fifteen years ago I would have been deeply impressed, right before the migraine kicked in!

  6. Agh! It hurts my eyes, but I’m pretty certain that fifteen years ago I would have been deeply impressed, right before the migraine kicked in!

  7. Reminds me of the old dead.net I think The Dead updated it about 5 years ago or so. A sad day. The old site had hidden hyperlinks, a virtual concert, tons of cheesy little do-dads and of course forums and the like. When their site updated it got more user friendly but way less interesting.

  8. Reminds me of the old dead.net I think The Dead updated it about 5 years ago or so. A sad day. The old site had hidden hyperlinks, a virtual concert, tons of cheesy little do-dads and of course forums and the like. When their site updated it got more user friendly but way less interesting.

  9. Awesome. I miss Space Jam, should go watch it again

  10. Awesome. I miss Space Jam, should go watch it again

  11. Interesting.. Space Jam was one of the movies I liked.

  12. Interesting.. Space Jam was one of the movies I liked.

  13. Are there stairs in your house?

  14. Are there stairs in your house?

  15. Anonymous | Mar 3, 2011 at 2:52 pm |

    I work(ed) for a place whose website STILL looks like that, despite the boss’s brother working on it nonstop over the past 10 years.

  16. I work(ed) for a place whose website STILL looks like that, despite the boss’s brother working on it nonstop over the past 10 years.

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