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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  • BananaFamine

    Ahh the good ol’ days

  • BananaFamine

    Ahh the good ol’ days

  • justagirl

    inconceivable!

  • justagirl

    inconceivable!

  • Il2sr

    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!

  • Il2sr

    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!

  • Nkarnes

    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.

  • Nkarnes

    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.

  • http://mrm134.blogspot.com/ Chris

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

  • http://mrm134.blogspot.com/ Chris

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

  • http://twitter.com/socialdealmap Social Deal Map

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

  • http://twitter.com/socialdealmap Social Deal Map

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

  • gbs

    Are there stairs in your house?

  • gbs

    Are there stairs in your house?

  • Anonymous

    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.

  • $4251815

    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.