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The Nerdlucks
Nerdlucks

Gender

Male

First Appearance

Space Jam
November 15, 1996

Team

Monstars

Voice Actors

Jocelyn Blue/Darnell Suttles (Pound, an orange nerdluck/monstar)
June Melby/Joey Camen (Bang, a green nerdluck/monstar)
Colleen Wainwright/T.K. Carter (Nawt, a red nerdluck/monstar)
Catherine Reitman/Dorian Harewood (Bupkus, a purple nerdluck/monstar)
Charity James/Steve Kehela (Blanko, a blue nerdluck/monstar)

The Nerdlucks are a group of aliens that are galactic carnival workers for Mr. Swackhammer and the secondary antagonists of the 1996 film Space Jam.

HistoryEdit

They start out tiny, weak and known as the Nerdlucks. They first appear when Swackhammer is trying to attract more customers to his theme park on Moron Mountain because he's losing money. During his rant he suggests they need something funny, wacky, and nutty. When he suddenly sits on his remote control in which a library of Looney Tunes shorts start playing on his TV screens. Bupkus and Nawt point them out and he agrees that they need the Looney Tunes. He then sends the Nerdlucks to earth to get the Looney Tunes. 

They encounter Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd and accidentally land on Elmer in the process. They interrogate Bugs and ask him the whereabouts of Bugs Bunny because they have no idea what he looks like. He describes himself to them in one of his routines and they agree with the descriptions he tells them.

To their disappointment, he says he's never heard of that person. Walking away, Bugs then remarks to himself "you know maybe there really isn't any intelligent life out there in the universe!". They then figure out that he really is Bugs Bunny who they're looking for and they shoot him with their laser guns and tell him to come with them.

That night, Bugs holds a town meeting with the other Looney Tunes and tells them that they will be enslaved by the Nerdlucks, they laugh when they hear the Nerdlucks demands. Yosemite Sam boastfully says they aren’t going anywhere and aims his guns at them. They shoot him with their laser guns frying him and knocking him unconscious. Now terrified, the Looney Tunes raise their hands to surrender. Bugs decides to negotiate with them telling them "The rules of kidnapping a cartoon character", he then holds a meeting with Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Elmer Fudd, and Sylvester. After much discussion they decide to have a basketball game to decide their fates given that they think they have advantage because the Nerdlucks are so small.

Unknown to them, the Nerdlucks have the ability to melt themselves and shoot into a person's brain to steal their abilities. Using this they steal the talent from Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, Muggsy Bogues, Larry Johnson and Shawn Bradley and place the stolen talents into a basketball. Later, as they prepare to train Daffy sarcastically tells them since they are performing poorly "they need to practice growing taller".

They then take out the basketball and transform into gigantic monsters now calling themselves "The Monstars". After trashing the court Bugs decides that they may need a little help, so they abduct Michael Jordan while he's golfing. They plead with him and tell him their situation and after being knocked around and trash talked by the Monstars agrees to join the Looney Tunes.

At the big game the Looney Tunes, named the Tune Squad now go against the Monstars. The Tune Squad is unable to match the Monstars strength and skills on the court. With the Monstars knocking around the Tune Squad their spirits are broken. Michael unsuccessfully tries to pep talk them. Bugs gets an idea and pretends that a bottle filled with water is steroids (although it is never called this). Giving this to his teammates they now feel as though they are ready to take on the Monstars. When the Looney Tunes prove more challenging to the Monstars than they first expected Swackhammer then instructs them to use any means to stop him. Acting on this the team is now significantly smaller with everyone injured.

The only remaining players are Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Lola Bunny, and Michael Jordan. Marvin the Martian then tells Michael that they need another player or they will have to forfeit. Bill Murray eventually comes as a replacement and through the power of cartoon logic in the Looney Tunes' world Michael Jordan is able to stretch his arm long enough to score the winning point. Swackhammer, grumpy at the Monstars failure tells them that they are a bunch of losers and will never amount to anything. Michael ask why they take that from him given their size. They say because "he's bigger than...we used to be..." reminded of their new size, they turn on Swackhammer and tie him onto one of Wile E. Coyote's rockets and send him to the moon. This act earns the Monstars the forgiveness of the Tune Squad. Afterwards with some hesitation they agree to give back the basketball player's talents and revert back to their Nerdluck forms. They then ask and decide to live with the Looney Tunes in their world.

Other appearancesEdit

Their only other appearance to date has been a cameo in the Animaniacs and Pinky and the Brain special "Star Warners" as the patrons at the cantina bar.

AppearanceEdit

The Nerdlucks are small insectoid aliens who wear bowties, bug-like eyes, lizard-like noses, three fingers and antennas.

The Monstars are humanoid muscular aliens who wear navy blue basketball uniforms with gold trimlines, white zeroes on the front and on the back, white socks and navy blue sneakers. They have five fingers and pointy claw-like fingernails.

PersonalityEdit

Given their small size they are seen as weaklings when paired against those taller than they are. They are quick to anger but appear easily persuadable. They are initially loyal to Swackhammer, going out of their ways to please him. They seem gullible when Bugs attempts to trick them, but they prove to be good at seeing through his deception upon identifying him as a looney tune.

As the Monstars they are proud of their gigantic size and strength and use it to intimidate others who gets in their way. They act like bullies around Michael Jordan and the Looney Tunes. However, they are still scared of Swackhammer and still try to please him. However, after they lost the game, they are tired of being mistreated and this leads them to turn on Swackhammer and stuff him in a rocket. The Monstars are childish, as shown by their reluctance to give the NBA players their talent back.

It is later revealed that the Nerdlucks are not as villainous as Swackhammer, and are instead inherently good-natured aliens who were following his orders mainly out of fear.

TriviaEdit

  • When the Nerdlucks turned into the Monstars, they became giant monsters of the basketball players who talent they stole.
  • The Monstar forms of the Nerdlucks resemble the basketball players whose talents they stole.
  • The Monstars' uniforms appear out of nowhere during their transformation, but after they change back to the Nerdlucks their uniforms do not disappear.
  • Four of the nerdlucks had different names during pre-production, as seen on the film's official website. Pound, Bang, Nawt and Blanko were initially known as Zilch, Null, Nada and Void, respectively. The nerdluck whose name did not change was Bupkus.