This weekend, new footage of Space Jam: A New Legacy hit Twitter unannounced, and it saw Twitter go twice about revealing Lola Bunny’s voice. In the new movie, Lola is played by the lovable Disney Zendaya, and if there’s one guaranteed way to get social media talking about a movie, it’s the Greatest Showman the involvement of the star it is. As soon as the short music video came out, Zendaya’s army of fans took to the microblogging site to pat the actress and discuss some of her most iconic work, but not all feel like she’s right as the voice of a character who’s been a few. caused problems for the sequel.
The main sentiment among Twitter users was simple. We love Zendaya, but this just sounds like Zendaya and not Lola Bunny. When it comes to voice acting, there are some voices that are instantly recognizable and in many cases it doesn’t matter. James Earl Jones in The lionking, Billy Connolly in brave and Michael Caine in Cars 2 they all sounded like they always do, but the characters were new and had to master themselves. You have other cases like Mike Myers in Shrek, where they adapt to the character. Having an already established character – and let’s face it, there’s more press about Lola’s character than any other – and giving them a voice that’s both distinctive and well-known is a bit of a gamble. So far it doesn’t seem to pay off.
“I love Zendaya so much, but damn, her voice doesn’t suit Lola,” said one user. Another added: “Now – Zendaya is the answer to every question…. But not this one.” Another commented: “Hope this isn’t the final result, because the mixing is definitely not good. Also, her voice needs more personality. She always sounds like this, don’t disappoint me Zendaya.” Someone else seemed to pinpoint the problem and said “hmm……..mmm…i love zendaya but this just sounds like zendaya talking in her normal voice.”
Just a few months ago, Lola’s character made headlines when her new design reveal didn’t go down well with fans of the 1996 Space Jam movie. Lola’s new design removed many of her rounder attributes, gave her wider clothing and generally put less emphasis on the image the character had in the first film. In March, director Malcolm D Lee spoke with Weekly entertainment, commenting: “This is 2021. It’s important to think about the authenticity of strong, capable female characters.” While this was meant to be a plus, it caused its own backlash with many—many women, in fact—questioning if that means sexy women couldn’t be “strong and capable.” It seems that sometimes doing what you think is right isn’t seen that way by everyone.
With the unveiling of Lola’s voice now making waves of its own, it seems that even the casting of one of the industry’s most bankable young actresses right now can’t take a break from the live-action animation sequel or its hairy star.
Topics: Space Jam 2, Space Jam