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When Stanley comes into Michael's hotel room and says "C'mon, Michael, it's game time. Slip on your Hanes, lace up your Nikes, take your Wheaties and your Gatorade, and we'll grab a Big Mac on the way to the Ballpark." All of those things were products that Michael Jordan had been a sponsor for around that time.

After Daffy suggests naming the team "the Ducks", Bugs asks "What kind of Mickey Mouse organization would name their team the Ducks?" This was a dig at the Anaheim Ducks of the NHL, which were established by The Walt Disney Company.

Towards the end of the basketball game, Daffy asks Bill Murray, "Exactly how did you get here?" To which Bill responds, "The producer is a friend of mine.", referring to producer Ivan Reitman.

This film marks the debut of Lola Bunny, Bugs' love interest.

When Daffy Duck is modeling potential team uniforms for the other Looney Tunes characters, he states that he's partial to purple and gold. This is a nod to the official colors of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. which is the fraternity that Michael Jordan pledged in college. A tradition for some members of Omega Psi Phi is the branding of one or more of the Greek letter Omega on their arms or chest. If you look closely during the scene where Michael Jordan is shirtless in his hotel room while on the phone with his family, on the left side of his chest is a branded Omega.

Noel Blanc (Mel Blanc's son) was originally booked to provide all of the regular Warner Brothers male cartoon characters' voices. But he and Warner Brothers couldn't agree on a contract, so the studio replaced Blanc with four other people to do the 12 male voices, instead of Blanc doing them all.

Bill Murray's appearance is a reference to a series of 1990s commercials in which Murray starred. In the commercials, Murray tries and fails to become an NBA player.

While praying in church for the return of his basketball skills, Charles Barkley says, "I'm never gonna go out with Madonna again." This refers to his own fling with Madonna (not Dennis Rodman's fling, as previously reported).

The Monstars/Nerdlucks' names are Pound (orange one), Bang (green), Nawt (magenta), Bupkus (purple) and Blanko (blue). None of their names are mentioned in the film, and neither is the word "Nerdluck."

The first animated film to have been edited for content for TV airings.

The U.S. VHS release included a collector's coin inside the package that had the Tune Squad on one side and the MonStars on the other.

The scuffed basketball used in the film is a treasured souvenir owned by director Joe Pytka. When held by Michael Jordan it is real, but whenever it is in flight or controlled by the cartoon characters it is animated.

The movie pokes some subtle jabs at Disney, and ironically would first air on Network TV as part of ABC's Wonderful World of Disney.

The hat that Bill Murray is wearing at the Bulls game at the end of the movie is the Saint Paul Saints, a minor league baseball team of which Murray was a part owner at the time.

Mr. Swackhammer says, "I didn't know Dan Aykroyd was in this picture.", when referring to Bill Murray, both former castmates on Saturday Night Live, and co-stars in the first two Ghostbusters movies.

The cartoons seen in Moron Mountain are: Broom-Stick Bunny (1956), Don't Axe Me (1958), Duck Amuck (1953), Duck! Rabbit, Duck! (1953), Gee Whiz-z-z-z-z-z-z (1956), Going! Going! Gosh! (1952), Golden Yeggs (1950), Henhouse Henery (1949), High Diving Hare (1949), Hip Hip-Hurry! (1958), Rabbit of Seville (1950), Ready.. Set.. Zoom! (1955) and Speedy Gonzales (1955).

Moron Mountain is a spoof on Magic Mountain, a Six Flags amusement park in southern California. At around the time this movie was made, Magic Mountain had a contract with Warner Brothers to use the Toon characters.

In an interview a couple of years after the films release, long time Looney Tunes director Chuck Jones was highly critical of the movie. Jones felt it strayed too far from the source material, in particular, saying that Bugs would never openly recruit others in his battles. Jones further maintained that the Bugs he worked on would have single handedly dispatched with the aliens in short order. Jones also took exception with some of the film's dialogue, feeling that some one-liners were inconsistent or inappropriate, relating to the characters who said them.