To my surprise, I discovered that the website for the movie Space Jam (1996) is still up and running. For some reason or another, it seems as though somebody at Warner Brothers has decided to keep the site preserved in its original state for the past eighteen years.
2021 Update. The old website is no longer accessible. It now redirects to the website for the newer movie.
As soon as you land on the home page, it becomes blatantly obvious that this glorious e-relic hasn’t had any major design overhauls. Personally, I’d like to think that somebody at Warner Brothers values sentimentality and that this isn’t just the result of some sort of mix up or organizational oversight.
One of the things that first struck me about this site is how the starry-sky background image hurts your eyes, and how the designers decided that it would be a good idea to put red text on it. This was clearly from a time when usability and readability wasn’t at the forefront of web design.
If you pay a visit to the Press Box and view the HTML source, you’ll see the following HTML comment:
<!-- Congress shall make no law, etc., etc. -->
This seems to be a nod towards the constitutional right to free speech:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
That isn’t the only Easter egg to be found. On the credits page, which lists the team behind the design, you can find the comment:
<!-- Why we are so grand. -->