Let me make something very clear: Michael Jackson’s 3D short film, Captain Eo, which used to be an attraction at Disneyland’s Epcot Center, is easily one of the best 3D short films from an international pop sensation featuring smoke machines and also lazers. It’s great! Back in the ’80s, when I was in my late 40s and trying to piece my life together after a particularly difficult divorce (although none of them have been easy) I would read my Captain EO 3D comic book until I fell asleep. But it’s 2009, now. I’m not a professor of Youth Culture, but I just don’t think children (and make no mistake, DISNEYLAND IS FOR CHILDREN) want to see a dead pop star’s 20-plus-year-old idea of what the future would look like if space was a musical. Even if this wasn’t just a callous cash-grab, which it is (see the cover of this month’s sister publication, Duh It’s A Cash Grab Magazine). But providing children with entertainment they might actually enjoy is no longer Disney’s focus (see: Up). From the HollywoodReporter:
The word from Hollywood is that Disneyland is planning to revive Michael Jackson’s 3D film beginning in January. Heavily influenced by “Star Wars,” the 1986 short film was produced by George Lucas and directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Back in those days, Michael had the money from “Thriller” to make anything happen.
Among the cast: Michael, Anjelica Huston, Dick Shawn — the latter died less than a year after “Captain EO” was released.
“Captain EO” was pulled from Disneyland years ago. But with Jackson’s “This Is It” up to about $220 million worldwide, interest in him is rekindled.
Haha, oh is THAT why interest in Michael Jackson has been rekindled? Because of the documentary about him? No other reason why interest has been rekindled? Could be any number of reasons, probably.
So, just to get this straight, a 24-year-old musical short film in ancient-not-even-anamorphic 3D starring two dead people and Anjelica Houston is supposed to tear children away from their X-BOX 360 on-line multi-player Avatar games? Perfect. I take back what I said earlier. The Disney Corporation’s probably not even thinking about money at this point, they’re just doing it 4 tha kidz!