Disney And Michael Jackson – In 3D
1986 3D Musical ‘Captain EO’ Draws New Audiences At Disney Parks
Way back in 1986, Michael Jackson teamed up with George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola, and Disney to create a groundbreaking 3D musical film experience called Captain EO, which fans could experience only inside the purpose-built 3D theater located in Disneyland. The film, which utilized cutting-edge 3D film transfer technology, was a huge success, and was later brought to Walt Disney World in Florida, as well as Disneyland Paris and Disneyland Tokyo. In the 1990s the show was quietly retired, and Disney seemed to regret developing an association with Jackson as the eccentric star began to attract an increasing amount of negative press about his strange behavior, alleged molestation, and financial woes.
But ever since Michael Jackson died in June of 2009, attitudes toward the pop superstar seem to have changed, and his place in the public eye is once again dominated by appreciation for his talent rather than his escapades as an atypical public figure. Not long ago Jackson’s decadent habits and apparent financial irresponsibility left him bankrupt, but since his passing the King of Pop has raked in nearly $300 million mostly from the “This Is It” movie about his planned come-back tour, as well as from rejuvenated album sales.
Earlier this year, the Disney parks decided to pay tribute to Jackson by bringing Captain EO back in all its 1980s splendor. Renamed Captain EO Tribute, The 17-minute 3D film, which was created by executive producer George Lucas and director Francis Ford Coppola, has become more popular than ever, thanks in part to the recent surge in popularity of 3D movies. But despite the cool special effects and 3D magic, its Jackson’s show-stopping musical numbers and the film’s enduring message that give Captain EO its timeless appeal. The new version features a spectacular 70mm film transfer and improved sound; 1986 never looked or sounded so good. Whether you go for nostalgic reasons or because you want to experience Captain EO for the first time, your next trip to Disney’s Tomorrowland (or should it be Yesterdayland?) is sure to be unforgettable.