Captain EO (AKA that Michael Jackson movie.)
This often overlooked, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, 17-minute film was played in Disney owned theme parks. George Lucas produced the movie, and you can clearly tell his influences too. (Note: I can see why he’d create a character like Jar-Jar Binks now. This extended music video is full of characters similar to the often-hated sidekick.)
The film looks very dated now and the acting on Michael’s part is bad, but there is a certain cheesy charm about this little movie. Hey, it was the 80s.
I have many problems with Michael Jackson as a person, but he’s always made big productions out of his music videos and this one is no different. I think more artists need to go this route in music videos. (I’m still looking for that extended version of Bad.)
Things worth noting
~Jackson has the power to turn evil robots into Batman & Robin henchmen.
~The design of The Supreme Leader must have had a great deal of influence on the designers of the Borg Queen in Star Trek: First Contact. There are many similarities between the two.
~ Tony Cox played ‘Hooter’, a blue elephant-looking thing that likes to make farting sounds.
~ James Horner is the composer, and he still rips off his own music from his other scores.
~Strangely enough, this is set in the same universe as the Space Channel 5 videogame series, because they strongly hint this character is the same character in the videogame series. (Jackson plays them both.)