Monday, May 26, 2008

Captain EO

Captain EO (AKA that Michael Jackson movie.)

You can check the entire movie out here

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.)

Grade: C

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.)


Mr. Frost said...

good post man i have never seen this video ever!! your so right about jar jar i mean the entire crew are forms of him. when casting for phantom menace came out i did hear that mr. jackson wanted to be jar jar.

Semaj said...

Really, MJ wanted to be Jar-jar? Then again, I wouldn't doubt it.

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