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Give us a fastpass to Anaheim: Disney resurrects Michael Jackson's ‘Captain EO’

February 23, 2010 |  1:19 pm


Pop & Hiss doesn't need much reason to call in sick and spend the day at an amusement park, but we now have another one. Though Disneyland sadly still lacks a little bit of Figment, cult characters Fuzzbucket, Hooter and Major Domo have returned to the park, as Michael Jackson's sci-fi short film "Captain EO" has officially reopened in Tomorowland. 

The 3-D film is replacing the now-stale "Honey I Shrunk the Audience." Fans have been lobbying for the return of "Captain EO" since the pop star's passing last summer, and it has been absent from the park for 13 years. But fears that Hooter, the space-alien-elephant, had eaten the original print can now be allayed (forgive the bad in-joke references to the film -- we're getting nostalgic here). "Captain EO" packs a pair of songs in its 17 minutes, as well as a score from the pre-"Avatar" days of James Horner.

"Captain EO" is arriving at just the right moment. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola, the Michael-meets-"Star Wars" mini-epic is just the perfect tonic to wipe our memories of a more recent 3-D clip involving Jackson -- the silly environmental essay that was broadcast on the Grammy Awards. As far as this blog is concerned, the only 3-D Michael we want to see is the one facing off with Anjelica Huston's Borg-like Witch Queen.

Those interested in saving the universe with funk can watch Jackson's "Captain EO" cut "We Are Here to Change the World" below. But be warned, spoilers lie beyond the jump. 

-- Todd Martens

Photo: Associated Press

Related: Michael Jackson fans line up at Disneyland for return of 'Captain EO'