10:44 pm - 09/06/2009

edit-Disneyland to bring back Captain EO Jan. 2010 *Official* Ann. Sept. 10

Disneyland Urged to Bring Back Michael Jackson's Captain EO
By Matt Coker in A Clockwork Orange, Breaking News, Disney Dirt
Friday, Jun. 26 2009 @ 2:46PM

Bolded important parts for the TL;DR crowd

On various Internet sites, including the "Captain EO @ Disneyland" Facebook page, Disneyland is being urged to bring back the Captain EO attraction to honor Michael Jackson.

Captain EO, which debuted at Disneyland on Sept. 18, 1986 (six days after its world premiere at Walt Disney World's Epcot Center in Orlando, Florida), and ran continuously through April of 1997, was the 17-minute film you see YouTubed in two parts above.

Other sites where people are calling for EO's return to Disneyland include YouTube, Examiner.com and MovieLine.com.

Because of its revolutionary 3-D effects, Disneyland guests enjoyed the Star Warsesque flick projected in a tricked-out theater that sat 500 people per screening. It's perfectly acceptable to make the Star Wars reference (sorry, geeks) because the flick was executive produced by George Lucas. But Lucas did not want to direct it, so he called his pal Steven Spielberg. But Spielberg was busy, so Francis Ford Coppola got the gig.


That might have been fortuitous, in a reverse-fortuitous way, because Coppola already had a rep for blowing his budgets (The Godfather; The Godfather, Part II; Apocalypse Now). EO wound up costing about $30 million to make, which makes it both the most expensive 17-minute film ever made and most expensive music video ever, since that's what it really is.</b> It showcased two songs, "We Are Here to Change the World" and "Another Part of Me."

As someone who formerly manned the microphone on the back of Disneyland trams, I'm all about the employee spiel. See if you remember this one ...

"Get ready to experience the singing, dancing, and song-writing talents of Michael Jackson, in a spectacular, 70-millimeter, 3-D space adventure. You might have to wait a while. There's only one theater, and it only has around 500 seats. The show lasts 17 minutes, and it takes several minutes to reload the audience between the shows. It's worth the wait if you're a Michael Jackson fan... or if you're a special effects fan. There are 150 special effects on the film, and a bunch of in-theater effects too. Pick up your 3-D glasses as you enter the Magic Eye Theater, but please don't put them on until you're seated."

After the doors open:

"Please move all the way to the end of a row and take a seat. You may put on your 3-D glasses now. If you wear eyeglasses, don't worry; the 3-D glasses fit right over them. If you don't like really loud music and noises, this also might be a good time to put some cotton in your ears. Sit back and watch Captain EO and this faithful, if unusual, crew--Hooter, Fuzzball, the Geex, Major Domo, and Minor Domo--as they prepare to land their little spaceship on an oppressed planet.

"Where's landing beacon? Don't trip any alarms . . . Oops. The crew tripped the alarm. Oh no! There's an enemy patrol ship. Still no landing beacon? How about a map? Hooter ate the map?"


The story was cooked up by Lucas, Coppola and producer Rusty Lemorande. Up on the screen you'd first see Capt. EO (Jackson) and his ragtag spaceship crew (puppets and costumed characters) embarking on a mission to deliver a gift to the Supreme Leader (Anjelica Huston, filling the usual wicked Disney queen shoes) on her jacked-up planet. Upon arrival, the crew is captured and sentenced to torture. But as EO is being carted away, he tells SL he sees the beauty hidden within her, and that he can unlock it with the song he has brought her, "We Are Here To Change The World."


Then robots change into different stuff, Evil Queen snaps out of her spell and goes ballistic and a bunch of other stuff that you can see in the above videos happens.
Courtesy of Yesterland.com
Hurry, the show is about to start.

The preceding post was based more on information from a variety of sources than my foggy memory. The same can be said of the following EO trivia:
*The Captain EO attraction replaced Magic Journeys in Tomorrowland's Imagination pavilion.

*To celebrate the premiere at Disneyland, the park remained open for 36 hours continually and attendees received a souvenier t-shirt.

*External effects inside Magic Eye Theater included lasers shot over audience members' heads and smoke and stars in the ceiling and walls.

*The late, great Dick Shawn--whose 2nd Funniest Man in America live stage show in LA was one of the funny things I ever saw--played Captain EO's commander, who only appears in shakey, holographic form at the beginning of the film.

*Honey, I Shrunk the Audience began screening in the same theater in 1994, but it did not replace EO's exterior facade at Disneyland until the good captain split in '97.

*At one time, besides Anaheim and Florida, Captain EO was showing at Disney parks in Japan and France. It hung out the longest at CinéMagique, presented by Kodak, in Discoveryland at Disneyland Paris, where it departed on Aug. 17, 1998.

*"Another Part of Me" wound up on Jackson's Bad album (1987).

*"We Are Here to Change the World" did not make it to a Jackson album until 2004, as part of Michael Jackson: The Ultimate Collection. R&B singer Deniece Williams covered it 16 years earlier on her As Good As It Gets album.

*Captain EO has yet to be released onto DVD or any format, something that may have to do with Jacksons' legal issues.

*The "Captain EO @ Disneyland" Facebook page has 435 friends.

Coming back Jan.2010. Official Announcement to be made Sept. 10

Did anyone here ever go on this as a kid? I watched the youtube vids and vaguely remember it. Damn the 80s were rad.edit-Sorry everyone for the misleading title and bolds. I've had an exhausting day. It is for sure coming back to Disneyland :)

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piratesswoop 7th-Sep-2009 06:04 am (UTC)
i really miss michael :(
rinygrin 7th-Sep-2009 06:10 am (UTC)
~For I am here with you~
nerdfresh 7th-Sep-2009 06:20 am (UTC)
you and me both bb :(
shanny_w 7th-Sep-2009 07:05 am (UTC)
forevertiffanys 7th-Sep-2009 08:34 am (UTC)
Me too bb.
dragonflysb 7th-Sep-2009 09:34 pm (UTC)
Me too bb :'(
ireadyou_right 7th-Sep-2009 06:06 am (UTC)
i saw it at disneyland when i was a kid. i wish i remembered more of it. bitches better bring it back.
carrie1982 7th-Sep-2009 06:09 am (UTC)
Same here. I remember seeing it, but I don't remember the details.
kindafunnysad 7th-Sep-2009 06:07 am (UTC)
i've always been confused by this, star tours, and star wars. they all looked the same but they were not.
flowerings 7th-Sep-2009 06:09 am (UTC)
Well, they were all written by Lucas.
ari_hime 7th-Sep-2009 06:07 am (UTC)
if Disney brings anything back to their parks i want it to be the Jeremy Irons version of Spaceship Earth
glitter_my_glam 7th-Sep-2009 02:35 pm (UTC)
omg yes
nemo_de_la_meer 7th-Sep-2009 05:58 pm (UTC)


Not only that, I rode that sucker VIP class cause my mother worked for AT&T.
flowerings 7th-Sep-2009 06:08 am (UTC)
There was a report from a Disneyland blog that Captain EO was coming back to Disneyland in January. idk.
moviestar 7th-Sep-2009 06:08 am (UTC)
That movie freaked me out as a kid. My sisters had a Captain EO poster in their room and it gave me nightmares
flowerings 7th-Sep-2009 06:09 am (UTC)
Blame Hooter. That fucking bitch.
leonardbriscoe 7th-Sep-2009 06:11 am (UTC)
Give me my Figment and EO and I'm back at Disney so quick, you have no idea.
pinkeekeen 7th-Sep-2009 06:16 am (UTC)
AH Figment ♥
sleeplessroads 7th-Sep-2009 06:49 am (UTC)
is figment gone? it was there a couple years ago, but they had tried to ~revitalize it and figment was no longer cute
glitter_my_glam 7th-Sep-2009 02:36 pm (UTC)
They redid the ride, and now it's really irritating and has Eric Idle LEARNING HOW TO ~*IMAGINE*~. Figment is in it, but he's not cute anymore.
ibeliveinfaes 7th-Sep-2009 02:37 pm (UTC)
He's still there, but the ride totally blows..I want the old ride back!!! the good news is they're refurbishing it yet again next year because people hate it.
pasdesanges 7th-Sep-2009 06:50 am (UTC)
Figment!! There's a blast from the past....
ditzygrly 7th-Sep-2009 06:13 am (UTC)
this made me cry when i went. i was 4 though.
bubblingsyntax 7th-Sep-2009 06:13 am (UTC)
Whoa. Weird. I'm downloading this right now. :D (ware)
i_said_boourns 7th-Sep-2009 06:13 am (UTC)
I thought it WAS coming back. Well, they better do it, I loved that shit.
lacylaplante 7th-Sep-2009 06:17 am (UTC)
I have 0 idea of what this is and I'm a gigantic Disney fanatic (I've been over 100 times). what is going on.
pinkeekeen 7th-Sep-2009 06:26 am (UTC)
If you go to the source there are pics of it at the park(go to the bottom, Captain Eo at Yesterland) :)
lacylaplante 7th-Sep-2009 06:27 am (UTC)
was it ever at Disney World?? I'm upset that I never saw this :(
lacylaplante 7th-Sep-2009 06:29 am (UTC)
ohh now I see.. it was at EPCOT until 1994, I probably just never saw it (I'm only 19 - 4 at closing time)
ilovemyatari 7th-Sep-2009 06:18 am (UTC)
Did this get replaced by Honey I Shrunk the Audience?
pinkeekeen 7th-Sep-2009 06:23 am (UTC)
Yes...which I liked too. Aw being a kid <3
forevertiffanys 7th-Sep-2009 08:35 am (UTC)
NGL, your icon scares me.
lovetheepacey 7th-Sep-2009 06:25 am (UTC)
smutcutter 7th-Sep-2009 06:18 am (UTC)
Saw it multiple times and always came out of the theater dancing - then would get right back in line.

I still can't believe he is gone and I would give anything to see this put back at Disneyland.
applejane 7th-Sep-2009 06:25 am (UTC)
I remember this at Epcot. We would go in there when it got really hot outside. It had the cool leaping water fountains in front of the theater.
fauxparadiso 7th-Sep-2009 06:28 am (UTC)
The pauses that the Supreme Leader chick makes as she talks really make me lol.
fauxparadiso 7th-Sep-2009 06:39 am (UTC)
And holy shit, this takes ~*~*FABULOUS*~*~ to a whole 'notha level.
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