Hello again, 1986. Good to have you back for 16 minutes.
Tucked down in the Imagination Pavilion in Epcot where Honey, I Shrunk the Audience once played,
Captain EO starring Michael Jackson has returned for a limited showing as part of Disney’s Summer Nightastic.
Opening to the public on Friday, the show created and directed by George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola returns after a 16-year hiatus and a little more than a year after the King of Pop's untimely death.
Nothing much has changed for this film -- in fact, Disney touts that it is the original 70 mm film and not digitized. Even the sign that hangs above the entrance is the original, retrieved and dusted off from a workshop wall on property.
And you know? That’s just okay.
It’s nice to see Michael Jackson in his talented prime. Sure, it may be a bit cheesy and certainly the special effects that were landmark 25 years ago may not impress younger, more technologically sophisticated audiences, but when Michael was good, he was so good. (And so bad.) Before the eccentricity and the scandal, there was the music and the dancing, and this is an example of that early talent.
Your kids still may not recognize what a groundbreaking artist he was, but you will no doubt remember and appreciate the nostalgic moment.
And if nothing else you can all laugh together at the abundance of Tom Selleck mustaches and leg warmers that haunt the pre-show.
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