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Captain EO [1986] (1 disc)

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Director:Francis Ford Coppola
Writer:Francis Ford Coppola
George Lucas
Rusty Lemorande
Composer:James Horner
Length:17 minutes
MPAA Rating:UR
Sorting Category:SciFi
IMDB Rating:6.6/10
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  • Sci-Fi
  • Stop Motion
  • Action
  • Puppets
  • Drama
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Synopsis: Captain EO and his space crew are on a mission to save the world from the evil queen by giving her a song and dance.


Reaction: Short but interesting. Basically a long music video, but Michael Jackson has a tendency toward those already.


Personal Rating: 6/10

Select Cast and Crew
Francis Ford Coppola => Director / Writer
George Lucas => Writer
Rusty Lemorande => Writer
James Horner => Composer
Anjelica Huston => The Supreme Leader
Cindy Sorenson => Geex (as Cindy Sorensen)
Debbie Lee Carrington => Idee (as Debbie Carrington)
Dick Shawn => Commander Bog
Doug Benson => Orange Dancer (uncredited)
Gary DePew => Major Domo
Michael Jackson => Captain EO
Percy Rodrigues => Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Smith Wordes => Dancer (as Smith Osborne)
Tony Cox => Hooter

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Per [?] Terri Harden, Michael Jackson was very afraid of Anjelica Huston during the filming of this.
  • Ran in EPCOT in Disney World from 1986 until 1997 when it was replaced by another 3D show Honey, I Shrunk the Audience (1994). Following the sudden death of Michael Jackson in June 2009, Disney decided to reinstate Captain EO. The original show opened once again in February 2010 under the title "Captain EO Tribute." This is likely the only occurrence where a Disney attraction replaced the attraction that replaced it initially.
  • At a cost of about one million dollars per minute of film, this was, minute for minute, the most expensive motion picture of all time.
  • The design of the Supreme Leader was based on that of a spider. Anjelica Huston accepted the role without realizing she'd have to be suspended from cables for most of the shoot. The Supreme Leader design would years later serve as the primary inspiration for the design of the Borg Queen (who also was suspended in midair by cables) from Star Trek: First Contact (1996) and [Star Trek: Voyager (1995)].
  • Disney wanted to change Michael Jackson's voice because they felt his voice was too high-pitched and were afraid people would not take him seriously. Jackson was unaware of this decision until he was told writer/producer George Lucas vetoed it.
  • Steven Spielberg was originally going to direct the movie but had to cancel because of a busy schedule. Francis Ford Coppola did the directing instead.
  • It was Francis Ford Coppola himself who came up with the title character's name. "Captain EO" was derived from "Eos," the goddess of dawn from Greek mythology.
  • The movie was shot at 30 frames-per-second as opposed to the industry-standard 24 frames-per-second.
  • Anjelica Huston spent three hours in make-up every day during filming.
  • Before hiring the performers to play Captain EO's crew, Francis Ford Coppola had Michael Jackson improvise job interviews with the actors in character to test their understanding of their roles.
  • The song {"We Are Here to Change the World"} was not officially released until 2004 (18 years after the movie's debut), where it was included as part of the ["Michael Jackson: The Ultimate Collection"] album. That version however, is a shorter edit of the full-length song featured in the movie.
  • Originally the feature was going to be called "Space Knights."
  • The short film is a tribute to space operas such as [Flash Gordon], [Buck Rogers], and the [Star Wars] movies.
  • Shelley Duvall was originally going to play the Queen.