Dewayne Bevil on Attractions
Theme Park Ranger
10:20 AM EDT, June 30, 2010
It has been 16 years since Captain EO played at Epcot. We don't want to print spoilers, but here are a few elements of the production that might spark memories.
•The ship is manned by a "ragtag band led by the infamous Captain EO." That's Michael Jackson, backed by a bunch of furry creatures that have a bad — yet unspecified — combat record. The most comic of the comic relief is a character named Hooter, who keeps foiling things, which makes the captain giggle. Hooter also plays keyboard.
•Future Academy Award winner Anjelica Huston, playing the Supreme Leader, is almost unrecognizable and evil. She sentences our hero to 100 years of torture. (Other characters are to be turned into trash cans.)
•Jackson looks young — he turned 28 the year EO debuted — and, from certain angles, looks like he could be, oh, Janet Jackson's brother.
•Michael's wardrobe is mostly a white, leather space-captain number, but he accessorizes with a cape.
•The two songs ("We Are Here to Change the World" and "Another Part of Me") lead to dance numbers (moonwalk alert), and the captain obtains the power to turn enemy guards into (very '80s) dancers.
•The film was pricy to make — upwards of $30 million — but it had pedigree with director Francis Ford Copolla and executive producer George Lucas in the credits.
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