Captain EO Returns to Disneyland

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It's official: Captain EO, the 3-D movie starring Michael Jackson, will return to Disney's big screen today, Tuesday, February 23rd.

The 1980's era sci-fi fantasy film will be replayed in the Tomorrowland Theater in Disneyland, on the same screen in which it debuted over 23 years ago.

Directed by The Godfather's Francis Ford Coppola and produced by George Lucas of Star Wars fame, the film is minute-for-minute the most expensive motion picture of all time. The 17-minute long story, starring Jackson as a singing and dancing ship captain, cost an estimated $30 million.

View the retro trailer of Captain EO here:


Hailed as the first ever 4-D film, lasers and smoke extend into the theater, engaging the audience in the action.

Disney spokesperson Heather Hurst Rivera said in a blog post: "While it's not possible to replicate some special effects elements from the original presentation, it will boast a new 70mm print of the film, and it will sound better than ever thanks to acoustic enhancements made to the theater since the film last played there in 1997."

The film ran continuously from 1986 until it began being phased out after allegations of child abuse were made against Jackson. Captain EO was replaced by Honey, I Shrunk the Audience, a film still running at Epcot, Disneyland Park Paris, and Tokyo Disneyland. There is no word on whether or not Captain EO will be screened in other Disney parks.

Immediately following Jackson's death on June 25th, 2009 fans began petitioning Disney to resurrect the film. Last December, Disney announced they would be bringing the film back "for an exclusive, limited engagement."

To view the video in its entirety or watch a clip of one of the songs featured in the film, "We Are Here to Change the World," click here.
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