Captain EO

(1986)

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Review: Captain EO

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CHRISTY LEMIRE:
One of the groundbreaking uses of 3D took place back in 1986 with Michael Jackson’s “Captain EO.” Back in the day, Roger reviewed it let’s take a look.

ROGER EBERT:
This is the kind of image that Disney people used to have with Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, Pluto, Goofy animated cartoons, family films, but now at Disney World in Florida and Disneyland in California Disney has entered the world high tech entertainment with a new movie starring Michael Jackson, the superstar of the 1980s.

The name of the movie is CAPTAIN EO. It’s only 17 minutes long, but it cost 20 million dollars, and it’s in 3D and not just regular 3D, but 3D with two different 70 millimeter cameras. This is really state of the art. The thinking behind CAPTAIN EO was this should be the most spectacular film ever made, and so, they hired George Lucas, the wizard of the “Star Wars” movies to produce it. And, Francis Coppola, the director of “The Godfather” and “Apocalpse Now” to direct it. What they did was they linked together two different 70 mm cameras so you got not one 3D image, but two and the result is the most convincing 3 dimensional photography that I have ever seen.

The plot is basic music video and Michael Jackson flying the Universe and landing in a strange planet that is ruled over by kind of a spider queen played by Angelica Houston. His job is to liberate all of her slaves, so they can dance with him.

Well, I’m not a Michael Jackson fan, not especially and so what did I think? I thought the special effects were sensational. The best. By far the best 3D photography I’d ever seen. But, that the 17 minute film itself is just another empty B video, so with the star system I guess I’d have to give 4 stars to the 3D photography and as for Michael Jackson, just a lot of Mickey Mouse. I’m Roger Ebert.

IGNATIY VISHNEVETSKY:
Thanks, Roger.