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Jackson's 'Captain EO' returns to Disneyland

February 23, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
Michael Jackson's famed 3-D film "Captain EO" returned to Disneyland on Tuesday after a 13-year hiatus."Captain EO" first debuted in 1986, when Michael Jackson was at the very top of his worldwide fame. The 3-D science fiction musical was created by Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas and cost a reported $30 million to make. At the time it was the most expensive short film ever made.

"Captain EO" was an instant hit and ran for 11 years, finally closing in 1997.

But with Michael Jackson's sudden death last year, his fans began pushing for a return of the film, as a way to honor the King of Pop. And some of those fans were lined up very early Tuesday morning to catch the first showing of the re-mastered film.

"It was wonderful. I grew up on 'Captain EO' and I'm so glad it's back," said fan Scott Freeman. "It was amazing, the 3-D and the other effects were amazing."

"It was amazing, it just brought me back to 1986. I'm a big Michael Jackson fan and I'm glad to be a part of Michael Jackson history," said fan James Valdes.

The new 70mm print of "Captain EO" with enhanced sound is once again showing at the Tomorrowland Theater. The 17-minute movie stars Jackson as a spaceship captain leading a rag-tag crew made up of aliens and robots. They are on a mission to deliver a gift to a wicked alien witch queen, played by actress Anjelica Huston.

Fans of the film say it hasn't lost any of its excitement.

"I loved it, I absolutely loved it. It was just like when I was 7 and it was amazing. I'm so glad I could bring my little one, she's 3 and she loved it too," said fan Mariela King.

Disneyland officials say "Captain EO" is running as a limited engagement, but says it will continue to play as long as it remains popular with fans. It replaces the 3-D film "Honey, I Shrunk the Audience."

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