Created in 1986 by George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola and Walt Disney Imagineering, Captain EO enchanted Guests at Disneyland Paris between 12 April 1992 and 30 September 1998. Reopening temporarily in 2010 in tribute to the late Michael Jackson, who played the lead role in this 3D musical film, Captain EO will close its doors for the last time next 12 April*. It’s time to “save the world” in songs one last time.
Return in 1986
While at the peak of a phenomenal career, Michael Jackson joined forces with Disney, executive producer George Lucas (“Star Wars”, “Raiders of the Lost Ark”) and director Francis Ford Coppola (“The Godfather”, “Apocalypse Now”) to create a 17-minute 3D film event together. In this ambitious production (the biggest ever of the time!) Michael Jackson becomes Captain EO, performing music and choreography of his own creation alongside Oscar-winner Anjelica Huston and a number of mythical characters straight from space.
Welcome to the extraordinary world of Captain EO
In “Captain EO”, Michael Jackson is transported to another planet, surrounded by characters created by Disney who are, to say the very least, extraordinary. Guests meet Hooter, a small green elephant-like character who sneezes musical notes; Fuzzball, a curious monkey with orange fur and butterfly wings; Geex, a character with two-heads and golden hair; Major Domo who changes into a drum kit and Minor Domo, his inseparable companion who transforms into an electronic synthesiser. The adventures of “Captain EO” transport Michael Jackson and his crew to the discovery of a planet without colour, governed by the terrible Supreme Leader (played by Anjelica Huston). Invoking the universal powers of music, dance and light, together they try to save this threatened land and enrich it with technicolour.
A spectacular musical adventure
With the many facets of its technology and production, “Captain EO”, for anyone who’s seen it, remains a fantastic musical adventure with first-rate artistic production. The work of Walt Disney Imagineering focused on architectural and theatrical design and in-theatre special effects, a first before the 90s. The 3D experience represented absolute realism for the time. From the very beginning, the ambition was for Captain EO to incorporate all the 3D technology of the era: Walt Disney Imagineering’s experience with the film Magic Journeys, produced in 1982 for the EPCOT Center, led to the discovery of new and spectacular 3D techniques using new cameras specially designed for Disney. In 2010, Disneyland Paris screened a new version of the film in 70mm. In-theatre acoustic arrangements which were new since its last screening and a gigantic hydraulic platform synchronised with the most exciting moments of the film also enhanced the viewer experience.
“Captain EO” is a unique film reflecting the biggest Hollywood talents joining forces with Michael Jackson – from the biggest directors to the biggest choreographers and designers, including costume and special effects designers – all carried by the magic of this unique experience created in 3D. Don’t miss the last screening of this symbolic Disney park attraction! The Discoveryland Theater will be showing new events soon.
*Last performance at 4.40 p.m.