note: This blog is set in 2/23/2010, re-opening day...
Speaking of 2 great tastes that go well together, how about 3? Namely: Coppola, Lucas, and Jackson.
I got the surprising good news of the century (to me) when I heard Captain EO
will be gracing the terraces of Tomorrowland once more for a limited engagement in 2010, starting today.
I don't know the significance of 2/23/2010 but I do know the significance of the star. Michael Jackson passed away last year to a stream of tears from a whole generation of music lovers, leaving a legacy hard to beat by any other pop singer or rock star. Calling the return of Captain EO a Tribute is thus fitting but not the only important note.
Captain EO is also one of Disney's first 3D films that not only displays the prowess of 3D cinematography but also 3D as a standalone piece of cinema itself. Whereas before, stereoscopic-enabled films were saved for the documentaries full of majestic scenery; with EO, the medium literally rocketed into the realm of sci-fi entertainment. Imagination instead of documentation. Stirring orchestration instead of ambient melodies.
And who better to usher in this new era than the king of drama Francis Ford Coppola, the king of star battles George Lucas, and the king of pop Michael Jackson?
I remember being awestruck seeing the preshow movie for the first time. The details considered, the choreography involved, and the set pieces and costumes needed to be made. You could see the energy infused in each of the creators attached to this film-turned-phenomenon. And the last few sequences hinting at the actual scenes just make you salivate even more for the full experience. It might very well be the piece that got me hooked on behind the scenes material in DVDs. ;)
The character and set designs were a page from Lucas' Star Wars saga yet the humor and the humanity struck a chord all its own. The ragtag band of bumbling interstellar bards, bringing beauty to the galaxy through their transformative music, is just an engaging premise that deserved a film such as this.
Before such movie attractions as Shrek 4D, Captain EO had already achieved this level of 4th-wall-shattering reality by having various physical set pieces in its auditorium. From lasers to mist to even a large spotlight these little touches had brought the film to life.
For the revival, though many of these set pieces had been replaced by Honey, I Shrunk the Audience mechanics, that doesn't mean the effects themselves had been diminished. The sound quality has been vastly improved. And the film literally took the floor as the moving floor of the theater now rocks to the beat of the dance numbers and quivers with the drives of the spaceship engines, bringing a whole new level to the experience.
I cheered with the crowd. Stomped my foot to the beat. Tried to poke Fuzzball as many times as I could and grabbed for the asteroid which exploded in my face. The Supreme Leader is still fittingly scary with her pale horned face and nasty claws. And the magic is still there.
It was one of the most satisfying lunch breaks I've had in a while. Thanks, Disney, for bringing back a classic attraction that definitely deserves an encore.Wiki
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