History Film / Moonwalker

26th Jul '17 5:18:10 AM ShaiPa
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* TheSeventies: The video montage of Music/TheJacksonFive and ''Music/OffTheWall'' videos show the changing styles of the decade.
* TheEighties: Most of the pop culture figures Jackson impersonates in the “Speed Demon” video—Creator/SylvesterStallone, Music/TinaTurner, [[Series/ThePeeWeeHermanShow Pee Wee Herman]]—were at their height during this decade.



** The “Leave Me Alone” video represents the {{Paparazzi}} as dogs, because they are constantly [[StealthPun hounding]] Jackson. The chorus even ends with the line, “Just stop dogging me around.”
* AscendedExtra: “Speed Demon” was one of only two songs never released as a single from the ''Music/{{Bad}}'' album[[note]]the other was “Just Good Friends,” a duet with Music/StevieWonder[[/note]], but it receives the longest vignette in the movie besides “Smooth Criminal.”



* {{Broken Aesop}}: "Man in the Mirror" is about making the world a better place, with visuals focusing on peacemaking and charity. It's harder to take that seriously when "Smooth Criminal" has Michael shooting off a machine gun during the sequence in Club 30s and blowing up all the villains in the climax.

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* {{Broken Aesop}}: "Man in the Mirror" is about making the world a better place, with visuals focusing on peacemaking and charity.charity and brief shots of famous nonviolent peacemakers—UsefulNotes/MahatmaGandhi, UsefulNotes/MartinLutherKingJr, and [[UsefulNotes/SouthAfrica Nelson Mandela]]. It's harder to take that seriously when "Smooth Criminal" has Michael shooting off a machine gun during the sequence in Club 30s and blowing up all the villains in the climax.



* CaptainObvious: After everyone sees Michael run into the costume room, one of the gangsters walks up to the door and says, “I think he’s in there.”



* TheFilmOfTheSong: Most of the film is dedicated to highlighting songs from the ''Music/{{Bad}}'' album, with especially long vignettes devoted to “Smooth Criminal” and “Speed Demon.”



* HamToHamCombat: Music/MichaelJackson vs. Creator/JoePesci!
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: Mr. Big’s entire army of FacelessGoons all shoot at Michael outside his apartment at point blank range. And all Jackson has to do is duck, and they ALL miss!



* MessianicArchetype: The whole “Smooth Criminal” mini-movie is about Michael Jackson’s fantasy of saving the children by [[DrugsAreBad ridding the world of drugs]].



* {{Montage}}: The first third of the movie is a montage of Jackson’s career from TheJacksonFive through the ''Music/OffTheWall'' and ''Music/{{Thriller}}'' albums. The rest of the movie is devoted to highlighting songs on the ''Music/{{Bad}}'' album.



* {{Montage}}

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* {{Montage}}NiceJobBreakingItHero: After dressing up as a rabbit, Michael is able to get past everyone chasing him. But [[RecognitionFailure he’s so upset that they don’t recognize him]] that he does his [[SignatureMove signature dance moves]], so they’ll keep chasing him. Says much about Jackson’s AwesomeEgo.
14th May '17 1:11:30 PM fruitstripegum
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* {{Broken Aesop}}: "Man on the Mirror" is about making the world a better place, with visuals focusing on peacemaking and charity. It's harder to take that seriously when "Smooth Criminal" has Michael shooting off a machine gun during the sequence in Club 30s and blowing up all the villains in the climax.

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* {{Broken Aesop}}: "Man on in the Mirror" is about making the world a better place, with visuals focusing on peacemaking and charity. It's harder to take that seriously when "Smooth Criminal" has Michael shooting off a machine gun during the sequence in Club 30s and blowing up all the villains in the climax.
25th Feb '17 6:13:30 PM NWolfman
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* {{Claymation}}: "Speed Demon" of course, but check out the "ABC" clip in the earlier montage too.

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* {{Claymation}}: Most of "Speed Demon" Demon", courtesy of course, but check out the Will Vinton Studios. The montage also features a clip from a claymation video for "ABC" clip in from the earlier montage too.'70s.



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* RandomEventsPlotRandomEventsPlot: Really, there's no plot to speak of as much as several loosely-connected vignettes. And even the ''vigniettes'' are pretty random.
21st Dec '16 11:06:38 AM Furienna
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->''"Jackson wills it!"''
-->-- '''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic'''



* {{Broken Aesop}}s:
** The first half of the movie is mostly a celebration of how great and successful Michael is, but then we have "Leave Me Alone", which asks us to stop paying attention to him. It's specifically referring to the tabloid press, but it's just strange to draw so much attention to yourself -- often through bizarre activities -- and then complain about being paid attention to just because it isn't all positive press.
** "Man on the Mirror" is about making the world a better place, with visuals focusing on peacemaking and charity. It's harder to take that seriously when "Smooth Criminal" has Michael shooting off a machine gun during the sequence in Club 30s and blowing up all the villains in the climax.

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* {{Broken Aesop}}s:
** The first half of the movie is mostly a celebration of how great and successful Michael is, but then we have "Leave Me Alone", which asks us to stop paying attention to him. It's specifically referring to the tabloid press, but it's just strange to draw so much attention to yourself -- often through bizarre activities -- and then complain about being paid attention to just because it isn't all positive press.
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Aesop}}: "Man on the Mirror" is about making the world a better place, with visuals focusing on peacemaking and charity. It's harder to take that seriously when "Smooth Criminal" has Michael shooting off a machine gun during the sequence in Club 30s and blowing up all the villains in the climax.
15th Dec '16 2:01:46 PM AfroThunder
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''Moonwalker'' is a 1988 film starring Music/MichaelJackson, and both his only major film appearance after ''Film/TheWiz'' in 1978 and his only film as the star, not counting the posthumous documentary ''Michael Jackson's This Is It''. It's best described as a MusicVideo anthology, with music mostly drawn from his 1987 album ''Music/{{Bad}}''. The eight segments are:

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''Moonwalker'' is a 1988 film starring Music/MichaelJackson, and both his only major film appearance after ''Film/TheWiz'' in 1978 and his only film as the star, not counting the posthumous documentary ''Michael Jackson's This Is It''.''Film/MichaelJacksonsThisIsIt''. It's best described as a MusicVideo anthology, with music mostly drawn from his 1987 album ''Music/{{Bad}}''. The eight segments are:


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* {{Crossover}}: For ''This Is It'', Michael briefly revived his "Smooth Criminal" persona and filmed a brand new vignette, featuring him interacting with characters from ''Film/{{Gilda}}'', ''Film/TheBigSleep'', and ''Film/InALonelyPlace''. Check out the vignette in full [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86JKhJVyD5E here]].
9th Oct '16 5:03:48 AM erforce
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-->-- WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic

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-->-- WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic
'''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic'''



** The theme park in ''Leave Me Alone'' has two quick scenes from the PiratesOfTheCaribbean ride.

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** The theme park in ''Leave Me Alone'' has two quick scenes from the PiratesOfTheCaribbean ''Ride/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' ride.
20th May '16 12:58:57 AM CasWarner
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* WaxingLyrical: Apart from the obvious, Frank "Mr. Big" Lideo quips that he has a "smooth operation".
5th May '16 1:43:56 AM TitoMosquito
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* CoolOldLady: The grandma in "Speed Demon" can ride a motorcycle, and dresses like a commando.



* {{Foreshadowing}}: "Retrospective" shows a couple elements that show up in later segments. The TV turns into a spaceship, a snippet of "ABC" features the Jackson 5 in Claymation, and a metallic robot.

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: "Retrospective" shows a couple elements that show up in later segments. The TV turns into a spaceship, a snippet of "ABC" features the Jackson 5 in Claymation, and a silver metallic robot.



* {{Shapeshifting}}: Michael gets this ability while disguised as a rabbit. The rabbit suit comes to life and turned into a mountain.

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* {{Shapeshifting}}: Michael gets this ability while disguised as a rabbit. rabbit, shapeshifts into different celebrities. The rabbit suit comes to life and turned into a mountain.mountain.
** In "Smooth Criminal", his ability comes from a wishing star.
26th Mar '16 8:18:24 AM eroock
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'''Moonwalker''' is a 1988 film starring Music/MichaelJackson, and both his only major film appearance after ''Film/TheWiz'' in 1978 and his only film as the star, not counting the posthumous documentary ''Michael Jackson's This Is It''. It's best described as a MusicVideo anthology, with music mostly drawn from his 1987 album ''Music/{{Bad}}''. The eight segments are:

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'''Moonwalker''' ''Moonwalker'' is a 1988 film starring Music/MichaelJackson, and both his only major film appearance after ''Film/TheWiz'' in 1978 and his only film as the star, not counting the posthumous documentary ''Michael Jackson's This Is It''. It's best described as a MusicVideo anthology, with music mostly drawn from his 1987 album ''Music/{{Bad}}''. The eight segments are:
1st Feb '16 11:44:29 AM dsneybuf
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'''Moonwalker''' is a 1988 film starring Music/MichaelJackson, and both his only major film appearance after ''TheWiz'' in 1978 and his only film as the star, not counting the posthumous documentary ''Michael Jackson's This Is It''. It's best described as a MusicVideo anthology, with music mostly drawn from his 1987 album ''Music/{{Bad}}''. The eight segments are:

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'''Moonwalker''' is a 1988 film starring Music/MichaelJackson, and both his only major film appearance after ''TheWiz'' ''Film/TheWiz'' in 1978 and his only film as the star, not counting the posthumous documentary ''Michael Jackson's This Is It''. It's best described as a MusicVideo anthology, with music mostly drawn from his 1987 album ''Music/{{Bad}}''. The eight segments are:
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